Free family-friendly festival and welcome walk to take place in San Antonio

Festival celebrates journey and cultural heritage of immigrants and refugees in SA

Denman Estate Park (pepelinarviejo, Pepelinarviejo)

SAN ANTONIO – The second annual Welcome Walk & Festival will take place in San Antonio on Saturday.

The free festival celebrates the journey and cultural heritage of immigrants and refugees who have made San Antonio their home.

“For more than 300 years, San Antonio has been a city of immigrants and refugees,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “When we talk about San Antonio to the world, they know it is through our diversity that we find strength, and through the embrace of our diversity that we find unity.”

The festival and welcome walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 at The Rosemont at Denman Estate Park, located at 7735 Mockingbird Lane.

Organizers provided the following details regarding additional events for the festival:

  • Launch of Nourish to Flourish Mobile Commercial Kitchen – a culinary training facility that empowers immigrants and refugees with guidance, skills, and mentorship when entering or expanding into the culinary industry.
  • Kickoff of San Antonio for Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international celebration to empower entrepreneurs in every country and community around the world.
  • Launch of San Antonio of Kiva, an internationally renowned, global microlending platform that expands access to capital for entrepreneurs with zero-percent interest character-based loans. Three locally- and immigrant-owned restaurant owners will present their Kiva loan requests to the community.
  • An immigrant-owned small business bazaar.

Food vendors will also be on hand.

There are also performances planned in addition to children’s activities.

For San Antonio Welcome Walk & Festival registration and info, visit the event’s website.

“I cannot think of a better way to express who we are as a community, here in San Antonio, than to start with a welcome walk in which everyone is welcome to join us,” Nirenberg said.

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