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Do you like missions? Mark your calendars for the city of San Antonio World Heritage Festival from September 8 to 12. The festival will take place outdoors events and virtual program offerings to celebrate San Antonio’s historic missions as the first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas.
“The traditions and shared history that began thousands of years ago and evolved with the many ethnic groups over time created the San Antonio we live in today,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Our history San Antonio Missions are a reminder of the influences that helped make San Antonio a unique and authentic city. We must continue to honor this historical and cultural heritage because the heritage of San Antonio is indeed a world heritage. “
For the safety of the community during the current pandemic, all events will be held outdoors and participants are encouraged to wear face covers and practice social distancing. Virtual offers and programs that individuals and their families can do on their own, such as outdoor exhibitions, will also be available.
This year’s festival will also include the return of Restored by Light, a special 9/11 commemoration honoring the military and first responders in San Antonio, a celebration of the sister city’s relationship with Darmstadt, Germany, and more. !
The festival was established in 2016 to commemorate the anniversary of the inscription of the World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2015. The festival offers residents and visitors the opportunity to celebrate history, heritage and culture.
The five Spanish colonial missions of San Antonio – San Jose, San Juan, Espada, Concepcion and The Alamo – remains the first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas, and one of 24 nationwide. This year, Missions San Juan, Espada and Concepcion celebrated their 290th anniversary.
The festival is made possible each year through the efforts and contributions of many collaborative partners including Bexar County, San Antonio River Authority, National Parks Conservation Association, Alamo, National Park Service, Las Misiones, Mission Heritage Partners and various cities of San Antonio. departments.
This year’s program of events includes (events are free, unless otherwise noted):
Wednesday September 8
Darmstadt: Screening / Screening, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave. : Join us for a media arts exhibition presented by Blue Star Contemporary and Darmstädter Sezession. The evening includes short films by local and Darmstadt artists. Celebrate the contemporary art of these two sister cities and enjoy encounters with artists, art kits, food trucks and refreshments. The videos included in the program were selected through competitive open calls organized by each organization. From a shortlist of artists, an artist from San Antonio will receive $ 6,000 and announced at Thursday’s event!
Thursday September 9
Darmstadt: Screening / Screening, 7-9 p.m. Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave. : Blue Star Contemporary with Darmstädter Sezession present an evening of short films by local and Darmstadt artists. Celebrate the contemporary art of these two sister cities and enjoy encounters with artists, art kits, food trucks and refreshments. The videos included in the program were selected through competitive open calls organized by each organization. From a shortlist of artists, an artist from San Antonio will receive $ 6,000 and announced at this event!
Friday September 10
Restored by light, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mission San Jose, 6701 San Jose Drive: The popular Office of Historic Preservation Restored by Light event returns to Mission San Jose with activities and entertainment for the whole family. Bring a picnic or enjoy snacks in the food court. Before dark, enjoy children’s activities and a folk ballet performance from the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Dance Program. After dark, the facade of Mission San Jose will be restored to its original frescoed appearance using projection technology lighting. This year, students from SAISD schools will also exhibit original works of art on the facade of the mission. This event is 100% outdoor, and masks or face coverings are required to enter the event grounds. Celebrate our local heritage with food, music and fun!
Saturday September 11
Tour de las Misiones, 7 a.m. to noon, Mission Park Pavilion, 6030 Padre Drive. Registration fees range from $ 15 to $ 30. The Tour de las Misiones Bike Ride, Walk and Run begins and ends at the Mission Park Pavilion. Events will include a leisurely 7-22 mile ride with stops at each mission and an enjoyable 5-10 km walk and run through the scenic river and Mission San Jose. Participants who register before August 30 are guaranteed to receive a commemorative graduation medal, runner’s bib, passport and t-shirt. Immediately after the Tour de las Misiones, participants can enjoy music from DJ Steven Moya and local artists to highlight the distinct and diverse spirit of our city. The event will feature local artisans, community organizations, food vendors, music and more. Military discount is available using code MILITARY at checkout for $ 5 off. The tour is brought to you by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office, Bexar County, San Antonio River Authority, America’s Walking Club, South Texas Off-Road Mountain Bikers, SATX Social Ride, and IAAPWEB.
Music and Movies Under the Stars, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave. : The World Heritage Office and its collaborating partners present the 2nd annual Music and Film Under the Stars, with a tribute in memory of September 11. Celebrate our local heritage with food, music and fun, and connect with our military historians, veterans and first responders to learn more about our city’s rich history. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy a free screening of Superman’s favorite movie, “Man of Steel,” shortly after dusk. This free family event will be filled with fun interactive activities, pop-up vendors, food trucks and refreshments.
Sunday September 12:
El Camino de San Antonio: Caring for Creation Open Air Mass, 8:00 am, Mission Espada, 10040 Espada Road: Join Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSPS, to celebrate “Season of Creation” with a Mariachi Mass at Mission Espada followed by a walk in support of God’s creation on the river trail to Mission San Juan. Bring your water bottles and comfortable shoes. Enjoy tacos, paletas and coffee.
Virtual and individual programs:
Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt Open Air Exhibition, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave. : See online at www.worldheritagefestival.org. To celebrate the sister city relationship signed in 2017 between San Antonio and Darmstadt, the City of Science in Germany, the two cities have come together to present this photo exhibition of Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, a historic complex of buildings and parks. The famous Mathildenhöhe from Darmstadt was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2021, as were the San Antonio missions in 2015.
Visit the World Heritage Wall Paintings Trail, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, to various locations in the World Heritage area. Consult online and download the free brochure at www.worldheritagefestival.org. The City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture and the World Heritage Office collaborated with community partners and other municipal departments to develop a multi-site public art project throughout the World Heritage area . The Murals Trail is a series of functional murals that also offer an aesthetic vision that reflects the rich history and culture of the missions, people and neighborhoods in the region. The project includes facilities at Stinson Municipal Airport; Villamain Road at the 410 loop underpass; Mission Parkway to the Southeast Military Road; and US Hwy 90 at Roosevelt Avenue, Steves Avenue, Mission Road and Presa Street.
World Heritage audio tours. Listen online and download the free brochure at www.worldheritagefestival.org. Explore Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park online from the comfort of your home or use special audio tours to accompany your visit in person. Information on historical missions is available at www.worldheritagesa.com.
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