5 Things We Love About San Antonio
This July, our two-day educational conference and trade show will be hosted in one of our favorite Texas cities: San Antonio. Read on for why this city is the perfect host for 2018's TRA Marketplace.
#1 - Happy Birthday, San Antonio
San Antonio turns 300 this year! That's three centuries of history, art, music, and the blending of cultures. The dynamic city is celebrating its birthday by throwing a multitude of events throughout the year, including: a presentation of African American Art, a concert of Spanish music, a heritage project telling the stories of the beginnings of San Antonio, and a whole week dedicated to the awareness of the US Navy.
Come celebrate how the city has grown since it was the bloody battlefield to the fight for Texas Independence! San Antonio, whilst honoring their historic past, emphasizes that this celebration is a way to look forward to the future of their city.
#2 - Vibrant Culture
San Antonio revels in celebrating its colorful character. The legendary River Walk is buzzing with a welcoming spirit, where there are a huge selection of shopping and cuisines to choose from with beautiful views of the water. The modern city reflects its history with cultural richness. The Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the whole of the United States and is a sight to see, decorated in bright colorful papel picado.
#3 - The Food
Blossoming from generations of immigrant tastes and traditions, San Antonio's culinary scene goes beyond just Tex-Mex. The revitalized Pearl Historic District maintains the identity of the original brewery while bringing new life to the site with live music, a farmer's market, and special events every weekend. The Culinary Institute of America produces innovation in the kitchen and many talented culinary stars.
Check out these latest articles on San Antonio's dining scene:
- The 13 Hottest New Restaurants in San Antonio - Eater
- The Best Places to Drink in San Antonio Right Now - Thrillist
- 5 S.A. places for monster BBQ mac n cheese sammies - San Antonio Express News
#4 - So Much History
History buffs know that San Antonio is THE place to learn about the people and moments that shaped Texas. From its Native American roots, discovery by Spanish explorers, the old missions, Battle of the Alamo, and the Old West, the history of this beautiful city can entertain its visitors for days.
Starting March 3, the Witte Museum in San Antonio is showcasing a new exhibit: Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History. You won't want to miss this interactive exhibit with art, artifacts, and interaction with historical personas.
#5 - Henry B. González
In 2016, San Antonio opened the doors to the newly transformed Henry B. González Convention Center. The $325 million expansion marked the largest capital improvement project in the City of San Antonio’s history. The convention center, originally built in 1968 when San Antonio hosted the World’s Fair, sits on the River Walk with easy access to restaurants, hotels, theaters, and other attractions.
Join us July 15-16, 2018 at the Henry B. González Convention Center as we celebrate our 81st TRA Marketplace with exciting education sessions, innovative restaurant solutions, and new faces for you to meet!