Programs and Events

Signature Events

The Student Union hosts multiple signature events each year that have become tradition for the UTSA community including Light the Paseo, Rowdy Gras, and Juneteenth.


Each semester the Student Union also organizes series events such as Live at the Lounge. Keep up with our calendar of events on RowdyLink.

View all upcoming events on RowdyLink.

Juneteenth Celebration!

Juneteenth Celebration 2022

The annual Juneteenth Celebration commemorates the day the Emancipation Proclamation was finally enacted in Texas and acknowledges the freedoms we often take for granted as we continue to fight for liberation from racial injustice. UTSA first celebrated Juneteenth on the Main Campus in 2017 as a collaboration between the Student Union, African American Studies, and the Multicultural Student Center.

The entire UTSA community is invited to attend the 2024 Juneteenth Celebration. The event will feature music, food, and an opportunity to meet and connect with the UTSA community.

What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is often cited as African-American Independence Day. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, an estimated 250,000 persons were still enslaved in Texas for 2 ½ additional years until Major General Granger landed in Galveston, TX on June 19th, 1865 with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free.

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • SU First Floor Window Lounge

Kickback at the Union

two students at Kickback at the Union event

All students are invited to relax and "kickback" in the Student Union. Enjoy free food and live music from Austin Ausley! The Student Union is a place where all 'Runners belong. Learn about all the services we offer including the Whataburger Resource Room, Info Desk, retail stores, and more! Arrive early for free t-shirts!

Event Details:

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2023
  • 11:00 am
  • SU Paseo

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Light the Paseo

Light the Paseo 2023

Come together as a Roadrunner family and enjoy the celebrations of a variety of holidays and traditions that take place all over the world every year. A variety of holiday traditional food, live performances from student organizations, and activities are just a glimpse of what Light the Paseo has to offer. Grab your friends and watch as the Paseo lights up the night during this holiday season.

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023
  • 7:00 pm
  • SU Paseo

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Rowdy Gras 2024

Photo of Rowdy Gras 2023

Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler! Let The Good Times Roll the Rowdy Gras way!

Every spring, the Student Union hosts Rowdy Gras, a UTSA Tradition. This event serves as our own unique Student Union version of Mardi Gras, hosted the Roadrunner Way! The goal of this cultural event is to educate our campus about the rich culture of Mardi Gras and bring together the UTSA community for a fun and memorable experience.

Students will get to enjoy traditional Mardi Gras food, free t-shirts (while supplies last), and music! Rowdy Gras will also provide entertainment through airbrush tattoos, caricatures, face painting, a photo booth, and a stilt walker! The crowning ceremony will reveal the next Rowdy Gras Royalty!

If you need accommodations to fully participate in the program/event, please contact the Student Union at (210) 458-4735. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Event Details:

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024
  • 7:00 - 10:00 pm
  • SU Lawn

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