The City of San Antonio and Partners Announce the Seventh Annual World Heritage Festival to Celebrate San Antonio’s Missions as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – The City of San Antonio

Contact: Javier Flores, City of San Antonio World Heritage Office
210-207-3901, [email protected]

SAN ANTONIO (August 24, 2022) – Today, the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office and partners announced the upcoming seventh annual World Heritage Festival. From September 7-11, 2022, the festival will feature seven events to celebrate San Antonio’s historic missions as the first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas.

“The rich history, culture and traditions of San Antonio will be celebrated at the seventh annual World Heritage Festival,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “The festival is a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to learn more about what makes San Antonio a world-class cultural destination.”

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 provides an opportunity residents and visitors to celebrate history, heritage, and culture.

“We are proud to be here to recognize our UNESCO World Heritage designation and celebrate the rich history of our community. We must continue to preserve and promote our cultural assets so that people can embrace and experience these historic sites for years to come,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said.

San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions—San Jose, San Juan, Espada, Concepcion, and The Alamo—remain the first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas, and one of 24 nationwide. The festival is made possible each year through the efforts and contributions of many collaborative partners. Sponsors for this year’s festival include: Bexar County, San Antonio River Authority, National Parks Conservation Association, The Alamo, National Park Service, Las Misiones, The Alamo Beer Company, HEB, American Volkssport Association, SATX Social Ride, Niagara Water, Korea Foundation, San Antonio Korean American Association, Korean American Cultural Center, South Texas Off Road Mountain Bikers, and various city departments from San Antonio.

“The World Heritage Festival is special because it celebrates our San Antonio missions as the only World Heritage Site in Texas, and also embodies the spirit of community and collaboration,” said District 3 Councilwoman Phyllis Viagran. “This festival brings together partners, community organizations, residents and visitors in a unique experience that showcases our city’s heritage and history.

In addition to favorites from past events such as Music & Movie Under the Stars, Caring for Creation Mass and Tour de las Misiones, this year’s festival is hosting new events including an outdoor photography exhibit celebrating the Sister City relationship. between San Antonio and Gwangju, South Korea; Junior Ranger Day at Mission Espada and a San Antonio acequia system symposium hosted by The Alamo – marking the first time a festival program was held at that mission.

“The World Heritage Festival is an opportunity to celebrate and honor all of the city’s history, culture and diversity,” said Kate Rogers, Executive Director of Alamo, Trust, Inc. “Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) was founded by Spanish settlers on May 1, 1718. The creation of the mission was a defining moment for the future city of San Antonio. These Spanish settlers laid the foundation for what would become a thriving community and placed at its center the iconic structure known today as the Cultural Home. of Texas, the Alamo.

This year’s calendar of events includes (events are free unless otherwise stated):

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Gwangju: City of Light and Democracy

7 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave, 78214

This opening reception officially unveils an outdoor photography exhibit showcasing the 40-year relationship between San Antonio and Gwangju, South Korea, and the city’s designation as a UNESCO Memory of the World city. This celebration of Korean culture will include food, music, dancing, family activities and a special screening of the Korean film “A Taxi Driver”.

Thursday, September 8, 2022
The Water Mission: Build San Antonio’s Acequia System

6-7 p.m.
Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, 78205

In the days before the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), how did missions get water? During this symposium, learn about the science and history behind the San Antonio waterways and the important role water played in the Spanish missions. Registration is required and available at

Thursday, September 8, 2022
Opening of the Gwangju Art Exhibition

6-8 p.m.
Artpace, 445 Main Ave North, 78205

San Antonio’s sister city, Gwangju, South Korea, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their relationship, is sending an art exhibit from the Gwangju Art Museum to San Antonio for display at Artpace. The opening reception will feature both artwork and culinary delights prepared by Gwangju artists and chefs.

Friday, September 9, 2022
Music and film under the stars

Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave, 78214

The World Heritage Office and its collaborative partners present the third annual Music & Movie Under the Stars, honoring San Antonio’s heritage as a military town, USA. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy a free screening of Marvel’s favorite movie, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” shortly after dusk. This family event will include family activities, presentations by military historians, musical performances, food trucks, and more.

Saturday, September 10, 2022
Misiones Tower

Mission Park Pavilion, 6030 Padre Dr., 78214

Registration fee: $25 to $55

Register before August 24 for guaranteed commemorative gifts:
The Tour de las Misiones Bike Ride, Walk and Run starting and ending at Mission Park Pavilion includes a leisurely ride ranging from 7 to 22 miles with stops at each mission and a pleasant 5 or 10K ride and run across the River Walk Mission Reach and Mission San Jose. Immediately following the Tour de las Misiones, participants can enjoy music, artisans and food vendors, and more. Military discount is available using code MILITARY at checkout for $5 off.

Saturday, September 10, 2022
Junior Rangers Day

Espada Mission, 10040 Espada Road, 78214

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park presents Junior Rangers Day. Engage with park rangers for activities like storybook reading and opportunities to earn the National Park Service’s only “World Heritage Junior Ranger” badge.

Sunday, September 11, 2022
El Camino de San Antonio: Caring for Creation Outdoor Mass

Espada Mission, 10040 Espada Road, 78214

Join Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSPS in celebrating the “Season of Creation” with a Mariachi Mass at Mission Espada followed by a walk in favor of God’s creation on the river trail to Mission San John. Bring your water bottles and comfortable shoes.

For more information on the 2022 World Heritage Festival and event updates, visit Information on historical missions is available at

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