Fiesta Noche del Rio History

65 Years of Dance, Song, and Celebration!

2020 Fiesta Noche del Rio

Fiesta Noche del Rio, an Alamo Kiwanis Production, first performed in 1957, and has been a Riverwalk attraction ever since. Starting with the legendary Rosita Fernandez – San Antonio’s “First Lady of Song”, and creator and original performer – Fiesta Noche del Rio has continuously performed for hundreds of thousands of delighted patrons, without fail. Beginning in 1995 Noche del Rio was under the direction of Elizabeth “Lisa” Sanchez-Lopez, who directed, choreographed, and preformed as the lead female singer. In 2018, after 27 seasons, Lisa retired.

Katie Rodriguez Hall was named director for the 2019 season.  Katie, a former Miss Fiesta San Antonio, has trained exclusively with the San Antonio School for the Performing Arts. She has performed with the Alamo City Dance Company and was a Fiesta Noche del Rio dancer in 1999 and 2000.  She also served as president and choreographer for Ballet Folklorico Celestial during her time as a student at Texas A&M. In August of 2020, the San Antonio native was named Artistic Director for the Alamo City Performing Arts Association and chaired the live entertainment for the San Antonio Riverwalk Association’s Halloween and Ford Holiday River Parade.

Note from the Director:

We are so excited to kick off the historical 65TH of Fiesta Noche del Rio June 10th!  We are still navigating this optimistically “post COVID” world and we continue to work closely with the City of San Antonio and the Alamo Kiwanis on the safest way we can continue having live performances on the Riverwalk.  Our dancers and musicians are working hard in rehearsals and we preparing an exciting show with fresh numbers and new costumes.  We can’t wait to FIESTA with you!


Katie Rodriguez Hall


A Cause that Counts!

For 64 years the Alamo Kiwanis Club has raised over $2.75 million for the less fortunate and disadvantaged children in San Antonio through the receipts of Noche del Rio ticket sales.

Your ticket admission goes to support worthy causes, including these 2021 recipients:

The Children’s Shelter

Respite Care

Children’s Bereavement Center

Any Baby Can


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