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San Antonio's biggest and best festivals to attend in April

San Antonio's biggest and best festivals to attend in April

Fiesta Flambeau
Fiesta is just one of the awesome San Antonio happenings this month.  Photo courtesy of Fiesta San Antonio Commission/Betsy Newman Photography

Whether you’re a foodie looking for new flavors, a book lover looking for your next poolside read, or maybe you’re just looking for an excuse to get out of the house, San Antonio’s festival lineup is diverse and quite colorful this month.

Maverick Music Festival
April 7-8, La Villita Historic Arts
With a lineup of over 40 performers and headliners like Bastille, Young the Giant, The Naked and Famous, De La Soul, and others, Maverick Music Festival is set to be an epic event this year. This locally grown alternative and indie-oriented festival is in its fifth year and has successfully brought top-tier bands to San Antonio year after year, last year the Flaming Lips and Public Enemy were the headliners.

What makes Maverick Music Festival so unique is its intimate vibes due to the small size of the outdoor venue: La Villita’s capacity for its main stage is about 3,000. Bonus, you only need to buy tickets if you want to see the main acts, as Arneson River Theater and Juarez Plaza are open to public and where the local artists play.

Poteet Strawberry Festival
April 7-9, Poteet, Texas

Just south of San Antonio you’ll find the petite town of Poteet and the famous Strawberry Festival. This small town puts on quite a large event where you can not only buy freshly picked strawberries (get there early because they go fast) but other delicious strawberry treats like strawberry shortcake, chocolate-covered strawberries, and even strawberry wine. Pick up some homemade jams; listen to live music headlined by Diamond Rio, Easton Corbin, and others; check out the rodeo; pet the animals in the petting zoo; and so much more.

Mission Reach Flotilla Festival
April 8, Mission County Park

This year's Mission Reach Flotilla Festival will include a mile-long water parade where community members will paddle their canoes, kayaks or paddleboards on the San Antonio River dressed in their finest Fiesta regalia. There is also a watercraft-decorating contest where you can check out canoes, kayaks and paddleboards turned into themed works of art. There will also be live entertainment, local food vendors, crafts, and festival activities for kids. 

San Antonio Book Festival
April 8, Central Library and Southwest School of Art

With more than 100 authors scheduled to attend, the fifth year of the San Antonio Book Festival will be the largest lineup to date. Some of the local and regional authors include Carmen Tafolla and S.C. Gwynne, as well as Ann Patchett, who’s known for her Pen/Faulkner award-winning book Bel Canto and her most recent New York Times bestseller Commonwealth. Multiple children's and youth authors will also be appearing and there will be activities for the kiddos as well. You can also expect diverse panel topics and delicious cooking demonstrations.

Fusion Fest benefiting SA Pets Alive
April 15, Burleson Yard Beer Garden
Fusion Fest is bringing local art, live music, handcrafted goods, and a food selection that is sure to satisfy any palate together for a good cause. Each Fusion Fest has a nonprofit organization as the beneficiary, and for this one it’s SA Pets Alive, where a $5 donation (to get into the event) is suggested. Craft beer and other drinks will be available for purchase and your friendly pooch is more than welcome.

Fiesta San Antonio
April 20-30, various locations

What started in 1891 as a parade to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto has turned into a 10-day colorful celebration throughout the city known as Fiesta. With over 100 events from the Battle of the Flowers Parade (second in size nationally only to the Tournament of Roses Parade) to the Fiesta Flambeau Parade to NIOSA, there is literally something to do every night during Fiesta.

Seven Seas Food & Wine Festival
Every Friday-Sunday, April 21-May 29, SeaWorld

Set sail on a voyage that will satisfy your palate at the third annual Seven Seas Food & Wine Festival. Sample and sip your way around the park, tasting more than 85 chef-created dishes, unique wines, craft cocktails, and beers from countries near the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, North Pacific, Pacific Ocean, and South Atlantic. There will also be live entertainment throughout the park such as the Japanese taiko drummers and the Art of Food, which transforms ordinary food into an extraordinary art form. Also takes place on Memorial Day. 

Om Yoga Festival
April 22, Travis Park

Grab your yoga mat and join your fellow yogis for a day of free outdoor yoga classes, live music, meditation, massages, local art, vendors, and more at the Om Yoga Festival. Get there early because the festival kicks off with a 9 am community-wide yoga class to get the blood flowing and the good vibes going. This is a family-friendly event and all levels of yogis are encouraged to come.