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What is Oyster Bake – Fiesta San Antonio
What is Oyster Bake – Fiesta San Antonio

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What is Oyster Bake – Fiesta San Antonio

"Fiesta Oyster Bake" event banner over an outdoor scene with people grilling on a large stone barbecue, and a cartoon oyster character wearing a patriotic top hat and boots in the foreground.

What is Oyster Bake?  Is it kid-friendly, or should I get a babysitter?  Where is it?  These are just a few of the questions I have received, and I wanted to provide some answers.

What is Fiesta Oyster Bake
HUGE crowds at Oyster Bake, mostly college-aged or wishing they were college-aged.

Admission*: Adults are $25, & Kids 10 – under are free. *Prices are subject to change

Parking: we parked on campus for $20 but got lucky; it filled up quickly.  Everywhere else around is $20 or you can take the VIA for about $1.50

Location: St. Mary's University Campus – 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228

From Oyster Bake:

Oyster Bake features more than 100,000 oysters served baked, raw, and fried, plus 70+ food and beverage booths that dish up savory favorites and quench every thirst.  Enjoy continuous Rock, Country, Tejano, R&B / Hip Hop, Pop, and Children’s musical entertainment, a full carnival, and a special Fireworks Spectacular on Friday evening.  Join more than 7,000 volunteers and 60,000 patrons at this exciting event.  Oyster Bake’s mission is to produce a quality, volunteer-driven, Fiesta San Antonio-approved music festival to raise funds for student scholarships to St. Mary’s University and to support the University and the Alumni Association.

Kid-friendly: Nope…LOL. I know others will disagree, but it is crazy and crowded. If you want a great carnival, go to the Fiesta Carnival.

Activities:

  • Lots of Great Food & Drink Vendors
  • Multiple stages with multiple great bands, probably the best music experience at Fiesta
  • Huge carnival
  • Cool interactive experiences and samples to try
  • They offer a great VIP area with AC potties and massages

To Note: Prepare for ALOT of walking!  Prepare for crazy crowds.  We saw lots of overflowing trash cans. We saw a few dirty port-o-potties with no water to wash our hands with.  There also is a lack of signage and maps, so first-timers just get ready to wander and discover, which is kinda fun.  This was the tightest security we have encountered thus far.  They check everything so make sure to check their website and leave things in the car so they don't take them.

Mom Tips if you bring the kids:

  • Wear closed-toed, comfy shoes
  • Prepare for tricky parking
  • Bring money as the activities and food are expensive
  • Bring hand wipes and antibacterial
  • Be ready to hold hands so you don't get separated

My overall recommendation is for Oyster Bake if you are an adult. I personally would never bring my kids again & they are good with that decision.


Check out my other Fiesta Reviews

What is Oyster Bake?  A guide to Fiesta San Antonio
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