March Festival Listing

Luminaria, one date in March a new city-wide celebration of the arts first held by Mayor Phil Hardberger in 2008. Luminaria is San Antonio’s annual day and night long celebration featuring more than 40 non-profit organizations and several hundred artists and performers representing every major discipline in the arts from dance, theater, poetry readings, and music to painting, sculpture, film, and multi-arts projects. Look for March 2010’s event date on Free admission & free parking avail for this event. SA Cultural Affairs Office (210)207.6960.

Guinness Dyeing O' the River Green & St. Patrick's Day Parade,
Held close to March 17th each year
. Floats release 35 pounds of environmentally friendly green dye into the San Antonio River. The event transforms the 2.5 mile river into a miniature Emerald Isle where a proclamation is read, temporarily re-naming the river "The River Shannon". Beginning at 2pm, the annual Parade provides everyone on the Riverwalk an opportunity to enjoy yet another parade of barges, commemorating St. Patrick. Celtic entertainment at the Arneson Theater 1-6pm. Free to the public. Pub Crawl - 6pm - 10pm ($10.00). Phone (210)227.4262 or go to

Alamo Irish Festival & St Patrick’s Day Parade, This event changes from year to year so check for the events date. If you have a hankering for corned beef and cabbage, this is your weekend. The Alamo Irish Festival takes over La Villita and the Arneson River Theater with everything Irish - from kilt-wearing musicians to leprechauns. Friday sees the annual Dyeing O' the River Green, followed by the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday combined with all the festival fun happenings.

Dawn at the Alamo, usually held the first weekend in March from 6-7am in Alamo Plaza. A commemorative weekend-long program, including re-enactments, recognizes sacrifices made on both sides of the Battle of the Alamo. Call (210) 273-1730 for the San Antonio Living History Association.

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