The main new year's eve event in San Antonio this year is the Tricentennial Celebrate 300 event, which represents the start of the San Antonio Tricentennial celebration, the city's 300th birthday.
With headline performers REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo this party will bring huge crowds out to the city's popular Riverwalk and Hemisfair NYE venues.
San Antonio has been holding their extremely popular free public party on new year's eve for several years now in the form of Celebrate San Antonio in Hemisfair, drawing locals and visitors alike out onto the city streets to greet the new year in style with a night of live music, entertainment and of course the spectacular fireworks display when midnight arrives.
With Dallas having ditched the Big D NYE party in recent years the san Antonio event has the chance to challenge for the title of the biggest new year party in Texas, and with the landmark Tower of the Americas providing an excellent focal point for the midnight fireworks display it is certainly a party worth coming out for.
The big event in town for New Year's Eve is the Tricentennial Celebrate 300 party, an extra special version of the usual celebrate San Anotnio event that will be bigger than ever as the city starts the celebrations for it's 300th birthday.
The event is completely free of charge and is once again centred on the city's central HemisFair district and encapsulating the surrounding area, including the iconic Riverwalk, the public park that runs through the centre of town and includes a plethora of bars, restaurants hotels and many other attractions, and is also the site for some spectacular Christmas lights.
The park's Yanaguana Garden will be playing an important role this year, being transformed into the official Tricentennial Garden. This year also sees tha addition of an outdoor cinema and an 80 foot high ferris wheel.
Headline acts for the party this year have been named as REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, with the lineup completed by Little Joe y la Familia, Bidi Bidi Banda, Sam Riggs and The Last Bandoleros.
The main area covered by the NYE party is South Alamo Street (where the main stage is located) between Market Street and Cesar Chavez Boulevard and also in La Villita, there are 3 stages set up across this whole area to play live music to the crowds, carnival games and playground rides, and the place will be packed with visitors soaking up the atmosphere and enjotying the entertainment.
The new year party gets underway at 4pm and continues right up until after the special 20 minute long spectacular midnight fireworks, which are launched from the Tower of the Americas, the city's most prominent landmark and great focal point for the display. The Tower actually has it's own restaurant and observation deck, so is a great option for somewhere to spend new years and guarantee yourself a fantastic view of the party and fireworks.
Elsewhere, the bars and clubs of San Antonio join in with a multitude of new year's even parties to choose from. The most popular venues include Club Rio, Celebs Star Bar, Maroc Bar, Backstage Live, Gruene Hall and Cheatham Street Warehouse.
The restaurant scene in San Antonio is heavily steak, burger and rib based as you would expect but there are offerings from most international cuisines. Most of the more popular venues will be hosting special new year's eve parties with festive menus on offer - eateries to look out for include:
Stone Werks at Lincoln Heights
Sustenio at the Eilan Hotel and Bar
Perry's Steakhouse and Grille
Crumpets Restaurant and bakery
Mad Dogs at the Hyatt Regency
Sushihana Japanese Restaurant
You can view the complete range of San Antonio restaurants here.
The hotels in the Riverwalk area all hold their own new year's eve parties so represent a good chance to sort out your accommodation and evening's entertainment all in one go - look out in particular for the gala events at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel, Hotel Valencia RiverWalk and Hotel Contessa.
There is also a popular new year party at the Courtyard San Antonio Riverwalk, a high rise venue with a perfect location if you are attending the Riverwalk new year events.
If you're planning on staying in any of the hotels of San Antonio over the New Year period, then early reservation is strongly recommended. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
We will be keeping an eye out for any live TV and online streaming coverage of the new year party and fireworks, and will post any links we find right here.
Another option is to check out some of the live webcam views in the city, including a live feed right on the RiverWalk:
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