It’s Fiesta all week, and Tuesday marks the start ‘A Night in Old San Antonio’ (NIOSA).
Volunteers have spent the entire weekend and days leading up to opening night decorating and setting up booths. Some volunteers said they would rather volunteer and work the booths, rather than attend and be part of the crowd.
“We’ve been working NIOSA for the past 20 year,” said one woman with her mother by her side. “It’s a good time, the food is great and the atmosphere is what brings people back every year.”
NIOSA is a four day event and takes place near ‘La Villita’ in downtown San Antonio. While there are over 100 different events to attending during the week of Fiesta, NIOSA has become a staple of it’s own.
“It’s like herd of cattle as soon as that gates open,” the two women said laughing. “With a doubt the beer stands are the craziest.”
NIOSA is hosted by the San Antonio Conservation Society. There no vendors during the event, all those working, cooking and those whose helped set up are all volunteers.
“Tuesday night is one of the crazier nights,” said one woman. “But nothing compared to college night.”
Tickets can be bought at the gates, and it’s $12 for adults, $2 for kids between the ages of 6-12, and any child under that is free to enter. Each ticket is worth 50 cents and can be exchanged within the event grounds.
“There is no other Fiesta event like NIOSA, it’s got everything for everyone,” said one man delivering cases of soda. “The beer is just as expensive as a bar, and there is no beating all the different types of food.”
Just in case anyone was wondering, beer is $4 a cup.The event runs starts at 5:30pm and gates close at 10pm.