(Sunday) 10:00 am - 11:00 pm CST
Mission San Jose Church
Mission San Jose, in partnership with Bexar County Parks, will be hosting the San Jose MissionFest! Mission San Jose is celebrating their 300th anniversary in 2020, and Bexar County Parks
Mission San Jose, in partnership with Bexar County Parks, will be hosting the San Jose MissionFest! Mission San Jose is celebrating their 300th anniversary in 2020, and Bexar County Parks will be celebrating 100 years in 2020! The beloved “Queen of the Mission” founded in 1720 reaches her Tricentennial Anniversary. MissionFest is a unique sanctioned Fiesta San Antonio event because it takes place on the historic grounds of Mission San José opening with ceremonial performances by the indigenous groups Danza Azeteca de Yanawana and Native American Inter-Tribal. Start the day by attending an outdoor mariachi Mass at 10 am, followed by a nighttime musical performance by Grammy Award winners, Los Texmaniacs, Flaco Jimenez, David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas of (Los Lobos), Rick Trevino, Ringo Garza of (Los Lonely Boys), Roberto Pulido and David Farias. Throughout MissionFest our culture continuously commands the stage with Mexican Folklorico, Flamenco and modern dance performances by local youth, adults and seniors who keep our culture alive by practicing these artforms. Additionally, Tejano music and dance, a staple of our heritage in Texas, is featured at MissionFest drawing regional visitors to our city and county. While food booths are common at Fiesta events, MissionFest features them as well but places emphasis on indigenous food items such as hand-made gorditas, or stuffed maize cakes. Approximately 8,000 people visit Mission San José for MissionFest each year and our goal is to continue expanding our audience as well as their appreciation for this historic UNESCO World Heritage site.
In the 18th century, Mission San José was known as the social spot and cultural center of its time and it is in this spirit that we want to welcome the entire Bexar County community and beyond to rediscover and enjoy this sacred gathering place at one of our year-long Tricentennial Celebration of events. San José MissionFest proceeds provide much needed funding to preserve and maintain “The Queen of the Missions.” It helps support our ministry of keeping the church community a functioning cultural part of American history, allowing us to keep our doors open to the faithful millions of visitors from around the world.
FREE ADMISSION and PARKING
NO outside containers allowed. Bring your own lawn-chair.