Survive Fiesta San Antonio with these pro tips


Fiesta de los Reyes is a free event at Market Square. | Photo by SATXtoday team

Viva Fiesta — the 10-day celebration of food, community + culture is finally here and we can’t wait to get the party started.

Fiesta, Fiesta will kick off the festivities today at Hemisfair and is expected to attract thousands of people into the heart of the Alamo City. So, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned vet, we thought we’d share a few Fiesta survival tips submitted by the pros (you).

But before we get to it, this is what the SATXtoday team had to say:

“Need Fiesta gear but are on a budget? Head to your local H-E-B or hit up Texas Thrift — they have a Fiesta section where everything is under $10. - Rossi, City Editor

Want to join in the fun at The Bake but don’t love chewing oysters? Get an oyster shot.” - Ivan, City Editor

Now, here’s what y’all had to say:

“You need to try a chicken on a stick, walk around with a flower crown, and dance at Market Square.” - Rudy

“Don’t wear flip-flops! Unless you want your feet to be sticky due to someone spilling their drink on your feet.” - Erica

“Sunscreen!” - Regina

“Bring wipes and hand sanitizer. Trust me... lifesaver.” - Lorena

“1/2 roll toilet paper, small hand sanitizer, your sash with all your medals, extra red lipstick, baby wipe travel pack, $40 cash in case you lose your card and you’re peda (drunk). And a small cross body purse to hold all this. I’ve been fiesta-ing since I was little.” - Alicia

“During the parade yell “show me your shoes” as the parade float passes.” - Christina

“Don’t take your 80-year-old dad to Fiesta because then he will get leg cramps from walking and you’ll have to carry him out and people will think he’s wasted. Speaking from personal experience. Lol” - Dora

“Have meeting points for the group so when you get lost/separated, you know where to go in an hour or two. Have a designated driver, an Uber, taxi, or use VIA. Avoid the stress of driving. Make sure you have your medical bracelets or glow sticks for the nighttime. Pack a micro towel or bandana for wetting and keeping you cool. Don’t go if you are claustrophobic. And stay calm and festive, if you’re hot or cold so are others. If your friends are mean drunks, leave them behind. Otherwise Viva Fiesta!” - Tricia

“Hydrate!” - John Anthony

“Take your own backpack cooler filled with beer so you ain’t gotta pay $10 for one.” - Jay

“Bring a small backpack or crossbody purse because a purse over the shoulder doesn’t work. I’ve been hit a few times and it’s not fun.” - Christina

“...Stay away from Market Square at night. Sunday at 11 a.m.-ish is fun.” - Laura

“Make sure your chanclas are in good shape or just wear cute sneakers.” - Ashley

“If you don’t want to spend money on a ticket to get into a Fiesta event, just go to Market Square for free.” - Elizabeth

“A strong liver.” - Chris

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