Dozens of vendors from approximately 30 Mexican states are already lining the halls of the Wonderland of the Americas Mall for the fifth Expo Mexican Fest this weekend.

Artisans and vendors, who have traveled to San Antonio from all over Mexico, are showcasing Oaxacan dresses, Talavera pottery, rugs, jewelry, candy, street food, and more.

On Thursday, a steady stream of patrons strolled through the first floor of the mall, located at 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., and many more are expected to frequent the showcase throughout the weekend.

Mario Hidalgo of Nuevo León, one of the coordinators of the event, said that the festival seeks to promote authentic Mexican culture to those who might not see it that often.

“We are here to promote Mexican culture for people in the United States who cannot go to Mexico because of security,” he said. “So we are bringing a piece of Mexico to San Antonio. We’re supported by the mayor of Balcones Heights and the Mexican Consulate.”

He added that many vendors’ interests go beyond selling the wares they brought for this weekend.

“It’s not about the money. The vendors get orders from here and everywhere in the U.S.,” he explained. “Every vendor is a manufacturer. So they will go home and make their products and ship them back here, so they are looking for orders. I invite everyone to see a little piece of Mexico.”

The event is free and open to the public and will run daily until Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Former intern James McCandless is a recent St. Mary's University graduate. He has worked with the San Antonio Current and Texas Public Radio.