NIOSA officials to raise ‘Rain Rock’ in effort to ward off bad weather

Decades-long tradition dates back to late 1970s

SAN ANTONIO – It’s the Monday before A Night in Old San Antonio opens, and that means it’s time to raise the “Rain Rock.”

The decades-long tradition of raising the Rain Rock is done in an effort to ward off undesirable weather for the Fiesta San Antonio event.

NIOSA officials will hang the rock at 10 a.m. Monday, outside NIOSA headquarters near La Villita.

“The NIOSA Rain Rock tradition dates back to the late 1970s when NIOSA volunteer Sue Armitage assured then NIOSA chairman Joanna Parrish, who was fretting about ominous clouds, with the Texas good luck tradition of hanging a rock with a hole in it on a fence to ward off bad weather. That year, Joanna took her advice, and NIOSA was blessed with beautiful weather,” a news release states.

On opening night Tuesday, KSAT will livestream coverage from NIOSA starting at 6:30 p.m. You can watch KSAT’s live coverage on KSAT Plus (our free streaming app) and

The popular four-night festival will celebrate 75 years at La Villita in 2024. NIOSA runs from Tuesday, April 23 to Friday, April 26. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased on NIOSA’s website, at local H-E-B stores, and at NIOSA headquarters at 227 S. Presa St. Click here for more information on the event.

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Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.

Rebecca Salinas is an award-winning digital journalist who joined KSAT in 2019. She reports on a variety of topics for KSAT 12 News.

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