May 1-6, 2018
The joy and pride of San Antonio will vividly come to life during our Tricentennial Commemorative Week, May 1-6, 2018. Six solid days will be filled with educational, artistic, and entertaining events that showcase San Antonio’s unity amid diversity, and the ties that bind us all together to be one of the U.S.’s top cities.
May 1: Day of Reflection
Spearheaded by the Archdiocese and other religious leaders, the community will come together with a communal prayer for interfaith services to be held at places of worship across San Antonio with a central, candlelight service at Main Plaza.
6 PM – 7:30 PM Pilgrimage from Espada to Main Plaza arrival
8:20 PM Healing Ceremony, Eternal Flame lighting, candlelight vigil
8:40 PM Light up SA, 300 Prayers
9:30 PM The Saga on the façade of San Fernando Cathedral
May 2: History & Education
San Antonio schools will come together to celebrate the city’s 300 years of history. Educational materials will be provided to schools that will engage students through historical stories and inspire civic engagement and pride in San Antonio. Historical performers will tour schools throughout Commemorative Week, bringing San Antonio history and culture to life. Several initiatives activated with public and private schools, parochial, and home-school students throughout the academic year, will culminate with special exhibits on display at libraries, schools, college campuses and museums.
A Tree-centennial program from the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department will launch this date with tree plantings at various higher education institutions. A total of 300 trees will be planted for the Tricentennial by the end of 2018. Further, the Goliad Trail Ride will be recreated beginning at Mission Espada with stops at each of the Missions and ending at Alamo Plaza.
8 AM – 2 PM Goliad Trail Ride (Espada to Alamo)
9 AM – 12 PM Tree-Centennial (Planting at university colleges)
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM Celebrate Library SCIENCE (All 29 public library locations)
All-Day Release Commemorative Book
May 3: Founders Day
Celebrate San Antonio’s shared, multinational culture and history at a Founders Ball taking place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center plus five concurrent events across San Antonio. All six locations will be connected to each other via simulcast to enjoy the various speakers and performances.
6 PM – 9 PM UTSA Main Campus (off 1604)
5 PM – 8 PM Texas A&M San Antonio
6 PM – 9 PM Our Lady of the Lake University
6 PM – 9 PM St. Philip’s College
6 PM – 9 PM Morgan’s Wonderland
7 PM – 11 PM Founders’ Day Ball Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Table prices: $5,000 -$25,000
Individual ticket price: $500
May 4: Arts for All
Arts and culture will include events such as public art exhibitions and unveilings, and music festivals that will bring the city together throughout the year. Galleries, studios, museums, and art venues will be open and free to the public.
Murals Unveiled – TBD
Art Pieces Unveiled – TBD
4 PM – 9 PM Mission Fireworks
9:15 PM World Heritage Fireworks – Missions
May 5: Legacy Day
On this day, we will honor the contributions of San Antonio’s Missions: Alamo, Espada, San Jose, Concepcion, and San Juan, all of which have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Legacy Day also include Bexar County officials and the San Antonio River Authority dedicating the transformation of San Pedro Creek as a cultural park.
11 AM San Pedro Creek Redevelopment (Phase 1)
Ribbon Cutting/Dedication – San Pedro Creek (inlet to Houston)
6 PM – 8 PM Operetta (Bexar County) – Tobin Center
9 PM Plethora Unveiling – San Pedro Creek Inlet
May 6: Military Appreciation
Join the Tricentennial Commission and the military community as they highlight the importance of all past and present military contributions to San Antonio. All branches of the military will participate in honoring the heroism of the men and women in our armed services, and how their work contributed to San Antonio’s designation as Military City, USA. As part of the day, Ft. Sam Houston will welcome the public to visit post for a day full of interactive exhibitions and performances.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 & Sunday, May 6, 2018
Fort Sam Houston Military Base
Saturday: 1 PM – 10 PM
Sunday: 9 AM – 10 PM: Will include the following:
USAF Wings of Blue Skydiving
Army Old Guard Fife & Drum
Marine Silent Drill Platoon
Air Force Band
HS Drill Competitions
9 AM – 3 PM Síclovía – Mission Reach – 300 miles culmination