A Night in Old San Antonio

Photo courtesy of mysanantonio.com.

Photo courtesy of mysanantonio.com.

Sometimes it’s just good to get away… as in, back in time.

From Tuesday through Friday of this week, travel back to the time when San Antonio was merely a collection of homes rather than a sprawling metroplex. Travel back to a time when women sat around and made pottery on hand-woven blankets while little children laughed and giggled around them as they played.

‘A Night in Old San Antonio’ began in 1937 as a one-day Native American Festival  to celebrate the heritage of the city’s early settlers and raise funds for historic preservation. The women of the San Antonio Conservation Society served food and drinks from river barges to a few hundred party-going citizens.

In 1948, the festival was officially named ‘A Night in Old San Antonio’, or our personal favorite, NIOSA! Now, the event has expanded to a four-night extravaganza help made possible by more than 16,000 volunteers. More than 240 food and drink booths line the streets along with dozens of music and dance stages. Over 85,000 people visit the downtown village of La Villita annually to take part in NIOSA.

Did you know that NIOSA is the largest historic preservation festival in the nation? Sure is!

Interested in attending? Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. Bringing the kiddos? Tickets for children 6 to 12 are $2 at the gate or $1.50 in advance. For more information visit the NIOSA website or call (210) 226-5188.

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