It will have been a year since the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the San Antonio Missions as a World Heritage Site. The City of San Antonio, The Rivard Report, San Antonio River Authority (SARA), Bexar County, National Park Service, Los Compadres, Las Misiones and The Alamo are inviting the community to celebrate the San Antonio World Heritage Festival on Sept. 9-11.
“San Antonio is a city filled with immense history and culture,” said District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran. “We invite the entire community to celebrate San Antonio’s unique legacy at the World Heritage Anniversary Celebration coming this fall.”
The San Antonio World Heritage Festival will commemorate the Missions’ World Heritage designation and raise funds for National Park Service projects within the park. The San Antonio Missions site is only the third U.S. site to be designated in the past 20 years, the first in Texas and 23rd in the United States. The five Spanish missions help tell the global story of the movement and combining of people.
The festivities will kick off Friday, Sept. 9 with a news conference. Friday evening will welcome “Restored by Light” to Mission San José (6701 San Jose Drive), celebrating the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary. This free, family-friendly event will include kid’s activities, tours, food and music. The highlight of the evening will be the “restoration” of Mission San José using projection technology.
Residents are invited to get into gear for the World Heritage Festival Bike Ride and Walk from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Mission Park Pavilion (6030 Padre Drive). The morning events will bring together members of the community to participate in a leisurely bike ride ranging from a seven to 22 mile route stopping at each mission. Festival partners will welcome riders at each of the Missions with children’s activities, interactive workshops, educational opportunities and giveaways.
Afterward, guests can head back to Mission Park Pavilion for a live music celebration. The evening celebration will feature live music, entertainment and food truck vendors. The weekend celebration will conclude with a celebratory Sunday Mass on Sept. 11.
The Alteza congratulates everyone involved in the event. To view a map of the River Walk showing the location of the Missions, click now.
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