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Best Bets - Tuesday, April 23: First of four nights of NIOSA; Cornyation laughs it up

A Night in Old San Antonio (everyone calls it NIOSA) is a crowded party in La Villita. But crowded is what makes it fun!

Tuesday, April 23

A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

April 23-26, 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.

La Villita, downtown

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 harken back to San Antonio's original settlers.

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.

There's lots of food, lots of lines and lots of 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 getting stepped on by someone in 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.


Fiesta Cornyation: Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., two showtimes at 7 and 10 p.m.

Fiesta in Blue: Edgewood Theatre, 402 Lance, 7 p.m.

Mariachi Festival: Along the San Antonio River Walk, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Coming Up

BEST BETS for Wednesday, April 24: Fiesta royalty at Coronation; big laughs at Cornyation

BEST BETS for Thursday, April 25: Top bands show Fiesta flourish

BEST BETS for Friday, April 26: Enjoying the Battle of Flowers Parade... and beyond!

BEST BETS for Saturday, April 27: Check out King William Fair and Fiesta Flambeau Parade!

BEST BETS for Sunday, April 28: One last day of Fiesta at the Festival de CascarĂ³nes