Mission descendants play a ceremonial drum at the kick-off for the inaugural World Heritage Festival. Photo by Robert Rivard.

First Annual World Heritage Festival: ‘Something for Everyone’

The voices of Mission descendants and the beat of their ceremonial drum floated through the grounds of Mission San José Wednesday morning as dozens of local leaders gathered to mark the first annual World Heritage Festival, a free weekend celebration of history, community, and culture surrounding the Spanish-colonial Missions in San Antonio’s Southside from Sept.

Mission San José. Photo by Scott Ball.

Mission Pachanga: A Musical Homage to World Heritage

San Antonio’s first annual World Heritage Festival will feature a Saturday that begins with hundreds taking to the Missions on bikes for a family-friendly ride, a 5k run, and a Mission Reach camino, or walk to Mission San José, while late afternoon and into the night will showcase local musicians putting on the inaugural Mission Pachanga at Mission County Park.