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NIOSA ® April 21-24, 2015

Tickets

Purchase Advance Tickets

¤ Adults - $12
¤ Children - free ( under 12 years old, when accompanied by adult)

Where to Buy

¤ All H-E-B grocery stores in San Antonio, Boerne, Bulverde, Seguin and New Braunfels
¤ Fiesta Store (2611 Broadway, 78215)
¤ Ft. Sam Houston, Lackland AFB and Randolph AFB
¤ USAA company store and Southwest Research.

Check with sellers
Some may include service charge!

Tickets at the Gate:

¤ Adult - $15.00
¤ Children - free ( under 12 years old, when accompanied by adult)

About Us

Welcome to NIOSA 2015!

"A Night In Old San Antonio®" (NIOSA®) is a four-night event that celebrates San Antonio's diverse cultural heritage with 15 ethnic areas that feature fabulous foods in over 250 food booths and a constant schedule of entertainment.

Produced by

16,000 dedicated volunteers for more than 85,000 revelers annually, this will be the 67th presentation of NIOSA by the San Antonio Conservation Society; all proceeds from NIOSA fund the education, grants, preservation and museum programs of the Conservation Society.

NIOSA will occur

April 21-24, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. nightly during the city's Fiesta celebration on the grounds of the La Villita National Historic District in downtown San Antonio.

Even though the gates close and coupon/alcohol beverage sales stop at 10 p.m. nightly, food sales and entertainment continue until 10:30 p.m.

NIOSA is proud

to be a participant in two of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro´s initiatives for Fiesta: Fiesta Verde (an effort to reduce waste and promote recycling), Fiesta Fit (offering healthy foods which NIOSA has always done!), and we are proud to have earned the Verde Certification (the highest level) from the City of San Antonio.

San Antonio Conservation Society

Since its founding in 1924, the Society has played a critical role in preserving the historic character of San Antonio. NIOSA truly is a "Celebration of Preservation" because using NIOSA profits the Conservation Society: - spends nearly $400,000 annually to restore and preserve properties, parks, waterways and cultural events throughout the city and neighboring counties through grants and special allocations - spends more than $400,000 annually in education and advocacy programs and projects such as the Heritage Education tours, seminars, community tours, scholarships, the resource library and the house museums.

For More Information

For more information please contact the Society headquarters at 210.224.6163 or email us at the San Antonio Conservation Society

Booth Directory

Arneson Theatre

Atmosphere: T-Shirts/Souvenirs
Amenities: none

Food & Beverages:Banana Smoothie, Beer, Broadway Chicken, Fried Jalapeños, Kettle Korn, Smirnoff Malt Beverages, Sweet Fried Apples, Cold Drink/Water

Entertainment is the focal point of the historic Arneson River Theatre, a venue for musical shows year-round on the San Antonio River Walk. The open-air theater was built as a Works Progress Administration project during the 1930s. Grab a bite to eat, have a seat on the grass covered steps of the theatre and sing along to great music and wave to the river barge riders as they go by.

Chinatown

Atmosphere: none
Amenities: ATM, First Aid Station, Public Restrooms, (Bolivar Hall)

Food & Beverages: Beer, Cold Drinks/Water, Egg Rolls, Fortune Cookies, Lemon Chicken, Mandarin Mimosa, Shrimp Fingers, Wine, Wontons, Yak-i-Tori Chicken

The oriental mystique begins with traditional Chinese cuisine in Chinatown among the red-lacquered facades.

Clown Alley

Atmosphere: Cascarones, Face Painting & Tattoos, T-Shirts/Souvenirs, + lots of games
Amenities: First Aid Station, Public Restrooms

Food & Beverages: Black Cow (Root Beer Float), Cold Drinks/Water, Corn Dog, Cotton Candy, Curly Q Fries, Dutch Chocolate Freeze, Frito Pie, Hamburger/Cheeseburger, Kiddies’ Kernels, Sno-Cones

It wouldn’t be Clown Alley without clowns! Here, family fun is a favorite in the area completely dedicated to children's entertainment. Young and old alike will enjoy the many games—and don’t forget to get your face painted to put you in a festive mood, or try the Karaoke booth where revelers have the opportunity to sing along to their favorite melodies.

French Quarter

Atmosphere: T-Shirts/Souvenirs
Amenities: ATM

Food & Beverages: Beignets, Beer, Coffee & Tea, Cold Drinks/Water, Crayfish Etouffee, Crepes Suzette, Escargot, French Sausage, Smirnoff Malt Beverages, Peach Melba, Shrimp Po’Boy, Wine & Champagne

French Quarter celebrates the tastes of France, New Orleans and South Texas French settlers, served by costumed Mesdames and Messieurs. While strolling down the streets of French Quarter listen to great jazz performances.

Froggy Bottom

Atmosphere: Cascarones
Amenities: None

Food & Beverages:Beer, Cold Drinks/Water, Frog Legs, Smirnoff Malt Beverages, Mama’s Sweets/Pralines, Mr. Chicken

Many of the city’s early African-American settlers migrated to San Antonio from the Froggy Bottom region of Louisiana in the mid-to-late 1800s. The Froggy Bottom name comes from a popular, local social club on the near East Side of downtown in the early part of the 20th century. This NIOSA area pays tribute to the cultural contributions of African-Americans, celebrating their Southern hospitality and home cooking. Froggy Bottom was added to NIOSA in 2004.

Frontier Town

Atmosphere: Cascarones, Digger O’Dell, Photo Bazaar, Post Office, Scootin’ Boots
Amenities: First Aid Station

Food & Beverages:Apache Coolers, Beer, City Slickers, Cold Drinks/Water, Cowboy Klopse, Horseshoe Sausage, Ranch Steaks, Shypoke Eggs, Sopapillas, Steer-on-a-Stick, Texas Bird Legs, Wrangler Ritas

An early Texas settlement, including an official U.S. Postal sub-station which offers an official NIOSA cancellation stamp, is re-created in one of the largest areas of NIOSA. A windmill marks the center, where there’s plenty of room for boot-scootin’ and grazing. Digger O’Dell, the town mortician, is ready at any time to pose for photographs in the Photo Bazaar. Frontier Town started in 1966.

Hay Market

Atmosphere: none
Amenities: Public Restrooms

Food & Beverages: Beef Fajitas, Beer, Cold Drinks/Water, Flautas, Gorditas & Chili Queens, Maria’s Tortillas, Puffy Tacos, Wine Margaritas, Wine Sangria

During the Spanish Colonial period, San Antonians used to gather near San Fernando Cathedral to sell produce and livestock. This area, known as the Haymarket, inspired the NIOSA version. Facades and colorful banners resembling those from the farmers’ markets of old adorn the NIOSA market. Haymarket was added to NIOSA in 1981.

International Walkway

Atmosphere: Cascarones, Hitching Post/Info
Amenities: ATM, First Aid Station, Public Restrooms

Food & Beverages: Baja Fish Taco, Baklava, Beer, Belgian Waffles, Bongo-k-Bobs, Cold Drinks/Water, Fried Mushrooms, Fried Ravioli, Grecian Delight/Gyro, Pizza, Smirnoff Preparadas, Tea

International Walkway showcases different ethnic groups that developed San Antonio’s unique heritage. Italy, Greece and Belgium inspire the foods offered through the area. The Hitching Post is the official NIOSA information booth where people can get directions to booths and entertainers and it also serves as a meeting place for friends. International Walkway was added to NIOSA in 1972.

Irish Flats

Atmosphere: Cascarones, Tattoos (Touch of the Leprechaun)
Amenities: Public Restrooms

Food & Beverages: Beer, Blarney Bacon, Water, Potato Skins, Smirnoff Preparadas

Irish Flat, one of the original NIOSA areas, features Irish folk music and a host of filling fare to commemorate the Irish settlers of yesteryear.

Main Street

Atmosphere: none
Amenities: Public Restrooms (Bolivar Hall)

Food & Beverages: Banana Splits, Beer, Brisket Biscuit, Chicken Tenders/Gravy, Cold Drinks/Water, Fat Bread, Fried Cheesecake, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Oreos, Lemonade, Strawberries & Cream Wine

Main Street USA was established as a bicentennial project in 1976, featuring American classics and American sounds. Bedecked in red, white and blue bunting, this area emulates all things Americana, including its all-American foods and bands.

Mexican Market

Atmosphere: Bolsas, Cascarones, Tienda
Amenities: none

Food & Beverages: Anticuchos, Bean Tacos, Beer, Bunuelos, Burritos, Chalupas, Churros, Coffee/Tea/Lemonade, Cold Drinks/Water, Corn-on-the-Cob, Daiquiris de Fresas, Enchiladas, Fajitas de Pollo, Fruit Market, Quesadillas, Sangria Wine, Tamales, Wine

The atmosphere of a Mexican market is re-created with colorful papel picado banners and paper flowers in this original area of NIOSA. Celebrating the city’s cultural ties to Mexico, workers costumed in huipiles, Oaxacan dresses, sombreros, ponchos and peasant attire enhance the flavor of Mexico along with the musical entertainment. Cascarones originated at NIOSA in 1959 and are now a Fiesta staple; the sale of these confetti eggs at NIOSA has contributed over $600,000 for historic preservation projects since they were introduced.

Mission Trails

Atmosphere: Artist, Cascarones, Fortune Tellers, Sombrero Wagon, T-Shirts/Souvenirs
Amenities: ATM, First Aid Station

Food & Beverages: Armadillo Eggs, Beer, Bunuelos a’la Mode, Chuleta de Puerco, Cold Drinks/Water, Mission Maize, Pan Dulce de Mission, (Funnel Cake), Prairie Chicken, Sangria Slush, Tacos de Espada

San Antonio landmarks are commemorated in the Mission Trail area, which features facades of four missions of the San Antonio Missions Historical Park. This area also now symbolizes the Conservation Society’s successful promotion of a parkway to connect San Antonio’s historic missions. During the 1993-94 fiscal years, the Society was integral in securing federal funding for the Mission Trails project. Mission Trail was added to NIOSA in 1990.

Sauerkraut Bend

Atmosphere: Steins/Souvenirs
Amenities: ATM, Public Restrooms

Food & Beverages: Bavarian Kreme, Beer, Black Forest Cake & Gingerbread, Bratwurst/Broetchen, Bretzlyn, Cold Drinks & Water, Deutsche Ice Cream, Pigs in a Blanket, Potato Pancakes, Sausage-on-a-Stick, Sausage Sampler, Wine

German influence in San Antonio dates back to the early 1800s, when immigrants built their homes in the King William neighborhood along a bend in the San Antonio River. Called Sauerkraut Bend, it inspired the NIOSA version, which is set in the Villita Assembly Building. Sauerkraut Bend started in 1972.

South of the Border

Atmosphere: Cascarones, NIOSA Crafts
Amenities: ATM, First Aid Station

Food & Beverages: Aguacates, Beef Tacos, Beer, Cold Drinks/Water, Jugos Frescas, Margaritas, Pollo Ranchero, Queso Flameado, Smirnoff Preparadas, Tacos de Queso, Tamales de Pollo

Imitating the roadside vendor stands in Northern Mexico, canopies of bright green, yellow, red and blue adorn food booths in our South of The Border area. South of the Border was added to NIOSA in 1981.

Villa España

Atmosphere: Cascarones
Amenities: none

Food & Beverages: Beer, Cold Drinks/Water, Fish Taco, Sangria, Shrimp Parilla, Tapas Bandas

Villa España celebrates our Spanish and Canary Islanders heritage with authentic Spanish dishes. Villa España was added to NIOSA in 2004.

Food

- Spicy - Fiesta Fit Foods
- Nuts - Shellfish

A

Aguacates

Find At: South of the Border

Anticuchos

Find At: Mexican Market

Armadillo Eggs

Find At: Mission Trail

B

Bean Tacos

Find At: Mexican Market

Beef Fajitas

Find At: Haymarket

Beef Tacos

Find At: South of the Border

Blarney Bacon

Find At: Irish Flat

Bongo K-Bobs

Find At: Froggy Bottom

Bratwurst/ Broetchen

Find At: Sauerkraut Bend

Bretzlyn

Find At: Sauerkraut Bend

Brisket Biscuit

Find At: Main Street

Broadway Chicken

Find At: Arneson Theatre

Burrito

Find At: Mexican Market

C

Chalupas

Find At: Mexican Market

Chicken Tenders w/ Gravy

Find At: Main Street

Chuleta de Puerco

Find At: Mission Trail

City Slickers

Find At: Frontier Town

Corn Dogs

Find At: Clown Alley

Corn on the Cob

Find At: Mexican Market

Cowboy Klopse

Find At: Frontier Town

Crab Cakes

Find At: International Walkway

Crayfish Etouffee

Find At: French Quarter

Curly Q Fries

Find At: Clown Alley

E

Egg Rolls

Find At: China Town

Enchiladas

Find At: Mexican Market

Escargot

Find At: French Quarter

F

Fajitas de Pollo

Find At: Mexican Market

Fat Bread

Find At: Main Street

Fish Tacos

Find At: International WalkwayVilla Espana

Flautas

Find At: Haymarket

Fried Jalapeños

Find At: Arneson Theatre

French Sausage

Find At: French Quarter

Fried Green Tomatoes

Find At: Main Street

Fried Mushrooms

Find At: International Walkway

Fried Ravioli

Find At: International Walkway

Frito Pie

Find At: Clown Alley

Frog Legs

Find At: International Walkway

Fruit Market

Find At: Mexican Market

G

Gorditas

Find At: Haymarket

Grecian Delight Gyro

Find At: International Walkway

H

Hamburgers/ Cheeseburgers

Find At: Clown Alley

Horseshoe Sausage

Find At: Frontier Town

I

K

Kettle Korn

Find At: Arneson Theatre

Kiddies' Kernals

Find At: Clown Alley

L

Lemon Chicken

Find At: China Town

M

Maria's Tortillas

Find At: Haymarket

Matinee Chips/ Fried Jalapenos

Find At: Arneson Theatre

Mission Maiz

Find At: Mission Trail

Mr. Chicken

Find At: Froggy Bottom

P

Pig in a Blanket

Find At: Sauerkraut Bend

Pizza

Find At: International Walkway

Poblano En Salsa

Find At: Mission Trail

Pollo Ranchero

Find At: South of the Border

Potato Pancakes

Find At: Sauerkraut Bend

Potato Skins

Find At: Irish Flat

Prairie Chicken

Find At: Mission Trail

Puffy Taco

Find At: Haymarket

Q

Quesadillas

Find At: Mexican Market

Queso Flameado

Find At: South of the Border

R

Ranch Steaks

Find At: Frontier Town

S

Sausage on a Stick

Find At: Sauerkraut Bend

Sausage Sampler

Find At: Sauerkraut Bend

Shrimp Parilla

Find At: Villa Espana

Shrimp Po-Boy

Find At: French Quarter

Shypoke Eggs

Find At: Frontier Town

Steer On A Stick

Find At: Frontier Town

T

Tacos de Espada (Brisket Taco)

Find At: Mission Trail

Tacos de Queso

Find At: South of the Border

Tamales

Find At: Mexican Market

Tamales de Pollo

Find At: South of the Border

Tapas Bandas

Find At: Villa Espana

Texas Bird Legs

Find At: Frontier Town

Torta de Puerco

Find At: Villa Espana

V

Vegetable Tempura

Find At: China Town

W

Won Tons

Find At: China Town

Y

Yak-i-Tori

Find At: China Town

Drinks

Desserts

- Spicy - Fiesta Fit Foods
- Nuts - Shellfish

B

Baklava

Find At: International Walkway

Banana Splits

Find At: Main Street

Bavarian Kreme

Find At: Sauerkraut Bend

Beignets

Find At: French Quarter

Belgian Waffle

Find At: International Walkway

Black Forest Cake

Find At: Sauerkraut Bend

Brownie Bites

Find At: Arneson Theatre

Bunuelos

Find At: Mexican Market

Bunuelos a la Mode

Find At: Mission Trail

C

Churros con Cajeta

Find At: Villa Espana

Churros

Find At: Mexican Market

Cotton Candy

Find At: Clown Alley

Crepes Suzette

Find At: French Quarter

D

Dutch Chocolate Freeze

Find At: Clown Alley

E

F

Fortune Cookies

Find At: China Town

Fried Cheesecake

Find At: Main Street

Fried Oreos

Find At: Main Street

M

P

Pan Dulce de Mission (Funnel Cake)

Find At: Mission Trail

Peach Melba

Find At: French Quarter

S

Sno Cones

Find At: Clown Alley

Sopapillas

Find At: Frontier Town

Strawberries & Crème

Find At: Main Street

Entertainment

Arneson Theatre

Groove Doctors(Variety)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Clown Alley

Karaoke(Karaoke)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

French Quarter

3-Stepz (Jazz)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Froggy Bottom

The Celcius Band (Rythym & Blues)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Frontier Town

Mario Flores & the Soda Creek Band (Country Western)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Haymarket

The Patsy Torres Band (Tejano/Conjunto)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Irish Flat

Ravenmoor (Irish Folk )
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Main Street

C Rock Band (Dixie Land/Jazz)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Mexican Market

Karizma (Conjunto)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Mission Trails

The Good Ole Boys (Country Western)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Sauerkraut Bend

Eurofest (Oompah/Polka)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Villa Espana

The Dukes of Cool (Rhythm & Blues)
5:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Important Information

First Aid

Park & Ride

VIA Transit

¤ VIA Transit provides shuttle service to and from NIOSA from 5 – 11 p.m.
¤ Roundtrip fare - $2.50
¤ One-way fare - $1.25

Free trips for VIATrans patrons and PCAs.

Park and Ride locations are Crossroads Park and Ride; Randolph Park and Ride; Madla Transit Center; and Park Hills Park and Ride. Visit the Via website for more information or to purchase tickets at www.viainfo.net.

ATMs

ATM Trucks

Portable ATM machines – Mission Trails (near Presa Street bridge); Sauerkraut Bend (inside main entrance); China Town (just outside Bolivar Café) and International Walkway (Gresser House porch); South of the Border (just inside Alamo Street entrance); Frontier Town - Next to Cowboy Klopse

Restrooms

NIOSA Policies

General

All NIOSA patrons/participants and their belongings are subject to search; confiscated items will not be returned.

No backpacks, skateboards, Heelys or strollers allowed on NIOSA grounds. Strollers may be checked at gate entrances.

No refunds on admission tickets or food/beverage Coupons. NIOSA occurs rain or shine

No weapons allowed on NIOSA grounds. Items will be confiscated and not returned.

No food or beverages may be brought onto NIOSA grounds. Items are subject to confiscation.

Prohibited Items

For the safety and enjoyment of NIOSA visitors, please be advised that we must prohibit the following items:

  • Pets
  • Baby strollers (may be checked at gate)
  • Ice chests
  • Outside food & beverages
  • Recreational wheels (i.e., scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, heelys, etc.)
  • Video cameras cannot be brought onto the NIOSA grounds
  • Weapons

Notice of Filming and Photography

By entering the NIOSA premises and your presence at "A Night In Old San Antonio®", you consent to be photographed, filmed and /or otherwise recorded by media, NIOSA staff and contractors. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming, and/or recording and to any use in any and all media in perpetuity without payment, royalties, compensation or any other consideration. You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you entering this area. If you do not agree with the foregoing, do not enter this area.

Other

We ID everyone for alcoholic beverage purchases.

No alcoholic sales to minors.

Ticket sales and coupon sales stop at 10 PM.

Alcoholic beverage sales stop at 10 PM.

Food booths are open until 10:30 PM.

Entertainment continues until 10:30 PM.