Popular Barbacoa and Big Red Festival returns to San Antonio this weekend

An estimated 40,000 people attended the Barbacoa and Big Red Festival in 2019

SAN ANTONIO – The puro San Antonio Barbacoa and Big Red Festival is returning this weekend following a two-year hiatus.

This is the 10th festival celebrating the classic South Texas pairing.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, starting at $10 per person for a single-day general admission ticket. Children ages 12 and younger are free.

Festivities will take place from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday at the R&J Music Pavilion, located at 18086 Pleasanton Road on the city’s South Side.

The party will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Entertainers expected for Saturday include Jay Perez, Kin Faux, Jerry DeLeon and more.

Aaron Watson will be the headliner on Sunday with Mario Flores, Gabe Garcia, The e7 Band, Vinny Tovar and others also performing.

There will be a mini mercado at the festival for people wanting to get a jump start on holiday shopping.

An estimated 40,000 people attended the Barbacoa and Big Red Festival in 2019. Complaints of heat exhaustion and long lines plagued social media but festival organizers said they would be quadrupling the number of entrances for next year’s festival to help alleviate some of the line issues.

Wondering about the weather? The forecast is looking pretty nice for this weekend with temperatures expected to stay consistent in the upper-80s Saturday and Sunday.


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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.