Hemisfair revives past Fiesta event La Semana Alegre

The popular 1980s + 1990s music festival is back for Fiesta.


It’s finally back, the Fiesta music event of the year.

Graphic courtesy of Hemisfair

Say hello (again) to Fiesta’s music festival back from the 1980s + 1990s. That’s right, we’re talking about La Semana Alegre. Before we can dig into this concert-sized announcement, let’s take a look at some history about the event.

The beginning

Starting in the mid 1970s and running through 1995, La Semana Alegre (Spanish for “the happy week”) was Fiesta’s music festival, seeing stars like the late American musician Stevie Ray Vaughan perform in 1990.


City Editor Nicholas’ parent’s ticket stub for La Semana Alegre from 1988.

Photo courtesy of Leticia C.

The event brought South Texas music lovers together and became a local tradition. Fun fact: City Editor Nicholas’ parents still have their ticket stubs for when they went back in 1988.

The present

La Semana Alegre returns to Hemisfair for two days of music + celebration, as well as the restart of a new annual Fiesta tradition. This concert event is one of Hemisfair’s only fundraisers throughout the year.

To make the concert more immersive, Hemisfair has partnered with Galaxy Productions — the production team behind its Dia de los Muertos celebration — to create a multi-stage music experience.


Get ready to party at La Semana Alegre this year.

Photo courtesy of Hemisfair

The details

Here’s what you need to know before you go:

  • Kickoff party starts on Thursday, April 25, from 5-11 p.m.
  • La Semana becomes an all-day event at noon on Friday, April 26 until 11 p.m.
  • Limited quantity 1995-priced tickets for $10 — it’s giving nostalgia.
  • Flash sale tickets are on sale now.
  • VIP packages are $100 for both days and go on sale Friday, March 1.
La Semana Lineup

Check out the music lineup for this two-day festival.

Graphic courtesy of Hemisfair

In addition to live music performances, La Semana Alegre will feature a wide array of activities + attractions, from food and beverage vendors to local artisanal craft stalls. Pro tip: On Friday, the event will offer free kids activities in the Yanaguana Garden.