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A celebration for the history books


San Antonio’s 300-year history began in May 1718 with the founding of the San Antonio de Béxar Presidio and Mission San Antonio de Valero (now the Alamo), whose inhabitants helped lay the foundation for the eclectic art, diverse culture and stunning innovations that have become signatures of life in San Antonio. The following centuries saw the tiny collective grow to become the seventh-largest city in the country and a major contributor to the advancement of Texas arts, tourism, cuisine and technology. Today, San Antonio is a city that revels in performances, parties and its ever-colorful character. We hope you’ll join us for the dynamic events and special exhibitions of our yearlong Tricentennial celebration and help pay tribute to our past as we look excitedly toward our future.


Designated as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Best of the World” for 2018.


Commemorate the Tricentennial

Celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event with a special remembrance. James Avery Artisan Jewelry, a family-owned company in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, has created a special collection designed by their skilled artisans to celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial. Find these sterling silver creations in San Antonio and the Hill Country at James Avery Jewelry stores (including the Shops at Rivercenter), online, and at select San Antonio Dillard’s Department Stores.





Special Events

Get ready to squeeze three centuries of fun into one year long celebration. No matter what piques your interest, you’ll find fascinating exhibitions and exciting events that satisfy your cravings. And with everything happening during San Antonio’s Tricentennial, you’re bound to run across a few thrilling surprises too. Here are a few of our signature events to celebrate: 





Read the Buzz

There's so much to see and do in San Antonio, that it may prove difficult to know where to start planning your trip. See what some our friends have to say about making a trip to San Antonio and joining in on celebrating our Tricentennial: 

11 Things You Didn't Know About San Antonio

The Alamo City is turning a whopping 300 years old and there’s a lot more that you probably didn’t know about the city.  Read more >


12 Things You'll Only Understand if You've Visited San Antonio

See for yourself why people who visit San Antonio never want to leave and while we’re celebrating our 300th birthday in 2018, these reasons are better than ever.  Read more >


11 Ways a Trip to San Antonio Will Surprise You

There’s something different, almost magical about San Antonio. The city is 300 years in the making and full of surprises.  Read more >