El Mercado

The Mexican Market

San Antonio, Texas


Market Square

Beginning in 1805, San Antonio had a public market. Today that tradition is carried on at Market Square. The Market is considered to be the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico and one of the most unique markets in the United States.

Millions of visitors come to Market Square each year. Every weekend there is a celebration including those for special holidays like Fiesta in April, Cinco de Mayo in May, a unique "Forth of July" in July, Diez y Seis in September, a Dia de los Muertos in November, and Fiestas Navidenas in December.

Museo Alameda, Luminaria and Sound Show

The Museum and Luminaria are located within Market Square. Look for the big pink and silver building at the east end.

Every hour beginning at 7pm, the stainless steel luminaria at the front entrance to Museo Alameda is lighted and sound is heard.

The artist Andy Benavidez based the light show on the story of Moctesuma the last emperor of the Aztecs. The show symbolizes the dream sequence of Moctesuma traveling across time and space from the arrival of the Spaniards through the revolution into modernity times.

The mission of Museo Alameda is to tell the story of the Latino experience in America through art, history and culture.

The museum is in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, and although just beginning the museum shows promise to develop and grow. It has large community support.

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