THE FIRST 300 YEARS STARTED WITH A MISSION,
SO WILL THE NEXT

In 2018, San Antonio and Bexar County will commemorate its 300th anniversary. History and education, arts and culture, and community service will be at the forefront of initiatives that will reflect on our storied past, celebrate our current achievements, and prepare the community for the next 300 years.

The Tricentennial Commission was founded in 2015

San Antonio’s 300th anniversary is an opportunity to discover our shared cultural heritage, commemorate our storied history, recognize our progress, and collaborate on our bright future.

Tricentennial Guiding Principles

Creates a positive and/or lasting impact

Showcases our diversity, inclusiveness, and authenticity

Defines the Tricentennial identity

Identifies financial integrity and viability, timeliness, and transparency

Educates and celebrates our shared history, and furthers our legacy

Commemorative Week

May 1 – 6, 2018 is designated as Commemorative Week, to celebrate key milestones exactly 300 years later: On May 1, 1718 the Mission San Antonio de Valero – later known as the Alamo – was established. Four days later the Presidio San Antonio de Bejár was formed to protect the new mission. San Antonio’s five area missions are Texas’ only UNESCO World Heritage site and will be at the forefront of many activities during the Tricentennial year. Before the missions were built, the area was inhabited by the Payaya people and known by them as Yanaguana. San Antonio’s multicultural history will be honored during the Commemorative Week.

Tricentennial Events

More than 500 Tricentennial Community Partners are joining the celebration by hosting over 700 events sanctioned as official Tricentennial activities. These activities and events represent celebrations of San Antonio’s arts, culture, heritage, and community.

  • Mamma Mia Performance

    July 5 - August 5
  • Annual National Convention of the NAACP

    July 14 - July 18
  • West End Baptist Church – Food Bank

    July 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    One event on April 19, 2018 at 8:00am

    One event on May 17, 2018 at 8:00am

    One event on June 21, 2018 at 8:00am

    One event on July 19, 2018 at 8:00am

    One event on August 16, 2018 at 8:00am

    One event on September 20, 2018 at 8:00am

    One event on October 18, 2018 at 8:00am

    One event on November 15, 2018 at 8:00am

    One event on December 20, 2018 at 8:00am

    One event on March 10, 2018 at 8:00am

  • Corazon Cinema on Main Plaza

    July 19 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 8:30pm on Thursday, repeating until August 30, 2018

  • Music for the Soul

    July 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    One event on July 21, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on July 27, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on April 28, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 3, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 4, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 10, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 11, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 17, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 18, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 24, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 25, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on July 22, 2018 at 2:30am

    One event on July 29, 2018 at 2:30pm

    One event on August 5, 2018 at 2:30pm

    One event on August 12, 2018 at 2:30pm

    One event on August 19, 2018 at 2:30pm

    One event on August 26, 2018 at 2:30pm

  • Music for the Soul

    July 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    One event on July 21, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on July 27, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on April 28, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 3, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 4, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 10, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 11, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 17, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 18, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 24, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on August 25, 2018 at 7:30pm

    One event on July 22, 2018 at 2:30am

    One event on July 29, 2018 at 2:30pm

    One event on August 5, 2018 at 2:30pm

    One event on August 12, 2018 at 2:30pm

    One event on August 19, 2018 at 2:30pm

    One event on August 26, 2018 at 2:30pm

Save the date, better yet, save the year.

It’s San Antonio’s welcoming spirit, cultural richness, and competitive edge that makes us a progressive, modern city and a reflection of what the country will look like in the future. Whether you have lived in San Antonio all your life, a few years, or are just visiting, please join us and be a part of a moment that you’ll never forget.

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