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17 Apr 09 Fiesta Oyster Bake 2009

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Dates: April 17 and 18, 2009

Time: April 17, 5pm to 11pm; April 18, 11am to 11pm

Place: St. Mary’s University, One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, Texas

Tickets: $20 Friday and Saturday at the gate; $16 Presale at HEB stores in San Antonio, Austin, Houston and South Texas

Parking: Parking on campus, or really anywhere in the nearby area, royally sucks during Oyster Bake. Best bet is to park off-site and take the VIA Park and Ride to the Fiesta Oyster Bake.

Friday Headliners: Friday evening features Night Ranger, Tracy Byrd, Joan Carroll performing with the St. Mary’s University Jazz Orchestra, and Paula DeAnda

Saturday Headliners: Lit and Chevelle, also see Burger King Musica on the Latin stage and a battle of the bands contest with Pee Wee. Local artists Dog Men Poets and Kevin Goes 2 College headline the Variety Music Stage, and Texas music artists Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Brandon Rhyder and No Justice will be featured on the Country Stage.

Now in its 93rd year, the Fiesta Oyster Bake is a classic American festival which happens every year during the first weekend of Fiesta in San Antonio. The Fiesta Oyster Bake mission of providing funds for St. Mary’s University student scholarships and programs remains the forefront of why the school conducts this event each year.

This year, Fiesta Oyster Bake has implemented some new ideas for the event. The Pecan Grove area will open on Friday evening for the first time ever. That area will feature a wine tasting pavilion as well as live jazz performances throughout the night. Booths and gates now accept credit/debit cards and new food items have been added, including fried shrimp and chicken drumsticks. Also, a new R&B and Hip Hop stage has been added and will feature various artists. As always, Friday evening is family night and concludes with the Cricket Fireworks Spectacular to kick off the Fiesta season.

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