Get Outdoors, It's Yours is a public event to encourage children to spend more time outside
Events for 2013
Listed below are annual events that occur in the park. All are free of charge except where noted. Please e-mail and confirm time and dates of events before publishing in case changes have been made between the time of this printing and the day of the event.
Basura Bash, 8:00 am - 12 noon
Help keep our historic river clean. Volunteers are needed to collect trash and recyclables from the banks of the San Antonio River and area creeks. Email to sign-up
Get Outdoors, 10:0 am - 3:00 pm
Free family fun at Mission San José, learning about the many outdoor recreational activities available around San Antonio. The prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors. Email us to help in the planning or to volunteer that day.
Make It Your Mission Gala
Missions, moonlight, and mariachis...a perfect way to spend a glorious spring evening at Mission Concepción. A beautiful historical setting, a sumptuous Spanish colonial feast, fabulous auction items and toe-tapping entertainment. The reception features guided tours of the mission grounds, educational projects and other preservation works in progress.
National Park Week
Visit your local national park, San Antonio Missions. Then explore the NPS web site and start planning your summer vacation to one of over 390 sites around the nation.
Junior Ranger Day
Kids! Explore, Learn, and Protect YOUR national park by visiting San Antonio Missions and becoming a Junior Ranger. Tell Mom and Dad that it is free and you can begin at any of the missions (although Mission San José is the best starting point). We are open 9a-5p.
History and Geneology Day, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Families who have a connection to the San Antonio missions will share their research
San José Church Festival
Yearly church festival that is part of San Antonio's Fiesta celebration.
Alternative Fuel Event
Vehicles and machinery that use alternative fuels are gathered in one place for business owners and procurement officers to try them out before purchase.
Concert Under the Stars, 7:30 p.m.
Music Under the Stars offers a diverse musical palette. The USAA Concert Band and Jazz Band perform stirring marches, jazz, Latino, Big Band, patriotic and musical highlights from every decade. Exciting vocals add to the program, including the voices of the USAA Chorus. Pack a picnic and bring lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy this wonderful FREE concert in one of San Antonio's most beautiful historic settings, Mission San José.
National Public Lands Day & Take Pride in America
The day for Americans to spend helping out on public spaces. The San Antonio Missions will be offering landscaping and trash pick-up opportunities. Help will also be needed to prepare crafts for Archaeology Day and Day of the Dead. Contact the volunteer coordinator for more information.
Archaeology Day, 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Mission San José hosts free hands-on activities, exhibits, and demonstrations for the whole family. Activities will emphasize techniques, information learned from digs/artifacts found at the missions, importance of preservation, and future archeology planned for the park.
2013 Archaeology Day information
Co-sponsors are the UTSA's Institue of Texan Cultures and Legacy Program, Southern Texas Archeological Association, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio Office of Historical Preservation, Texas Historical Commision's Casa Navarro, San Antonio River Authority, and Southwest Texas Archeology Society, as part of Texas Archeology month .
October 26 - November 14
Dia de los Muertos Offrenda (Day of the Dead Altar)Visit the traditional offrenda at the park's Visitor Center that honors those employees and volunteers who have died.
"Mission to Mission" Bike Ride
Enjoy a leisurely bike ride to the four missions within San Antonio Missions National Historical park. Sponsored by Mission Trail Rotary Club.
Los Pastores, 7:00 pm
This Hispanic folk play depicts the shepherds' journey to worship the Christ Child and the obstacles the devil puts before them. This traditional play has been presented each year at Mission San José since 1947.