Free Summer Fun
Living in (or just visiting) the seventh largest city in the country, you can guarantee there's always something to do in the summer. Here's a list of 15 free activities around San Antonio, from family-friendly events to date night ideas.
McNay Second Thursdays
Get out of your workweek routine and head to the McNay Art Museum for a night of live music, food trucks, drinks, with free admission. This is a family- and pet-friendly event open from 6-9 pm.
San Antonio | The Saga
Watch and listen as the San Fernando Cathedral and the Main Plaza comes to life after dark during San Antonio | The Saga. Through a spectacular 24-minute light show, watch as the façade of the church transforms into the people, places, and events that make the Alamo City what it is today. The show happens Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9 pm, 9:30 pm, and 10 pm.
Craft brewery tour
Are you in the pursuit of hoppiness? There are a handful of breweries in town that offer free brewery tours and even a sample of their craft beers, including Busted Sandal, Freetail Brewing Co., and Alamo Beer Co.
Free museum admission
Nearly all the museums in San Antonio offer free (or deeply discounted) access at least once a month. The Witte Museum offers free admission every Tuesday between 3-8 pm, The DoSeum has free admission on the first and third Tuesday of every month between 5:30-7:30 pm, and if you’re a Bank of America cardholder you get free admission into a handful of museums the first full weekend of every month.
First Friday Pub Run
On any given First Friday in San Antonio, you have endless options of things to do, but there's only one that allows you to run from bar to bar with a group of people wearing themed-attire: Pub Run San Antonio. The actual run is free, but the drinks are for purchase.
Outdoor movie screenings
For a fun date or a family night, catch a flick outside at Cinema on the Plaza, Mission Marquee Plaza Family Film Series, Slab Cinema at Travis Park, or Family Flicks at the San Antonio Art Museum. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks.
Bandera Bowling Center
Kids bowl free at Bandera Bowling Center now through August 31. All you have to do is register in advance to secure a lane.
San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival
This free, three-day event features an outstanding lineup of local and nationally known jazz artists, an arts and crafts fair, and delicious local food. San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival runs June 2-4 at Crockett Park.
San Antonio Film Festival
If you or your kiddos are interested in the film business you can attend free panels and workshops August 5-6 at the San Antonio Film Festival and gain personal knowledge from the people who are in the movie business right now. There’s also a kick-off party that gets the film festival started where you can check out short films and a screening. Details will be released closer to the event.
You can cool off at one of the city pools. Four spots are already open: Heritage Pool, Lady Bird Johnson Pool, Lincoln Pool, and Woodlawn Pool. San Antonio's remaining 19 pools open June 10. Check here for times.
Balcones Heights Jazz Festival
For over 20 years, we've been enjoying the sounds of the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival. This free concert series takes place every Friday night in July at the outdoor amphitheater at Wonderland of the Americas.
Summer Dance Hall Series at The Pearl
The Summer Dance Hall Series brings everything from Conjunto to Dixieland to the historic Pearl Stable every Wednesday in July and August. Get there early, as it fills up quickly.
REI offers free classes every month covering topics like how to fix a flat tire on a bike or how to pack for a hammock camping trip. All you have to do is register for the classes ahead of time.
Apple Camp (for kiddos)
The talks of the Apple Café may or may not ever become a reality, but the Apple Camp for children sure has. Sign up your kids (ages 8-12) for a three-day, 90-minute Apple Camp experience where they can work on their digital creativity through hands-on projects with experts at Apple.
Outdoor theater at the Pearl
Every other Tuesday afternoon from June through September bring the kids out to the Pearl to watch the spectacular performances by the Magik Theatre.