Please note: this list is from 2015. To view the 2016 list of Free fall festivals in San Antonio, please click this link. Thank you!
Please note: this list is from 2015. To view the 2016 list of Free fall festivals in San Antonio, please click this link. Thank you!
Fall temperatures are just around the corner (Aren’t they? Please say they are!), so it’s the perfect time to enjoy free festivals in San Antonio in the beautiful outdoors with your family. Check back often as we’ll add more free fall festivals as we find them.
We’ve made every effort to ensure that this list is accurate and up-to-date, however, some venues/events/activities may make changes without notifying us. We recommend contacting them first before visiting to be sure that their free offerings are still available.
The Avenida’s 16 de Septiembre Celebration
Saturday, September 12, Plaza Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe, 78207, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This annual, day-long festival commemorates Mexican Independence Day with a parade, music, food, and fun for the whole family.
International Accordion Festival
Saturday, September 12, La Villita, 418 Villita St., 78205, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
It’s a festival for the ears! This big, annual outdoor event, held in the heart of San Antonio, celebrates the contributions to culture made by one unique instrument. Admission is free and food and drinks are available for sale. Held rain or shine. This is a green festival: let’s recycle!
Sunday, September 13, Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Univision Presents Fiestas Patrias, a day of dancing, live music, and more. Opening ceremonies include mariachis and singing the National Anthem. Bring lawn chairs and stay for the day. The event is free, but parking is $3.
Dia De Los Ninos
Saturday, September 19, La Villita, 418 Villita St., 78205, 9am – 4pm
Enjoy a variety of children activities and participate in a family friendly environment. There will be art vendors, informational tables, kid activities, and more.
Saturday, September 19 (11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.) and Sunday, September 20 (12:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.), Travis Park, 301 E Travis St, 78205
This free, two-day, family-friendly concert, now in its 32nd year, features free jazz concerts all day by renowned jazz artists, including The Rippingtons and Tower of Power. Food and drink booths and arts vendors will also be on hand. On Saturday, the event provides a Children’s Symposium which engages with four areas of music study and includes a free 2015 Jazz’SAlive T-shirt (while supplies last). Kids can also have fun at the Kid Zone, a designated play area including games, moon bounce inflatables, arts and crafts.
All Pets Considered
Sunday, September 20, Maverick Park, 1000 Broadway, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join Texas Public Radio for a free celebration honoring our pets. The event, presented in partnership with Maverick Dog Park and the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation, is open to all TPR listeners and their pets and will include sponsor booths with pet-friendly and pet-focused items and services. Activities for kids also provided.
Sunday, September 27, Broadway (between Mulberry and Alamo Plaza), 78215, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Síclovía is a free event that turns major city streets in to a safe place for San Antonians to exercise and play. The streets are car-free so families to run, ride bikes, take exercise classes and enjoy their city streets. There will be multiple health & wellness and activity vendors providing children’s activities as well.
Yanaguana Indian Arts Market
Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This annual market showcases more than 30 of the most respected Native American artists who sell their handmade art and items, including basketry, jewelry, carvings, beadwork, pottery, and more. The market also offers storytelling, dancing, musical performances, demonstrations, and food.
71st Annual Floresville Peanut Festival
Tuesday, October 6 – Saturday, October 10
Floresville’s annual peanut festival is free to attend. Additional charges may apply for food, rides, and other activities. Enjoy sack races, peanut pond, face painting, peanut toss, fun bounce, live music, food booths, arts and crafts booths, Magik Theatre performance, Kiddie Parade, Grand Parade, Washer Tournament, a street dance, and more.
Saturday, October 10, 15890 State Highway 16, 78264, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
At the 11th annual Fall Fest, learn about the outdoors with presentations by the South Texas Herpetology Association with live snakes; Texas Rainfall catchment; SAWS; San Antonio River Authority; Mitchell Lake Audubon Center; San Antonio Botanical Garden; Learn Nature; Bats of Old’ Tunnel; and Art in the Park. Free tree adoption of 1 gallon trees to the first 25 families. This event is free to attend but a donation of $3.00 per individual or $5.00 per family is suggested.
Inspire Free Family Art Day Fall Festival
Saturday, October 10, 200 Queen Anne Court, 78209, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This free, family art festival, hosted by Inspire Community Fine Art Center, provides free art projects, fall-themed games, food trucks, community partners, face painting, and more.
Inspire Community Fine Art Center. The streets will be full of fun art projects that encourage your creativity along with fall-themed games, food trucks, community partners, face painting, and more! Saturday, October 10, 2015
Chalk it Up
Saturday, October 10, Houston St., 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
For one day, every October, Artpace closes Houston Street to cars so San Antonians can play in the street – with chalk! Grab a piece and create your own master work. Or, stroll along, viewing the incredible sidewalk art created by professional artists and local organizations. Kids can create in Make Zones, designed to make their imaginations take flight.
Restored By Light: Official World Heritage Celebration Event
Friday, October 16, Mission Concepcion, 807 Mission Road, 78210, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Travel back in time to discover the lost frescos of Mission Concepcion. Family activities, tours, food trucks, music. Projection display at 8pm.
Texas Balloon Spectacular
Friday, October 16 (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.), Saturday, October 17 (7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.), and Sunday, October 18 (7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
101 Club Drive, Floresville, Texas (Riverbend)
This free, first-annual, three-day festival of hot air balloons will delight people of all ages. Balloons take flight early in the morning and late in the evening. In between, the festival offers an area for kids with bounce houses (free of charge!), a bungee trampoline, a balloon envelop you can walk into, Kiddie Train Rides, tethered balloon rides and more. The River Bend Nightglow “Great Ghostly Glow” takes place on Friday and Saturday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 PM (sunset will be at 7:02 PM). Watch the spectacular balloons glowing brightly at night. Bring Halloween costumes for unique trick-or-treating “knock on the hot air balloons’ doors.” Tethered Balloon Rides will be offered for purchase ($10 each on a first-come, first-served basis) at various times throughout the event. There is a charge for parking. Pre-purchase your parking online for $10 per day or $25 for all three days. On the days of the event, parking will be $15 per day, cash only.
11th Annual Hoot and Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mitchell Audubon Lake, 10750 Pleasanton Road, 78221
This free, annual community event welcomes visitors to the beautiful grounds of Mitchell Audubon Lake. Bring your family to enjoy hayride tours, local art & craft exhibits, native plant sale, live bird presentations, butterfly walks in the garden, nature & conservation exhibits, games & crafts for kids, and more!
Archaeology Festival at Mission San Jose
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mission San José, 6519 San Jose Dr, 78214
The Archaeology Festival at Mission San Jose is free for the whole family to attend! Activities include: flint knapping and spear throwing demonstrations, rock art, log cabin archaeology, pottery puzzles and more. Food trucks will be on site for those who wish to purchase food. This event is presented by the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park along with UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA- Center for Archeaological Research, City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation, Texas State, San Antonio Museum of Art, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, Amistad National Recreation Area San Antonio Conservation Society, and UTSA Historic Perservation Club.
Sunday, October 18, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Animal Defense League, 11300 Nacogdoches Rd, 78217
Barktoberfest is a dog- and family-friendly festival held at the Animal Defense League. Admission is free and activities include food trucks, games and activities for kids and dogs, a beer garden, a pet costume contest, raffles, pumpkin painting, hay rides, caricature, and much more. All proceeds from the event help the Animal Defense League shelter pets and Perrin-410 Animal Hospital’s Compassionate Care Fund for the emergency care of pets whose owners cannot afford life-saving care. Anyone who registers for Barktoberfest ahead of time will be entered to win a year of free wellness care for their pet. And, the first 200 pet-parents through the gate will receive a voucher for a free rabies vaccine.
Luminaria (RAIN OR SHINE – updated list of changes/cancellations due to weather this weekend can be found here on the Luminaria Facebook page)
Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. until midnight, both nights
River North: The Museum Reach of the San Antonio River and centering around the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) and Maverick Park.
San Antonio’s annual celebration of the arts brings artists from around the world, the country, and the city together for two nights of exhibits and presentations. Works by dancers, actors, poets, filmmakers, musicians, composers, and visual artists are included.
Dia de los Muertos at La Villita (RAIN OR SHINE)
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10am – 11pm
Sunday, October 25, 2015, noon – 10 pm
La Villita, Villita St, 78205
Events are free and open to the public including: live music at Arneson River Theater; original Day of the Dead art; living altar; dance, drum and puppet procession; live poetry and more.
Texas Clay Festival (RAIN OR SHINE)
Saturday, October 24 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, October 25 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Gruene Historical District of New Braunfels
The works of more than 60 Texas potters and clay artists are featured for purchase at this annual festival, along with demonstrations of wheel throwing, sculpture, hand building and surface decoration techniques throughout the weekend.
Fall Festival in Travis Park (FOLLOW TRAVIS PARK ON FACEBOOK FOR WEATHER UPDATES REGARDING THIS EVENT)
Saturday, October 24, 3:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m.
301 East Travis Street, 78205
Boasting the largest pumpkin patch in all of downtown San Antonio, this Fall Festival also features arts and crafts activities, an arts market, food trucks, contests, performances, and more.
S.A.Y. Om Yoga Festival
Saturday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Travis Park, 301 E Travis St, 78205
The S.A.Y. Om Yoga Festival begins with a one-hour community yoga class at 10:00 a.m. led by Cassandra Fauss, yoga guru and founder of Mobile Om. The festival also includes live music, vendors including lululemon, food trucks, hair braiding, massages, yoga demonstrations, henna tattoos, body paint, merchandise, exciting giveaways and more. The festival endswith a 30-minute yin yoga and meditation session.
Saturday, November 14, John William Helton – San Antonio River Nature Park, 15662 FM 775, Floresville, Texas, 78114, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Pecan harvesting demonstrations, tree giveaways, children’s activities and games, tree identification tours, food vendors, live music, pecan dessert bake-off.
Diwali San Antonio
Saturday, November 14: La Villita, 418 Villita St., 78205, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Diwali San Antonio. This free event celebrates the Indian festival of lights which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Live entertainment will be provided, along with “Diya Floats,” a firework display, and vendors, including some selling traditional Indian cuisine.
Dickens on Main
Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, Main Street, Boerne, Texas, 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Taking place on Thanksgiving weekend each year (Friday and Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.), this year’s 16th annual Dickens on Main invites you and your family to welcome the holiday season in downtown Boerne with a free, family-friendly festival full of the sights, sounds, tastes, wonder, and delight of Christmas. Kids will enjoy a petting zoo, trackless train, pony rides, vintage ornament making, writing letters to Santa, and sliding down a 60-foot snow slide. Adults will love the festive food and drink, live music, watching a live ice sculpting show, carriage rides, and shopping along the Hill Country Mile.
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