This weekend, the community will come together to celebrate San Antonio as one of the World Heritage Cities.
The Organization of World Heritage Cities was founded on September 8 (also known as “Solidarity Day”). In honor of the special day, World Heritage cities across the globe celebrate their historic sites + culture with numerous events across their communities.
🥇 Why is San Antonio a World Heritage city?
SATX achieved this recognition in 2015 because of the five Spanish colonial missions – San José, San Juan, Concepción, Espada, and the world-renowned Alamo. The Missions now represent the only World Heritage site in Texas and one of just 24 in the US.
This year, the Alamo City will host a variety of events beginning tomorrow and running through Sun., Sept. 11. The celebration provides residents + visitors the opportunity to celebrate our city’s unique heritage while also supporting projects that preserve, maintain, and connect the community with these beautiful historic sites.
🎉 Here’s what you can expect:
- Music and Movie Under the Stars | Fri., Sept. 9 | 6 p.m. | Mission Marquee Plaza | Free | Connect with our military historians + veterans to learn about our city’s rich military history featuring live music performances, short films hosted by Blue Star Contemporary, food trucks, and a screening of the Marvel film, “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
- Tour de Las Misiones | Sat., Sept. 10 | 7 a.m. | 6030 Padre Dr. | $25+ | The events will include a leisurely ride ranging from 7-22 miles with stops at each mission + the option for an enjoyable 5/10K walk and run through the scenic Mission River Reach.
- Junior Ranger Day | Sat., Sept. 10 | 10 a.m. | Mission Espada Trails | Free | Become a San Antonio Missions World Heritage Junior Ranger and explore fun activities such as spinning, weaving, and storytelling.
- El Camino de San Antonio | Sun., Sept. 11 | 8 a.m. | Mission Espada | Free | Join Archbishop Gustavo Garcia–Siller to celebrate the “Season of Creation” with a Mariachi Mass followed by walk-in support of God’s creation on the river trail to Mission San Juan.