Fireworks explode next to the Tower of the Americas on New Year's Eve.
Fireworks explode next to the Tower of the Americas on New Year's Eve 2018. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

As many as 70,000 revelers are expected to attend Celebrate SA, the City of San Antonio’s New Year’s Eve celebration, Saturday in the heart of downtown.

The free celebration, produced by the city and the San Antonio Parks Foundation, will kick off at 6 p.m. with live music and performances, food and artisan vendors, and carnival rides. Beer, wine and hot drinks will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting San Antonio and Bexar County parks. The fireworks show starts at midnight after a countdown to the new year.

The party will take place along South Alamo Street between Market Street and East César E. Chávez Boulevard, along Villita Street and at the Arneson River Theatre along the River Walk, which is all decked out in festive holiday lighting.

The theme of this year’s event is “Dancing in the Streets,” and revelers can do just that, as will Studio Avi SA’s Avi Showman Elite performance company.

At the South Alamo Main Stage, at South Alamo and Nueva streets, attendees will hear performances from “Westside soul” group Eddie & The Valiants and indie rockers John Charlie’s Heavy Love. DJ Isaiahfromtexas will play open-format sets.

At the Boogie Bend Stage, at the Arneson River Theatre, LA 45 will offer up “the next generation of Chicano music,” followed by “TexMex soul operators” Joaquin. DJ Lovedocument will spin a mix highlighting Texas bands and musicians. 

Organizers recommend folks arrive early, as traffic is expected to be heavy. Those who don’t want to drive can plan an affordable trip using VIA Metropolitan Transit’s trip planner or by calling VIA’s goLine at 210-362-2020.

Parking is free for the first 30 minutes at the Hemisfair Garage, accessible from Hemisfair Boulevard via East César E. Chávez Boulevard. After that, parking is $1 for every half hour, maxing out at $18. Additional parking is available around Hemisfair. 

For those who’d rather skip the crowds, local television station WOAI will broadcast the party live, beginning at 10:30 p.m. The Telemundo network will air portions of the celebration as part of its nationwide “Bienvenido 2023” show. That broadcast starts at 9 p.m.

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Raquel Torres

Raquel Torres is the San Antonio Report's breaking news reporter. She previously worked at the Tyler Morning Telegraph and is a 2020 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.