San Antonio World Heritage Festival
The World Heritage Festival is an annual collaborative event to celebrate and promote the San Antonio Missions, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The festival is a five day celebration spread throughout the five San Antonio Missions and surrounding area and has something for everyone, while providing funding for nonprofit organizations and projects that preserve, maintain, promote, and connect.
The festival occurs after Labor Day weekend and overlaps with the Organization of World Heritage Cities, Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities that occurs annually on September 8. The Organization of the World Heritage Cities was created on this date and urges the administration of each member city to take advantage of this day to stress the important responsibility of the city to protect as well as promote the world heritage and especially the privilege of having a part of that heritage in their city.
The 2017 World Heritage Festival will feature these events (go to the festival website for full details):
- September 6: World Heritage Festival Press Conference
- September 6: Opening of the San Antonio Story Exhibit
- September 7: Sunset Picnic at Mission San Juan Farm
- September 7-8: Living Heritage Symposium
- September 8: Restored by Light at Mission Concepcion
- September 9: Tour De Las Misiones Bike Ride and 5K & 10K Walk at Mission Park Pavilion
- September 9: Mission Pachanga Music Festival at Mission Park Pavilion
- September 10: Celebratory Mass at Mission Concepcion