Insiders Guide

What You Should Know About Fiesta Arts Fair

Fiesta Arts Fair is an annual, art-focused fundraising event that provides general operating support for Southwest School of Art; the only independent college of art in Texas.  What began as a small art fair over 45 years ago, has since grown into one of the highlights of the Fiesta San Antonio®, with an annual attendance of approximately 12,000 people.  The 2-day event takes place early in the Fiesta San Antonio season on the campus of Southwest School of Art and generates funds for the School through ticket sales and sponsorships.  Fiesta Arts Fair showcases the contemporary art of more than 100 artists from across the United States and features works in a variety of media, including metal, ceramics, glass, painting, photography, textures and jewelry.

In addition to art, Fiesta Arts Fair patrons have access to a wide variety of foods, ranging from traditional favorites like gorditas and roasted corn, to flavorful concoctions like chocolate covered bacon and fried Oreos®.  The event also features live music by local and regional performers.

Over the years, Fiesta Arts Fair has become known throughout San Antonio as one of the most family friendly Fiesta San Antonio® events of the year.  One of its most popular attractions is the Young Artists Garden which provides a fun, festive opportunity for budding artists to learn, explore and express their creativity.

 

Admission to the Fiesta Arts Fair supports educational programs at Southwest School of Art, a non-profit institution.

 Admission & Coupons

At the Gate: $15 adults (students $12 with valid ID); $5 daily for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5 accompanied by adults. Adults can purchase advance tickets for $12 at the Southwest School of Art's McNutt Welcome Center or on our website.

Admission and coupon booths accept cash only. Coupons are required for the purchase of food, beverages and children's activities. For your convenience an ATM is located near the main entrance.

 Information Booth

Need to find food options, directions to the Children's Art Garden, looking for official Fiesta Arts Fair merchandise, visit us at the Information Booth, located in the Frost Garden just off the parking lot. Not only can you purchase Fiesta Arts Fair t-shirts and medals, but you can also get info on taking an art class and pick up a class catalog, become a member or just to say, "¡Viva Fiesta!"

Lost and Found is also located at the Information Booth.

 Demonstration Tent

During the Fair, you'll be able to see working demonstrations conducted by members of our faculty, staff and student body.  Look for the demonstration tent next to the Fair Information Booth.

 Young Artist Garden

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The Young Artist Garden is a great place for your children and teens to get creative and make some art.

 Getting to Fiesta Arts Fair

Fiesta Arts Fair takes place on the Ursuline Campus of Southwest School of Art, located at 300 Augusta at Navarro.

Note: Augusta is closed during Fair hours between Navarro & Giraud:, Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 Parking and Transportation

You'll find a number of paid parking garages and self-pay parking lots within two blocks of Southwest School of Art.  The most ample parking availability can be found along these streets: St. Mary's, Navarro, Augusta and Soledad.  You can even arrange transportation to and from area parking with San Antonio Pedicab at 210-802-1604.

Biking to the Fair? Use the Fair's  BIKE CORRAL and valet park your bicycle at the Volunteer Check-in area, located at the intersection of Augusta and Giraud in front of the Coates Chapel. Bike racks are located on both at SSA on our Navarro Campus or at the Central Library. And, there are several San Antonio B-cycle stations located near the Fair.

Tips for taking VIA to Fiesta Arts Fair

Riding the bus downtown for Fiesta avoids the hassle of parking, traffic and driving. Plus it’s the green way to go!

Seven VIA bus routes serve the Southwest School of Art. Please check the map to find the best route for you.

Bus fare is $1.30 each way. Day Passes are available for $2.75. Pre-purchase your ticket or day pass using VIA’s free smartphone app, goMobile, available on Google Play Store and Apple Store. If you prefer to pay with cash, you can pay your fare on the bus; however, please use exact change. Reduced fares are available for children, students, seniors, active duty military, and customers with disabilities. Visit viainfo.net for more details.

In order to provide the most efficient service all routes are paired with another route through downtown (shown as (X) on map). For example, route 5 McCullough changes to route 30 Rigsby, after travelling through downtown. If you are coming from somewhere on the eastside on route 30 the bus will change to route 5, but you don’t need to change seats because the route 5 stops across the street from the Southwest School of Arts.

Cyclists welcome! All buses have space for two bikes, if you prefer to pedal one leg of your trip. All buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi.

Check viainfo.net or call 210.362.2020 for individual schedule or route information.

 Food & Beverages

When it comes to food, Fiesta Arts Fair offers something tasty for everyone.  From traditional favorites like gorditas and roasted corn, to flavorful concoctions like chocolate covered bacon and fried Oreos, hungry fairgoers always have lots of delicious options to satisfy their appetites.  In addition to the traditional vendor favorites, each year also brings a few new culinary artists to the party. And when you need something cold and wet, there's always plenty of cold water, aguas frescas, soft drinks, sangria, beer and margaritas available to quench your thirst.

 Recycling

Please help Fiesta Arts Fair "go green" by recycling appropriate beverage containers at bins located throughout the fairgrounds.

 

 Restrooms

Portable facilities are located in the corner of the parking lot, near booth #60 and in the McNutt Garden near the soda booth. There are also restrooms in the breezeway to the McNutt Garden and the Urschel Building. Restrooms are also available at the Navarro Campus, just across the street; be sure to have your hand stamped for re-entry to the Fair at the Entrance Gate.

 Pets

We love animals too, but the Fair is not the place for them. While service animals are permitted with proper identification, absolutely no pets are allowed on the grounds of Fiesta Arts Fair in order to ensure the security of visitors and artwork. This includes animals in small carriers or bags. Please leave your pets at home.

 Volunteer Information

Volunteers are one of the main reasons this fundraising event has always been so successful.

Become a part of a great Fiesta tradition by becoming a volunteer. For more information on volunteering, click here.

 Other things to see while at the Fair

While at the Fair, but sure to visit the Russell Hill Rogers Galleries at the Navarro Campus, located just across the street from Fiesta Arts Fair at 1201 Navarro.

 

 Sponsorship

To all our sponsors: thank you for your support! To view a current list of sponsors, click here.

Interested in becoming a sponsor of Fiesta Arts Fair? For more information click here or contact Ed Conroy, Director of Development, at (210) 200.8204.

 Wheel Chair Accessibility

Guests may use the Club Girard parking lot (entrance on St. Mary's) as a drop off/pick-up location for individuals with mobility issues. This is for drop off/pick-up only; no parking is allowed at this location.

 

Helpful Information

Fiesta Arts Fair is open to the public

Saturday, April 21
10am – 6pm

Sunday, April 22
11am – 5pm

  Fiesta Arts Fair Map 

  Artists Application Information

  Volunteer Sign Up

  Buy Tickets 

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