Fiesta San Antonio is a traditional festival that dates back to the 19th century. It’s the place to be each spring in Texas for the city’s signature event that last 11 days. Besides the enormous fiesta celebrated around town full of good food, drinks, concerts, parades, and more, there is a beautiful display of medals created each year to participate in a popular fiesta tradition of collecting and trading these colorful adornments. Much like the pins you collect from Disney World of various characters, these pins are a great conversation piece and showcase the beauty of various businesses, people, and organizations. Below are a few not to miss medals to add to your collection to get ready for next year’s Fiesta San Antonio.
Mariachi Fiesta Dog Medal
An idea brought to life from the drawing of fifth grader Gaby Montelongo. Inspired to create a colorful Mariachi Fiesta Dog Medal to show her love of pets that she wanted to share with others. “A dollar from every sale of this medal benefits SA Pets Alive!” www.store.saflavor.com, $10
Broken Heart 2017 Fiesta Medals by Dave Evans
A medal created by lawyer David Evans to express the sadness San Antonio felt saying good bye to one of its favorite Spurs player, Tim Duncan, as he announced his retirement. Inspired by the lyrics of one of Selena’s song “Pero, ay, cómo me duele.” The perfect song expressing how the town felt on July 11, 2016. Read more here. www.store.saflavor.com, $20
El Borracho 2017 Fiesta Medal
A tribute to the Mexican Lotería as it pays homage to the tradition of stacking cups at the Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA) celebration. A San Antonio spin on the usual photo of the stumbling guy with a bottle. Read more about this medal here www.store.saflavor.com, $10
Taco Pacman 2017 Fiesta Medal by Tony Infante
An old classic gets a nod. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s everyone was Pacman crazy and now you can show off your favorite pastime with this medal of him eating tacos and chiles instead of gobbling up pellets! Learn more here www.store.saflavor.com, $10
Paleta Cart 2017 Fiesta Medal by Amanda Infante
A favorite medal inspiring the beautiful San Antonio weather in spring and the memories of running after the neighborhood cart ringing its bells selling your favorite paleta’s. A dollar from every sale goes to benefit Girls Inc. San Antonio. www.store.saflavor.com, $10
2016 Coyote Fiesta Medal by 210 Local
Created in tribute to Día de los Muertos, this medal brought to life by local foodie and man around town, Aaron Passmore, known to the community simply as “Local.” A shout out to the 210 and to his love of Fiesta and the Spurs. www.store.saflavor.com, $10
Chorizo and Egg Medal
Two of the best combinations for breakfast tacos ever! Created by Dianas Medals and inspired by the telenovelas we all love. “Chorizo is gazing into Egg’s eyes. It’s true L❤️VE!!” shares their Facebook page. $15, to purchase contact González by email at DianasMedals@gmail.com, like the Diana’s Medals Facebook page, or if in San Antonio stop by The Junction Antiques, at 1704 Blanco Road, to buy them.
Selena-inspired Lotería in the form of Fiesta medals
A sure hit for 2018 will be a tribute to Selena in the form of a salute to the Loteria honoring her time honored classic phrases we remember her by such as “El Washing Machine,” “El Bustier,” “Anything for Salinas,” and “El Autobus.” Created by mother/daughter duo Diana González and Angela González-Gutierrez. The medals must be purchased as a set for $50. Contact González by email at DianasMedals@gmail.com, like the Diana’s Medals Facebook page, or if in San Antonio stop by The Junction Antiques, at 1704 Blanco Road, to buy them.
Texas Strong Medal
A medal that is sure to resonate with many in the state of Texas after a devastating year of dealing with Hurricane Harvey that destroyed so many lives. “100% of the proceeds benefit Harvey Survivors,” shares Dianas Medals, $15
Wonder Woman Medal
A soon to be favorite for 2018,will be the Wonder Woman Medal. In a time where “Girl Power” is sending a strong message throughout the universe about the influence and determination of women in leadership roles. $15, to purchase contact González by email at DianasMedals@gmail.com, or contact through Diana’s Medals Facebook page.