SAN ANTONIO — A Night in Old San Antonio in La Villita is still on Friday despite the threat of severe thunderstorms in the San Antonio area.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of Bexar County and surrounding areas at a risk level 3 out of 5. Damaging winds and large hail will be the main threats.
NIOSA organizers sent a statement late Friday morning saying the festival will still be on "rain or shine," adding that they're monitoring emergency services and National Weather Service updates.
See the full statement below:
"We believe in the power of the NIOSA Rain Rock! NIOSA Chairman Patti Zaiontz says NIOSA is on for tonight, rain or shine. Gates will open as scheduled at 5:30 p.m. and stay open until 10:30 for our final night. NIOSA closely monitors the City of San Antonio emergency services alerts & NWS weather advisories & will follow organizational safety protocols. Some of which include closing certain coupon booths due to lightening. NIOSA runs rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable."
Outlook for other Fiesta events
As of 3:15 p.m., there have been no announcements of canceled Fiesta events due to the threat of severe weather. Several event organizers said rain is not supposed to happen during Fiesta, but this wouldn't be the first time.
Organizers nonetheless say they have made some adjustments, just in case.
Blues Festival officials say all chairs have been moved far under the pavilions and will be using the Depots at the Espee.
Gartenfest officials said they will be monitoring the weather radar. Any announcements will be made on the PA system by organizers if weather becomes a danger, giving revelers enough time to leave before it hits.
“I guess the rain feels like it’s supposed to be maybe raining on our parade a little bit, but we’ve got our fingers crossed. We won’t have a rain rock, but we just give it our best shot,” said David Uhler, Gartenfest organizer. “Keep our fingers crossed. We’ve got space in the hall that we can probably put people in, and in the clubroom as well.”
Steve Rosenauer, executive director of the Fiesta Commissioner, told KENS 5 event organizers and the city are monitoring the weather.
Be weather-aware if you go to Fiesta events. Have a plan to be able to leave before the weather hits, or know where you can seek shelter.
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