Celebrating the Arts & Culture of San Antonio

With an Arts & Culture scene as rich and diverse as San Antonio's, the annual events, festivals and celebrations are endless.

MLK March (2023) by Rossi RamirezVisit San Antonio

One of the largest MLK Marches in the Country

Since 1987, the MLK March in San Antonio has grown to great heights, boasting over 300,000 participants before the pandemic.

DreamWeek (2021) by DreamWeekVisit San Antonio

DreamWeek San Antonio

Focused on the exchanging of ideas on universal issues facing multicultural communities, DreamWeek looks to advance the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision.  Though titled DreamWeek, this event actually runs over two weeks each year in January. 

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DreamWeek (2021) by Sarah LyonsVisit San Antonio

DreamWeek a Perfect Fit for San Antonio

San Antonio is rich with diverse cultures that don’t just coexist but also happily blend rich traditions across communities. It only makes sense that DreamWeek found a home in San Antonio for these communities to have valuable conversations and opportunities to exchange ideas. 

Fiesta Royalty and the Alamo (2022) by Al RendonVisit San Antonio

Let's Fiesta San Antonio

The history of Fiesta San Antonio dates back to 1891. What started as a single parade to honor the heroes who fought at the Battle of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto has grown into an 11-day celebration honoring the city's diverse cultures. 
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"Show Us Your Shoes!" (2022) by Al RendonVisit San Antonio

"Show Us Your Shoes!"

Attend a Fiesta Battle of Flowers Parade to see Fiesta Royalty show off elaborate footwear chosen especially for the parade. Originally just a simple act of finding comfortable shoes for this event, Fiesta footwear is essential to the Battle of Flowers experience.

Fiesta Medals (2019) by Fiesta San Antonio CommissionVisit San Antonio

Fiesta Medals

Each year as a long-standing tradition, Fiesta aficionados are on a mission to collect and wear as many Fiesta medals as possible.  Participating businesses release new designs annually making the limit to how large a collection of medals can reach unending.

Asian Festival (2017) by University of Texas at San AntonioVisit San Antonio

Asian Festival

Celebrating the diversity of people from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Island nations, San Antonio's Asian Festival invites everyone to learn more about Asian cultures and the impact they have each had on Texas' identity today.

Asian Festival (2017) by University of Texas at San AntonioVisit San Antonio

Experience, Learn, Grow

Hands-on demonstrations, authentic cuisine, performances and more welcome the community to expand their knowledge and embrace our diverse cultures.

Tejano Conjunto Festival (2021) by Guadalupe Cultural Arts CenterVisit San Antonio

Tejano Conjunto Festival

The first and longest-running Conjunto festival in the country is in San Antonio. The Tejano Conjunto Festival celebrates the very best in Tejano Conjunto music with a five-day festival full of live performances and entertainment. 

Tejano Conjunto Festival (2021) by Guadalupe Cultural Arts CenterVisit San Antonio

What is Tejano Conjunto?

A "conjunto" is a small band of musicians while Tejano music is a Mexican style of music that fuses influences from German and Czec genres. A staple of a Tejano Conjunto? The accordion! 

Cinefestival San Antonio (2022) by Robert CantuVisit San Antonio

Cinefestival San Antonio

Cinefestival is San Antonio's original Latinx festival held annually in the summer that supports local and regional filmmakers. 

Cinefestival San Antonio (2022) by Eugenio del BosqueVisit San Antonio

Cinefestival San Antonio

Cinefestival San Antonio also happens to be the nation's original and longest-running Latino Film Festival, prioritizing films closely related to Texas and San Antonio.  

Entertainers at Pride River Parade (2022) by Javier FernandezVisit San Antonio

Celebrating Pride in San Antonio

San Antonio celebrates and welcomes all. In addition to an annual Pride Bigger than Texas Parade and Festival, San Antonio has also added a river parade to Pride festivities. 
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River Barge at Pride River Parade (2022) by Javier FernandezVisit San Antonio

The Largest Pride River Parade in the Country

2022 marked the first-ever Pride River Parade on the San Antonio River Walk and saw over 42,000 attendees at the event. 
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Dia de Muertos (2022) by Rossi RamirezVisit San Antonio

Día de Muertos

Every fall, celebrations throughout the city pay homage to Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead. Altars or ofrendas permeate the city as the community takes part in celebrations of life. 


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Dia de los Muertos at Hemisfair (Muertos Fest) (2021) by Francisco CortesVisit San Antonio

Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair (Muertos Fest)

Recognized as one of the “7 best fall festivals in the United States” by National Geographic, Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair is a weekend-long vibrant celebration of life complete with community altars, artwork, food and live entertainment.

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Day of the Dead Float at Rosita's Bridge (2019)Visit San Antonio

SpiritLandia Day of the Dead River Parade

There are endless opportunities to celebrate Día de Muertos in San Antonio! The SpiritLandia River Parade commemorates Day of the Dead with a vibrant, after-dark river parade with dazzling festive barges on the San Antonio River Walk.


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DiwaliSA (2019) by DiwaliSAVisit San Antonio

DiwaliSA

DiwaliSA is a single-day festival held in the fall on a weekend close to the observed Diwali holiday. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is an Indian celebration commemorating the triumph of good over evil, light over dark, and knowledge over ignorance.
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DiwaliSA (2019) by DiwaliSAVisit San Antonio

DiwaliSA and Chennai, India

DiwaliSA originally started in 2009 to celebrate the Sister-City relationship between San Antonio and Chennai, India. Today, we celebrate DiwaliSA in the heart of downtown with food, attire, and entertainment authentic to Indian culture. 

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Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival (2021) by Briscoe Western Art MuseumVisit San Antonio

Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival

Highlighting the continued vibrancy and artistic traditions of Native American communities, Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival offers a glimpse into traditional and contemporary Native American culture. 

Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival (2021) by Briscoe Western Art MuseumVisit San Antonio

A Spotlight on Native American Culture

The Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival celebrates Native American culture with artist demonstrations including painting, pottery,  weaving and more, and offers authentic musical performances, dancing, Native American-inspired food and storytelling.

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival (2021) by Christian MöllerVisit San Antonio

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

Held annually in the fall in San Antonio, Luminaria works to celebrate the arts. Highlighting local and regional artists, this festival transforms the city into lively creative installations with live performances, entertainment, and more.

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival (2021) by Luminaria Contemporary Arts FestivalVisit San Antonio

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

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