The King William Neighborhood is, no doubt, our most beautiful and historic neighborhood – not just here in San Antonio but, in fact, Thrillist ranks it the 11th-prettiest neighborhood in the country. And there’s no better time to enjoy it than during The King William Fair, which kicks off with its always colorful and entertaining parade at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. This day-long fair offers something for everyone, featuring arts and crafts vendors, live music, dancing, a kids’ play area and, of course, plenty of festive food and beverages. Tickets go on sale March 1.
The King William Fair is the primary fundraising event for the King William Association, a nonprofit that works to preserve and protect the historic neighborhood and promote the unique cultural heritage of San Antonio. Proceeds support the arts, education and community improvements with family fun in Texas’ first residential historic neighborhood. The fair began in 1968 and since then, it has grown from a one-block arts exhibit to a major Fiesta event.
The King William Historic District dates back to the 1790s, when the land that once belonged to the Mission San Antonio de Valero (now known as The Alamo) was made available for native settlers in the area or sold at auction. The neighborhood didn’t really take shape until the 1860s when German immigrants began to settle and build homes in the area. By the late 1800s, it had evolved into the city’s most elegant district, named for King Wilhelm I, the king of Prussia in 1870. These days, you can stroll the banks of the San Antonio River and check out historic mansions like Villa Finale and the Steves Homestead Museum.
In honor of San Antonio’s 300th anniversary, I’m ranking The King William Fair No. 53 in my 300 Reasons to Love San Antonio list. Another great reason to live, work, buy a home and enjoy the festivity of San Antonio.