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It’s more than a month until Fiesta, but the frenzy of collecting and trading Fiesta medals is well underway.  Why are some medals sold so early, before the 11-day celebration begins and what effect do sales have on a nonprofit that uses them as a fundraiser?

The line outside the Fiesta store on Broadway nearly wrapped around the building. Most of these folks are waiting to buy Spurs medals. Anita Kaufmann had been waiting at least 30 minutes but collecting months in advance is key.

Fiesta San Antonio Commission

The official Fiesta 2017 poster was unveiled last night. Twenty-five San Antonio area artists had submitted designs for the Fiesta San Antonio Commission’s annual contest. New Braunfels-based artist Therese Spina’s design was revealed to members and guests of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission at The Witte Museum's Mays Family Center. 

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Let the fun begin.  Fiesta 2016 starts today.  This is the 125th year for Fiesta in San Antonio.  It kicks off with “Fiesta Fiesta” in front of the Alamo this evening where  many people are decked out with dozens of Fiesta medals and some with large elaborate hats.

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This week on Fronteras:

--A coalition comes together to fight unprecedented natural gas pipelines in West Texas near Big Bend that would transport energy to Mexico. Residents are worried.

--A proposed Texas law pushes for an end to so called sanctuary cities.  But San Antonio police say the city is safer because immigrants can report crimes without fear of deportation.

--It’s Fiesta time in San Antonio and that means medal madness. Everyone’s having a good time collecting medals during the celebration. 

Jack Morgan

Creating, producing and collecting Fiesta medals: It’s one of the odd things about Fiesta that distinguishes it from citywide celebrations any where else. 

Joey Palacios

Sunday, April 26, 2015:


This is day 11 of Fiesta. It's the last day.


San Jose MissionFest is taking place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Mission San Jose. It's a family event that features great food, live music throughout the day, a children's corner, arts and crafts, and fun. There are performances by various Tejano, Conjunto and Country artists.


A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Charro Ranch. This family event features food, drink, pony rides for the kids, Ballet Folklorico performances, and live Mariachi music.


While this is the last day of Fiesta, the good news is Fiesta Medal Mania continues at the Institute of Texan Cultures through Wednesday.


Rose Mary De Luna

On Saturday there’s a Fiesta event that weather won’t likely affect. And it’s one of the Fiesta’s unique get-togethers. It’s called the United San Antonio Pow Wow. What to expect at a Pow Wow?

"You can expect a lot of things including dancing, including different styles of dance and exhibitions.”

Erwin De Luna is the President of the United San Antonio Pow Wow, which is an official Fiesta event.

Victor Martins

It’s Fiesta’s First weekend and given what the radars are showing, here a few events that might otherwise fly under your radar. First off—on both Saturday and Sunday it’s the Fiesta Arts Fair.

"It’s a wonderful family event.”

 Shannon Houghtaling is Fiesta’s Director of Communications. “They do a really good job of having activities to appeal to both adults and children.”

 I asked "There’s food, drink, music, art—that’s all a part of Fiesta Arts Fair, right?"

 “Yes, it’s the full Fiesta flair. If it gets too much rain on Saturday, it's there Sunday.”

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Thousands of people came together Thursday night at Alamo Plaza to officially ring in Fiesta. San Antonio residents are ready to party with a purpose for eleven days.

Over the next week and a half you’ll be hearing the battle cry of “VIVA FIESTA!” almost everywhere in San Antonio. About 9,000 people attended Fiesta Fiesta in front of the Alamo to kick-off Fiesta 2015 with the ceremonial cutting of the ugly tie and cracking of the cascaron.

courtesy San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony's weekend slate is full, but as to the music they will be playing, it may be different than you’d expect. It's going to be a lot less Bach and a lot more salsa.

“The Fiesta Pops is a series of three performances this weekend.”

Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto explains it.