Free Fiesta fun for the whole family

Free Fiesta fun for the whole family

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Free Fiesta fun for the whole family

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by Debi Pfitzenmaier / Special to Kens5.com

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Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 5:39 PM

Fiesta 2012 is knocking on the door. Are you ready? More importantly, is your pocketbook ready?

No worries. While there are plenty of events with entrance fees, there are also lots of free, family-friendly events on tap.  Here are seven of my favorite freebies. A quick note: While there’s plenty of fun to be had for free, you’ll likely have to dip in your wallet for food and carnival games…so don’t forget to bring some cash with you.

Fiesta Carnival

Starting on Wednesday, April 18, and every night until April 29th, head over to the Alamodome Parking Lot C for games, rides, and Carnival fun – fiesta style.

Fiesta de los Niños

Watch as homemade floats lead the way through Port San Antonio’s town center at noon on Saturday, April 21. That’s where the fun begins. Your kids will have a blast playing games, riding rides, and you can relax a bit - it’s an alcohol-free environment for your kids to have a fun and safe Fiesta.

Paseo del Rio Children's Festival

Bring the whole family down to the River Walk on Saturday, April 21, for a fun, entertaining, and even educational Fiesta event down on the River Walk. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., enjoy a day of live entertainment, interactive games, face painting, clowns, story-telling, mascots, arts and crafts, and even wildlife exhibits all especially designed for your kids.


Fort Sam Houston Fiesta Ceremony and Fireworks Extravaganza

The family can watch in awe of the fireworks display over Fort Sam Houston after Fiesta Country Fair fun.  Food, drinks, live entertainment, carnival rides and games, military ceremonies and displays - it’s San Antonio’s unique cultures colliding for one big Fiesta extravaganza, and it’s always been a favorite tradition for my family.

Earth Day

On Saturday, April 21, you  have your choice of two venues: from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Woodlawn Lake is the official Fiesta event for celebrating Planet Earth. This event includes entertainment stages, food and beverage booths (possibly the only vegetarian food you’ll find during Fiesta), tree-planting demonstrations, a 5-k run, workshops, and seminars designed to bring our community together to educate and demonstrate various ways we can help our planet. Or, head out to The Pearl  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the annual Picnic in the Park with the Nature Conservancy of Texas. Take your chair or blanket along with some lunch (or grab a bite from the Farmers Market) and partake of giveaways, face painting, games on the lawn and more.

I love the musical stylings of our Troops at Fiesta in Blue. Catch the Band of the West Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, at the Edgewood Theater of Performing Arts at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public – but you need to pick up tickets first or get them online here as seating is limited.  

Looking for more to do? SA Busy Kids has put together a complete Fiesta Family Guide. Or, if you’re all Fiesta’d out, there’s plenty of options on the SA Busy Kids Event Calendar.

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