Tickets for “A Night In Old San Antonio®” (NIOSA®) are Now Available Online

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Discount tickets for “A Night In Old San Antonio®” will be available on the NIOSA website on Feb. 15; on sale at select locations March 1

A Night In Old San Antonio

Sample a fabulous array of delicious foods--many unique to our event. Tap your feet to the oompah band in Sauerkraut Bend, dance the Cotton-Eyed Joe in Frontier Town or do the cumbia in Haymarket. We invite you to come early, and stay late, to savor the sights and sounds which make NIOSA the premier event of Fiesta San Antonio.

“A Night In Old San Antonio®” (NIOSA®) is a four-night festival in the heart of downtown San Antonio that celebrates the city’s diverse cultural legacy for more than 80,000 revelers annually. Through the magic of more than 250 food, drink and atmosphere booths; more than 20 live musical acts; children’s games; decorations; costumed volunteers; and souvenirs, NIOSA brings the city’s heritage alive in 15 areas (Arneson Theatre, Chinatown, Clown Alley, French Quarter, Froggy Bottom, Frontier Town, Haymarket, International Walkway, Irish Flat, Main Street USA, Mexican Market, Mission Trail, Sauerkraut Bend, South of the Border and Villa España).

Sponsored by and benefiting the San Antonio Conservation Society, the 62nd presentation of NIOSA will be held April 20-23, 2010, during the city’s 11-day Fiesta San Antonio® celebration.

Advance discount tickets ($10 adult and $1.50 children 6 to 12 years) will be available February 15 online at http://www.niosa.org/tickets.htm through April 9, 2010 (to allow time for mailing). Children under six are always free.     

Additional discount tickets will be available beginning March 1 through April 23, at all H-E-B grocery stores in San Antonio, Boerne, Bulverde, Seguin and New Braunfels; the Fiesta Store at 2611 Broadway; select San Antonio area military bases; the USAA Company Store; the NIOSA headquarters at 227 S. Presa Street; and Southwest Research.

General admission tickets can be purchased nightly at the entrance gates for $12 for adults and $2 for children 6 to 12 years, with free admission for children 5 years and under. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 10 p.m.; the celebration continues inside until 10:30 each night. All tickets are non-refundable because NIOSA is open, rain or shine.

“A Night In Old San Antonio is one of the nation’s largest ‘Celebrations for Preservation,’ and guarantees hours of merriment for guests young and old,” says Nancy Avellar, A Night In Old San Antonio chairman and Fourth Vice President of the San Antonio Conservation Society. “Sample a fabulous array of delicious foods--many unique to our event. Tap your feet to the oompah band in Sauerkraut Bend, dance the Cotton-Eyed Joe in Frontier Town or do the cumbia in Haymarket. We invite you to come early, and stay late, to savor the sights and sounds which make NIOSA the premier event of Fiesta San Antonio.”

NIOSA is held on the five-acre grounds of the La Villita National Historic District—the 18th century Spanish neighborhood, bounded by the San Antonio River and Alamo, Nueces and Presa streets.

NIOSA is one of the top—if not the top—fundraisers for historic preservation in the nation and truly lives up to its motto as a “Celebration for Preservation.” Funds raised enable the Society to continue its mission of preserving historic buildings, objects, places and customs relating to the history of Texas and all that is admirably distinctive to the state.

Founded in 1924, the San Antonio Conservation Society (one of the nation’s oldest and most active historic preservation organizations), began with efforts to preserve such unique features as the San Antonio River Bend (now the cornerstone of the famous San Antonio Riverwalk) and the city's four Spanish Colonial Missions. The Society has been responsible for saving most of the historic attractions which make San Antonio one of the top tourist destinations in the south.

For more information visit the NIOSA website at http://www.niosa.org or call (210) 226-5188. Follow NIOSA on Twitter and on Facebook.

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