Can you believe it’s San Antonio’s Tricentennial year? To celebrate this momentous occasion, San Antonio and Bexar County are coming together to put history, education, arts, culture and service initiatives at the forefront of our community. While reflecting on the city’s past, celebrating a shared heritage, and acknowledging all the progress the city has made, we’re also looking to the bright future of San Antonio!
Here’s what’s happening around San Antonio to celebrate our Tricentennial:
Commemorative week is May 1 – 6, 2018. Why this week you ask? What you may know as the Alamo was established May 1, 1718, and just days after, the Presidio San Antonio de Bejar was formed to protect this mission. These five area missions are Texas’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site. With this in mind, our multicultural history will be honored throughout this week.
Founder’s Day Events – Thursday, May 3rd is Founder’s Day and to celebrate, there will be five events throughout the area. The big event is of course the Tricentennial Founder’s Day Gala. While showcasing San Antonio’s culture and history, the gala will be held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center where guests can enjoy music, dancing, spoken word, and culinary arts. This is sure to be an event like no other.
300 Miles Challenge – The Tricentennial Commission partnered with Baptist Health System, Tenet Healthcare Foundation and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio to challenge area residents to get moving. Ending May 6th, participants had seven months to complete 300 miles of walking, running and/or biking. This challenge ultimately worked to encourage the community to participate in local 5ks, join workout groups and even take family walks. The achievement of this challenge will be greatly celebrated at the city’s Tricentennial.
Common Currents Events – For these ongoing events, six downtown organizations are coming together, including: Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Cultural Center, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and the Southwest School of Art. Through their partnership, you’ll be able learn about San Antonio’s history as told and rewritten by numerous visual and performing artist at various art venues in the area.
Get Involved in the 300 Years of San Antonio Celebration
Along with the Tricentennial office, we’d like to encourage you to get involved in your community. Through service projects and working with local non-profit organizations, each person in our community has the potential to positively impact other’s lives. Let this be the year that the sense of volunteerism is spread through San Antonio. Sign up to volunteer now.
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