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 in 1973, 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, tacos, chicken on-a-stick, and roasted corn and more.  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.

The Admission booth accepts both cash and credit card. Coupon booths accept cash only. Coupons are required for the purchase of food, beverages and children's activities. For your convenience there are several ATMs located throughout the Fair.

 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 Friend of SSA or just 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

The Young Artist Garden is a great place for your children and teens to get creative and make some art. Multiple ticketed activities are available from Face Painting to Stained Glass.

 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. Click here to view parking map.

However we suggest using ride share options, using VIA, or using the Fair's FREE Bike Valet.

Using ride share

If using ride share we suggest you use the address 1201 Navarro for both your pick-up and drop off location as the street adjacent to Fiesta Arts Fair is closed to through traffic during Fair hours.

Biking to the Fair?

Use the Fair's Bike Corral and valet park your bicycle for FREE at the Volunteer Check-in area, located at the intersection of Augusta and Giraud in front of the Coates Chapel.  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. Use google maps for bus routes that are best for you.

Bus fare is $1.30 each way. Day Passes are available for $2.75. 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 gourmet chili and mac n' cheese, 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.

 

 Restrooms

Portable facilities are located in the corner of the parking lot, near booth #63 and in the McNutt Garden near the soda booth. There are also restrooms inside the Ceramic Building near booth #79, in the breezeway to the McNutt Garden and Young Artists Garden. Restrooms are also available at the Navarro Campus, just across the street; be sure to keep your wristband on for re-entry to the Fair .

 Pets

We welcome guest with disabilities and their service animals but have strict requirements that follow ADA guidelines i.e. the term "service animal" means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. We reserve the right to refuse entry to a service animal that reacts aggerssively to people, sounds, or other animals and therefore poses a direct threat to health and safety. NOTE: Emotional support, therapy, or comfort animals (that provide comfort just by being with a person) shall not be admitted to the event. We love animals too, but the Fair is not the place for them. 

 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.

 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.

 Recycling

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

 

Helpful Information

Fiesta Arts Fair is open to the public

Dates to be Announced

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