The 86th Band Festival

Thursday, April 25, 2024


  • Gates open at 5:00 PM
  • Prelude begins at 6:30 PM
  • Band Festival begins at 7:00 PM
  • Save To Calendar 04/25/2024 5:00 pm 04/25/2024 10:00 pm America/Chicago The 86th Band Festival


Battle of Flowers® Viva Amor 2024


Coming soon! Tickets for the Band Festival go on sale Monday, February 19, 2024 at 12 PM.

About The Festival

Every year, students from more than 30 local high school bands join together to present an entertaining musical evening that is undoubtedly one of Fiesta’s most popular events. Some of the highlights include Herald Trumpets, parades of bands with colorful flags and twirlers, and feature bands performing their award-winning UIL shows for the crowd. At the end of the evening, all musicians will perform together in a spectacular finale set to fireworks!

The Battle of Flowers Band Festival was first held in 1937, and is the oldest and longest running marching Band Festival in the country. The purpose of the Band Festival is to offer high school bands a unique opportunity to perform together and encourage their interest in music. Top placing bands and fan favorites are awarded with “Celebration of Music” grants to support and encourage the arts in our local schools.

Please email us with any questions, or if you need more information.

ATTENDEES: This year’s event venue will be enforcing a clear bag policy. If you have a bag larger than 5.5”x8” in size, then it needs to be clear in order for you to enter. View the following FAQ for more info.

Click here to learn more about our Band Festival Cover Design Contest!

2023 Winning Bands

More than 4,000 marching band students, twirlers and performers from 37 area high schools competed in the 2023 Battle of Flowers® Association Band Festival. We’re proud to announce this year’s award-winning bands!

Parade of Bands

1st Place: Robert G. Cole High School

2nd Place: Marion High School

1st Place: John F. Kennedy High School

2nd Place: Memorial High School

1st Place: Pieper High School

2nd Place: Southwest Legacy High School

1st Place: Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School

2nd Place: John Paul Stevens High School

The Spirit Award

Presented to the color guard or flag unit that demonstrated outstanding preparation, attitude, conduct and cooperation at this year’s color guard rehearsals.

WINNER: Alamo Heights High School

The Chairman’s Award

Formerly the People’s Choice Award, this is presented to the band that executed the most “crowd pleasing” performance during the Parade of Bands.

WINNER: Pieper High School