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Black Fiesta is Back

Blues music, praise dances, a masquerade ball, rib cook-offs, and some Big Easy fun are just some of the activities that shape what we call “Black Fiesta.”

Black Fiesta,” coined by the staff of Black Life Texas, are official Fiesta events that bring the Black community together to party, mingle, and enjoy food. Every year, San Antonio hosts Fiesta, which attracts over 2.5 million visitors and brings the city millions in local sales. 

Starting on April 19, the San Antonio Zulu Association will kick off “A Taste of New Orleans” at the Sunken Garden through Sunday, April 21. The 37th annual event promises to mix a little N’awlins culture into South Texas. Enjoy authentic New Orleans-style food (gumbos, shrimp creole, etouffee, fresh crawfish, boudin, alligator, and beignets) and authentic New Orleans-style music (zydeco, cajun, jazz, brass bands, and blues). 

The Alamo City Ques are back on April 20 with the 2024 Psi Alpha Foundation Masquerade Party at the Crown Ridge Banquet Hall, 6909 Camp Bullis Rd. Tickets are $60 at the door, or visit ( to learn more. Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for students. 

Also, on April 20 at Sam Houston High School from 9 am to 1 pm, the Alpha Pi Zeta Fiesta Track Meet is a community event co-sponsored with the San Antonio Fiesta Commission for youth in the local community to help promote health, recreation, and sportsmanship. All children from ages 5 to 12 are encouraged to participate.

The St. Philip’s College CultureFest and Rib Cook-Off is an official Fiesta San Antonio event held on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the St. Philip’s College MLK campus. The kid-friendly festival features a rib cook-off, live music, a car show, food, vendors, and several grill raffles—all in one location. Admission is free, and proceeds help fund student scholarships.
On April 28, the Alpha Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrates its 21st anniversary of the “Praise Dance” event with the San Antonio community at the Carver Community Cultural Center at 226 N. Hackberry. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit (

Ebony Huerta Wells has over 25 years of writing and media experience. She was a former business journalist with a major newspaper and worked for other niche publications.

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