Whether you’re a local, live elsewhere in Texas or would have traveled in from out of state, there’s no need to completely give up on the 129-year tradition of Fiesta during this stay-at-home spring.
From eats and drinks to at-home activities and Fiesta-inspired playlists, we’ve gathered together all the ingredients you’ll need to celebrate one of the most storied and beloved events on San Antonio’s calendar from your home. So, let the party begin—vamonos!
Note: Many of these are limited-time items, so don’t delay | Fiesta has been rescheduled to Nov 5-15.
Make Your Favorite Fiesta Cocktail
Missing your favorite Fiesta cocktail? Los Barrios, Twang and the Brooklynite’s Jeret Peña have you covered with recipes you can replicate from the comfort of your home.
“Margarita’s Margarita” by Diana Barrios Trevino of Los Barrios Family Restaurants
(click photo for recipe)
(click photo for recipes)
Twang has developed 3 twists on a Margarita to celebrate Fiesta: a Guava Margarita, a Pickle Margarita (pictured above) and a Tamarind Margarita.
“The Puro Rita” by Jeret Peña
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Order In or Take Your Favorite Fiesta Eats To-Go
Craving those Fiesta eats? Local favorites like La Panadería and COVER 3 are dishing up traditional meals, signature pan dulce and meal kits to-go that are perfect for families of four or more.
From signature pan dulce items like the Concha to an assortment of freshly baked empanadas and the indulgent Tequila Almond Croissant, to savory dishes like the Mexican Cubana Torta with a side of Fideo, La Panaderia is a one-stop-shop for traditional Fiesta favorites. Order online for curbside pickup from La Panaderia’s Broadway location or have your meal delivered to your home.
Family Fiesta packages from COVER3 make it easy to celebrate at home, with ribeye taco grill kits to-go that include bonus grocery items ($78), at-home michelada kits ($20), tacos for the family ($45) and more!
For a limited time, Mi Tierra is offering “Fiesta Survival Kits” ($75) that include: 3 lbs of your choice of beef, chicken or mixed fajita, marinated in their house-made marinade and ready to grill, onions, bell peppers, rice, beans, salsa etc. plus other Fiesta must-have goodies including a dozen cascarones and a string of papel picado.
Limited-time Fiesta specials from EVO Entertainment include jalapeno chicken or sausage on a stick ($5), picadillo tacos ($10) and party-size gallons of cucumber agua fresca and mangoade ($30).
Dance to Your Favorite Fiesta Songs
While you can’t go dancing in the streets or at your favorite local bar, we’ve got you covered for one epic living room dance party! From Fiesta favorites like “Cumbia de la Cobra” by Fito Olivares y Su Grupo to “Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio” by Flaco Jimenez, local vinyl DJ and owner of The Squeezebox, Aaron Peña, has you covered with a curated playlist available on Spotify here.
Looking for more Songs About San Antonio? Visit Spotify to listen to Texas Public Radio’s curated playlist that includes songs by San Antonio locals such as Garrett T. Capps, D.T. Buffkin and others here.
Make Your Own Fiesta Medal or Papel Picado
It’s not Fiesta without decorations! Using art supplies available at home, create custom-made papel picado to adorn your rooms using tissue paper, glue and string, or challenge your little ones to fashion their own Fiesta medal using construction paper, markers, paint or colored pencils.
For an easy lesson on how to make papel picado, follow along with Ruby City’s tutorial here.
Cover photo courtesy Visit San Antonio