San Antonio Celebrates Tricentennial with Commemorative Week

click to enlarge "From Many Roads We Are One" - Adriana Garcia
Adriana Garcia
"From Many Roads We Are One"
Kicked off on Tuesday with a Day of Reflection in Main Plaza, Commemorative Week packs many of the Tricentennial’s key themes and components into six days “filled with educational, artistic, and entertaining events that showcase San Antonio’s unity amid diversity.”

In addition to encouraging historical discourse in elementary schools across San Antonio, Wednesday’s History & Education day brings interactive STEM activities to all 29 of the city’s public libraries (2:30-5:30pm Wed) as well as a VIA Mobile Learning Lab and the inauguration the “Tree-centennial,” an initiative that will add 300 trees to our local landscape.

A citywide celebration connecting area colleges and universities, Founder’s Day offers an array of history-focused programs, including a Best of the West event with music by the Westside Horns and a reading from San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla (6-8pm Thu, Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 SW 24th St.), an exhibit featuring work by 22 African-American artists (St. Philip’s College, Watson Fine Arts Center, 5:30-9pm Thu, 1801 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive), and Historic Futures – A Taste of Folklife Festival, an eclectic evening with ethnic food for purchase, performances by Ile Bahia Capoeira Luanda, Fire on the Mountain Cloggers and Conjunto Puro Corazon, among others, and a fireworks finale at sundown (5:30-8:30pm Thu, UTSA, The Paseo, One UTSA Circle).

Possibly the most user-friendly day of Commemorative Week, Arts for All promises free admission to the Witte, the McNay, the Briscoe, Blue Star Contemporary and SAMA (3-6pm Fri), a gallery bike tour organized by SATX Social Ride (3-6pm Fri), an outdoor dance showcase featuring performances by Quenedit Dance Theatre, Faisan Folcklorico and visiting guests from Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey (4-7pm Fri, Travis Park, 301 E. Travis St.) and fireworks along the Mission Reach (9:30pm Fri, 6701 San Jose Drive).

A preview of big things to come, Legacy Day marks the grand opening of the first phase of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park — a linear park that will bring four miles of walking trails to downtown. Presented by Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority, the day in the park combines kid-friendly art-making activities, food trucks, historical presentations, an illumination ceremony showcasing new public art installations, and performances by URBAN-15, the Heart of Texas Concert Band, the Classical Music Institute, American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions, Olè Flamenco, Mariachi Estrellas de Oro and Musical Bridges Around the World (noon-9pm Sat, 715 Camaron St.).

Celebrating San Antonio’s rich military history, Military Appreciation takes over Fort Sam Houston with a weekend of family activities, including historic tours, demos and performances by the U.S. Air Force Special Ops Parachute Team, Army Fife and Drum Corps, and Joint Color Guard, plus an Air Force flyover and a polo match (8am-6pm Sat, 1-9:30pm Sun, 801 Harry Wurzbach Road).

Wrapping up Commemorative Week on Sunday, the YMCA’s 14th edition of Síclovía invites cyclists, walkers, runners and skaters to take advantage of blocked-off streets in a Southside corridor spanning from Roosevelt Park to Mission Marquee Plaza (11am-3pm Sun, 331 Roosevelt Ave.).

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