After 43 years, Fiesta Arts Fair at the Southwest School of Art (SSA) is still consistently rated as a favorite among Fiesta-goers, young and old. This year’s fair will take place on Saturday, April 16, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, April 17, 11 am – 5 pm. Typically 12,000 people attend this event each year, so you are likely to run into a few people you know.
Barbara Hill and the rest of the SSA staff and volunteers work hard to keep the quality and the fun factor high. This year there will be more than 110 artists from across the country working in a variety of media. The show is juried and competitive, so the quality of the work shown is always top-notch. I had the pleasure of serving as a juror for the 2015 event and also exhibited there a few moons back, so take it from someone who knows. This year’s awards will be presented on Saturday, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
This is a family-friendly event, including a Young Artists Garden with activities for the wee people. Faculty and students will also be on hand to give artist demonstrations. There are tasty eats and beverages for sale and the big folk can definitely get their margarita on. Representing in the gustatory delights department this year will be La Gloria, La Fruteria, Kona Grill, Big Licks, Corn Wheel, Chocollazo and Social Ice.
Be prepared, coupons are required for all food, beverages and children’s activities. Admission and coupon booths accept cash only. Most artists take credit cards, but have no fear, there will be mobile ATM units onsite.
Completing the beautiful setting and great art, there is also a fine musical line up all weekend.
- DeZavala Mariachi Las Paisanos
- Los Djangoleros
- Deer Vibes
- Mitch Webb and the Swindles
- Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco Krush
- Los Texmaniacs
- West Kings Highway
- Bekah Kelso & The Fellas
- Seth Walker
- Sisters Morales
Just head on down to the SSA campus at 300 Augusta Street (at the corner of Augusta and Navarro). Parking is usually pretty tight, so be prepared to take a stroll to your destination. We usually take our bikes or the scooter. Always be prepared for the weather. Usually, we can rely on hot and sunny, but it looks like there is a call for rainy days this weekend. Look on the bright side, what’s a little rain? You won’t melt, and you won’t be sweltering in the heat. Let’s just hope Mother Nature has gotten hail out of her system for awhile. The artists will be there rain or shine, so we should be, too.
There is much more in-depth information online, including parking and transportation options.
$16 weekend pass; $10 daily for adults; $5 daily for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5 accompanied by adults. Ticket sales benefit the general fund and activities of the Southwest School of Art.