When spring arrives in San Antonio, the city blossoms with vibrant events and festivities – and the River Walk is center stage for much of it. To help plan your spring getaway, we’ve put together a list of the top things to do in San Antonio during February and March.
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
You haven’t experienced true Texas culture until you’ve been to the rodeo. San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo celebrates its 70th year from February 7–24 and features an impressive livestock show, as well as edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting competitions like bull riding, a calf scramble, bareback riding, steer wrestling, and mutton busting. Located at the AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum Grounds, the San Antonio Rodeo is packed with activities for the kids (with a cowboy boot camp, an experiential dairy center, petting zoo, and pony rides), but also includes a craft-beer tasting room and superstar entertainment like Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, and comedian Jim Gaffigan.
Confucius Wishing Lanterns
To honor loved ones or send prayers, wishes, and dreams out into the universe, San Antonio locals will come together on February 9 to set 15,000 eco-friendly, LED-lit lanterns afloat on the San Antonio River. Participate in the second year of the Confucius Wishing Lanterns event by ordering lanterns online or purchasing on the spot. Go early to decorate your lanterns before the 6:30 pm release time.
Asian Festival: Year Of The Boar
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the city’s lively Asian Festival, on February 9 from 10 am to 5 pm. Chow down a delectable range of traditional and fusion dishes from various Asian communities and browse traditional handmade crafts. Hosted by the UTSA Institute of Texas Cultures, this popular downtown event is chock-full of activities like henna painting, cooking and martial arts demonstrations, and palm reading.
Parade of Lanterns
If you’re already missing those magical Christmas light displays, then the Parade of Lanterns will help fill the void. Prepare to be mesmerized by the clever and cute Asian-Texan-themed illuminated floats that run 26 feet long and come with a soundtrack of Asian-inspired music. The event runs from February 9–23, 7–9 pm every evening, along the downtown section of the River Walk.
Bud Light Mardi Gras River Parade and Festival
No need to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras – San Antonio throws a pretty good party with its Bud Light Mardi Gras River Parade and Festival. On February 10, join thousands of locals and visitors along the banks and bridges of the River Walk for spectacular floats, face painting, food trucks, musical performances by renowned artists, and costumes that will take your breath away.
Mardi Gras Artisan Show
Continue the San Antonio Mardi Gras festivities by picking up some handmade works from the city’s best artisans. From March 1–3, browse along the River Walk for locally made jewelry, woodwork, clothing, home décor, ceramics, and much more. The Mardi Gras Artisan Show runs from 11 am to 11 pm for the first two days and ends at 8 pm on the final day.
Jazz on the River
From March 2–5, relax beneath the stars at your favorite River Walk restaurant or bar to take in the sultry, swinging sounds of jazz. From 7–9 pm each night of this highly anticipated Jazz on the River event, the city’s best jazz musicians and ensembles float down the San Antonio River as they perform their best tunes for you.
In between the festival fun, fuel up at one of San Antonio’s popular Tex-Mex spots, or pack a picnic to enjoy in the 976-acre McAllister Park or centrally located Brackenridge Park. Get inspired by the latest exhibits at the San Antonio Museum of Art, or have some family fun at the newly renovated, Texas-focused Witte Museum or the hands-on DoSeum. For some outdoorsy thrills, head out to Six Flags Fiesta Texas or SeaWorld to explore new and seasonal rides.
With so much to keep you busy all day and night, it’ll be nice to take it slow the next morning. When you book a room at any Hilton hotel in San Antonio, choose the Save and Stay Late package so you can linger with a late checkout – and enjoy on-property credit and dining discounts around the city.