Layout change, cashless wristbands and more about the Fiesta San Antonio event

SAN ANTONIO – La Villita may be undergoing some changes, but NIOSA is back at the historic venue for Fiesta 2022.

The popular fiesta event, known as A Night In Old San Antonio, begins Tuesday and runs every night through Friday. Gates open daily at 5:30pm and close at 10:30pm.

Although much of the food, music, drink and atmosphere will be the same as in previous years, there are a few things you should know before heading out.

For example, cashless wristbands will be required to purchase food and beverages on site, and the layout will change due to construction work. Here are seven things you should know about NIOSA 2022:

How does the building change the layout?

Due to ongoing construction at La Villita, NIOSA will extend to Alamo Street and the southwest side of Hemisfair.

This will place some stalls and areas like Frontier Town and Clown Alley in new locations NIOSA.


“The move creates more space for the crowds at the popular event,” organizers said.

All 14 culture areas will continue to be available on four hectares. Here is the most updated map from the NIOSA organizers:

Do I have to buy my ticket before I start driving?

You don’t have to, but it might save you some time.

Organizers said e-tickets can be purchased in advance NIOSA website. Tickets are also sold at the entrance gates.

Whichever route you take, tickets are $20 for adults, with no purchase fees. Children up to 12 years are free when accompanied by an adult.

If you are purchasing an e-ticket, you will need to show the purchase code over the phone or print it out at the entrance gate for it to be scanned.

BlastPasses are returning in 2022

Unlike previous years when booths took tickets, all NIOSA attendees will require a BlastPass for purchases.

People can use their BlastPass, a cashless and touchless wristband, to buy anything on-site at NIOSA, including food, beverages and non-food items.


“BlastPass stores funds on the wristband for a simple payment process that’s a convenient and clean way to pay for items without the need for paper coupons that can easily be lost,” organizers said.

People can buy their BlastPass on-line or on the NIOSA site. There will be BlastPass stations around the site so people can load more money onto their wristbands. For more information on this process, click here.

Who are the performers?

  • Arneson Theater: groove doctors

  • French Quarter: Chris Lopez Band (Tuesday and Wednesday), Passing Strangers (Thursday and Friday)

  • frog bottom: The Celsius band

  • border town: Will Carter Band

  • Heumarkt: Culture Jam (Tuesday and Wednesday), Jesse D and Southwest Band

  • Main road: The San Antunes

  • Mexican market: carizma

  • Sauerkraut bend: Eurofest

  • Villa Spain: Dukes of Cool

Are masks or vaccines required due to COVID-19?

Guests and volunteers will not be required to wear masks this year, and organizers will not ask about COVID-19 vaccination status, according to the organization.

Additional hand disinfection and hand washing stations will be set up throughout the site.

ways there

Bike service is available from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM in front of the NIOSA gate on the corner of Alamo and Nueva streets


In this monitored area, bicycles (not motorbikes) can be locked with the owner’s personal lock and chain.

In addition, VIA Metropolitan Transit offers Park and Ride services between Crossroads and downtown for NIOSA.

The NIOSA Park and Ride is available Tuesday to Friday from 4pm to 11pm. The service costs $2.50 each way.

For a list of all Fiesta Park and Ride options, click here. Note that face masks are required in all VIA vehicles and facilities.

Remember to stay hydrated

On Tuesday, the first day of NIOSA, clear skies and dry air will push temperatures into the mid 90’s. A cold front on Wednesday will push the highs back into the high 70s and low 80s.

When out in the sun, remember to stay cool and hydrated and wear comfortable, lightweight clothing.

If you need medical assistance, there are first aid stations in the Chinatown, Frontier Town, South of the Border, French Quarter, Villa Espana and Haymarket areas.


Check out this week’s forecast here.

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Andrew Schnitker

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