San Antonio area festivals, events you have to check out in 2018

Music, arts and culture you can't miss in San Antonio

By Mary Claire Patton - Digital Content Curator

SAN ANTONIO - Alamo City always has something going on, from the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo to the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon.

**This story has been updated to reflect only upcoming events and not previous festivals and events for 2018.

Whether you call SA your home base or you're just passing through, there’s something here for everybody.

This year is jam-packed with festivals and events as San Antonio celebrates it’s big 3-0-0.

Plan your year:

Commemorative Week - May 1-6

This Tricentennial event includes a day of reflection of SA’s religious roots, learning about the city’s history, focus on the founding of San Antonio, celebration of the arts, a world heritage day and a military appreciation day.

Wein and Saengerfest - May 5 

Live music, an artisan market, food seminars, a grape stomp, dancing in the streets… it’s all a part of the fun in downtown New Braunfels.

Cinco de Mayo - May 5 

Events include a festival with music and food at historic Market Square, concerts and other commemorations.

Fiesta Noche Del Rio - May 12

Fiesta Noche del Rio is a summer outdoor performance on the River Walk featuring the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas, according to the website. 

Culinaria - May 17-20

Great wine, good food and lots of culture -- get ready for a celebration of culinary crafts and spirits.

Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio - May 16-20

Conjunto bands will play all day at the 37th annual Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio.

Brews and Blooms - May 19

Brews and Blooms at San Antonio Botanical Garden is a craft beer event that features food, lawn games, music and of course -- beer. The event will have more than 40 craft beers from ales to lagers, including seasonal releases, according to a press release.

Barbacoa & Big Red Festival - May 20

Everyone in South Texas should attend this festival at least once. There is plenty of music, barbacoa and Big Red to enjoy for everyone. 

Texas Folklife Festival - June 8-10 

Located on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures on the UTSA Hemisfair Campus, the three-day event showcases the Lone Star State's diversity and rich heritage through a wide variety of ethnic food, music, dance, arts, and crafts, the website says.

Fourth of July Celebration - July 4

Join KSAT 12 in Leon Valley and celebrate Independence Day in style.

World Heritage Festival - Sept. TBD 

The World Heritage Festival is an annual collaborative event to celebrate and promote our San Antonio Missions, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the website says.

San Antonio Beer Festival - Oct. 20 

Tons of local breweries get together in San Antonio to celebrate all things beer. 

Alamo City Comic Con - Oct. 26-28 

Celebrities ascend on San Antonio every year for Alamo City Comic Con.

Mala Luna Music Festival - Oct. TBD 

If you love rap, hip-hop and house music you won’t want to miss Mala Luna.

Wurstfest - Nov. 2-11

Sprechen sie fun? German food, music and beer await you in New Braunfels at Wurstfest.

Diwali Festival of Lights - Nov. TBD

Experience the festive tradition of India that symbolizes the victory of good over evil, the Diwali San Antonio website says.

Luminaria - Nov. 9 

Luminary celebrates contemporary art with edgy installations and performances in downtown San Antonio.

Ford Holiday River Parade - Nov. 23

Ring in the holidays with this iconic night parade filled with lights, costumed float riders and music, the website says.

Wassailfest - Dec. TBD

It's an evening of music, fun food, great shopping, thousands of twinkling holiday lights and free wassail.

Ford Fiesta De Las Luminarias - Dec. TBD 

Experience a century’s old tradition as you stroll along the San Antonio River, guided by more than 2,000 luminaries.

San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon - Dec. 3 

The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series has made running fun for more than 20 years with live bands, cheer teams and more.

San Antonio spots offering free all-you-can-eat crawfish

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