The month of April puts everyone in the mood for a fiesta. The colorful crowds, the aroma of barbecue and margaritas in hand is what identifies the city of San Antonio during the celebratory month.
Fiesta begins today and ends April 26. Though the fun of Fiesta puts many San Antonians in a party mood, some hate the masses of crowds, expensive parking and overpriced food.
Fear not! We understand the pain of a person hassling through busy schedules to find a place that beats the crowds and parking. As students, we also want to avoid the hassle of parking and spending so much money.
This year, The Mesquite staff thinks everyone should know what the South Side community has to offer for this Fiesta season.
Fiesta and Fajitas Pachanga
4 p.m.-7 p.m. on April 22
3315 Sidney Brooks Drive Suite 200
San Antonio, Texas 78235
Fiesta and Fajitas Pachanga is the official event for the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. The event will celebrate with barbecue, drinks and music. South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce will also unveil their official Fiesta medal on this day. Entry into the event is $15 for members of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and $20 for non-members.
Noon-10 p.m. on April 23
1400 W. Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Not too far from the Texas A&M University-San Antonio main campus, Palo Alto College will host PAC Fest. This year, Palo Alto celebrates their 30th Anniversary of PAC Fest as an official Fiesta event. Admission is $5 and free for children under the age of 12. Palo Alto students can attend for free with a student I.D.
Festival de Cascarones
11 a.m.-8 p.m. on April 26, 2015
One University Way
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Other than this being our university’s official Fiesta event, Festival de Cascarones has a lot to offer. Parking is free and proceeds raised from food sales will go to help student organizations. The Spazmatics are also expected to return to hype up the crowd with music.
San José MissionFest
11 a.m.- 11 p.m. on April 26, 2015
701 E. Pyron Ave.
San Antonio, Texas 78214
To commemorate the final hours of Fiesta, head on over to the MissionFest. This South Side tradition will celebrate 13 years as an official Fiesta event. Live music includes the musical genres of tejano, conjunto and country. Kids will also have their own area to play in and make crafts. The event is free until 5 p.m. After that time, a $5 fee is charged for anyone over the age of 18 . Parking remains free for the whole day. Guests may also bring their own lawn chairs. All money raised from this event will benefit the Mission San José Church.
The South Side community is home to The Mesquite staff. Spending time on this side of town shows a culture that is established in history and established in its love for a fiesta.