The great part about living in South Texas is the year-round warm and breezy weather; it’s the perfect setting for outdoor festivals. This is something Alamo takes advantage of! From Christmas to Halloween, Alamo has its own share of colorful celebrations for the whole family.
If you’re new to the region, the Alamo Economic Development Corporation is here to fill you in on which celebrations are worth the price of admission. Then again, you won’t have to worry too much about the cost because all of them are free!
Alamo residents are always in good spirits, but nothing beats their love for the Christmas season. Every Christmas, Alamo invites the Valley to attend the Lighted Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Central Park. The Lighted Parade features floats from various city organizations and local schools. Residents line the side of Alamo Road with chairs to watch the colorfully decorated vehicles make their way to Central Park. Once the parade ends, the Tree Lighting Ceremony begins.
A special tree is lit to signal the beginning of the festivities. Food and drink vendors supply the crowd with delicious Christmas treats and drinks to the tune of school choirs and bands performing a variety of classic seasonal music.
Folklorico dancers also provide entertainment. And because the Valley isn’t burdened with blizzards (except for the ones from Dairy Queen) you won’t have to wear five layers of clothing to keep warm. Throw on a light jacket and head out for a magical time.
Get in touch with your dark side and join Alamo for the wonderfully spooky Fall Festival on Halloween night. The festival celebrates every candy-lover’s favorite holiday with tricks and treats galore for the entire family. The Alamo Fire Department delivers one of the most exciting Haunted House experiences in the city with garish ghouls and frightful screams. The Alamo Police Department supplies trick-or-treaters with mountains of sweets.
Held at Central Park, local musical artists perform at the celebration and various food vendors provide delicious eats. Don’t forget to wear your costume because the Fall Festival holds a Halloween costume contest for those looking for some competition. Throw on that ghost costume and bring the whole family for an evening of fun and laughter.
With warm weather comes refreshing treats, and what’s more refreshing than a slice of succulent watermelon? Alamo loves its watermelon during the spring and summer seasons, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by having a Watermelon Festival. Each year, the city hosts the festival in Central Park, inviting the public to partake in watermelon-inspired festivities.
The festival was first started in 2013 and in the past featured a car show, 5K run and performances by local dance troupes and Valley comedians. Delicious festival food and drinks can be found at any corner as well as a beer garden for beer lovers. Residents are encouraged to participate in the watermelon-eating competition, the barbecue cook-off, or events where you can dance the night away to music featured on the Central Park stage. The best part is admission is free for the whole family!
Family Fun for Everyone
One of the greatest advantages about living in Alamo is the city’s small population. You will likely get to know all of the local folks participating and volunteering at the city festivals, which makes for an inviting experience. It’s one of the biggest perks of living in a town like Alamo.
The pleasant climate makes outdoor events a delightful way to spend your off time. Throw on some shades and a hat and get ready to celebrate. If you’re interested in volunteering or participating in any of Alamo’s annual events, give the EDC a call to get involved.