DAY 6- Tuesday, April 23
A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA)
April 23, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
La Villita, downtown
(Same times each night through April 27)
This could be THE most crowded Fiesta event ever. But, for most who attend, that's what they are looking for. So, in you go to the Irish Flats for some Killian's and Blarney bacon, or let cloggers entertain you at Sauerkraut Bend in the Villita Assembly Hall. In all, there are 15 different cultural areas that hark back to San Antonio's original settlers.
This year, NIOSA is expanding. There are still the same number of booths, but they are expanding the area into Alamo Street, so those enjoying the French Quarter have a bit of elbow room.
Although you may see a few here, it is not advisable to bring small children. They just don't do well in crowds as tight as a sardine can.
Lots of food, lines, and people you haven't seen in years. That's what keeps people coming back. It's tradition. You must go. There are spots for dancing, too, but don't wear those cute little strappy sandals, unless you don't mind someone pulverizing your pinky with his cowboy boots.
Parking is always a bit of a challenge when attending Fiesta events. Just expect it. You can usually find a spot in one of the parking lots, but it will be at a premium price. Check out the city's downtown parking lot options. Again, you may have to drive around for a bit to find a choice space. And also consider park-and-ride, or take a cab. (http://www.sanantonio.gov/dtops/parking/parking_map.aspx)
OTHER POPULAR CHOICES:
April 23, 8:00pm-10:00pm and 10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
226 N. St. Mary's St.
Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (formerly Fiestas Fantasias)
April 23, 10:00am-12:00am
Market Square 514 West Commerce St
514 West Commerce St.