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NIOSA: Fiesta’s Raucous Celebration of Cultures

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Bongo-k-Bobs is one item to not miss. They can be found in Froggy Bottom.

One of San Antonio’s favorite Fiesta events, A Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA) is like royalty that needs no introduction.

But, in case you’re a newcomer to San Antonio, this colorful, noisy four-night festival on the grounds of the La Villita Historic District rises again next week, from Tuesday through Friday (April 23-26), 5:30-10:30 p.m. For all NIOSA ticket information, click here.

NIOSA is known for food, music, dancing and much more in 15 areas that sprawl throughout La Villita — and draw some 80,000 enthusiastic partygoers every year.

What is new this year is a second location for the Baja Fish Tacos, which were introduced last year at the International Walkway. Get this popular treat at Mission Trail this year as well. Also, look for some new craft beers in booths in International Walkway and South of the Border areas.  These beers include New Belgium Rampant IPA, Batch 19, Leinie Creamy Dark, Redd’s and Henry’s Amber Redwood Flats.

For fun, come by Horseshoe Sausage booth at the International Walkway and say hi to SavorSA’s John Griffin, who will be working in that booth on the opening night, Tuesday.

NIOSA Shypoke Eggs

They look like eggs, but they’re really fancy nachos. Shypoke Eggs are in Frontier Town.

“Through the magic of 250-plus food, drink and atmosphere booths; more than 20 live musical acts; children’s games; decorations; souvenirs; and costumed volunteers, NIOSA brings the city’s heritage alive in 15 areas: Arneson Theatre (amphitheater built in 1941 into the natural curve of the city’s river bank), Chinatown, Clown Alley, French Quarter, Froggy Bottom (pays tribute to the cultural contributions of African-Americans), Frontier Town, Haymarket (celebrates the produce and livestock markets near San Fernando Cathedral during the city’s Spanish Colonial period), International Walkway (showcases different ethnic groups that developed San Antonio’s unique heritage), Irish Flat, Main Street USA, Mexican Market, Mission Trail (honors the early years of the city’s San Antonio Missions), Sauerkraut Bend, South of the Border (Northern Mexico influences), and Villa España (celebrates City’s Spanish and Canary Islanders heritage),” says information on the website. NIOSA is sponsored by and benefits the San Antonio Conservation Society.

For every bit of current information on NIOSA 2013, which is the event’s 65th anniversary, click here at NIOSA.






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