When: 6 p.m.-midnight Monday
Where: Hemisfair, 434 S. Alamo St.
Celebrate SA will help San Antonians close an eventful 2018 with free family-friendly activities, live music, craft cocktails and fireworks scheduled for Monday night at Hemisfair and La Villita.
“This year’s Celebrate SA will definitely be a big show—it’s a goodbye to the city’s 300th year,” said Adam Fleming, the parks foundation’s director of marketing and outreach.
The foundation expects more than 50,000 people will attend San Antonio’s New Year’s Eve celebration, where all proceeds benefit the foundation’s park beautification, conservation and accessibility efforts.
“Admission is free, but we encourage people to bring their wallets to enjoy themselves and help support the foundation and our city’s parks,” Fleming said.
Be aware that South Alamo Street will be closed from Market Street to East César E. Chávez Boulevard. Find more parking options here. Attendees are permitted to ride electric scooters to the event, but all dockless vehicles must be parked and remain outside the venue footprint.
Head to the main stage at Hemisfair for a local music lineup starting with DJ Red Mamba, better known as former Spur Matt Bonner, who will kick off his set with several members of the Spurs’ hype squad. Other acts includes The Texases, Eddie and the Valiants and the SAtisfactions, a Rolling Stones tribute band featuring Garrett T. Capps and DT Buffkin.
The Hemisfair grounds will offer wares by local artisans, carnival rides, and lots of options from local food trucks. A special Tricentennial Commission video, which will highlight 300 moments that happened over the Tricentennial year, will play on huge screens throughout the festival.
The countdown ends at midnight with fireworks next to the Tower of the Americas.
The H-E-B Celebrate Family Zone includes face painting, balloon art, street entertainment and photo opportunities from 6-9 p.m. Also, check out Arneson River Theater for programming from Spurs Sports & Entertainment.
Food trucks and pop-ups at the plaza will offer more food and cold beer, and speciality cocktails via Deep Eddy vodka: a Lemon Eddy Mimosa, Spiked Tea Toddies made with apple cider, and a Ruby Greyhound.
“(Maverick Plaza) will be the place for people who want to have a champagne toast and enjoy libations with the fireworks,” Fleming said.
There is also the Bud Lite DJ Lounge where attendees can enjoy disco and soul music by DJs Soulstairs, funk music from Adam Madrigal and the sounds of the Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-female collective with a record collection that spans everything from your abuelos’ dance records and classic hip-hop to Selena and Ramon Ayala.
“We expect a big crowd at the plaza, but there will still be space for dancing,” Fleming added. Attendees should be prepared to show their IDs at the plaza entrance. Because of TABC laws, children under 21 will not be permitted to enter the cocktail area, even if accompanied by a parent.