Pick Up The Newest Issue of La Prensita:

Available TODAY at HEB, Valero, Jim’s, La Fiesta, or Wal-Greens. Inside you’ll find the Official Fiesta Calendar of Events and it even features a beautiful throwback cover from their 1930s Fiesta archive!

Buy Your Tickets in Advance:

You’re already going to stand in line for Chicken-on-a-Stick, funnel cake, and turkey legs. Why add to your woes by waiting in line before setting foot inside the event? Both HEB and the Fiesta Store on Broadway sell tickets to the Fiesta Flambeau Parade, Battle of the Flowers Parade, NIOSA and other official events. Pay them a visit first and stock up on colorful Fiesta swag while you’re there.

Don’t Get Caught With Oyster Bake Feet:

We know you’re itching to show off your newest and hottest spring sandals – but St. Mary’s Oyster Bake is NOT the Fiesta event to debut them (same goes for NIOSA, A Taste of New Orleans, or any Fiesta event that will unleash your inner agoraphobe). Do you really want to be caught with Oyster Bake feet? See Exhibit A below. Ew.


Always Bring Cash:

Fiesta events are not plastic-friendly. Those $3 you just spent on ATM fees? Shame on you. That could’ve bought your fussy toddler a paleta.

Poor Cell Service:

Prepare for unreliable phone reception and slow internet connection. Sorry, but not everyone and their mom can be on Snapchat at the exact same time.


Dress Cool and Comfortable:

Fiesta is a time for colorful flair and celebrating our cultura. Festive embroidered tops for the ladies and guayaberas for men are all fair game. But remember, it’s April. In San Antonio. It will be cool and hot, humid and cloudy, rainy and sunny, all within the the same day — guaranteed. Dress light, comfortable and pack a rain poncho. P.S. – this may sound contradictory, but leave your white clothes at home. Just trust us.

Plan Your Transportation:

Downtown parking is limited as it is, not to mention, drinking and driving is the fastest way to end up on the wrong side of downtown (we see you, Bexar County Jail). Instead, use VIA Bus System’s Park and Ride or take a Lyft. Use our special code HeartFireLyft (many thanks to our friends at OCI Group!) and receive a $25 credit towards your first ride!

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Be A Lover, Not A Fighter:

You will get bumped into. Your drink(s) will spill. You may get grease stains on your shirt.  But whatever you do – don’t take it personal. You do not want to be the star of San Antonio’s next throwdown viral video! (Or do you?)

Pack Sunscreen and Hydrate Often:

Dehydration and/or heatstroke is a one-way ticket to the ER. Good luck getting your gordita fix there.


The Golden Rule of the Cascaron:

Don’t break a cascaron directly on someone’s head. Confetti in your beer is Fiesta acceptable – blood in your beer is not. Crack it in your hand first and THEN pour its contents onto an unsuspecting bystander’s head.

Try A Free Fiesta Event You’ve Never Been To

San Antonio Mom Blogs compiled a list of 50+ FREE Family-Friendly Fiesta Events to check out. Skip the usual Fiesta routine and take your whole family to events off-the-beaten-path!

Do you have any must-know Fiesta tips? Share them with us! And don’t forget La Prensa and HeartFire Media’s Fiesta Mixer is next Wednesday, April 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. at our new HQ! Located at 816 Camaron St. Ste. 240. San Antonio, TX 78212.


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