(Oct. 24, 2013) -- The UTSA Campus Activities Board brings a new twist this year to the 35-year-old tradition, BestFest. The event has moved to a later time and a different location -- 3:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25 at Convocation Center parking lot BK1 on the Main Campus. BestFest is part of UTSA Homecoming Week, Oct. 20-26.
>> This year, country music recording artist and "American Idol" Josh Gracin will perform at the annual celebration that is a fundraiser for UTSA student organizations. Guests can buy food from organization booths to support their projects and activities.
BestFest will be in conjunction with the Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular and Golf Cart Parade, which begins at 7 p.m. on the Convocation Center lawns. As one of the only schools in the United States to hold a golf cart parade, UTSA has hosted the parade of decorated golf carts since 1993 during Homecoming Week. This is the ninth year of the Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular.
This event combines a spirit rally, concert and Homecoming Golf Cart Parade all in one. While times are approximate depending on the weather and sunset, there will be a concert at 7 p.m., parade at 7:30 p.m. and spirit rally at 8:45 p.m. Live music will follow onstage after the fireworks.
BestFest began in 1978 as "a special salute to five of the state's outstanding festivals" including New Braunfels' Wurstfest, Corpus Christi's Buccaneer Days, San Antonio's Fiesta, the Texas State Fair in Dallas, and George Washington's Birthday Celebration in Laredo. It was presented by the student organization Variety 79.
In 1979, the event was said to be "a salute to five of the city's outstanding festivals: Fiesta Navidena, King William Fair, La Feria del Rio, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and the Texas Folklife Festival."
In the late 1970s, BestFest included performances by the UTSA Brass Ensemble and UTSA Jazz Ensemble. The modern BestFest incorporates a Halloween theme with costume and booth-decorating contests.
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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