SAN ANTONIO – For the first time ever, San Antonio's Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commemoration and kickoff to Hispanic Heritage Month will feature three signature events combined into one weekend for a grand celebration, in addition to almost 30 official events taking place through October.
The two-day celebration on Sept. 15 and Sept. 16, will feature the Dieciseis de Septiembre Parade, El Grito San Antonio and Fiestas Patrias.
"This year of our Tricentennial, we celebrate San Antonio's history and we also celebrate the traditions and cultures that have helped our city become what it is today," said District 1 Councilman Roberto C. Treviño, who is also Honorary Diez y Seis Commission chair. "Celebrating these Diez y Seis events together at the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month provides a cultural and educational experience for the residents and visitors of our city."
On Sept. 15, the Avenida Guadalupe 37th Annual Dieciseis de Septiembre Parade and Celebration will take place from noon to 9:30 p.m. at Plaza Guadalupe.
The parade begins at 7 p.m. at the plaza and marches to historic Market Square, where paradegoers can enjoy the newly combined El Grito ceremony and Fiestas Patrias.
El Grito San Antonio begins at 6 p.m. on the Santa Rosa Street stage.
Fiestas Patrias takes place Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
All three events are free and open to the public.
San Antonio's citywide celebration includes educational and cultural programming for all ages.
The 2018 Diez y Seis de Septiembre events calendar is available for free at all San Antonio Public Library branch locations and other partner locations throughout the city. The calendar is also available online.
This year's commemoration features a diverse program of events running through October, and includes dance and musical performances, festivals, guest lectures and more.
Some of this year's events include:
- Bravo! Mi Cultura Diez y Seis Performance, Sept. 13-14.
- Diez y Seis de Septiembre Charreada, Sept. 16.
- El Rincon del Alebrije at Mariachi Lab, Sept. 16.
- Guadalupe Dance Company - Viva Mi Cultura, Oct, 3 and Oct. 10.
- Flamenco: Anos de Inspiracion, Oct. 6.