Are you ready for springtime? As the weather heats up, flowers start to bloom, and spring settles in, San Antonio comes to life. There are so many spring festivals around San Antonio this year that you will want to check out. Whether you’re looking for art, food, music, or a mix of all three – there is a festival waiting for you in upcoming months! We’re bringing you The Guide: Spring Festivals Around San Antonio 2016.
April Festivals and Events:
When: April 2, 2016
Where: San Antonio Central Library (600 Soledad St, San Antonio, TX 78205)
What: San Antonio Book Festival is he signature program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. Enter the fiction contest, check out GeekTown and enjoy Book Appetit: an elegant evening of excellent literary entertainment is the kick-off event to the 4th annual San Antonio Book Festival. Proceeds benefit the Festival and the Library Foundation.
When: April 2-3, 2016
Where: Helotes Festival Grounds (12210 Leslie Road, Helotes, TX 78023)
What: The Helotes Fairgrounds hosts an annual Scottish heritage festival by the name of the San Antonio Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival. Activities include Celtic dance, live performances and Scottish heavy athletics. Stop by the Clan Village for genealogy information, or take the kiddos by the Kid’s Glen for children’s activities. Scottish dogs lead a very cute parade, and the 4-H building on the premises hosts a Highland Dance competition.
When: April 8-9, 2016
Where: La Villita
What: The Maverick Music Festival is an annual festival that builds upon the vision of Maverick while contributing to the development of La Villita. This two-day festival held in San Antonio, Texas, features live concerts from local artists. Festival attendees have the opportunity to discover new talent and well as pay tribute to the classics.
When: April 8 – 10, 2016
Where: Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds (9199 N State Highway 16)
What: Held in what’s widely considered to be the “Strawberry Capital of Texas,” the Poteet Strawberry Festival is a Texas-sized celebration of the juicy fruit. The three-day festival features concerts with well-known country Western and Tejano musicians as well as a variety of family-friendly attractions like a gunslingers show, bull riding, rodeo performances, carnival attractions, barrel racing, a hypnotist, comedy juggler, petting zoo and a fiddle contest.
When: April 14-24, 2016
Where: Various Locations
What: This year is the 125th anniversary of Fiesta and is going to be better than ever. Start your Fiesta countdown clocks, people of SA. Soon you’ll be donning medals, guzzling beer, and enjoying an event that is only rivaled by New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. FYI: if you’ve never been, it’s mandatory that you attend Oyster Bake.
When: April 16-17, 2016
Where: Traders Village (9333 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78242)
What: The Alamo Aloha Festival takes place in San Antonio during Fiesta week, Hawaiian style. The festival features Hawaiian-themed food, fun, games and activities. Ethnic dance and entertainment groups perform throughout the day at this family-friendly Polynesian celebration. Fun for the whole family!
When: April 29-30, 2016
Where: Comal County Fairgrounds (701 Common St, New Braunfels, TX 78130)
What: Chow down on freshly prepared crawfish while you listen to top country artists from around the world at the Crawfish Festival of New Braunfels, Texas. This festival ensures a delicious combination of food, fun and music, with an annual gumbo cook-off and 5k Crawdaddy Dash to stretch your legs.
May Festivals and Events:
When: May 11 – 15, 2016
Where: Rosedale Park (340 Dartmouth St, San Antonio, TX 78237)
What: Dance your boot-wearing, Stetson hat-loving, heart out at the Tejano Conjunto Festival
If you’re not up to date on conjunto music, this festival is a great place to start. Expect legendary performances from Conjunto Music Hall of Fame award winners and other well-known artists. Dance to your heart’s content under Rosedale Park’s massive concrete pavilion — if you don’t know how, just ask your neighbor.
When: May 19-22, 2016
Where: Multiple Venues
What: Expect big flavors and Texas flair at the annual Culinaria Festival Week in San Antonio, Texas. The five-day culinary and wine celebration features revered local chefs serving up European and Latin-inspired signature dishes, decadent meals and bite-sized fare. With workshops, cooking demos and meet and greets, this event provides both food for the stomach and food for the mind. The premier nosh gala culminates in the Grand Tasting, a tasting event offering stunning meals prepared by top rated chefs paired with high-end wines and incredibly creative cocktails. Live musical performances from emerging and established acts and a silent auction are among the additional attractions.
When: May 20-21, 2016
Where: La Villita
What: The Gospel & Soul Food Festival is bringing you incredible soul food and gospel music with the rich African American culture in Houston. Chow down on BBQ, fried fish, collard greens, and peach cobbler served by local vendors. The event is free but everyone who attends is encouraged to bring canned food items to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank.
When: May 22, 2016
Where: BBR Festival Fairgrounds (18086 Pleasanton Rd. San Antonio TX, 78221)
What: While the Barbacoa & Big Red Festival in San Antonio is primarily about the heavenly coupling of two southern staples, there are also drink specials, live music and family-friendly activities. This spring event is the perfect cap to a weekend and a great opportunity to satisfy cravings while discovering new music with family.
There you have it! This is your Guide to San Antonio Spring Festivals 2016. What do you think? What festivals and events are you most excited for? Let us know in the comment section below! Stay tuned to our blog – we will be updating it with new festivals and events around San Antonio as they are announced.