Celebrate the World Heritage Festival in San Antonio, TX

The World Heritage Festival is an annual event that celebrates + promotes the San Antonio Missions, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and raises funds to preserve, maintain, promote, and connect the community.

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Celebrate our city’s historic sites this weekend.

Photo by World Heritage Festival

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.
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