Little more than a year ago, we received the exciting news that our treasured San Antonio missions had been designated collectively as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. It’s a significant feather in the city’s cap—only two other U.S. sites have received the designation in the last 20 years.
The achievement is worth celebrating, and that’s exactly what we’ll do Sept. 9-11 at the World Heritage Festival.
The three-day festival will honor the World Heritage Site designation and raise funds for National Park Service projects. The festivities begin on Friday, Sept. 9, with Restored by Light, a family-friendly event that will include activities for kids, tours and music. The evening’s highlight will be returning Mission San Jose’s facade to its original frescoed appearance using projection technology.
The fun continues on Saturday, Sept. 10, with the World Heritage Festival Bike Ride and Walk. This leisurely day of riding and walking will feature routes ranging from seven to 22 miles with stops at each mission. Festival volunteers will greet participants at each of the stops with children’s activities, workshops, educational opportunities and giveaways. After the ride, festivalgoers are invited to the Mission Park Pavilion for an evening of live music.
The festival concludes on Sunday, Sept. 11, with a celebratory mass at each of the missions.