San Antonio Festivals and Area Celebrations
The biggest festival in San Antonio is none other than Fiesta, our own annual citywide celebration. The small towns and communities around San Antonio have their own unique celebratory gatherings that bring out entire populations of these smaller towns. These events take place at all times of the year and often function as a draw for San Antonio residents seeking fun outside the San Antonio city limits. Some festivals are close, just outside Loop 1604, while others can be an hour or more away. Regardless of distance, central and south Texas festivals and town events bring out the charm in our neighboring towns as well as the enjoyment of small town Texas.
Festivals South of San Antonio
Peanut Festival - The land south of San Antonio has long been home to peanut farming. The Floresville Peanut Festival is a celebration of the peanut farming in south Texas. The Peanut Festival takes place in downtown Floresville on the square surrounding the courthouse the second full weekend of every October. Like many other small town celebrations, the Peanut Festival has royalty including King, Queen and a court of young locals. Street dances, food, drinks and of course, peanut brittle are available throughout the annual event.
Strawberry Festival - Poteet strawberries are well known throughout south Texas and the Poteet Strawberry Festival is widely known too. Held in the first part of April every year, this festival boasts 100 acres of fairgrounds with, rodeos, rides, dances and country music and Tejano bands performing throughout the event on numerous different stages. The celebration is for the annual harvest of strawberries produced in the area and is the largest festival in Atascosa County. Over the past 60 plus years, the Poteet Strawberry Festival has grown to host over 100,000 people from the area and beyond bringing in the largest economic boost for Poteet area businesses exceeding 10 million dollars.
Festivals North Of San Antonio
Cornyval - Just on the outskirts of San Antonio is the town of Helotes which hosts the Cornyval. Translated from spanish, "helotes" means "corn" in english. Although the corn producing farms are fewer in this area, the land was once fertile growing land for native indians to plant and harvest corn for food. The Cornyval is a celebration of the indians coming down from the hills to grow their corn in the fertile lowlands of the Helotes area. Cornyval incorporates all of the small town festival feel right on the edge of San Antonio. The early-May event hosts a PRCA outdoor rodeo along with music, arts and crafts under the shady oak trees of the beginning of the hill country. Helotes Festival Association is the group responsible for the production of the Cornyval and with the growth of the Helotes area, this festival is sure to continue growing.
Wurstfest - Wurstfest is a ten day celebration of sausage in the German town of New Braunfels. It's important to know that several areas north of San Antonio are deep rooted German communities and of course, sausage and beer are the headliners for these festivals. Wurstfest brings out thousands of people for the "salute to sausage" festival just north of San Antonio on IH-35. Wurstfest starts during the end of October or the beginning of November and runs for ten days following its start. The "sausage centered" festival is more for adults but some of the festivities can be enjoyed by children. Visit Wurstfest with a designated driver and an empty stomach. This festival is extremely well attended and very fulfilling.