What is Fiesta Arts Fair?
What began as a small art fair 44 years ago has grown into one of the highlights of Fiesta San Antonio. In both 2008 and 2009, readers of the San Antonio Current ranked Fiesta Arts Fair as the "Best Arts Fair" in San Antonio, citing the outstanding juried artists and the Southwest School of Art's "gorgeous grounds." Readers also ranked Fiesta Arts Fair as one of the three "Most Family-Friendly" Fiesta events.
Fiesta Arts Fair showcases the contemporary art of 120 artists from all over America. Ceramics, paintings, jewelry, glass, photography, wearable art and other high-quality artworks are for sale to accent one's home, table, or body.
The art fair is nestled among the shady trees of the school's historic Ursuline Campus adjacent to San Antonio's River Walk, and in the art school's gothic chapel. This event draws over 12,000 people to enjoy art along with regional music and some of the best Mexican food San Antonio has to offer.
Fiesta Arts Fair has something for everyone – especially children. At the Children's Art Garden, kids work with professional artists and volunteers to create their own mini-masterpieces. From stained glass to clay to creative new Fiesta medals, there is an art project for everyone to discover.
Admission to the Fiesta Arts Fair sustains educational programs at the non-profit Southwest School of Art.
Fiesta Arts Fair is open to the public:
Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and
Sunday, April 23 from 11:00 am – 5:00pm
Admission & Coupons
$15 adults (two-day admission); $5 daily for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5 accompanied by adults.
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.
Need to find food options, directions to the Children's Art Garden, looking for offical 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 inquire about taking art classes 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.
Many of our faculty members, staff and students will be presenting working demonstration during the Fair and is located next to the Fair Information Booth.
Children's Art Garden
Sponsored by Target Stores | Valero Energy Foundation
The Children's Art Garden is the place for your little ones to get creative and make some art.
Getting to Fiesta Arts Fair
Fiesta Arts Fair takes place on the ground of the Southwest School of Art's Ursuline Campus, 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
There are many paid parking garages and self-pay parking lots within two blocks of the Southwest School of Art along St. Mary's, Navarro, Augusta and Soledad streets. Visit the Downtown Alliance website for a map of nearby parking. 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 Chapel. There are also nearby bike racks can be found at the SSA Navarro Campus or Central Library. And there are two San Antonio B-cycle stations located near the Fair.
Riding the bus is a great option to get to Fiesta Arts Fair. The School is located on several major VIA bus routes; check out nearby bus routes here. Or connect to VIA for a trip planner or visit their official website here. Just outside the Fair, on Navarro St, is a major north/south bus artery and the stop for the BLUE LINE Trolley.
Need to pick up purchased artwork ? Stop by the Information Booth to arrange for pick-up large items purchased during the Fair.
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.
Food & Beverages
The menu runs the gamut from gorditas to roasted corn and pralines to palettas. There will also be a special kids area serving up items sure to quell youngsters' appetites.
Hungry fairgoers can enjoy Mexican favorites by La Gloria, Roasted Kernels and more.
Beverages available at the Fair include beer, margaritas, soft drinks and aguas frescas.
Please help Fiesta Arts Fair go green by recycling appropriate beverage containers at bins located throughout the Fair.
Portable facilities are located in the corner of the parking lot, near booth #64. There are also restrooms in the breezeway to the McNutt Garden, the Urschel Building and the McAllister Ceramic 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.
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.
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.
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.