Fiesta events for April 20: Fiesta Fiesta, Taste of the Republic

Here’s what to expect for the kickoff of Fiesta 2023

Fiesta Fiesta 2021 at Hemisfair (Raven Jordan, KSAT2021)

Viva Fiesta! San Antonio’s biggest party is back from April 20-30.

Want to know what’s going on each day? KSAT has you covered.

The first official day of Fiesta is Thursday, April 20. You can watch the official kickoff party, Fiesta Fiesta, on KSAT 12 and KSAT Plus (our free streaming app), YouTube and on starting at 8 p.m.

Here’s a list of events for the first day of Fiesta 2023 on April 20:

*Names of events and some event descriptions come from the official Fiesta organization.

  • Annual Fiesta Exhibit: A World of Inspiration - The upcoming Fiesta exhibit, titled A World of Inspiration, will present the international story of Fiesta. This exhibit will include Order of the Alamo robes and trains from the Witte collection on temporary loans from San Antonio families. The spectacular and sparkling gowns will span different eras and will all share designs inspired by other countries. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 20-Oct. 30 at The Witte Museum, located at 3801 Broadway Street.
  • Fiesta Fiesta - Enjoy live music, barter for Fiesta medals, lounge with your family in a kid-friendly atmosphere, shop locally made arts and crafts and taste creations from San Antonio’s culinary talents all under the shade of San Antonio’s skyline. This free event takes place from 4-10 p.m. at Travis Park, located at 301 E. Travis Street. Please note this is a change in venue from years past when the event took place at Hemisfair.
Fiesta Fiesta 2021 kickoff (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)
  • Fiesta Carnival - Thrills and chills fill the air at one of the best carnivals in the land. Glittering lights, exciting rides and a wide assortment of foods in the heart of San Antonio make the Carnival a perennial favorite of Fiestagoers. This event takes place from 5-11 p.m. at Alamodome Parking Lot C, located at 100 Montana Street.
  • Taste of the Republic - Since 2017, Taste of the Republic has helped kick off Fiesta and celebrated the food and culture of San Antonio. Guests will be able to sample Texas-inspired cuisine from 12 well-known chefs, with wine, beer, and cocktails. A portion of the funds will help support the Fiesta Commission and the Remember the Alamo Foundation. Tickets cost $125 per person. The event takes place from 6-10 p.m. at Alamo Plaza, located at 300 Alamo Plaza.
Taste of the republic event (Giant Noise)

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Watch Fiesta coverage on KSAT

KSAT will offer live coverage of a number of the 2023 Fiesta events including all of the major parades. Here’s when you can watch them on KSAT 12, KSAT Plus (our free streaming app), YouTube and on

  • Thursday, April 20: Fiesta Fiesta from Travis Park 8-10 p.m. — On KSAT 12 and all digital platforms
  • Monday, April 24: Texas Cavaliers River Parade, 7-10 p.m. — On KSAT 12 and all digital platforms. Watch parade coverage from 7-9 p.m., followed by the “SA Live” River Parade Afterparty from 9-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: Battle of Flowers Band Festival at Alamo Stadium, starting at 6:30 p.m. — Livestream event on and KSAT Plus
  • Friday, April 28: Battle of Flowers Parade, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. — On KSAT 12 and all digital platforms. Parade coverage kicks off at 9 a.m. The parade broadcast begins at 10 a.m. followed by the “SA Live” Battle of Flowers Afterparty from 1-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29: King William Fair Parade, Starting at 9 a.m. — Livestream event on and KSAT Plus
  • Saturday, April 29: Fiesta Pooch Parade, Starting at 9:15 a.m. — Livestream event on and KSAT Plus
  • Saturday, April 29: Battle of Flowers Band Festival (rebroadcast), 2-5 p.m. — On KSAT 12 and all digital platforms
  • Saturday, April 29: Texas Eats Fiesta Edition, 6-7 p.m. — On KSAT 12 and all digital platforms
  • Saturday, April 29: Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade, 7-11 p.m. — On KSAT 12 and all digital platforms. Watch the Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade pre-party from 7-8 p.m. with live parade coverage from 8-11 p.m.

About the Author:

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.