Mockingbird Fest – A Sneak Peek into SA’s Most Texas Fest

John Stienbeck put it best when he said, “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.”

And what better way to deal with an obsession, than to celebrate it? This Saturday, March 5, Hemisfair plans to do just that, hosting the first annual Mockingbird Fest.


Beginning at 10am, at the Yanaguana Garden, the free festival will honor Texas Independence Day, and all things, well, Texas. Mockingbird Fest, whose name pays tribute to our state bird, will feature interactive activities, and the sounds and flavors native to the Lone Star state.

Mockingbird Fest promises BIG fun for all ages. The Briscoe Western Art Museum will be on site making paper puppets in honor of legendary Texas icons, and the Witte Museum will host a pop-up exhibition on what true Texas cowboys wear and why. Guests can learn about, and interact with, indigenous Texas species, try native edibles, and enjoy Texas tales told live by local authors. UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures will also be at the event with family-friendly games centered around the history and culture of South Texas.

If you’d rather taste your way through Texas, you’re in luck! Local favorites will be dishing out the tastiest eats. Hemisfair’s own Con Safos will be serving up their famous Pan Dulce Burgers, and Palateria San Antonio will be around with 14 fresh flavors to cool you down. Get your tamale fix with Cocina Heritage and their tamales treats that include pineapple and vegan options. There will be more than a dozen other vendors doling out delicious Texas themed foods.

Locally sourced beverages will be on tap. Ranger Creek Brewing & DistillingGoliad Brewing Company, Independence Brewing Company, and Perdenales Brewing Company are a few of the brews you can expect to see. 

Festival-goers will also have the chance to move along with the sounds of South Texas. Live musical performances will showcase everything from Eva Ybarra’s conjunto Tejano, to Elijah Zane and the Experience‘s blues sound.

Mockingbird Fest is a Texas collection of food, culture, and fun. So come get your Texas on, San Antonio – The festival is this Saturday, March 5 at Yanaguana Garden, 10am-6pm. Entry is free to the public, but bring some extra coin to enjoy the concessions.