The World Heritage Festival will mark its 3rd anniversary this fall, Sept. 5-9, 2018. The event was established to commemorate the anniversary of the San Antonio Missions inscription as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The festival provides an opportunity for locals and visitors to celebrate San Antonio’s unique history, heritage, and culture through various family-friendly events.
“San Antonio’s World Heritage Missions are where San Antonio’s roots date back to and where we’ve derived a major component of our culture,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “We look forward each year to sharing our unique legacy and heritage with our neighbors through the various World Heritage Festival events.”
The festivities end with a Mass of thanksgiving and celebration at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Mission Concepcion.
“I still vividly remember that great day in Germany three years ago when UNESCO designated our Missions as a World Heritage Site, the first one in Texas,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said. “The fun and historical focus of the World Heritage Festival has grown over the last few years so I encourage everyone to come out and take pride in these great events.”
The 2018 World Heritage Festival is hosted by the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, the Alamo, San Antonio River Authority, National Park Service and Las Misiones with support from the San Antonio Tricentennial, National Parks Conservation Association, Mission Heritage Partners, Visit San Antonio, and the San Antonio Food Bank.
The proceeds from the events will support non-profit organizations and projects that preserve, maintain, promote and connect the World Heritage Missions with the world.
“San Antonio is a city filled with immense history and culture, and the World Heritage Festival has something for everyone,” District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran said. “This event is a great way to highlight our missions, our heritage and the vibrant neighborhoods that surround them. We invite and welcome the entire community to celebrate San Antonio’s unique heritage at the World Heritage Festival Sept. 5-9.”
The 2018 World Heritage Festival will feature these events:
Wednesday, September 5
World Heritage Festival Press Conference / Location: The Alamo – Time: 10 a.m.
Thursday, September 6
Sunset Picnic at Mission San Juan Farm / Location: 9101 Graf Rd – Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, September 7
Restored by Light / Location: Mission San Jose, 701 E Pyron Ave – Time: 6 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, September 8
Tour de las Misiones Bike Ride, Walk & Run / Location: Mission Park Pavilion, 6030 Padre Drive – Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Mission Park Pavilion, 6030 Padre Drive – Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, September 9
Celebratory Mass / Location: Mission Concepcion, 807 Mission Rd – Time: 12 p.m.
A full event schedule is available at www.WorldHeritageFestival.org