San Antonio's River Walk Mud Festival

Draining San Antonio River Results in River Walk's Favorite Festival

Riverwalk Mud Festival

San Antonio City Info

The River Walk has been San Antonio’s drawing card for decades. However, with dozens of high quality, clubs, and restaurants lining the banks of this stretch of the San Antonio River, it is easy to forget the river itself is there. And, for a couple of weeks each January, it isn’t!


As part of the routine maintenance of the downtown section of the San Antonio River, which is commonly referred to as the River Walk, the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department must drain the water from the walled portion of the river. But, in true San Antonio fashion, decided to turn this otherwise routine maintenance function into a reason to have a fiesta! Thus was born the Michelob Ultra River Walk Mud Festival.


Although the event is actually held after the river is refilled, during the weekend-long Mud Festival, an estimated 15,000 participants take part in a variety of "muddy" events. Among the more popular features of the Mud Festival are the Mud Pie Ball and Mud Coronation, the Mud King and Queen contest, the Mud Parade and an arts and crafts show.

The Mud Festival is typically set for mid-January, with the popular parade and patio party concluding the event held Sunday at Dick’s Last Resort. Check the event website for date and time updates.

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