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Fiesta San Antonio???

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Fiesta San Antonio???

Hi----My wife & I have thoroughly enjoyed two long weekend stays at a hotel on the riverwalk. Both time we came down from Pa. in early Dec. & had a blast exploring the area which was nicely decorated for the holidays.

In talking to people there it was suggested we should come down & experience the Fiesta sometime. My only concerns are that there would be such a "crush" of people during this timeframe we would not be able to do what we enjoy most(leisurely walking the riverwalk, eating, drinking, being "merry") without being "carried along" by vast throngs of people. I guess what I'm asking is----will the riverwalk be pretty much "gridlock" 24/7 during the festival?

Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Fiesta San Antonio???

The River Walk is not "packed" except of the night of the river parade. But make no mistake fiesta events are packed and there is always plenty of food and beer.

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2. Re: Fiesta San Antonio???

Totally two different worlds....during the night parade for example, the riverwalk is pretty much as usual....you would never know there is approx 500k people roaming downtown streets/street leve.

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fiesta events can be done..some are more casual, smaller venues... the biggies include alot of people..NIOSA, KING William, the parades

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3. Re: Fiesta San Antonio???

"Packed" during Fiesta is not like "packed" at a night club. The crowds don't really force you in any direction. They are big enough, however, to make you choose your best routes.

The crowds are thinner than New Years at Times Square, if that is your concern... I'm sure there are pockets of jostling, but I haven't experienced any yet. I also haven't done all the events yet, so take those comments for what they are worth...

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4. Re: Fiesta San Antonio???

Fiesta is a 10-day part spread out all over town. It has something for everyone. Locals have parties of their own. Families camp out to get parade spots. The rich ride around in limos escorted by police motorcycles from event to event.

A lot of the events are set up for large crowds and drinking. If you're into that, Fiesta Oyster Bake, NIOSA, Taste of New Orleans would be suggestions. Both Taste of New Orleans and Oyster Bake feature good live music also. I like NIOSA because of all of the different foods, but I now only go if I can land a volunteer spot at one of the booths. After working my shift, I have a home base where I can hang out and not get beer spilled all over me.

Some of my favorites - these are NOT super crowded, beer drinking marathons.

Fiesta Arts Fair at Southwest School of Art and Craft - This is a jurried art show held on the grounds with live music. It's relatively small, doesn't cater to the college drinking crowd.

Fiesta Pooch Parade at the Alamo Heights Swimming Pool- This is a low key free event where folks bring their pets all dressed up for Fiesta.

Cornyation- definitely an adults only parody of local and world events put on by (mostly) gay and lesbian community.

Fiesta In Blue (Air Force Musical Extravaganza)- Free event but you need a ticket. Great band music.

King William Fair - Street fair with a homegrown parade. Arts and Crafts booths and music.

Earth Day Celebration at Woodlawn Lake - Activities for kids that promote ecology. Free

Here's the website for Fiesta - http://www.fiesta-sa.org/

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5. Re: Fiesta San Antonio???

Thanks to one & all!!!! SOUNDS GREAT!!!!

San Antonio here we come!!!

I just booked the Drury Plaza Riverwalk for 5 nights starting April 21st, 2010. I'm assuming we can forget about renting a car---just take a cab to the hotel then use foot power or public transportation to get to most venues!

Thanks Again

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6. Re: Fiesta San Antonio???

Tim.....

I have been for Fiesta twice before and had a wonderful time.

I'm not sure what the dates are for the start next year, but usually on the Fiday night before we attend a huge party at the Museum downtown run by the WEBB foundation.

Tickets get you in the door all the food and top shelf liquor you can manage to consume, entertainment of all types/shapes, and of course silent auction stuff and wonderful art up for purchase.

It's one of the biggest fundraisers for SAAF.

Check it out - it's really set up for all to enjoy.

Luv

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"I'm not sure what the dates are for the start next year..."

Fiesta always occurs the week of April 21. That is the day the Texans defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. Fiesta was originally started, over a hundred years ago, to celebrate this victory with the Battle of Flowers parade.

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8. Re: Fiesta San Antonio???

You are absolutly right,(I did manage to see the great movie about the entire event at the mall)....

but it falls on a Wednesday next year. So will the start be on the 17th then , not the 24th?

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9. Re: Fiesta San Antonio???

The Battle of Flowers is always on the 4th Friday of the month of April so then you can count back or forward for the events you want to attend, For example you would count back for the Monday River parade or forward for the Fiesta Flambeau.

I did see an exception to the rule in 2011 due to Easter following that weekend which would put BOF on Good Friday which is a big celebration in the downtown area as well.

Schedule for the years coming

2010 15-25 2011 7-17 2012 19-29 2013 18-28

Here is the website to check out all the events on the different days. www.fiesta-sa.org

Some of the events fall outside of the downtown area most fall on the downtown streets. The riverwalk is crowded on the Monday River Parade night but most other nights it's like at X-mas time so you should be fine. You could rent a car for the events outside of the downtown area cause traffic won't be any worse than at X-mas time cause the cab could be very expensive to the St. Mary's Oyster Bake or to the Alamo Heights. The events in the downtown area can be walked or a short taxi ride or you could take streetcars/trolley to get around.

You'll have a great time during Fiesta so much fun!!!

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10. Re: Fiesta San Antonio???

I am writing this without looking at a 2010 calendar but go ahead and look into the river Parade tickets. You are staying on the riverwalk. OR better yet!!!! Ask for a room with a balcony river side and you and your wife can stay in your room and watch the parade. Call the hotel and make sure you can see from your room. OR call a restaurant on the river walk and make reservations to see the parade from a table and you can eat. The river parade is always Monday.

NIOSA-night is old San Antonio is fun. You can get in at the door. go early. less people are drunk. I think you guys can walk to La Vallita. If not, amybe a trolley.

Have a great time. It will give you something to look forward to this year

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