Culture & History

Stay at Hotel Contessa and Tour San Antonio - Rich in Historical Significance

There are many annual events, festivals and shows to enjoy when visiting the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information call our guest services team at 210-229-9222 ext. 5422 or click here to email us.

Annual Cultural Events

Fiesta San Antonio

Celebrate San Antonio

Every New Year's Eve, San Antonioans celebrate in HemisFair Park with Tex-Mex food, local music, and a large firework show over the Tower of Americas.

Fiesta San Antonio

One of the largest, longest, and oldest citywide festivals held in April in La Villita (downtown area) encompassing 10 days of local food, 100 events and featuring beautiful parades: Battle of Flowers Parade, Texas Cavaliers River Parade, Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade.

Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony

More than 122,000 lights illuminate the Riverwalk during the winter holidays. Immediately after Thanksgiving Day, floats decorate the Riverwalk attracting visitors far and wide. For more information click here.

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

A 16-day event held at the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum, named Top Indoor Rodeo of the Year for 7 straight years, features 20 PRCA rodeo performances alongside country musical entertainment, livestock auctions and contests, and carnival rides - truly a family event!

The Alamo


McNay Art Museum

It's a Mediterranean mansion with curved patio, center courtyard and gardens with an impressive collection of post-impressionist paintings. The collection has expanded to nearly 20,000 works including Medieval and Renaissance art, 19th- through 21st- century European and American paintings, sculptures and photographs, and one of the finest collections of prints and drawings in the Southwest.

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

Discover more than 120 years of history ... Texas style. Marvel at two stories of the most exotic collections you've ever seen, from our unique horn collection, to cowboy memorabilia and fish from the Seven Seas. Test your hand in our authentic shooting gallery and arcade. Don't miss the world's only Wax Museum of Texas History. Now featuring the Texas Rangers Museum.

Briscoe Western Art Museum

Located directly adjacent to the Hotel Contessa is the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Opening in October of 2013, this museum will include almost 700 objects on display - including a stagecoach, chuckwagon, and walls of saddles and spurs - it provides a broader view of the West, one that also incorporates the American Indian, Spanish, and Mexican contributions to the area.

Among the objects in the galleries are a presentation sword that belonged to Santa Anna, the last known saddle of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa and an old Apache olla basket. It also includes a detailed diorama depicting the Battle of the Alamo.

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Witte Museum

San Antonio's premier museum, the Witte brings history, science and culture to life. With an extensive collection, nationally acclaimed traveling exhibits, the H-E-B Science Treehouse and beautiful grounds where historic homes and log cabins reside, the Witte Museum offers something for everyone.  

San Antonio Museum of Art

The mission of the San Antonio Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret significant works of art representing a broad range of history and world cultures. The Museum holds these collections for the benefit of the community and future generations. It is SAMA's responsibility to educate and engage diverse audiences, provide transformational experiences, strengthen our shared understanding of humanity and encourage a sense of wonder and discovery. 

The Museum conducts more than 500 guided tours annually and provides approximately 200 educational programs each year.  Programs include lectures, concerts, films, children's workshops, scholarly symposia, family art activities and special exhibitions.  

Children's Museum

Dedicated to children ages 0-10 years, the museum's exhibits and programs are focused on early childhood learning, especially in the creative arts, sciences and early literacy.  


Majestic Theatre

The Majestic theatre host traveling Broadway shows and concerts and remains one of the finest atmospheric theatres ever built. Inspired by Spanish Mission, Baroque, and Mediterranean architectural traditions, theatre patrons are transported to a fantasy villa. Walls become towers with windows of colorful glass. A rare white peacock perches on a balcony railing as doves are caught in mid-flight. Grape vines creep along the walls and luscious foliage flourishes. The vaulted “sky” comes to life as stars twinkle while drifting clouds pass by overhead. Balconies, tile roofs, arches, and columns, railings, elaborate ornamentation, statues, and a bell tower all aid in the transformation of the theatre into a mystical village.