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.

New year's eve fireworks

The Day of Reflection is an opportunity for San Antonio to recognize its historic roots in sacred lands of native people, the Spanish missions which gave rise to our modern community, and the rich variety of people who came to call it home. The day will invite all of San Antonio and faith-based communities to celebrate our unity and our diversity and reflect on the direction we will set for the next 300 years.

Location: Main Plaza, in front of San Fernando Cathedral

Parking: All city-operated parking garages, parking lots and parking meters will be free from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. that evening. A full list of parking garages can be found here.



  • 6:00 p.m. – Musical and dance performances showcasing the Sounds of Faith in San Antonio & 300 Prayers Art Installation.
  • 7:00 p.m.– Program honoring San Antonio’s native population, special lighting of Commemorative Flame, which will remain in Main Plaza for the duration of Commemorative Week and interfaith celebration featuring 21 religious groups.
  • 8:15 p.m.– Candlelight Vigil in Main Plaza
  • 8:18 p.m. – (20:18) City-wide ringing of church bells*
  • 9:30 p.m. – SAGA light display at San Fernando Cathedral


*Participating Places of Worship: San Fernando Cathedral, Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Bascilica of the Little Flower, St. Alphonsus, Holy Redeemer, Our Lady of Perptual Help (S. Grimes, San Antonio), San Francisco de la Espada, Saint Margaret Mary, Saint Jerome, Saint Gerard, Saint Benedict, Saint Cecilia, San Jose y San Miguel Mission, Christ the King, Travis Park United Methodist, St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Ann Catholic Church, Trinity Baptist Church.

Rain Plan: In case of inclement weather, the event will take place in the San Fernando Cathedral on the Main Plaza. Because of limited seating in the cathedral, there will be an overflow section in Council Chamber in the Municipal Plaza Building within the City Hall Complex, next door to the cathedral. Volunteers will be on hand to help assist. Viewing of the main Day of Reflection program will begin in the Council Chamber at 7:00PM.

More information will be available the morning of May 1, 2018.

Teacher showing students an apple

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. All San Antonio Public Library branches will invite local schools to showcase readings, historical plays, and interacting educational events for the community. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics related activities will be occurring in the libraries as well.

We will also be hitting the road with a VIA mobile history lab that will visit area libraries and schools throughout the day. The history lab is a converted VIA bus that is filled with educational features to introduce children to the Witte’s exhibit:  300 Years of Confluence and Culture.

A Tree-centennial program from the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department will launch on this day by beginning to plant 300 trees at higher education institutions. Ceremonies will be held at seven campuses for the first tree planted. Additional plantings will take place throughout the year and will be supported by volunteer events.



  • VIA Mobile Learning Lab – VIA Transit, the official transportation sponsor of the Tricentennial, will showcase history and education on the road with a special traveling exhibit, in partnership with the Witte Museum’s Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History.
  • Tricentennial in the Classroom – Elementary school students will be immersed in the Tricentennial with special commemorative lesson plans showcasing our 300 years of history.
  • Kickoff of the Tree-centennial – 300 trees will be planted at nine local colleges and universities. Each campus will plant a ceremonial tree to commemorate the week, with the balance planted in the fall.
  • FREE STEM Activities – All 29 San Antonio Public Library branches will offer free STEM activities from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Rain Plan:

VIA Learning Lab Unveiling: In case of clement weather, this event would take place at the Witte, but will be moved to the podium and seats to the Feik Family Orientation Pavilion. The Learning Lab will be moved to the north on Gunn Drive to be visible from the pavilion.

Council member School Visits: All Indoors

Pre-K 4 SA/H-E-B Cake Celebration: In case of clement weather, this event will be outdoors, but under their drive-through canopy.

Tree-Centennial @ TAMU-SA/PAC: As these are scheduled to be outside, we will not have the programs in the event of rainy weather.

STEAM Activities @ Libraries: All Indoors


San Antonio will celebrate its founding through 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 will extend the celebration throughout the city by hosting fairs, speakers, and community events for people to take part in.

The Founders Day Celebrations will honor the rich art and cultural heritage of the San Antonio community, and is an opportunity to invite the community to rediscover our institutions of higher education. At the center of the celebration, a Founders Gala at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will celebrate our shared culture and honor our city’s founding mothers and fathers. The Gala will be a ticketed event with details coming soon.


  • Happy Birthday, San Antonio; Morgan’s Wonderland
    • Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • Location: 5223 David Edwards Dr (Free Admission)
    • Special celebrations of San Antonio’s birthday will include the Hartman’s House Puppet Show “Happy Birthday, San Antonio!” and appearances by the Wonder Squad Super Heroes, and rides and concessions.
    • Rain Plan: In case of inclement weather, parts of this event will move indoors at the facility. Covered and indoor attractions will proceed as planned; uncovered attractions will follow the park’s typical tiered weather procedures throughout the evening.
  • Best in the West; Our Lady of the Lake University 
    • Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • Location: Main Building, 411 SW 24th St, San Antonio, TX 78207
    • The community is invited to become part of this story through music, art, and the spoken word, as well as participate in OLLU’s ongoing oral history project, capturing voices of the Westside.  Main stage will feature the Westside Horns, a blessing by the Sisters of Divine Providence, music of the Westside by DJ Chuco Garcia, and poetry by San Antonio’s newest poet laureate and OLLU professor, Octavio Quintanilla, Ph.D.
  • Founders Day Art & Culture Event; Texas A&M University San Antonio
    • Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • Location: Central Academic Building Courtyard, 1, One University Way, San Antonio, TX 78224
    • As part of the Tricentennial Founders Day Celebration, Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) will represent the South Side of San Antonio with an Art & Culture Event. The event will commence with a Native American recitation followed by live performances by local Mariachi, Ballet Folklorico and Conjunto groups. The vibrancy of Native American art will be on display showcasing a large, signature of Native American feather by local artist and local architect, Ricky Reyes. Members of the Asociación de Charros San Antonio will also participate in the event, bringing cultural diversity and family-fun to all attendees.
    • Rain Plan: In case of inclement weather, this event will move into the University Auditorium, 1 University Way.
  • San Antonio’s Eastside Tricentennial Celebration; St. Philip’s College
    • Time: 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    • Location: SPC Watson Fine Arts Center, 1801 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr
    • The celebration will include a keynote speech from Dr. Ruth Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University. She is the first African American woman to serve as the president of an Ivy League University. The event will also feature a play starring Professor Antoinette Winstead as Artemisia Bowden, founder of St. Phillip’s College, with a prelude from the San Antonio Symphony. A curated exhibit featuring 22 local African American artists, curated by Dr. Scott Sherer. The event will also showcase history with the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association and the Sam Houston High School Drumline.
    • Rain Plan: In case of inclement weather, the procession from the SPC Watson Fine Arts Center to the reception will take place under a covered walkway. Other programming is indoors.
  • Historic Futures: A Taste of Folklife Festival; University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Location: The Paseo on Main Campus, 1 UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249
    • The University of Texas at San Antonio, in conjunction with SA300, will present, “Historic Futures – A Taste of Folklife Festival” on Thursday, May the 3rd, 2018, 5:30 to 8:30pm, in the Paseo at the UTSA Main Campus. Join us as we celebrate Founder’s Day and showcase the Lone Star State’s diversity and rich heritage through a wide variety of ethnic food, music, dance, and a fireworks show at dusk. Musical performances by Conjunto Puro Corazon, Emond Karam, and Bill Smallwood Band. And more performances by Ile Bahia Capoeira Luanda, Fiesta City Chorus, Fire on the Mountain Cloggers, San Antonio Pipes and Drums, American Indians, Halau Hawaiian Hula, and Lebanese Folk Dancers.
    • Rain Plan: In case of inclement weather, this event will move into the Convocation Center on Main Campus.
  • Founders’ Day Gala at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – The event will host delegations from eight of nine of San Antonio’s sister cities and will tell the story of San Antonio’s vibrant history. The event will feature special guest actor Nicholas Gonzalez of the hit shows The Good Doctor, How to Get Away with Murder and Narcos. San Antonio’s own “El Charro de Oro” Sebastien De La Cruz will showcase his talent. This is a ticketed event. Please email the Tricentennial Office at for more details.

San Antonio’s vibrant art community will be on full display on May 4. Arts for All day will celebrate the unique culture and heritage of our region through artistic presentations and exhibitions. Tours of public art will be available free of charge at multiple locations across the city. Several museums will be opened to the public, with free concerts and performances happening throughout the city. The day will also include the dedication of a new public art piece. 


  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Dedication of new public art, Alas de la Cuidad, by renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marin, The dedication will take place indoors at the Mexican Cultural Institute at 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, San Antonio, TX 78205

  • 9:30 – 10:00 am: Sister Cities Musical Gift at UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.
    The City of Gwangju [GWAHNG-JOO], Korea will send a 10-member musical group. The group is comprised of performers of the traditional Korean musical style ‘Pansori’ [Pahn-Soh-Ree] and ‘Samul Nori’ [Sah-Mul-No-Ri].
  • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Free admission to McNay Art Museum
  • Art Pace (All Day), Blue Star Contemporary (All Day), Briscoe Western Art Museum (11AM-5PM), Carver Community Cultural Center (All Day), The DoSeum (3-6PM), Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (All Day), Linda Pace Foundation (All Day), McNay Art Museum (All Day), Mexican Cultural Institute San Antonio (All Day), San Antonio Art League and Museum (All Day), San Antonio Museum of Art (3-6PM), Say Si (3-10PM), Southwest School of Art (All Day), Presa House Gallery (3-10PM), San Antonio Fire Museum (12-4PM), UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (3-6PM), and the Witte Museum (3-6PM).
  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm – SATX Social Ride Gallery Bike Tour.
  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm – Free concert at the Carver Cultural Center – The Carver Community Cultural Center will feature special performances, presented in partnership with Musical Bridges Around the World, featuring International Tchaikovsky Competition Bronze medalist cellist Boris Andrianov and guitarist Dmitry Illarionov, the winner of 12 international guitar competitions. Local performances include Capoeira Luanda and African drummer T-Bow Gonzalez. 
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Walking tour of “Confluence: Art at the Convention Center.”
  • 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Dance Preformance at Pearl Stable – Due to anticipated inclement weather, Dance in the Park has been moved to the Pearl Stable. Thanks to the generosity of our valued partner The Pearl. Performances from: Quenedit Dance Theatre; Jacqueline Courchene; McBride Dance; Faisan Folcklorico; Juan Pablo Robles Gil; Nina Padilla; and visiting guests from Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey. 
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Conjunto Heritage Taller Performance – The community-based organization will showcase the history and traditions of Conjunto music.
  • 9:30 pm – Bexar County Fireworks along the Mission Reach.
A San Antonio Mission during day time.

Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority, in coordination with the City of San Antonio, have 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, will open to the public on May 5, 2018 as part of Bexar County’s 300th Anniversary. The public is invited to the Grand Opening with family-friendly fun from Noon to 9 p.m., including food trucks, live music, children’s activities and historical presentations, as well as an evening illumination ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. – presented by Bexar County. For more information, go to

  • 12:00 pm – Canary Islands Descendants Association-San Antonio – Learn about the rich history of the city’s beginnings through music and drama. The Canary Islanders provide a gift of storytelling about their ancestors during the Spanish Colonial and the genesis of what is now San Antonio.
  • 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm – Musical Bridges Around the World – Found in 1998 by pianist Dr. Anya Grokhovski, MBAW is a non-profit performing arts organization with the mission to unite, educate and inspire through culturally diverse performing and visual arts programming.
  • 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm – San Antonio ISD Mariachis – Mariachi Estrellas De Oro – Made up of talented students from SAISD’s Burbank High School with a history of live performances, musical arrangements and competitions, Mariachi Estrellas de Oro pride themselves on their heritage and amazing musical talent, breaking boundaries with their proud cultural sound.
  • 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm – Ole Flamenco Corporation – Olè Flamenco supports authentic Spanish Flamenco. As a nonprofit organization, they thrive to build up the true Flamenco individual as a unique and highly trained professional. The featured artist will be Guineveve “Genoveva” Guinn from Austin whose artistry and expression of flamenco is both beautiful and powerful.
  • 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – American Indians in Texas – Spanish Colonial Missions – Deer Dance and Birdsingers Performance – This non-profit organization was established by the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation, descendants of the aboriginal people who populated South Texas and Northeast Mexico. The organization works for the preservation and protection of the culture and traditions of the Native American tribes and other indigenous people who resided in the Spanish colonial missions.
  • 5:30 pm – 5:50 pm – Classical Music Institute – Classical Music Institute is devoted to cultivating the realm of classical music for new and versed music lovers through education, performances, and festivals that present rarely experienced as well as timeless works.
  • 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm – Heart of Texas Concert Band – The Heart of Texas Concert Band and will feature music by their guest composer, Mr. Carlos Pellicer from Valencia, Spain. Carlos is recognized all over Europe and South America for his compositions. The band’s performance will include the world premiere of his piece commemorating San Antonio’s 300th.
  • 7:30 pm – Illumination Ceremony, presented by Bexar County – In a stunning moment, Bexar County will officially open the park by lighting up the creek. Public art installations and artistic design features will be illuminated for the delight of the entire community.
  • 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm – URBAN-15 GROUP – This new work celebrating the dedication of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park is choreographed and designed by Catherine Cisneros with music composed by George Cisneros. Using nature as a thematic thread URBAN-15 dancers and musicians will shape a light and sound environment with live performers placed along the banks of the San Pedro Creek. The piece begins at sunset and lasts 45 minutes.
military personnel if full uniform

The Tricentennial will showcase active duty military and the past and current missions of Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) – Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, and Camp Bullis. The military’s rich history will be highlighted and the day will raise awareness of the strategic importance of JBSA’s current missions. Fort Sam Houston will open to the public for the first time since September 11.

Weekend festivities will include the Black Daggers US Army Special Ops Command Parachute demo Team; Army Old Guard Fife & Drum; Marine Silent Drill Platoon; USAF fly overs, Air Force Band of the West; 323d Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own;” 1st Cavalry Charge Re-Enactment; Polo Match; high school drill competitions; musical performances and fireworks to end the week of Commemoration.

Location: Fort Sam Houston

Non-DOD ID holders must enter through the Harry Wurzbach Gate. Use 801 Harry Wurzbach Hwy, and continue South to the gate.


MAY 5:

  • 8:00-10:00 a.m. – Combat Medic Run
  • 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Free festival for the whole family on Parade Field #2; Hourly historic tours start at 12PM and go till 5PM with last one starting at 4PM.
  • 4:00-5:45 p.m. – Military Demonstration Show featuring:
    • Black Daggers, U.S. Air Force Special Ops Parachute Team
    • Navy Corpsman & Working Dog Demonstration
    • Army Fife and Drum Corps
    • 1st Cavalry Division Cavalry re-enactment demonstration
    • United States Marine Corps Silent Drill
    • Air Force Flyover

MAY 6:

  • 1:00 – 9:30 p.m. – Free festival for the whole family, including special performances and historic tours and including:
    • Polo Match
    • Joint Forces Retreat ceremony
    • Joint Color Guard
    • Air Force Flyover
    • Navy Corpsman & Working Dog Demonstration
    • Army Fife & Drum Corps
    • 1st Cav Division Cavalry charge re-enactment
    • Fireworks from 9-9:30PM

May 6

Siclovia will bring their family-friendly fitness event to the Southside with a special Tricentennial edition of the celebration. Come enjoy this special, free Síclovía event on May 6th, from 11:00AM till 3:00 PM.

Bike, run, skate – play in the street! Síclovía turns city streets into a safe and fun place for exercise and play. The free event encourages San Antonio residents to get out, get active and explore their city. The Y accomplishes this by activating parks, bringing exposure to local business and inviting other community resources to participate.

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio’s 14th Síclovía will travel from Roosevelt Park to the Harvey E. Najim Family YMCA – next to Mission Marquee Plaza.

  • The main route roads will be closed for Siclovia beginning at 9:30 am. All personal vehicles MUST be off of Mission Rd. no later than 9:30 am.
  • Vendor parking is in the parking lot back behind the YMCA branch. You MUST have the dashboard pass in order to park.
  • If you paid us for a health and/or fire permit, your zone manager will have them with them and will give to you onsite.
  • As a reminder, this event is rain or shine, and if anything changes we will be in touch with you.
  • Please bring wagons, dollies, etc. to assist with your unloading!

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