Happy New Year
San Antonio to ring in 2023 with official downtown New Year’s Eve party
You may still be Christmas shopping (or you may not have started — no judgment), but it's never too early to start planning for New Year's Eve. The City of San Antonio is certainly thinking ahead, announcing the return of Celebrate SA, the citywide celebration on Saturday, December 31.
Drawing more than 70,000 partygoers annually, San Antonio's official New Year's Eve party features live music and fireworks. This year's theme is "Dancing in the Streets," and will take place from 6 pm to midnight in the heart of downtown. According to a release, the official party boundaries will be on South Alamo Street between Market Street and Cesar Chavez Boulevard, along Villita Street, and at the Arneson River Theatre.
South Alamo Street will likely be the busiest, where crowds can enjoy live entertainment on the South Alamo Main Stage. Produced by the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the City of San Antonio, performances will range from iconic westside soul group, Eddie & The Valiants, to indie rock powerhouse, John Charlie’s Heavy Love, and DJ Isaiahfromtexas will bring open-format sets to dance the
night year away.
Meanwhile, at the River Walk, the Boogie Bend stage at the Arneson River Theatre will host next-generation Chicano music sets from LA 45, as well as performances by JOAQUIN and a a genre-bending mix of sounds from DJ Lovedocument,
“We’re delighted to showcase our refreshed branding on the eve of 2023, surrounded by the San Antonio community. Our Core Values of Equity, Conservation, Culture, Community, Education, and People drive our work ensuring quality parks and park programming is enjoyed by San Antonians for years to come,” says Libby Day, director of communications for the San Antonio Parks Foundation, in a release. “The Foundation gives thanks to our Board of Directors and the team at Parallel A Brand Agency for their tireless determination to cultivate cohesive assets that tell the full story of our decades-long dedication to San Antonio and Bexar County parks.”
There will be plenty of family-friendly activities at the event as well, including a carnival. Local food and artisan vendor booths will offer diverse options, including beer, wine, and seasonal hot drinks, with beverage proceeds benefiting San Antonio and Bexar County parks.
Of course, a communal countdown will cap the party at midnight, followed by a spectacular fireworks show.
“The City of San Antonio looks forward to welcoming all of San Antonio and our visitors to downtown for this annual celebration. A Texas-sized thank you to our teams for working together to produce a safe and fun event for the community as we welcome the New Year together,” says John Jacks, director of the Center City Development and Operations Department, in the release.
And for those who prefer to ring in the New Year at home, Channel News4 San Antonio will broadcast the celebration live, starting at 10:30 pm.