Fiesta Noche del Rio is every Friday and Saturday night from May 15 through August 15. Enjoy the music and dancing of Spain, Mexico, Texas and Argentina. Over one million people from around the globe have enjoyed the outdoor summer performances since 1957. Opening night is Friday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. Then every Friday and Saturday night from May 22-August 15 at 8:30 p.m. on the outdoor stage, Arneson River Theater, on the San Antonio River Walk, 418 La Villita.
Tickets can be purchased online at the event’s website, www.fiestanochesa.com. Tickets are available through all HEB stores at the customer service desk. Also, tickets will be sold from noon-8 p.m. on the day of the show at the River level of the theater and at the gate before the show, starting at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are, $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors, Children ages 6-14 $8, Children under 6 are free, Groups of 10 or more $15/person, Active and Retired Military $15 for a night of cultural family fun, music and dance performances.
The Alamo Kiwanis Club Charities, Inc. produces the show. In 1957, the Alamo Kiwanis Club was asked by San Antonio’s City Council to generate an interest in the River Walk. Along with “San Antonio’s First Lady of Song,” the late Rosita Fernandez, who needed a venue that would allow her to showcase local talent. Since then, the Festival has raised over $2.5 million for local children’s charities. The combination of needs birthed the cultural event Fiesta Noche del Rio.
Rosita’s vision for Fiesta Noche del Rio continues onward with Elizabeth Sanchez-Lopez as the current director, choreographer, and female lead singer. Elizabeth is a respected educator and dancer. She was also a key person in the opening of two major theme parks, Seaworld of Texas and Fiesta Texas. As a performer, dance consultant and choreographer. Elizabeth has held the role of Diana Morales in A Chorus Line, she has choreographed the Miss Stock Show and Rodeo, the Miss Pan American Pageant. She was also the dance coordinator for the 1994 Olympic Festival. Now, Elizabeth is at the Northside Independent School District serving as a fine arts specialist. She was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012 for her local arts and education contributions.
Fiesta Noche del Rio kicks off Friday, May 15 at 8:30p.m. However, it is an outdoor event and there is currently a ‘Weather Alert’ for South Texas. Strong storms are due to be coming through San Antonio today. Fiesta Noche del Rio is the oldest outdoor performance in the country.
Sponsors for Fiesta Noche del Rio that make the contributions to children’s charities a possibility have a variety of tier options. The top donors are called, ‘Children’s Hero Sponsors’ and this year’s contributors are, The Weston Centre.
The ‘Children’s Mentor Sponsors’ are Bud Light, Central Electric, Lewis Energy Group, Ed and Martha Monaco, Mays Family Foundation, Clayton & Clayton, P.C. ‘Children’s Benefactor Sponsors are Argo Group, Black Tie Affairs Catering, Inc., Bolner’s Fiesta Brand, Broadway Bank, Paul Carter & Marline Carter Lawson, CBRE, CCN Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Attorneys, Darr Family, F.A. MC McCOMAS, INC., Frost, Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., Great Texas Compression, LLC., HEB, Harris Martin Financial, The john Newman Family Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, Karen Franklin Gastrointestinal Cancer Memorial Fund, Legend Healthcare, Morgan Stanley, Netting & Pace, CPA’s Inc., Plains Capital Bank, Raymond James, Bathole Drilling, Inc., Service Title San Antonio Texas, Stanley & Joanna Marcus, Strasburger Attorneys at Law, Terra Vista Mortgage, Touchstone Communities, Vogt Appraisers & Auctioneers.
‘Children’s Friend Sponsors’ are Black Brush Oil & Gas, L.P., Jefferson Bank, Planto Roe Financial Services, Professional Estate Sales, RBFCU, Smithers Merchant Builders, LP. Restaurant Sponsors are Little Rhein Steak House and Café Ole. The Fiesta Noche del Rio runs Fridays and Saturdays from May 15-August 15 at 8:30p.m. on the River Walk in San Antonio.
By Jeanette Smith
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