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What is NIOSA – San Antonio Fiesta
What is NIOSA – San Antonio Fiesta

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What is NIOSA – San Antonio Fiesta

What is NIOSA?  

Where does it take place?  Is it kid-friendly?  And what the heck does NIOSA stand for anyway?  These are just a few of the questions I have received, and I wanted to provide some answers.

What does NIOSA stand for?

“A Night in Old San Antonio” is a four-night festival in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio.

How much does NIOSA Cost?*

$20 advance and $25 at the gate; children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. Get NIOSA Tickets here *prices subject to change

Where is NIOSA?

In the Historic San Antonio 227 South Presa St. 78205

Where to park for NIOSA?

The average lot around is $25; we parked in the Henry B Gonzalez Garage for $10 and walked to 850 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205. I recommend getting an UBER or LYFT or carpooling with friends.

From NIOSA:

Each year the historic downtown village of La Villita takes center stage as 85,000 visitors gather for four nights to celebrate the city’s unique heritage at “A Night in Old San Antonio.” More than 250 elaborately decorated food and drink booths and more than a dozen nonstop entertainment stages represent our city's diverse cultures and customs in 15 heritage-themed areas.

2018 Rey Feo at Night in Old San Antonio NIOSA
2018 Rey Feo at NIOSA

What is NIOSA

NIOSA® proceeds help fund the San Antonio Conservation Society’s purpose to preserve and to encourage the preservation of historic buildings, objects, places, and customs relating to the history of Texas, its natural beauty, and all that is admirably distinctive to our State; and by such physical and cultural preservation to keep the history of Texas legible and intact to educate the public, especially the youth of today and tomorrow with knowledge of our inherited regional values.

Is NIOSA Kid-friendly?

Yes but arrive early, like when the gates are opening because it does get crowded quickly & I have been told Thursday is college night so perhaps avoid that day

Breaking Cascarones on heads at Fiesta in San Antonio
Cascarones at NIOSA

Activities:

  • Walking around visiting the 15 different areas based on the history of San Antonio (German, Western, French Quarter, South of the Border, etc)
  • Arts and Crafts booths
  • Lots and Lots of yummy food that varies based on the era you are in
  • PREPARADAS (for adults only and they change based on what area you are in)
  • Watch the performances in each era, they have dancers, bands, karaoke and more
  • Trade Medals and take photos
  • Sit out and enjoy the riverwalk and riverboats
  • Tickets are $1 each, and it takes about 7 tickets on average for food and drinks

Mom Tips:

  • Wear closed-toe comfy shoes; it can be very dusty.
  • Arrive early so that you can enjoy it before it is too crowded to walk.
  • No outside food or drink is permitted.
  • Bring hand wipes and antibacterial.
  • Wagons and strollers are prohibited.
  • Diaper bags and large carry-all bags are prohibited.

My overall opinion is FOR Fiesta's NIOSA!!!! We will definitely go back, and we will go early and leave before the crowds!


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