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Festivals & Events

JAN.

River Walk Mud Festival and Mud Parade. Parts of the river are drained to clear the bottom of debris, and locals revel in the subsequent parties, parades, and the crowning of a Mud King and Queen. 210/227-4262. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com.

FEB.

Livestock Exposition and Rodeo. Held at the AT&T Center, this event features country, Tejano, and rock music, along with a rodeo and livestock show. 210/225-5851. www.sarodeo.com.

Mardi Gras Parade. The colorfully festooned floats create a spectacle. If you miss an event, don't worry—there are at least two a month, each with food, music, and lots of entertainment. 210/227–4262. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com.

MAR.

Irish Festival. The San Antonio River is dyed green, and live music, food, arts and crafts, and dances fill the city in honor of St. Patty. www.harpandshamrock.org.

Remembering the Alamo Weekend. Educational exhibits about those involved with both sides of the Battle of the Alamo are on display at 300 Alamo Plaza during this commemorative weekend. 210/225-1391. www.thealamo.org.

APR.

Fiesta. The city's top annual event comes to town each spring for 10 days of celebrations throughout the city. Approximately 100 events are held during the festival, which honors the heros of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. 210/212-4917 ticket information. www.fiesta-sa.org.

JUNE

Texas Folklife Festival. During this summertime event more than 40 cultures exhibit their contributions to the development of Texas through music, food, dance, and folktales at the Institute of Texan Cultures in HemisFair Park. 210/458-2300. www.texancultures.com.

DEC.

Fiestas Navidenas. Held in Market Square during the first three weekends of December, this event features childrens choirs, folkloric dance groups, mariachi bands, and a visit by Pancho Claus. 210/207-8600. www.sanantonio.gov.

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