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World Heritage Festival To Celebrate Historic Missions

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It’s been a year since the San Antonio Missions’ designation as a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO. 

The San Antonio World Heritage Festival is taking place this week with events and activities for all ages.

“We are hosting this event to not only celebrate the designation, but also promote awareness to residents and then to raise funds for projects and nonprofits that protect and preserve and maintain and connect,” said Colleen Swain, Director of San Antonio’s World Heritage Office.

The main celebration begins Friday night with Restored by Light to Mission San Jose.

“That’s where we project onto the mission what it might have looked like when it was painted,” said Swain.

On Saturday there’s a bike ride, 5K run/walk historic tour, family activities at all missions, including the Alamo, and a pachanga in the evening.

There are fees for the bike ride and 5K. For more details, and to register for the bike ride or 5K, go to the World Heritage Festival’s website.

Steve joined the Texas Public Radio news team in 2009, and serves as TPR's Assistant News Director and afternoon anchor. You can hear him Monday-Friday from 3-7pm on KSTX 89.1 FM. Steve is a veteran of radio news in South Texas, having worked for commercial stations in the San Antonio area since the late 1980s.