Tasked with preparing the city’s numerous Tricentennial celebrations, the SA300 offices display artwork from local artists. Photo: E. Dan Klepper.

Highlights of nearly 700 Tricentennial-sanctioned partner events planned for 2018 in San Antonio.

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Dec. 31

Celebrate 300: Tricentennial Kickoff and New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Free and open to the public, the kickoff will include a dedicated children’s area, a Ferris wheel, and live music all evening, concluding with a spectacular fireworks show at midnight.

Jan. 13-Dec. 2

The Witte Museum, Gathering at the Waters: 12,000 Years of People

Jan. 17

Confluence Park Unveiling

Jan. 18-May 7

Common Currents
300 artists will illuminate the 300 years of their hometown’s history with exhibits at six venues: Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary Arts, Carver Community Cultural Center, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Mexican Cultural Institute, and Southwest School of Art. Artists were each assigned one year to reflect on in their work.

Feb. 16-May 13

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico

March 3-Jan. 6, 2019: The Witte Museum, 300 Years of San Antonio History: Confluence and CultureMarch 10: Canary Island Arrival Re-enactment

April 7

Indigenous Cultural and Art Festival at Mission County Park
Various indigenous groups will share their heritage, culture, and contributions to the community spanning beyond the past 300 years.

April 6-8

¡Viva HemisFair!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 World’s Fair, HemisFair Park is throwing a party with re-creations of activities from the original fair.

The Witte Museum will honor the city’s intricate history with two Tricentennial exhibitions. Photo: E. Dan Klepper.

Commemorative Week

May 1

Day of Reflection
A communal, interfaith service will be held at places of worship across San Antonio with a central candlelight service at Main Plaza.

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May 2

and Education The Tricentennial commission will release its commemorative book, 300 Years of the San Antonio Story, in addition to the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department’s launch of its Tree-centennial program, during which it will plant 300 trees by the end of 2018. Further, the Goliad Trail Ride will be re-created with stops at each of the missions, ending at Alamo Plaza.

May 3

Founder’s Day
A ticketed Founders Ball at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, plus five concurrent events across San Antonio, will be connected to each other via simulcast for the public to enjoy various speakers and performances.

May 4

Arts for All
Galleries, studios, museums, and art venues will be open and free to the public. The city will also unveil new public art exhibitions throughout San Antonio. Finally, the evening will cul- minate with a 5-mile- long fireworks display along the missions—for a city that loves fireworks, this will be unlike anything it has ever seen.

May 5

Legacy Day
Bexar County officials and the San Antonio River Authority will dedicate the transformation of San Pedro Creek as a cultural park at the headwaters and unveil a public art piece, Plethora— a 45-foot-tall stain- less steel sculpture depicting the face of a woman.

May 6

Military Appreciation
Fort Sam Houston will open to the public for the first time since 9/11 for a day full of interactive exhibitions and performances (US Air Force flyovers, carnival rides, live music, and—of course—fireworks).

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