SAN ANTONIO – A piece of San Antonio’s greatest annual celebration is at the Witte Museum.
Although San Antonians won’t be able to experience Fiesta until later this year, the museum announced visitors can still celebrate in April with this new exhibit.
The museum’s new Fiesta-themed exhibit, called “Te Amo Fiesta,” or “I Love You, Fiesta,” will debut on April 15, which was the original date set for Fiesta before it was postponed due to the pandemic. The exhibit will be included in museum admission.
“Te Amo Fiesta” will feature nine official Fiesta royals, including Miss Fiesta, Charro Queen, Queen of Soul, and a few unofficial royals as well, including El Rey Fido, according to the museum.
“We even have information about the impact on Fiesta to our community, like how much food we eat during Fiesta, how many volunteers it takes to put on this amazing event every year,” Amy Fulkerson, chief curator of the Witte Museum said.
The exhibit will also include an exclusive Cocktails & Culture event on Thursday, April 22, for guests 21 years or older “to explore the exhibition in an after-hours space.”
“Beneath the swaying papel picado and amidst colorful confetti, live the magic of the Fiesta we all missed in 2020,” museum officials said in a release. “No matter the cause, Fiesta has and always will be an important part of our community.”
The much-loved San Antonio tradition, which dates back to 130 years, is known for holding more than 100 events over a 10-day span. The museum said the event will be honored in this exhibit, as visitors will be able to rediscover all things Fiesta, ranging from its royalty, parades, Fiesta medals and more.
“This is really our little love letter to Fiesta, of all the things that we have missed when we had to cancel Fiesta last year,” Fulkerson said.
The exhibit is also made possible by a grant from the Fiesta San Antonio Commission.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic canceled last year’s Fiesta celebration, this year’s celebration has been postponed until June 17-27, 2021.