Come join us on Saturday, November 5 from 4:30PM-12AM at the Arneson Theatre and Hemisfair in downtown San Antonio for this free event. There will be live entertainment, henna, food and handicrafts for sale, 2000 floating diyas to be released into the river, a river parade of Indian states, a fireworks spectacular, and a DJ who will spin the latest Bollywood hits for dancing the night away. Come and celebrate Diwali with us!!

Diwali SA

Map & Schedule

What To Expect

River Parade of States

The river parade showcases and celebrates the distinct cultural differences among the states within India, each of which has its own traditions, culture, and styles of clothing.

Diya Ceremony- Traditional Candle Lighting and Release

In the beautiful tradition of Diwali in the northern part of India, tea light candles which are placed in bio-degradable leaf bowls are released into the river as you make a wish for peace, health, happiness for all.

Classical Indian Dances

There are about 10 classical dance styles from India. Two of the styles, Bharatanatyam and Odissi, will be presented at Diwali SA 2022.

Folk Dances of India

The folk-dance traditions from 12 states of India will be showcased.

Film Dances of India

India produces more movies than any other country in the world. Movies are produced in almost every state of India in the respective languages of the states. Music and dance play an integral part in the majority of Indian Films. Dances from five different film industries representing 5 states of India will be showcased at Diwali SA 2022.

Fusion Dances

The music and dance of India is growing in popularity across the world. The melding of different cultural traditions creates movement styles that are unique and modern.

Rhythms of India

There are a variety of percussive instruments in India. This energetic performance is a sight to see as much as it is an auditory treat.

Bollywood Zumba

This is a fun, interactive activity where participants are given the opportunity to move to the music of India’s Bollywood films.

Bhangra Dance-Along

Another chance to join in and move to this high-energy Indian Folk Dance form. Once you try it you can see for yourself why it is so very popular across India.

Rangoli Display

Rangoli or Kolam is the traditional floor art that is done in many parts of India. It is often displayed at the front entrance of ahome. These colorful images are made of a variety of materials including colored flour, flower petals, sand, etc. Rangoli art from different parts of India will be exhibited at Diwali SA.


Popular in the US, but people of ancient India used this form of temporary tattoo for religious ceremonies, wedding festivals, and for simple body adornment.

Sari & Turban Wrapping

Have one of our experts wrap a sari or turban on you so that you can enjoy the festival in traditional Indian attire.

Food Court with Indian Food Vendors

The menu items of the 10 Indian food vendors are specifically tailored to showcase the different cuisines of the various regions of India.

India Bazaar

Booths selling beautiful hand-made crafts, clothing, jewelry, and accessories.

Illumination- Diwali SA Maze

An immersive experience full of light and color. Can you find your way to the other side?

Fireworks Spectacular!

Lighting up the skies with fireworks is described as a symbol of the “light” literally exploding into the heavens – taking the message of goodness and light upwards into the sky.



Anuja SA

City of San Antonio

Bexar County


Bexar County

COSA & Dept. of Arts & Culture


Alamo Equity

City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture

Valero Energy

Capital Group


Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics

Y&L Consulting



NuStar Energy


Alamo Diabetes & Endocrinology

Broadway Bank

Castle Hills Family Practice

Dr. Murthy Gedala MD- Nephrology

InTEC of San Antonio

Kalalaya Indian Performing Arts

Marathon Petroleum

Meritz | Reddy Attorneys at Law


Wells Fargo

CPS Energy

Rosenblatt Law Firm



Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Baywood Hotels

Dr. Sridhar Beeram MD & Madhavi Beeram

CAS Consulting

DD&B Construction, Inc.

ExcellEd Montessori Plus

The Honorable Phil & Linda Hardberger

Kumon of Bitters@1604

Pallavi & Sunder Nemani

Drs. Nivedita Parachur & Suresh Tunga

Naga Peketi- Realtor Licensed @ Key Realty

RRG Developers

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Stone Oak Breast Surgery

Drs. Sushil & Subhashini Valavalkar- Pediatrics

Botla Family Foundation

Dr. Kiran Cheruku & Deepa Malladi

Four Seasons Hospice

Drs. Amita Patnaik & Muralidhar Beeram


Come visit these vendor stalls at the India Bazaar at Diwali SA on Saturday!

Henna Artists

Rozy Art Henna

Anila Spa & Henna

Afsheen Henna

Henna by Charu

Ayesha Henna

Shruti Henna

Fatima Henna

Indian Clothing Boutiques

Divas Darpan Boutique

Pramukh Designs

KiPresha Boutique

Kamalam Boutique

Brieblue Boutique

Alisha’s Designs & Clothing

Jewelry & Novelties

Rashmee’s Bling – gifts & novelties

Amy’s Jewels

Kandhaii Collection Jewelry

Libra Lifestyle Jewelry

Fuzion Gifts & Jewelry

Tana Bana Jewelry

Paloma Fashions – jewelry & crafts

Xpressions Boutique – gifts, novelties & jewelry


Bhaswati Arts

Supriya’s Oils

Mathrubhumi featuring Sumana Bhagavath Art

Srivastu Creation – Fresh Flowers & Crafts



After Dark Light Up Toys


Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

San Antonio Academy


Chinmaya Mission

Sewa International- Saree & Pagri Wrapping

Broadway Bank

Gautam Financial Services

State Farm


The Taste of India at Diwali SA on Saturday will feature these vendors. Come hungry and try them all!

Biryani Express

Biryani Pot

Chillie Gardens

House of Nizam

India Oven

Madurai Mes




Pavani Express

RJ Indian Street Food

Spice Restaurant