Miss Fiesta San Antonio®

Interested in becoming Miss Fiesta San Antonio?

Applications are now open for Miss Fiesta San Antonio 2021.

The Fiesta® San Antonio Foundation conducts charitable, educational and cultural programs related of Fiesta® San Antonio.

Miss Fiesta® San Antonio began in 1949 and a separate organization was formed to oversee Miss Fiesta. She was selected in a beauty and talent pageant, where she was awarded with a scholarship to continue her education. As the economy worsened and production costs increased, the 60+ tradition of Miss Fiesta® was in jeopardy.

Beginning with Fiesta® 2013, the Fiesta San Antonio Foundation assumed responsibility for the long-standing Miss Fiesta San Antonio program.

Miss Fiesta San Antonio 2020 – Calista Burns

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In order to become a charitable program, the selection process changed from a beauty pageant to an internship, during which Miss Fiesta executes a community service project. This change has allowed corporations to sponsor the program with philanthropic dollars.

Miss Fiesta selects one program area from the Fiesta® San Antonio Foundation and develops and implements a project plan around that area. Projects coincide with the program areas of the Foundation: Arts & Culture, History & Heritage, Safety, Health & Wellness, or Education.

Miss Fiesta San Antonio serves as one of nine official kings and queens who reign over the city’s annual Fiesta celebration. During Fiesta, Miss Fiesta attends events as an ambassador, raising the public’s awareness of the Fiesta® San Antonio Foundation and her project plan.

Our 2020 Miss Fiesta San Antonio is Calista Caroline Burns who is a 19-year-old San Antonian native. She is pursuing a degree in Education at The University of the Incarnate Word, where she is also double minoring in Mathematics and Reading.  In addition, she is in her second year with the Honors College Program. Calista plans to pursue her Master’s and Doctorate in Education.

This past summer, Calista took on the role of Head Camp Counselor for an all-girls middle school camp called miniGEMS.  She planned, created and taught the curriculum during the eight-week summer camp for more than 160 girls. Calista also led and coached the very first Tafolla Middle School First Lego League Robotics girls’ team that placed 4th out of 10 teams this past January. Calista’s passion is giving back and helping young girls in Title I schools who would not have opportunities otherwise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Her service platform is to help educate and expose more girls to the STEM fields and provide hands-on experiences in engineering, coding, programming and robotics giving the girls opportunities to expand their dreams.