San Antonio and Bexar County are set to ring in the New Year and kick off a year-long Tricentennial commemoration in style with award-winning acts that will headline Celebrate 300, the free and family-friendly outdoor New Year's Eve festival and concert in the heart of downtown at Hemisfair.

The Tricentennial Commission released the official schedule of events, transit and parking information for attendees.


  • Gates open at 4 p.m.
  • Festival ends at the conclusion of the midnight fireworks spectacular
  • Event will be held rain or shine
  • A variety of food and beverage vendors will be located along Alamo Street starting at 4 p.m.
  • Celebrate 300 is free and open to the public


The Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair will be transformed into the Tricentennial Garden area and will feature family-friendly activities and acts including:

Yanaguana Garden Outdoor Theater

  • 6 p.m. Home Alone
  • 8 p.m. BIG
  • 10:15 p.m. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo

  • 6:30 p.m. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • 8:30 p.m. A Christmas Carol

Two stages at Hemisfair will feature local, regional and national award winning performers as follows:

West Stage

  • 4:15 p.m. Sam Riggs
  • 5:05 p.m. BillyRay Sheppard
  • 5:50 p.m. Mayor Nirenberg delivers brief remarks
  • 6 p.m. Flaco Jimenez Y Su Conjunto

East Stage

  • 6:30 p.m. Presentation of Colors
  • 6:35 p.m. Little Joe Y La Familia
  • 7:45 p.m. The Last Bandoleros
  • 9 p.m. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
  • 10:25 p.m. Mayor Nirenberg and County Judge Wolff deliver brief remarks
  • 10:45 p.m. REO Speedwagon
  • 11:59 p.m. Mayor Nirenberg and family lead the countdown to 2018
  • Midnight Fireworks Spectacular


In coordination with the San Antonio Police Department SAPD and key downtown stakeholders, the Tricentennial Commission is providing the following traffic and security information and encourages event-goers to plan ahead to ensure a safe experience for attendees, spectators, vendors and first responders:

This year's New Year's Eve footprint is distinct in that it's fully gated with a full security screening and bag checks in place. This enhancement will elevate the guest experience and provide additional safety and security.

No weapons, fireworks, bicycles, chairs, ice chests/coolers, oversized bags, glass containers, drones, animals (other than service animals), outside food/beverages/alcohol or smoking will be allowed inside the event.

Clear bags are strongly encouraged at this event. Individuals carrying a clear bag will be granted expedited access inside the event grounds.

Four event entrances are located as follows: East Market Street, Alamo & Market, Alamo & Nueva, and Nueva Street northeast of Yanaguana.

For the safety of all guests, all patrons and carry items are subject to inspection.


  • VIA Park & Ridespecial event bus service will be available to the New Year's Eve event.
  • Service will be provided from the following three locations:
  • Crossroads Mall Park & Ride, 151 Crossroads Blvd
  • Madla Park & Ride, 1584 Cantrell across from South Park Mall
  • AT&T Center Park & Ride, 1 AT&T Center Parkway
  • The Park & Ride drop-off and pick-up location will be near the Celebrate 300 event at the Robert Thompson Transit Center, 183 Montana Street
  • Service from the Park & Ride locations begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Return service from the Thompson Center will run until 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018.
  • The special event fare is $5 round-trip for adults (two one-way trips of $2.50 each).
  • A discount fare of $2.50 round-trip (two one-way trips of $1.25 each) is available for children ages 5-11 as well as senior citizens 62 years and older, Medicare recipients, persons with disabilities and students with a valid VIA ID.
  • Accommodations will be made for elderly individuals and for those with limited mobility at VIA Park & Ride locations and at the Thompson Transit Center. VIA Shuttles will be available to transport individuals with mobility limitations.
  • Visit VIA's website or contact VIA Customer Service at 210-362-2020 for more information.

Ride Share drop-off areas include:

  • Lot on Commerce and IH-37 near the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
  • Alamo Plaza on Houston by the Emily Morgan Hotel
  • Villita Street between Navarro and St. Mary's

Taxi Stands

  • Commerce Street between Bowie and Alamo
  • Alamo Plaza on Blum near the Menger Hotel

Bike Valet

  • Secure bike check-in located on Alamo Street between Cesar Chavez and Nueva


  • Public transportation is encouraged as there will be limited parking available downtown.
  • A full list of City-owned garages and lots is available at Note that a $5 event rate at all city owned lots and garages will be in place on Dec. 31. Alamodome parking for the event will be free of charge.
  • Several privately owned lots and garages are also available for a fee. Parking fees associated with privately owned lots or garages are not controlled by the City or the Commission.


  • Two major street closures will take place on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 to Monday, Jan. 1, 2018:
  • Alamo from Cesar Chavez to Market from 6 a.m. Sunday - 7 a.m. Monday
  • Market from Presa to Bowie, 3 p.m. Sunday - 2 a.m. Monday
  • There will be a temporary closure of a portion of the southbound Access road to IH-37 near Cesar Chavez and a portion of Cesar Chavez between 11:30 p.m. and 12:45 a.m. for fireworks fall out


  • Ticketed, VIP experience is available for purchase for $150 per person until Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.
  • Tickets for the enhanced experience may be purchased here or visit this website and click on “Buy VIP Tickets."
  • A covered, red carpet experience with comfort lounge seating including catered food throughout the evening, three beverage tickets per person, a champagne toast, and Tricentennial commemorative items are included.
  • Private restroom will be available

Download the Tricentennial app to get alerts about upcoming events, purchase official SA300 Gear, sign up to become a volunteer and learn about the rich history of San Antonio and Bexar County directly from your mobile device.

Visit for up-to-date information on Celebrate 300 and 2018 events.