Our 300th YEAR IN REVIEW

In 2018, the San Antonio Tricentennial Commission commemorated the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Presidio San Antonio de Bejar and the City of San Antonio. Three centuries of San Antonio’s diverse history and culture were honored and explored throughout the year through special events and initiatives. The Tricentennial Commission focused on four key initiatives:

TRI ART

The San Antonio Tricentennial Commission, in partnership with the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, awarded grants to 29 local artists and arts organizations for the TriArt Grant Program to commemorate the City’s 300th anniversary through arts projects. The artworks showcased and celebrated the diverse range of culture and heritage of the San Antonio community.

LEGACY GIFT

The Tricentennial Commission raised approximately $800,000 during its Founders’ Day Gala, which was held on May 3, 2018.  Funds raised by the Commission will help beautify the area surrounding San Antonio’s Missions. The gift will be designed with a public input process.

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A LOOK BACK AT OUR TRICENTENNIAL YEAR

Timeline

2017
December 31

Celebrate 300 NYE Kickoff

Celebrate 300 NYE Kickoff
2018
January 18

Common Currents at Artpace San Antonio: January 18 – March 4

Common Currents at Artpace San Antonio: January 18 – March 4
February 1

Common Currents at Blue Star Contemporary: February 1 – May 7

Common Currents at Blue Star Contemporary: February 1 – May 7
February 8

Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art

Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art
February 11

Tricentennial Festival of Music and Dance

Tricentennial Festival of Music and Dance
February 15

Common Currents at Southwest School of Art: February 15 – April 22

Common Currents at Southwest School of Art: February 15 – April 22
February 17

First Serve 300 SA Day, Infrastructure Day

First Serve 300 SA Day, Infrastructure Day

The Serve300 SA initiative engaged San Antonio businesses, community agencies and residents in service projects designed to build and advance the vision of the San Antonio and Bexar County.  In 2018, four Serve 300 SA Days occurred in various locations throughout the city, focusing on infrastructure, family well-being, education and sustainability.

February 17

San Antonio 1718: Art Form Viceregal Mexico

San Antonio 1718: Art Form Viceregal Mexico
March 1

Common Currents Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center: March 1 – April 29

Common Currents Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center: March 1 – April 29
March 3

San Antonio History: 300 Years of Culture and Confluence Exhibit Opening at Witte

witte museum front of the building
March 15

Common Currents at Carver Community Cultural Center: March 15 – April 26

Common Currents at Carver Community Cultural Center: March 15 – April 26
March 21

Dedication and Lighting Ceremony of Dream Song Tower by artist Cruz Ortiz

Dedication and Lighting Ceremony of Dream Song Tower by artist Cruz Ortiz
March 29

Common Currents at Mexican Cultural Institute: March 29 – May 7

Common Currents at Mexican Cultural Institute: March 29 – May 7
March 30

NCAA 2018 Men’s Final Four

NCAA 2018 Men’s Final Four
April 6

Viva Hemisfair! A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Viva Hemisfair! A 50th Anniversary Celebration
May 1

May 1, 1718 Founding of Mission San Antonio de Valero

May 1, 1718 Founding of Mission San Antonio de Valero
May 1

Day of Reflection at Main Plaza

Day of Reflection at Main Plaza

More than 20 faith groups came together in Main Plaza to reflect on our storied past and light a Commemorative Flame to signify our Tricentennial year.

May 2

Unveiling of the VIA Mobile Learning Lab traveling exhibit at the Witte

Unveiling of the VIA Mobile Learning Lab traveling exhibit at the Witte

Elementary schools throughout the community held special lessons on San Antonio’s founding by the Canary Islanders and celebrated with San Antonio birthday cakes.  All 29 San Antonio libraries provided free STEM activities to local families and commemorative Tricentennial trees were planted at Texas A&M University – San Antonio; UTSA; St. Philip’s College; Our Lady of the Lake University; Palo Alto College; Trinity University; and St. Mary’s University.

May 3

Founders’ Day Gala at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Founders’ Day Gala at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

San Antonio celebrated its founding with programs occurring simultaneously in all sectors of the city. Texas A&M University San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Phillip’s College and Morgan’s Wonderland extended invitations to all to celebrate every aspect of our history together.

The Founders Gala at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center celebrated our shared culture and honored our city’s founding mothers and fathers.  The Founders’ Day Tricentennial Gala welcomed approximately 1500 attendees and raised $800,000 for a Tricentennial legacy gift to the community.

May 4

Dedication of public art piece, Alas de la Cuidad by Mexican artist Jorge Marin

Dedication of public art piece, Alas de la Cuidad by Mexican artist Jorge Marin

Sixteen local galleries and museums opened their doors for free to the public, allowing residents to enjoy music, art, culture and special programming.  The City welcomed its newest “selfie” spot, Alas de la Ciudad, by renowned artist Jorge Marin.  The art piece was a gift to San Antonio from the Government of Mexico in commemoration of our Tricentennial.

May 5

San Pedro Creek Celebration Day and Grand Opening

San Pedro Creek Celebration Day and Grand Opening

Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority, in coordination with the City of San Antonio, restored San Pedro Creek’s natural environment creating a world-class linear park. The San Pedro Creek Culture Park is flowing with renewed purpose, revitalizing the creek, restoring the ecosystem, improving water quality and safely conveying floodwaters. The park holds deep purposeful meaning as our community’s birthplace, 300 years ago. The first segment, which spans four blocks from the tunnel inlet, at IH-35 and North Santa Rosa Street to Houston Street, opened to the public on May 5, 2018.

May 6

Military Appreciation Day, Fort Sam Houston opens to the public for the first time since 9/11

Military Appreciation Day, Fort Sam Houston opens to the public for the first time since 9/11

Fort Sam Houston opened to the public for the first time since 9/11, inviting residents to enjoy premier military performances, a festival, food and entertainment and a special closing fireworks celebration.

June 2

Dream Tomorrow, Today Exhibit Opening at the DoSeum

Dream Tomorrow, Today Exhibit Opening at the DoSeum
June 16

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia visit San Antonio

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia visit San Antonio
June 20

Book Launch: 300 Years of San Antonio and Bexar County

Book Launch: 300 Years of San Antonio and Bexar County
June 22

Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from The Museums Of Madrid Exhibit Opening at San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio Texas SA TX SA300 tricentennial art Spain culture history
July 1

300 Miles Quest

300 Miles Quest
August 4

Serve 300 SA Day, Education Support

Serve 300 SA Day, Education Support

The Serve300 SA initiative engaged San Antonio businesses, community agencies and residents in service projects designed to build and advance the vision of the San Antonio and Bexar County.  In 2018, four Serve 300 SA Days occurred in various locations throughout the city, focusing on infrastructure, family well-being, education and sustainability.

September 21

Destino/Destination San Antonio Exhibit Opening at The Briscoe

Destino/Destination San Antonio Exhibit Opening at The Briscoe
October 6

Phil Hardberger Park Land Bridge Groundbreaking

Phil Hardberger Park Land Bridge Groundbreaking
October 13

Serve 300 SA Day, Sustainability Day

Serve 300 SA Day, Sustainability Day

The Serve300 SA initiative engaged San Antonio businesses, community agencies and residents in service projects designed to build and advance the vision of the San Antonio and Bexar County.  In 2018, four Serve 300 SA Days occurred in various locations throughout the city, focusing on infrastructure, family well-being, education and sustainability.

October 20

1st Annual Ability Strong Parade, A Disability Pride Celebration

1st Annual Ability Strong Parade, A Disability Pride Celebration
November 3

Tree Centennial Arbor Day Celebration at UTSA: Volunteers Plant 100 Trees

Tree Centennial Arbor Day Celebration at UTSA: Volunteers Plant 100 Trees
November 8

Inaugural San Antonio City Fest presented by The Rivard Report in partnership with Southwest School of Art

Inaugural San Antonio City Fest presented by The Rivard Report in partnership with Southwest School of Art
November 10

Luminaria

Luminaria
November 27

Tricentennial Culinary Exchange in New Orleans at SOBOU

Tricentennial Culinary Exchange in New Orleans at SOBOU
December 3

Tricentennial Culinary Exchange in San Antonio at Tre Trattoria at the San Antonio Museum of Art

Tricentennial Culinary Exchange in San Antonio at Tre Trattoria at the San Antonio Museum of Art
December 31

Celebrate SA NYE Celebration Event

Celebrate SA NYE Celebration Event

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