Ten Ways to Celebrate San Antonio's 300th Anniversary
Look who’s turning 300! Join us in celebrating San Antonio’s 300th
Anniversary. This year-long commemoration will include an array of events including concerts, museum exhibit openings, family activities, cultural events and more.
Named one of National Geographic’s “Best Trips of 2018”, and one of Frommer’s “Best Places to Go in 2018,” San Antonio does not disappoint with the numerous fun activities and events it has to offer in 2018 – including its Commemorative Week
May 1 - 6.
Since there is so much to take in (and celebrate), we have listed 10 fun options below. These and many more events celebrating the history and future of San Antonio can be found at www.sanantonio300.org
1.FIESTA® San Antonio: April 19 – April 29
Fiesta San Antonio
is one of the Lone Star State’s largest festivals, with about 3.5 million visitors who join in for ten days of parades, live music, cultural events, food tastings and battle reenactments. The festival will feature flower-covered floats, giant helium balloons, beautifully-decorated horse-drawn carriages, antique cars and a variety of street food from local vendors.
2.Witte Museum’s 300 Years of Culture and Confluence Opening Day: March 3 // 10am – 5pm
Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial at the Witte Museum
for a multi-faceted exhibition that will reveal the legendary and complex history of San Antonio. Explore San Antonio’s history in seven immersive galleries, including The Cacophony, Frontera, The Missions, Tejano, The Military, Expansion and Industrialization and The Modern City.
3.NCAA Final Four: March 30 – April 2
Looking to celebrate San Antonio’s 300th
birthday with some sporting events? Look no further than the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four, where men’s college basketball’s champion will be won. Make sure to also check out the March Madness Music Festival
, which will take place at Hemisfair Civic Park from March 30 – April 1 and is completely free for guests.
4.San Antonio Museum of Art’s “San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico” Exhibition:
February 17 – May 13
Join San Antonio Museum of Art
for a special Tricentennial exhibition from Viceregal Mexico, featuring more than one hundred landscapes, portraits, narrative paintings, sculptures, and devotional and decorative objects.
5.“Dawn at The Alamo” Anniversary Commemoration: March 6 // 6am – 4pm
The “Dawn at the Alamo” Anniversary Commemoration
will be presented in Alamo Plaza by the San Antonio Living History Association to “Remember the Alamo” on the 182nd anniversary of the famous 1836 battle. The commemoration will have special programs throughout the day to keep you and your family engaged and entertained!
6.The Mcnay Art Museum’s “Something to Say” Exhibition: February 8 – May 6
The Mcnay Art Museum
in San Antonio will present Something to Say, an exhibition of modern, postwar, and contemporary African American art. Featuring over 50 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs by a wide range of 20th- and 21st- century artists, Something to Say will allow visitors to reflect upon a broad range of African American experiences, and examine the ways different African American artists have expressed personal, political, and racial identity over approximately 100 years.
7.Culinaria Wine and Food Festival: May 17 – 20
Celebrate all things food, wine, spirits & beer at the Culinaria Wine and Food Festival
. This weekend festival delights with dinners, grand tastings, tequila tastings and burgers, BBQ & beer. Don't miss this Texas food extravaganza!
8.Art of The Sacred Texas Springs: March 10 – April 18
Visit the month-long Art of The Sacred Texas Spring art installation at the University of Incarnate Word art galleries
, celebrating the Blue Hole, a sacred source spring of the San Antonio River. The exhibit and accompanying events are part of a regional initiative, A Pilgrimage Connecting People to Art and Environment, which invites the public to experience the South Central Texas springs through various artistic mediums. The Blue Hole is of particular interest as the fountain spring that provided for indigenous people for millennia before attracting the Spanish to found the City of San Antonio 300 years ago. The exhibit will include piano concerts, a film series, lectures and poetry readings throughout the month.
9.¡Viva! Hemisfair’s 50th Anniversary: April 6 – 8
Join in the fun at ¡Viva Hemisfair!
, a 50th Anniversary celebration full of music, food, history and throwbacks to the 1968 World’s Fair. Cultural zones, musical performances and public art will fill the unique San Antonio Hemisfair district with colorful experiences, while historical exhibits will educate guests about the neighborhood that stood before the 1968 World’s Fair, events during the Fair and future plans for redevelopment.
10. Tejano Conjunto Festival: May 16 – 20
Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial at the 37th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival
at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. This fun, cultural event will feature food, Tejano music and a lot of dancing – so don’t forget your dancing shoes!