Their Majesties The King And Queen Of Spain To Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial With Official, First-Ever Visit

David Gonzalez |

SAN ANTONIO (JUNE 7, 2018) – San Antonio and Bexar County will welcome Their Majesties The King and Queen of Spain June 16-18, 2018 as part of a year-long celebration of the city’s Tricentennial. Their Majesties are visiting San Antonio to commemorate the city’s Spanish roots as well as to inaugurate two major art exhibitions, Designing America: Spain’s Imprint in the U.S. and Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid.

“San Antonio is proud to commemorate the special bonds that tie us to Spain. We welcome Their Majesties to visit San Antonio during our Tricentennial year to collaborate and build a stronger foundation now and in the future. The everlasting impact of Spain’s culture is woven into the fabric of San Antonio’s legacy for generations to come,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

Their Majesties will celebrate the Tricentennial by touring sites with deeply-rooted shared history – a history dating back 300 years to when the city was founded by families from Spain’s Canary Islands – including the Spanish Governor’s Palace and the UNESCO World Heritage Mission San Jose. The San Antonio Missions are the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Texas and one of only 23 in the United States. 

“As we welcome Their Majesties, the King and Queen of Spain, to the community, we are reminded of the unique, shared history that San Antonio and Bexar County have with Spain.  From our urban layout to our architecture and cuisine, we can see Spanish influences in our daily lives.  We are honored to celebrate our Tricentennial year with them and continue to collaborate to provide prosperity for all,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

During their visit, Their Majesties will inaugurate the Designing America: Spain’s Imprint in the U.S. exhibition presented by the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos and hosted by Bexar County at the County Courthouse. The exhibit is an interactive exploration of Spain’s architectural and cultural legacy in the U.S. and will open to the public starting June 18, 2018.

Their Majesties will explore shared culinary flavors with an official dinner featuring celebrated, local chefs Johnny Hernandez, Elizabeth Johnson and Steven McHugh. The dinner, showcasing San Antonio’s UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy Designation, will be hosted in the popular historic Pearl brewery. Pearl also will be home to Ole San Antonio, a summer-long celebration of Spanish food, music and culture and a component of the Tricentennial events.

Another highlight of the visit will be the inauguration of the San Antonio Museum of Art’s new Tricentennial exhibit Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid which includes artwork never before seen in the United States. Open to the public June 23 – September 16, 2018, the exhibition will feature artists including El Greco, Velázquez and Goya and will showcase more than forty masterpieces from major collections in Madrid.

Their Majesties of Spain will travel to the United States of America from June 14 to June 19. During their stay, they will visit New Orleans and San Antonio, two cities that celebrate the three hundred years of their respective foundations this year, and that hold important historical testimony of the deep and close ties that unite Spain and the United States.

Subsequently, on the 19th, King Felipe and Queen Letizia will officially visit Washington D.C., where they will be received at the White House by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the First Lady, Melania Trump.


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About the San Antonio Tricentennial:

In 2018, San Antonio marks its 300th anniversary: a rare, historic event that will be remembered for generations. The Tricentennial Commission, a public nonprofit, leads the way in celebrating and commemorating our 300 years by developing a year of educational, artistic, and entertaining events. As San Antonio takes the world’s stage, key initiatives include: History & Education, Arts & Culture, Community Service, and Commemorative Week. The yearlong commemoration will celebrate our memorable past and propel us into our equally remarkable future. You are invited to join our community and be a part of the next chapter in San Antonio’s legendary story. Visit for more information.

Media Contacts:      

David Gonzalez, Visit San Antonio, (210) 207-6758

Suzanne Flores, Giant Noise, (210) 701-8370

***Please contact Suzanne Flores for Media Credentialing for covering the visit.