Your guide to the biggest and best spring festivals in San Antonio
With its beautiful sunlight and cool mornings, our few months of spring should be savored. Here are nine can't-miss festivals around the city to keep you out and about and enjoying the weather over the next few months.
San Antonio Book Festival
This festival is a chance to celebrate books, ideas, libraries, and literature culture. The free festival has events for readers of all ages; lit lovers and authors alike will enjoy a day stacked with events like book signings, author presentations, and various exhibitors.
San Antonio Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival
This Celtic cultural festival also includes impressive athletic competitions. Competitors from all over the world come to compete in traditional Scottish clan games like the sheaf toss, archery, and hammer throw. The Highland dance competition also takes place over an afternoon. If those competitions don't excite you, the festival hosts dozens of musical performances and food vendors too.
Maverick Music Festival
Who says you have to drive to Austin for a fun music festival? San Antonio’s fourth annual Maverick Music Festival is coming, and headliners include The Flaming Lips and Public Enemy. This ever-growing festival is now two days long with two stages for over 40 musicians.
Poteet Strawberry Festival
Head south towards the Rio Grande Valley for an hour, and you will stumble upon the Strawberry Capital of Texas. More than 100,000 people pour into this small town for its annual festival that includes three days of live music, circus and stage acts, and strawberries.
Fiesta San Antonio
The two weeks of Fiesta jubilation hit us in the middle of spring. With literally dozens of festivals, parades, parties, cook-offs, coronations, art shows, performances, and competitions, the choice isn't whether or not to go to Fiesta but what events to choose. This is the 125th anniversary of the festival, so expect Fiesta to pull out all the stops.
Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center hosts this four-day festival of the biggest acts in conjunto music from Texas and abroad. Like zydeco or blues, conjunto music draws sounds and inspiration from various cultures like Tejano, Latino, and German. San Antonio has long been a hub for all types of Tejano music, and this festival is a prime example of that fact.
Culinaria Festival Week
If you're a foodie who thinks that a festival should be primarily for eating and drinking, Culinaria’s Festival Week is for you. Culinaria's mission is to support and promote the food, spirit, and wine industries in San Antonio. Over four days, the organization will host events across the city ranging from underground, pop-up kitchens to elegant, haute dining on the River Walk.
Barbacoa & Big Red Festival
This festival celebrates something unique to San Antonio — its love of (or obsession with) barbacoa and Big Red. The day is filled with live music, drink specials, children activities, and obviously ample opportunities to eat and drink.
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