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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. San Antonio Mom Blogs has your list of free festivals in San Antonio this fall! 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.
Saturday, September 16 (10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.), Schertz Pickrell Park
The 10th annual SchertzFest is free to attend. This event brings great food and live music together for families to enjoy. The Family Zone provides a carnival for kid-friendly fun. The BBQ Cook-off features some of the best Texas BBQ around. Gate admission and admission to the Family Zone is FREE! Carnival rides, games, food and beverage require tickets; prices range from 1 – 10 tickets. Tickets are $1 each.
Friday, September 15 (5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) and Saturday, September 16 (12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.), Travis Park, 301 E Travis St, 78205
This free, two-day, family-friendly concert, now in its 34th year, features free jazz concerts all day by renowned jazz artists, including the Dirty River Dixie Band and Aaron Prado Saxet. Guests will enjoy live music, festival food, local craft vendors, and more! And best of all, there is no charge to attend! Just bring a blanket or chair and find your spot in the Park! Do bring money for all the great food and refreshments though!
Yanaguana Indian Arts Market
Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This annual market showcases more than 40 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.
72nd Annual Floresville Peanut Festival
Tuesday, October 10 – Saturday, October 14
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, Kiddie Parade, Grand Parade, Washer Tournament, a street dance, and more.
Chalk it Up
Saturday, October 14, East Houston Street between North Presa and North Flores streets, 78205, 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.
Fall Festival at Rainbow Gardens
Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
8516 Bandera Rd., SATX, 78250
Join us for face painting, pumpkin decorating, scavenger hunt, chickens, petting zoo and more!
The Circle School Circle Fest
Saturday, October 21, 217 Pershing Ave., 78209 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Circle Fest offers kids activities, live music, delicious food and a raffle. The event also features a unique Pumpkin Path, where children hear stories from costumed characters on a path lined with pumpkins and luminaries during a fun-filled experience for the whole family. Costumes are encouraged. Free for kids under 15. Adults are $5 each.
Fall Fest – Texas A&M San Antonio
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
One University Way; Central Academic Building Suite 103, 78224
Be Part of the Tradition! Fall Fest is an annual event put together by Campus Activities Board. Free Admission, Free Parking, Live Music, Inflatables and MORE! Open to the Public. Student Organizations and outside vendors will be selling a variety of foods and merchandise.
Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival
Sunday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy, 78215
Celebrate the beauty of Monarch butterflies as they migrate through San Antonio. The festival kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for a Pollinators Parade through The Pearl. At 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. enjoy a Monarch butterfly release and tagging demonstration. There will also be a native plant sale; education and fun provided by Green Spaces Alliance, Trinity University, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Zoo, TBG Partners; and, of course, the Pearl Farmer’s Market to stroll through.
Sunday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Broadway Street from Mahncke Park to Alamo Plaza
Síclovía is a free event that turns major city streets into a safe place for people to exercise and play.The streets become temporarily car-free for about 5 hours on Sundays for families to run, ride bikes, take exercise classes and enjoy their city streets.
KLRN for a Kids Fall Festival
Friday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., 78214
Join KLRN for a Kids Fall Festival! There will be hands-on activities, a child-friendly costume contest and family-friendly fun along with KLRN’s community partners. Curious George will make a special visit, too. Bring your healthy snacks, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a special preview of PBS KIDS Halloween programs that will begin at dusk.
Texas Clay Festival (RAIN OR SHINE)
Saturday, October 28 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, October 29 (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.
Dia de los Muertos at La Villita
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
418 Villita St., 78205
Día de los Muertos at La Villita is a two-day, free, family-friendly event that combines traditional culture with the best in contemporary Latino music. Full details at www.muertosfest.com
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Fall Festival
Sunday, October 29, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
8703 Bandera Rd., 78250
Join us for a fun afternoon of: Face Painting, Teddy Bear Clinic, FREE Flu Vaccine Available (while supplies last) and Health Cooking Demos. Come dressed in your best costume and compete for prizes!
Monday, October 30 (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Landa Gardens Conservancy, 233 Bushnell Ave., 78212
Scare Up a Good Time at the Spooktacular Landa Boo! All kids big and small can enjoy wonderful crafts, costume parades, balloons and ghoulish music.
Cowboy Fellowship Fall Festival
Tuesday, October 31: 100 Hickory Run, La Vernia, Texas 78121, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bring the Family and enjoy a safe and enjoyable night at Cowboy Fellowship! Concert by the Cowboy Fellowship band will start at 5:30 pm. Games, candy, trunk or treat and lots of fun for the family and its all free!
Diwali San Antonio
Saturday, November 4: La Villita, 418 Villita St., 78205, 4:00 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.
Saturday, November 4, Yanaguana Garden, Hemisfair, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Please join Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas for the first annual Flow Fest & Run! The event begins with a 3k/5k walk/run. Throughout the day there will be yoga, artistic performances, music, dance parties, kid’s activities and creative play, local food, wine, beer and wine cocktails. Net proceeds from Flow Fest & Run will benefit the environment and community. Visit www.saflowfest.com to see Flow Fest’s schedule and to register for the 3k/5k run or walk.
Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 11, various events in Downtown East, San Antonio
San Antonio’s popular multi-arts festival is back! Night festivals take place on Thursday, November 10 (from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) and Friday, November 11 (from 8:00 p.m. – midnight). Be sure to check back on Luminaria’s website for more details and info on exhibits, locations, and times as they are announced.
Saturday, November 18: John William Helton, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
San Antonio River Nature Park, 15662 FM 775, Floresville, TX 78114
The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) will be hosting their Pecan Jubilee. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature a dessert bake-off where the community is encouraged to register and submit their favorite pecan-themed baked goods in the categories of pies, cakes, bars/brownies, cookies or breads. The contest is limited to a total of 50 entries. For more information, please contact Angela Camarillo at (210) 302-3267 or [email protected]
Dickens on Main
Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25, Main Street, Boerne, Texas
Taking place on Thanksgiving weekend each year (Friday and Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.), this year’s 18th 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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