Fiesta partygoers navigate road closures amid downtown construction

South Alamo Street between La Villita and Hemifair has been under construction since last year’s Fiesta

SAN ANTONIO – While there’s much excitement about Fiesta, some say the downtown road closures are making getting to the parties a little more of a challenge.

Downtown is full of closures and construction barriers. South Alamo Street between La Villita and Hemisfair has been under construction since last year’s Fiesta due to a series of projects in the area.

The construction can make navigating your way to some Fiesta events a little confusing although the City of San Antonio has placed QR codes on the ground to help people find their way.

“It’s not very clear at all. Like, I don’t even know what I’m looking at,” said Stephanie Hughes.

Her husband Brian added, “It is crazy. Like, we tried to get an Uber a few days ago and tried to find a spot where they could get to and meet us. It was kind of difficult.”

While some are frustrated with downtown driving, others are concerned about inflation driving up the cost of food and drinks.

A viral Facebook post showed a 32 oz margarita going for $20.

“Oh wow,” Hannah Beever said, reacting to the post.

“No way,” added Lacey Shannon.

“I wouldn’t pay $20 for a margarita. I would just pre-game at home,” Stephanie Hughes said with a laugh.

It’s unclear which Fiesta event was selling that $20 drink.

NIOSA Chairman Rose Moran said prices vary depending on the event, and prices at NIOSA will be the same as last year.

“Maria’s tortillas are $6, the beer is $7, and most everything is going to be between $3 and $7-$8,” said Moran.

NIOSA is one of Fiesta’s favorite events. It kicks off on Tuesday.

Full list of closures: Year-long lane closures planned for busy downtown street due to ongoing construction

Find a full list of Fiesta events and news on here

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John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.

Gavin Nesbitt is a photojournalist and video editor who joined KSAT in September 2021. He has traveled across the great state of Texas to film, conduct interviews and edit many major news stories, including the White Settlement church shooting, Hurricane Hanna, 2020 presidential campaigns, Texas border coverage and the Spurs.

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