13 Fiesta Medals That Make Us Want To Live in SA’s Cultural Corridor

Which San Antonio 2019 Fiesta medals are your favorite? Here are a few of our favorite from SA’s Cultural Corridor.

In case you’re a stranger to this little piece of Fiesta culture, let us clue you in: San Antonio Fiesta medals may be small, but they sure are a big deal.

This local tradition began in 1946 when Texas Cavaliers “royalty” King Antonio distributed coins to the local children during the Fiesta parade. These coins soon became prized, and members of the community began wearing them around their necks. Soon after, the Fiesta Medal was born, eventually evolving into a favorite Fiesta tradition.

Today, businesses and organizations all over the city create annual versions of these iconic medals, leaving collectors and Fiesta-goers with #medalmania (and more than enough options to decorate their sashes, vests, and jean jackets).

Image Courtesy of The Pearl Brewery’s Facebook Page

For this year’s Fiesta celebration, we thought we’d feature Fiesta Medals native to San Antonio’s Cultural Corridor. (In case you missed it, this section of Central San Antonio is one of the most up-and-coming areas of the city!)

From museums to local businesses, here are a few of the Cultural Corridor’s best Fiesta medals.

1. San Antonio Zoo

Neighborhood: Monte Vista

This cute little koala is just one of the many cuddly creatures you’ll see at the San Antonio Zoo!

Image Courtesy of the San Antonio Zoo’s Facebook Page

2. The Granary ‘Cue & Brew

One of San Antonio’s favorite spots for good ol fashioned barbecue, The Granary offers upscale versions of classic comfort food.

Image Courtesy of The Granary’s Facebook Page

3. Japanese Tea Garden

Neighborhood: Monte Vista

This San Antonio culture garden is one of the city’s most beloved parks, featuring traditional Japanese architectural elements and exotic plants.

Image Courtesy of the San Antonio Parks Foundation

4. The Good Kind

Located inside the Pearl Bottling Department (a beautifully executed food hall concept space), The Good Kind offers what they call “healthy comfort food.” We just call it tasty.

Image Courtesy of The Good Kind’s Facebook Page

5. San Antonio Botanical Gardens

Neighborhood: Monte Vista

SABOT’s nostalgic Fiesta medal perfectly conveys the gardens’ playful vibes.

Image Courtesy of SA Flavor

6. Tenko Ramen

Also located in the Pearl’s new food hall, Tenko Ramen makes a life-changing bowl of Tokyo Shoyu.

Image Courtesy ofTenko Ramen’s Facebook Page

7. The San Antonio Museum of Art

Neighborhood: Downtown 

As San Antonio’s namesake museum, the SAMA “Puts the ART in pARTy.”

Image Courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Facebook Page

8. Lick Honest Ice Creams

Made with high-quality dairy products and honest ingredients, Lick serves up cones you can feel good about. Try the “Goat Cheese, Thyme, & Honey” flavor!

Image Courtesy of Lick Honest Ice Cream’s Facebook Page

9. The McNay Art Museum

Neighborhood: Alamo Heights

The McNay may be in a 1920s mansion, but this Alamo Heights museum always keeps it fresh with fascinating pieces of American & European art that spans the centuries.

Image Courtesy of the McNay Art Museum

10. The Pearl Brewery

Made up of a food hall, plenty of retail space, and restaurants galore, The Pearl Brewery lies at the heart of San Antonio’s Cultural Corridor.

Image Courtesy of The Pearl Brewery’s Facebook Page

11. Pearl Farmers Market

A San Antonio tradition, the Pearl Farmers Market is our go-to spot for fresh produce, artisan goods, and plenty of community gathering.

Image Courtesy of The Pearl Farmers Market Facebook Page

13. Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewing

An upscale take on classic Texas food (attached to a second-story microbrewery, no less), Southerleigh is a San Antonio restaurant that has quickly become a local staple.

Image Courtesy of Southerleigh’s Facebook Page

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