This festival occurs during homecoming week each fall. Traditional fiesta booths are managed by student organizations bringing fun and food to the Golf Cart Parade and Rowdy Rampage. The combination of all these events makes Homecoming and Best Fest a very special event for alumni to return home to experience.
Bridge of Love
The place for lovers to meet. The tradition started more than 20 years ago. The bridge is located near the Arts Building.
Each fall, UTSA works to give back to its community. Extreme Makeover is sponsored by the VOICES organization and brings together hundreds of volunteers for various clean up and improvement projects. It’s a great way to meet others and give back to the community.
This Festival has been held as part of FIESTA for over 25 years and been a part of the traditions at UTSA for more than 27 years. The event features food and activities in booths sponsored by student organizations, a visit by the Fiesta Royalty, and several musical performances. This event is always one of the first official events on the San Antonio FIESTA Calendar and was the first FIESTA event held north of the city.
Fountain of Luck
It is said by many that touching the fountain under the Sombrilla will bring good luck on your final exams. It is only good to touch it during finals and not any other time because then it will give you bad luck.
Golf Cart Parade
One of the only schools in the United States to do one, UTSA hosts a parade of Golf Carts during Homecoming Week. The parade is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and awards are presented for performance and decoration. Each year a new theme is selected, and students get involved by decorating carts, participating in the parade itself and remaining for the Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular.
Started in the early 1980’s, fraternities and sororities enjoy competing in friendly, healthy competitions.
Howdy Rowdy Bash
Annual Welcome To and Welcome Back to UTSA party, started in 1995. It has featured a Video Dance Celebration, Step Demonstrations, and always a lot of fun. The event is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
UTSA’s Homecoming began in 1985 to allow students and alumni to share in the excitement of supporting the Roadrunners. The golf cart parade and the selection of Mr. and Ms. UTSA and family weekend are just some of the activities that take place during this week. It also features the newest tradition at UTSA, the Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular. The Rowdy Rampage is a concert, sprit rally, and fireworks display.
Our front entrance monument is an award winning architectural element and a welcoming symbol that represents our strong presence in the San Antonio community. The monument is already a popular photo spot for new students, visitors and graduating seniors, but lighting the monument in our school colors at the beginning of each academic year makes a proud statement that we are open for business and our spirit burns bright.
Pronounced “Ni-Ootsa”, is a Pre-Fiesta event that has become a Downtown Campus tradition. One of the first large events ever held at the Downtown Campus in 1999, NIUTSA has evolved into a family-friendly event featuring live jazz bands, inflatable games, novelty itmes, crafts, and food! NIUTSA is free and open to the entire UTSA community. Bring the kids, bring the entire family! Bring your lawn chairs, bring your blankets! Come to relax and enjoy some great jazz music!
Roadrunner Camp is a two-day leadership and social retreat for freshmen held the week before the fall semester begins. Students sign up for Camp during their Roadrunner Roundup Program. The camp has grown from 65 students in 1993 to over 250 students to date. Roadrunner Camp is one of UTSA’s strongest traditions for new students.
Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular
This event is a spirit rally and fireworks display that is held in conjunction with Homecoming. There is also a popular band selected to play. The event brings together over 1,000 Roadrunner fans. The event was started in response to student requests for a bonfire. Instead of a bonfire, it was decided that fireworks are more unique and thus a tradition was born.
University Life Awards
UTSA’s oldest tradition. Started in 1978, UTSA strives to recognize the strong efforts students, faculty, and staff make to improve the UTSA and San Antonio communities. The ULA ceremony recognizes outstanding students, student organizations, staff, and faculty for their contributions to the quality of student life at UTSA. These awards, coordinated by the Student Government Association, are presented annually in the spring semester.
Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association since 1996, the Official UTSA Ring serves as a symbol of pride and accomplishment. The ring represents a lifelong link with fellow classmates and alumni. Students who have achieved junior or senior status are eligible to wear the ring. The UTSA ring is held overnight inside the Alamo before being issued to students, thus forever linking UTSA alumni to the proud and rich history of Texas. Students receive their Official UTSA Rings in the presence of friends, family and university dignitaries at the Official Ring Presentation Ceremony held each fall and spring semester.