Fiesta UTSA, an annual event held in April, began in 1978.The first Fiesta UTSA was attended by over 1,000 students and included music, a jalapeño eating contest, a watermelon spitting contest, a dunk tank, and other activities.Fiesta UTSA features dozens of booths setup under the Sombrilla in a carnival atmosphere. The booths are run by Registered Student Organizations and offer food, drinks and games. The Campus Activities Board sponsors bands and other musicians throughout the day. Fiesta UTSA became the kickoff event for Fiesta San Antonio each spring, having been added to the official Fiesta San Antonio schedule in 1980.
Fiesta UTSA is one of the first official Fiesta San Antonio events which takes place during the first Friday of Fiesta. The UTSA campus comes alive with food, music, games and entertainment as student organizations run food and game booths as one of two major fundraising events put on by the Campus Activities Board at UTSA.