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2018 Fiesta® Carnival Opens at The Alamodome

SAN ANTONIO – Get your fix of Fiesta foods, thrilling rides, and family fun at the 2018 Fiesta San Antonio Carnival at the Alamodome April 19 – 29, 2018.

The Carnival will continue to be free admission with pay by the ride options. “Pay One Price” wristbands will return for 2018. Patrons can pay a one-time, flat-rate for the night to get access to endless rides and entertainment. Dollar Day is Wednesday, April 25 from 5 pm to midnight.

Wade Shows, the producer of Fiesta Carnival, says many fan favorites will return to the Carnival, but featured this year you will find the Mega Drop, the Super Cyclone roller coaster, and the Drag Strip Mega Slide!

Towering 135’ above the midway, the mega Drop is the tallest portable drop tower in the country. The Super Cyclone, the newest addition to the Wade Shows roller coaster family will be makings its debut.

The large, train-style cars zip around the track and give the rider some awesome thrills. For the not quite so daring, the Drag Strip Mega Slide still produces some great thrills for rides that like their slides Texas-sized.

Wade Shows is a company committed to inclusion and community engagement. An example of their commitment to the community is their hosting of Fiesta® Especial’s Celebration Day on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Celebration Day welcomes individuals with disabilities and their families to experience Carnival and spend a day immersed in the rides, games, and food of Fiesta. In 2014, Fiesta Especial was faced with the decision to cancel their Celebration Day. When news reached Frank Zaitshik, owner of Wade Shows, he came to the table and donated the use of the grounds at no cost. His generous gift significantly reduces costs and allows more than one thousand children in special education programs and adults with disabilities to experience the joy and engagement in Fiesta San Antonio. This year, Fiesta Especial Celebration Day anticipates serving 3,000 individuals with disabilities and their caretakers.

“It is my pleasure to host these special guests at Fiesta Carnival,” said Zaitshik.  “Wade Shows has been a part of the San Antonio for many, many years and it my pleasure to be able to participate in such a wonderful event,” he added.

Fiesta San Antonio and Wade Shows are also committed to the City of San Antonio’s Green Initiative. Fiesta Carnival is primarily illuminated by energy-saving LED bulbs, decreasing energy usage by more than 90 percent compared to conventional bulbs. Fiesta San Antonio and Wade shows ask attendees to party responsibly and use the earth-friendly trash receptacles located along parade routes and at more than 100 Fiesta events, including Carnival

Fiesta Carnival participants can save up to $7 through April 18th at local O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Stores or at

For Fiesta Carnival hours of operation, please visit

You can find photos provided by Wade Shows HERE.

About the Fiesta San Antonio Commission

The Fiesta® San Antonio Commission Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer, self-supporting organization that plans, promotes, coordinates, and preserves Fiesta® San Antonio through support of its Participating Member Organizations in presenting a safe, educational, annual celebration of the diverse heritage, culture and spirit of San Antonio for its residents and visitors.

Fiesta® San Antonio is a fusion of arts, heritage and culture and culminates every year in April— to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Taking place over 11 days each April, Fiesta literally has something for everyone with more than 110 events ranging in highlights from music, food, sports and pageantry to military and patriotic observances, exhibits, parades, Fiesta® Royalty and more.

Fiesta is also the “Party with a Purpose” because more than 100 local nonprofit organizations and military units create the more than 100 terrific events that take place over 11 days. Those nonprofit organizations spend the rest of the year giving back to the community of San Antonio.

About Wade Shows

Wade Shows is the largest family owned carnival in North America, boasting over 100 rides and attractions.  The company’s three carnival units carry amusement rides to some of North America’s largest events, traveling from the East Coast to Oklahoma and Texas and from Michigan to South Florida.  Wade Shows plays more state fairs and major events than any other single carnival in history.  Events such as the Oklahoma State Fair, Nebraska State Fair, Delaware State Fair, New York State Fair, Florida State Fair, North Carolina State Fair, Alabama National Fair, San Antonio Livestock Show and Exhibition and Fiesta San Antonio are all part of the Wade Shows family of events.  For more information visit