On July 5, 2015, the beautiful and historic San Antonio missions were collectively designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The San Antonio missions are only the third site in the U.S. to be designated in the past 20 years, and they are the first site designated in Texas during that time period.
To celebrate, the city is hosting a World Heritage Festival from Sept. 6-10.
The World Heritage Festival will honor the designation and raise funds to preserve, maintain, promote and connect people across the globe to the historic missions. The festival begins on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with the San Antonio Story Exhibit opening, an event that invites you to celebrate the many stories that make San Antonio unique.
The fun continues on Sept. 7 with the Living Heritage Symposium and a sunset picnic at Mission San Juan Farm. This picnic-style dinner will feature foods grown on the farm. Guests will be able to enjoy hayride tours of the farm, mission tours, music, appetizers and more.
Other activities throughout the festival include the lighting of Mission Concepcion to its original appearance, the Tour De Las Misiones Bike Ride and 5K/10K walk, and plenty of live entertainment, food truck fare, local arts and crafts, and family-friendly fun.
For a detailed World Heritage Festival, including the locations of various events, visit www.sanantonio.gov/WorldHeritageFestival.