Fiesta Noche del Rio: A Historical and Cultural Treasure

What: March 2018 “Hidden Histories” episode
Who: URBAN-15
When: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7pm
Where: Live at 2500 S. Presa 78204; Online at
Contact: Marisol Cortez at 210-736-1500 or
Cost: FREE

URBAN-15’s Hidden Histories Presents “Fiesta Noche del Rio: A Historical and Cultural Treasure”

Since 1957, Fiesta Noche del Rio has been an annual showcase of regional culture, celebrating the Mexican, Tejano, Latin American, and Spanish dance and musical traditions that make up San Antonio’s cultural landscape. Produced by the Alamo Kiwanis Club as a charity event for children’s organizations and held each year on the Riverwalk at the Arneson River Theater, Fiesta Noche del Rio archives a rich community history of the many working musicians and dancers who have performed over the decades–not least Rosita Fernandez, San Antonio’ “First Lady of Song,” who helped spearhead the event as a venue through which to showcase local talent. Curated by members of the Alamo Kiwanis Club, May’s episode explores the contributions of these artists, their intersection with the making of the modern Riverwalk, and the long term community impact of the event.

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a new monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues. Live screenings are supplemented by interviews and discussions with participants, family members of those featured, and field experts. Following each live screening, video segments are archived online for 24/7 access.

For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit

All live and online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78204) at 7pm on the first Monday of the month. Online screenings can also be viewed live at Afterwards, episodes are archived online at


URBAN-15 is supported in part by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, the San Antonio Film Commission, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Bexar County Department of Community Resources, the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services, the John L. Santikos Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, Impact San Antonio Foundation, HEB Tournament of Champions, Union Pacific Foundation, The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, VuTURE ART, Valero Energy Foundation, and Friends of URBAN-15.