"Fiesta Fiesta" 2014 revelers in Alamo Plaza for Fiesta San Antonio's opening ceremony on April 10. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

Weekends during Fiesta mean that there are plenty of events during the day for children and parties to rage on through the night for the adults. From parades to big concerts, today has something for everyone.

Viva Botánica

The San Antonio Botanical Garden opens their doors for this family friendly Fiesta garden party. The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. and if you have a little one (or two or three…) dress them up in bright colors and decorate their stroller or wagon with Fiesta flair. The cutest parade this side of the Pecos happens at noon—just show up a little in advance and your child can participate. After the parade, wander through the beautiful gardens with flowers in bloom and even stop by the Botanical Society’s spring plant sale.

Taste of New Orleans

Zydeco, Jazz, Blues and R&B take center stage on this second night of the Taste of New Orleans. Gates open at noon and the music kicks off at 1:30 p.m. with Carlton King and keeps on rockin’ until 11:00 p.m. The music is complemented by the some solid NOLA grub including gumbo, red beans and rice, etouffee, jambalaya, cajun catfish, fresh crawfish boil, boudin, alligator and beignets for folks with a sweet tooth. Located at the Sunken Garden Theater, there is not much parking to be had, so this is the perfect event to catch a Via bus or use a free Uber ride.

This Hallowed Ground

Fans of Texas history will enjoy this Fiesta event on the grounds of the Alamo from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Living historians walk you around the perimeter of the Alamo grounds and talk about that fateful day in March of 1836. Take some time to actually remember the Alamo, and avoid that Ripley’s abomination across the street like the plague.

Celebrations of Traditions of Pow Wow

Moving from West Texas and having family throughout New Mexico, I have always been enamored with Native American culture. For those who share this same interest, you won’t want to miss the Celebrations of Traditions of Pow Wow at the Woodlawn Gym. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Gourde Dancing, you will have the opportunity to see many traditional dance and customs from the American Indian Culture. Intertribal dancing and exhibitions continue until 4:00 p.m. While you browse through the vendors selling crafts and supplies, don’t miss out on the fry bread and Indian tacos.

Oyster Bake Closing Night

While I already covered Oyster Bake yesterday, today’s closing lineups on each of the four stages warrant another mention. As opposed to years past where the main act seemed to be well past their prime (Everclear anyone?), this year features bands that are a little more relevant. You can either rock out to Chevelle, cumbia to Bobby Pulido, two-step to Kevin Fowler or do what ever you’d do to Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight.”

Let Garrett know about your favorite Fiesta event, awesome unofficial party or where he can find medals by emailing him at fiesta@saflavor.com.


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Garrett Heath blogs for Rackspace and is the Average Joe that started SA Flavor. He loves San Antonio, especially eating at mom and pop Mexican food restaurants.