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Saturday, December 22, 2018

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park grounds and parking lots at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park will remain accessible to visitors. There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance. No permits will be issued.

Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled, including daily ranger-guided programs at Mission San Jose.

The four mission churches, Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan and Espada are managed by the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Parish services will continue as scheduled, including weddings, funerals and mass.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Save The Date! Third Annual San Antonio World Heritage Festival
Commemorative elements to celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial

The World Heritage Festival will mark its 3rd anniversary this fall, Sept. 5-9, 2018. The event was established to commemorate the anniversary of the San Antonio Missions inscription as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The Alamo and four Spanish colonial Missions are the only World Heritage site in Texas. The festival provides an opportunity for locals and visitors to celebrate San Antonio’s unique history, heritage and culture through various family-friendly events.

A full event schedule is available at

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Mission Marquee Plaza Announces Free, Family Movies and More This July!

The City of San Antonio invites the community to visit Mission Marquee Plaza this month for free movies, mercados and events. Mission Marquee Plaza is pet-friendly, open to the public, and located at 3100 Roosevelt Ave.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Spanish Governor’s Palace Closed Temporarily on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16

In preparation for the Official Visit from Their Majesties The King and Queen of Spain, the Spanish Governor’s Palace will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 15 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

City of San Antonio Commemorates Completion of World Heritage Public Art Project at Stinson Municipal Airport.

Stinson Airport Art Installation

The City of San Antonio celebrates the completion of a new public art installation at Stinson Municipal Airport. This is the first of ten murals planned along the World Heritage Trail area. The 300-foot by 15-foot public art piece at Stinson Municipal Airport commemorates the achievements in aviation made by women. The mural specifically depicts Katherine and Marjorie Stinson, who established the Stinson School of Flying on land that would eventually become the Stinson Airport, during the early 1900s.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Stinson Airport Mural Dedication on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Artist Chris Montoya is putting the finishing touches on the Stinson Airfield mural, the first public art piece on the World Heritage Trail. The Stinson mural celebrates the achievements of women in aviation with portraits of Katherine and Marjorie Stinson. The mural team was led by our community partner SMART and included Andy and Yvette Benavides, artists Joe De La Cruz, Chris Montoya, and Jose Cosme, painter Gary Gomez, and the Director of the Texas Air Museum John Tosh with assistance by intern Sebastian Saint John. 

Join us on May 3 at 9 am at Stinson Municipal Airport for the dedication of this Mural.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mission Marquee Welcomes First Ever Holiday Art Market on Saturday, Nov. 19

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 16, 2016) – Kick start your holiday shopping at the first annual Mission Marquee Holiday Market hosted by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office. Mission Marquee plaza will transform into a festive holiday marketplace with local artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, crafts, holiday wreaths, photography and more on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Return to Mission Marquee Plaza at 6 p.m. for an evening double feature of “Free Birds”, the ultimate Thanksgiving movie, and “Elf”. The events will be held at Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., and are free and open to the public.  

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Thursday, OctOBER 27, 2016

Mission Marquee Plaza continues its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a Free Outdoor Film Screening of “A Class Apart”

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 27, 2016) – Join District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran and the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office for a special community film screening of the award-winning documentary “A Class Apart” on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at Mission Marquee Plaza, located at 3100 Roosevelt Ave. from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.  

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mission Marquee Plaza Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With An Outdoor Film Screening of “Selena” The Movie and Vitrina Latino Music & Culture Festival

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 19, 2016) – On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 the stage and screen of the Mission Marquee Plaza, located at 3100 Roosevelt Ave. will light up in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from 3:00 p.m. to midnight. The Festival is presented by the City of San Antonio Center City Development & Operations Department in partnership with Vitrina Latino Music & Culture Festival. 

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September 9, 2016 - September 11, 2016

Save The Date! San Antonio World Heritage Festival One-Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend

SAN ANTONIO (July 5, 2016) – Today, on the one-year anniversary of the San Antonio Mission’s designation as a World Heritage Site, the City of San Antonio, The Rivard Report, San Antonio River Authority (SARA), Bexar County, National Park Service, Los Compadres, Las Misiones and The Alamo invite the community to celebrate the San Antonio Missions One-Year Anniversary as a World Heritage Site designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) September 9th through 11th.  

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September 7, 2016 - September 11, 2016

Save The Date! First Annual San Antonio World Heritage Festival

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 18, 2016) – The City of San Antonio, in coordination with Bexar County, San Antonio River Authority (SARA), National Park Service, The Alamo, National Parks Conservation Association, Los Compadres, Las Misiones and the Rivard Report, is organizing a World Heritage Festival to be held Sept. 7-11, 2016. The festival will celebrate the first anniversary of the San Antonio Missions designation as a World Heritage Site. A full schedule of events is available at   

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August 25, 2016

Construction Launches on District 3 YMCA

SAN ANTONIO (August 25, 2016) –Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran, YMCA of Greater San Antonio President and CEO, Sandy Morander and City officials broke ground on the new Harvey E. Najim Family YMCA. Community members in District 3 will soon be able to access resources at their local Y. 

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