Fiesta 2021: How San Antonio Got Its Groove Back

San Antonio’s annual Fiesta gathering is more than just an excuse to party… 

It’s Fiesta’s sense of community that locals cherish as much as the Mexican historical significance behind it. 

But, last year in 2020, Fiesta was canceled in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Typically full of very joyous announcements and anticipatory preparations, the streets of San Antonio simply weren’t the same. 

Something was notably absent from the city’s vibrant spirit.

Fast forward to 2021, and Americans everywhere are starting to mingle much more freely at social gatherings in the wake of increasing COVID-19 vaccine rates.

(And frankly, many folks were tired of canceled events and staying at home for a year.)

Fiesta returned fiercely

Ready to celebrate like old times, excited throngs of San Antonians showed up, breathing life back into their city and traditions. Even a global pandemic couldn’t shut down Fiesta for another year. The best part is that we were able to join in!

Our love for San Antonio, the culture, and the community will never waver. So, naturally, we came bearing new pins, wide smiles, and even wider hats for a city we love.

Kayla’s Take on Fiesta 2021

Never one to miss Fiesta, here’s what stood out to our city Market Manager and San Antonio native, Kayla Morales, as she served up pins and Good People, Great Movers vibes with the community.

So, what’s the deal with Fiesta?! Sure, 2020’s event was canceled, but why are San Antonians usually so excited about it? 

For me, it’s about the food and community coming together to teach different cultures and traditions. 

There are so many beautiful bright colors and DIY [do-it-yourself] ideas that everyone comes up with that really drive the people to come out and have fun!

Ok, so what’s with those medals and huge DIY hats (er, sombreros)?

Ahh yes… The hats and medals have been a tradition for as long as I can remember and I am 30 years old! 

People take a lot of pride in their hats and [the] medals they create on their own or buy to wear out during the whole week of fiesta. These medals can represent the businesses around the city, helping out a family fund their families cancer fund, or sharing our love for certain things around the city like the Spurs, Missions, or any other favorite major league, high school, or college sports teams. 

Same with the hats as well. But, you tend to see more Fiesta-oriented hats with bright colors, flowers, or the famous tagline, ‘Show me your shoe!’

How do you decide what to do each year for the medals?

When you are making your design, the more unique the pins are, the better. That’s how you bring people to the booth or business to buy them.

What’s your favorite thing you look forward to at Fiesta?

The food and parade. This year there was no parade, but during Pin Pandemonium the community did put on a small parade and this was so refreshing since we missed out in 2020. 

You never really know how much Fiesta really does help the community and people, but it really does.

As I said, culture is a big part of San Antonio and for people to be able to showcase theirs and educate people on their culture it can make a difference.

How do you and the team prepare for the day of Fiesta?

Ahead of time, the Fiesta Commission will reach out and let us know the dates of the event.

Then, we have to make sure we have our medals designed and ready to go. We make sure all the marketing materials are in and that we have food and snacks for the workers and attendees.

What did you notice was different about this year’s Fiesta from previous events?

This year it was smaller than previous years. Not as many vendors were participating and there were a lot of empty tables. Traffic started to pick up toward the end of the night rather than the beginning. 

Also, this usually takes place in late April which is cooler than June. With the heat, not many people wanted to be out there early. For the people who did show up, including the vendors with their medals, we had some common ground. Everyone who was in attendance was still dealing [with] COVID.

We know how much the demographics of San Antonio are growing from an influx of Americans leaving other states. Do you think Fiesta is still significant as the population changes to include more non-Texans?

Fiesta is a celebration of the Hispanic culture. The city itself comes together to celebrate and participate in Fiesta. There are many different attractions to be a part of such as the Pin Pandemonium, Battle of Flowers Parade, and NIOSA (Night Out in Old San Antonio). 

Many different ethnicities and cultures come to celebrate with us. It is a very inviting event for all of San Antonio’s citizens and non-citizens. 

As the city grows outward and becomes more culturally diverse, I don’t think there will be a decline in Fiesta but rather an increase in events throughout the city rather than just in the downtown area.

Wrapping Up

Are you excited for Fiesta 2022? We’re definitely looking forward to it! We also can’t wait to implement Kayla’s creative ideas to reach out to the San Antonio community for next year! 

Fiesta will take place from March 31-April 10, 2022. Hope to see you there!

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Moving to San Antonio? Here’s What You Need to Know

Considering a move to San Antonio?

There are a few things you need to know about living in this Texas city that won’t pop up in a simple Google search.

You’ve got questions, so we’ve got answers. Here’s what to expect before relocating to Alamo City... Straight from the mouths of locals.

Insider Tips: Living in San Antonio, TX

You know it’s true… Each city has its own culture, rhythm, and flavor

Other than living there yourself, talking to those who already do is the best way to truly grasp the essence of a place.

This is pretty important research that you may or may not have the time, resources, and patience for… However, just like a new job or relationship, it’s critical to know if the city is compatible with you

So, we’ve rounded up the best advice from across the web and San Antonians themselves to reveal what it's like living in San Antonio.

How’s the Traffic in San Antonio?

For those coming from smaller or less-populated towns, Texas’ traffic could take some getting used to…

But, compared to our other sprawling cities—Austin, Dallas, and Houston— Quora users actually rank San Antonio traffic last.

Non-Texans thinking of moving to San Antonio will be happy to know that the average work commute is just over 24 minutes!

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What About Fun Things to Do?

Everyone knows about the Riverwalk… It’s a beautiful stroll or ferry float among all the cultural, retail, and culinary delights that San Antonio has to offer in one spot. But once you’ve made the move there, the Riverwalk is only impressive so many times.

Top 5 Holiday Events & Attractions in San Antonio

Take it from a local: check out the many other activities that define San Antonio. Things like festivals, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the amazing tacos and tamales, and more will keep you entertained!

Did we mention there's even a cocktail conference?



Where are the Best Places to Live?

Like other Texas metropolises, San Antonio is a city full of diverse residential areas.

Do your homework before you move to avoid ending up in either an overpriced or shady part of town.
Or, just listen to these residents who know the city inside-out.

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This San Antonio local has great advice for families who desire safety and good school districts above all.


Can I Make a Good Living in San Antonio?

No need to worry about finding a gig after moving to San Antonio!
The city boasts:

  • A future projected job growth rate that's above the national average
  • A more affordable cost-of-living that makes San Antonio an attractive competitor to the much pricier Big Four metros (Dallas, Houston, and Austin)
  • Major job sectors including health care/social assistance, retail, and hospitality & food services.
  • Higher-paid jobs in the legal, architectural & engineering, health, medicine, and technology fields.

largest employing occupations and jobs in San Antonio


We got you.

Although there’s zero state income tax in Texas (awesome, right?!), rent can still put a huge dent in your income.

Make life easy and use this tool to compare rents by neighborhood while you’re researching the best areas to live!

If You’re REALLY Ready to Move to San Antonio

Just listen to Neil who loves living there:


How To Prepare for Full-Service Movers in San Antonio?

Being a professional mover in San Antonio is hard work! It’s a lot of physical activity including lifting, carrying, and even walking up and down stairs multiple times with heavy boxes and furniture. Our professional, experienced San Antonio movers work in the dog days of summer, and even in the rain. There are a few things you can do as a customer to help your San Antonio moving company out on moving day!

Ways To Help Your Movers:

  • Be Packed and Ready to Go When They Arrive. This helps both you and your movers. This ensures that your local movers can go as quickly as possible! Being fully packed means no loose items and is one of the top things you can do to make your move easier.
  • Reserve Parking in Front of Your House or Apartment Complex. You can use your own vehicles to block the space until we arrive
  • Make Sure Walkways Are Clear Where the Movers Will Be Walking. This saves everyone time and avoids any stumbling
  • Same Goes With Pets. We love pets, but make sure pets are secured and out of the way so they don’t get out or get stressed with the unknown visitors in their space! Read our tips for moving with pets.
  • Disconnect Washers and Dryers Before We Arrive. This also saves you time and inconvenience! We want to move your washer and dryer (really!) but we are not supposed to disconnect them ourselves because we are not plumbers and don’t want to cause any damage to water lines!
  • Offering Them Water. Moving is hard work so a refreshing beverage is always appreciated!
  • Let Them Do What Professional Movers Do. As hard as that might be, our movers are experienced professionals so stand back and let them do what they do best!
  • Labeling Your Boxes. This helps us know where things go in the new place so your move can go by quickly and you’ll have everything in the convenient spot you need it! Label things as FRAGILE too just so we know to take extra special care of it. Make sure you tell us that everything is labelled in advance so we know to look for it!
  • Tell Us the Fastest Driving Route. We use our GPS to get from your old home to the new home so if you know of a better way that our trucks can safely take, please let us know !
  • Try to Relax! You are in great hands with a San Antonio moving company like 3 Men Movers!

Top 5 Holiday Events & Attractions in San Antonio

It's the holidays in San Antonio, and that means it's time for tamales! But that's not the only tradition we have around here between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. This city also offers tons of events for everyone, from traditional Christmas lights to luminarias. So whether you're thinking of moving here, or have been here for years and just need some new ideas on local events, here are the top five holiday options in San Antonio.

Old West Christmas Light Fest

Everything's bigger in Texas, and the Christmas lights at Old West Christmas Light Fest are no exception. On select nights from November 22 to December 29, you can head to Enchanted Springs Ranch in Boerne to see more than 40 "Old West" buildings decked out in countless lights. Plus, the kids can visit with Santa, eat holiday treats, play holiday-themed games and more. Basically, there's holiday fun for all ages at this San Antonio Christmas event.

Holiday Lights on the River Walk

If you normally enjoy the San Antonio River Walk, you'll love it during the holidays! From November 23 to January 6, it's filled with more than 100,000 pretty lights adorning the trees all around the area. And it's free for you to walk around and admire the lights, so go ahead and stroll down the River Walk any night during the holiday season to boost your Christmas spirit!

Wonderland Christmas

Every year, Morgan's Wonderland is proud to present a holiday attraction that welcomes children and adults of all ages and abilities. At Wonderland Christmas, you'll see lots of lights, holiday decorations, a petting zoo, puppet performances, story time with Mrs. Claus, free cookies and more. This holiday event runs on select nights from November 23 to December 23, giving you and your family a month to make it to Morgan's Wonderland this winter. Of course, if you don't make it this year, there's always next year, since this is an annual event that San Antonio parents have been attending for a few years in a row now!

Ford Fiesta de Las Luminarias

Ah, the holidays in San Antonio wouldn't be complete without a festival filled with luminarias, or lights inside paper bags. That's why you don't want to miss the Ford Fiesta de Las Luminarias, which takes place at the River Walk on weekend evenings between November 30 and December 16. Considering that the River Walk is also decked out in Christmas lights during this time period, you'll get a double dose of holiday spirit when you combine those with the beautiful luminarias this winter in San Antonio.

Celebrate SA

Did you know San Antonio is the best city in Texas to celebrate New Year's Eve? Yep, we took the 16th spot on WalletHub's list of Best Places for New Year's Eve Celebrations, and we happen to be the top Texas city on it! So you really can't go wrong when you spend this holiday here, especially considering this year was the city's Tricentennial…so we're definitely celebrating! That's probably why one of the top events to attend will be Celebrate SA, which is a free New Year's Eve event that features dozens of live musical acts topped off by fireworks at the end of the night. Between 6 pm and midnight, you can enjoy live music, food, drinks, carnival rides, games and more as you ring in 2019.

If you're not yet a resident of this great city, you can see now why you should be! Whether you want to move here from another Texas city or just need to switch neighborhoods in this area, contact 3 Men Movers today! We'll send you some friendly, helpful San Antonio movers who will make relocating a breeze for you.

15 Things You Need To Know Before Moving To San Antonio

If you are planning or thinking about moving to San Antonio, Texas, then you have a lot to look forward to. This city’s past is just as vibrant as its present. Keep reading to find out 15 things that you may be surprised to learn about San Antonio!

Benefits of Moving To San Antonio

It’s an affordable city

If you’re moving to San Antonio one thing that you will be glad to know is that it is an affordable city to live in. This is impressive considering that San Antonio is the second-largest city in Texas. In 2014 it even landed at number six on Yahoo Finance’s Most Affordable Cities To Live In. According to Zillow, the median price for a home in San Antonio is $220,320 and the median price for renting an apartment is $1,095… that’s hard to compete within most major cities!

The Spurs are royalty

Everyone loves them, and we do mean everyone. You won’t see the residents of this city sporting any other jerseys come basketball season. The Spurs have called San Antonio home since the early 70’s and the city’s love for the team runs deep. If you’re a sports enthusiast, you’ll appreciate the fandom… and who knows, maybe you’ll even consider switching teams.

There are tons of historical sites making for a vibrant Texas cultureWinter on the Riverwalk

The Alamo is one of the most treasured San Antonio historical sites, and for good reason. The battle site is significant to Texas and US history and demands to be seen. The River Walk is also a fantastic place to take a stroll and slow down the frantic pace of daily life. The San Antonio River runs through the city and both sides of the channel are lined with restaurants, hotels, and of course, the iconic rainbow umbrellas. But this isn’t all San Antonio has to offer. There’s also the Natural Bridge Caverns for adventurers, the beautiful San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens, and the site of the 1968 World’s Fair.

It is growing and there’s plenty of room

According to the US Census, San Antonio gained over 21,000 new residents from 2014 to 2015. However, unlike other major cities in Texas, the city isn’t suffering from unbearable traffic or push back from current locals due to its recent growth. If you hate long commutes, you’ve found the right place.

It’s family-friendly

The thing that makes San Antonio such a great place for families is that you don’t have to sacrifice affordability and space for access to a thriving city. You can have a backyard without disconnecting from urban life. That’s a hard balance to find, but San Antonio makes it a reality.

The city turns up for Fiestafiesta-sa

Fiesta is San Antonio’s largest festival and their site estimates that about 3.5 million people attend the festival per year. It is a tradition that began in 1891 by a group of women who donned traditional dresses, decorated carriages, and led a parade in front of the Alamo in honor of those who lost their lives in the Battle of San Jacinto. This week long party brings parades, fireworks, block parties, and lots of delicious food to San Antonio. You can’t escape this party.

San Antonio embraces the military

There’s a reason why the nickname for the city is “Military City USA.” There are bases lining the city and the military has a visible presence in San Antonio because of it. There are also many organizations dedicated to the support of veterans, like USAA.

It’s become a hub for corporate headquarters

San Antonio may have a small town feel but there are also many businesses with corporate headquarters in the city. Some of the corporations based in San Antonio are H-E-B, USAA, Rackspace, and Cullen/Frost Bankers. Some of them even have campuses that are worth a visit.

Hill Country is around the cornerhill-country-texas

Most San Antonio residents can get to the Hill Country in about an hour making it a great place to do weekend or even day trips. When visiting Texas Hill Country you can look forward to the signature rolling hills, lavender fields, caving, wineries, hiking, biking, and plenty of spas and retreats for weekend getaways.

There are tons of federal jobs

You probably think of DC when you think of US cities with a large amount of federal jobs but San Antonio comes in at number three, just behind Atlanta. If you want a government job because of the stability and perks they hold like federal holidays off and health insurance, San Antonio may be the place to find your next gig.

There are several notable people from San Antonio

If you’re moving to San Antonio you should probably be acquainted with the notable figures that the city has produced. Current US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro served as mayor for his home city. Hollywood legend Joan Crawford is also a native of San Antonio. Arguably the most beloved San Antonio figure is retired Spurs player, Tim Duncan (affectionately known to the locals as Timmy).

Wrapping Up

San Antonio is on the rise. It has so much to offer. From affordable housing and rent, to Hill Country getaways, and traditions like Fiesta that bring the city together in celebration. This Texas city just may be the perfect destination for your next move!