Free, family-friendly fun in San Antonio this May

May’s going to be a busy month full of fantastic FREE fun your whole family will love. Be sure to check back often as I’ll continue to add awesome free events as I find them.

**** Recurring free events:

Take a trolley around downtown San Antonio for free! Take the E, a free trolley that stops at one of 17 stops every ten minutes on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.

Get fit for free! Check out these free fitness events held all over San Antonio from the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.

San Antonio parks are always free to visit. Here are 20 of our favorite San Antonio parks.

Free swimming at these city pools during the following hours:
Heritage, 1423 Ellison Dr.
LBJ, 10700 Nacogdoches
South Side Lions, 3100 Hiawatha
Woodlawn, 221 Alexander Ave.

Tuesday – Thursday: 4pm – 7pm | Saturday and Sunday: 1pm – 7pm | Lap swim: Tuesday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

See San Antonio | The Saga on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, San Fernando Cathedral, Main Plaza, 115 N. Main, 78205, at 9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
San Antonio | The Saga. This free video art installation, created by Xavier De Richemont, plays three times a night on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on the facade of San Fernando Cathedral.

FREE days and times for San Antonio museums are listed here.

Wednesdays, McAllister Park in the Dog Park/McAllister/Salado Creek Trailhead, at sunset
The San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers (SALSA) offers free stargazing to the public every Wednesday evening beginning at sunset.

Wednesdays, Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 and 12328 IH 10 West, 78230), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

Fridays, The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, 78215, 10:30 a.m.
Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky Pre-weekend Twiglet Storytime.

Saturdays, The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 78205, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Story Time Stampede is offered at the Briscoe Western Art Museum every Saturday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m in the Kampmann Library Portal (on-site at the Briscoe Museum). Children 12 and under, and active duty military with ID receive FREE admission. Adults are $10 each. Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Retired Military are $8 each.

**** FREE events in San Antonio in May 2015, listed by date (check back often as more will be added!):

Friday, May 1, Movie Night in the Park, Dellview Park, 507 Basswood, 6:30 p.m.
This free, outdoor movie night, presented by Grande Communications and City Councilman Robert Treviño, features The Goonies. Additional family activities include corn hole, horse shoes, and hula hoop contests. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs for a night of entertainment under the stars.

Friday, May 1, Mission Marquee Plaza, 1300 Roosevelt Avenue, 78214, 7:30 p.m.
Student Film Festival presented by HEB and the Department for Culture and Creative Development. Students from Brackenridge, Harlandale and North East School of Arts screen their films and short clips.

Saturday, May 2, Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Rd. (PHP East-Salado Classroom), 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Trail Safety for Families

Saturday, May 2, Home Depot locations around San Antonio, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FREE, once-a-month workshops for kids, ages 5 – 12 at participating Home Depot stores. This week, your child learns to build a picket fence photo frame. Kids’ workshops are on a first come/first served basis. Register your child online ahead of time to make sure there is room available.

Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m., Landa Gardens, 233 Bushnell, 78212
A free performance by Folklorico Dance Performance by Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center as part of the Landa Gardens May Month, free events for families every Saturday in May at the Valero pavilion.

Saturday, May 2, Mateo Camargo Park, 5700 US Hwy 90 (across from Nelson Wolff Stadium) 78227, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Move with Pre-K 4 SA! Enjoy live music, yoga, zumba, fun race, fruit cups, and a photo booth.

Saturday, May 2, Heroes Stadium, 4799 Thousand Oaks, 78233, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Girls Inc. 9th Annual Rocket Into the Future Science Festival. All ages are welcome to this free admission, free parking family event. Kids get hands-on fun and educational STEM opportunities at this free festival. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, May 2, across America (and San Antonio)
FREE Comic Book Day: Get a free comic book this Saturday at participating comic book stores. I’ve found six participating comic book stores in the San Antonio area so far!

Saturday, May 2, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Thank a Teacher Tote Bag.

Saturday, May 2, Urban Bricks, The Rim, 17603 La Cantera Parkway, #119, 78257, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Grand opening celebration: free pizza from noon to 2:00 p.m. Live music from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Ranger Creek tasting 4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 4 – Tuesday, May 5, at participating nonprofits around San Antonio at various times
Nonprofits around San Antonio and South Texas kick off The Big Give S.A. with free events and parties during this 24-hour period. For a complete list of these free events with descriptions, visit this list.

Tuesday, May 5, LEGO Store at North Star Mall, 5:00 p.m. until supplies last
FREE LEGO® Store Monthly Mini Model Build! This month: LEGO® Koala. On the first Tuesday of each month, LEGO Stores provide a limited quantity of free mini model sets for kids ages 6-14. One free per child while supplies last. Get there early (around 3:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.) for your spot in line!

Wednesday, May 6, at participating Taco Cabana restaurants
Get a FREE taco during breakfast hours at Taco Cabana on May 6. PLEASE NOTE: you must bring a coupon, available on Taco Cabana’s social media channels on May 5 (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Friday, May 8, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, 78209, 6:30 p.m.
Chipotle Sustainable Film Series: Outdoor films at the Garden. Come to the San Antonio Botanical Garden for a free film and burrito, thanks to Chipotle! See the documentary, May 8, More than Honey. Beekeepers, scientists, and others discuss the world’s declining bee population and what it may mean for modern society. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. and the movie at 8:00 p.m. RSVP to in**@sa***.org to reserve your space and be sure to bring your own seating.

Saturday, May 9, Pearl Pocket Park, 303 Pearl Parkway, 78215, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 15th anniversary of San Antonio’s most beloved storyteller: Miss Anastasia! Over the last 15 years, Miss Anastasia’s told 4,000 stories all around San Antonio and its surrounding cities. Today’s free, family event celebrates her with face painting, make and take crafts, costumed characters, live music for kids, and snacks by Green Vegetarian Cuisine.

Saturday, May 9, Landa Gardens, 233 Bushnell, 78212, 10:00 a.m.
Mother’s Day Lego Project by San Antonio Plastic Bricks, Inc. as part of the Landa Gardens May Month, free events for families every Saturday in May at the Valero pavilion.

Saturday, May 9, Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX, 78006, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Art in the Park. Free admission, make and take art projects for kids, and live entertainment. Donations appreciated.

Saturday, May 9, Inspire Art, 200 Queen Anne Court, San Antonio, Texas 78209, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free Family Art Day takes place at Inspire Art every second Saturday of the month. All ages are welcome.

Saturday, May 9, Harlandale Park, 7227 Briar Place, 10:00 a.m.
Free opportunity to work out with former San Antonio Spur and NBA Champion Antonio Daniels and his wife Sonia The Daniels will host a Boot Camp at Harlandale Park as part of the Fitness in the Park Program.

Saturday, May 9, San Antonio Amtrak Depot, 350 Hoefgen Street, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free Train Day! Bring your kids to this free, family event at the Amtrak Depot. With a theme this year of, “Taking the Rails to Higher Education,” kids enjoy educational displays about trains and about the more than 203 universities and colleges in Texas where the Texas Eagle or Sunset Limited Amtrak trains stop.

Saturday, May 9, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Garden Blooms Photo Frame.

Saturday, May 9, San Antonio Central Library, 600 Soledad, 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
It’s the 20th anniversary celebration of San Antonio’s Central Library!  This free event includes special activities for the whole family, an enchilada tasting, children’s activities presented by the SAPL Children’s Department and our friends at Artpace Studios, 90’s music and trivia, live music and more.

Saturday, May 9, Utopia Play Cafe, 563 Eleanor Ave, 78209, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Free Play-Well Technology Class for kids, ages 5-12. Learn engineering through LEGO play.

Saturday, May 9, The Landings at Brooks City-Base, 7803 South New Braunfels, 78235, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Southside Sabor! This free, family-friendly (and alcohol-free) event offers live music, games for kids, and food trucks.

Sunday, May 10, San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s, 78212, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
San Antonio Zoo’s Mother’s Day Special: buy one ticket, get another ticket of equal or lesser value for free. Limit 4. Not valid with any other offers, special events, or train ride. PLEASE NOTE: you must show THIS coupon at gate. Offer valid only on Sunday, May 10.

Sunday, May 10, Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 78205-3296, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free admission to the Institute of Texan Cultures on the second Sunday of each month.

Thursday, May 14, Landa Gardens, 233 Bushnell, 78212, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy An Evening in the Garden as part of the Landa Gardens May Month, free events for families in May. This free admission, evening event features live music, garden-inspired libations, and food trucks.

Thursday, May 14, McNay Art Museum, 6000 North New Braunfels Avenue, 78209, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The McNay’s Second Thursday of the month provides free museum admission and docent-led tours. Food truck are on site and you can enjoy live music and more.

Thursday, May 14, San Antonio Central Library, 600 Soledad, 78205, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 15, Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights, 6720 Broadway, 78209, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, Northern Hills United Methodist Church, 3703 N Loop 1904 E, 78247, 7:00 pm.
Free concerts by the River City Ringers. These spring handbell concerts introduce concert-goers to diverse music inspired by dance and movement.

Friday, May 15, 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, 5:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 5:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Located at River Bend in Floresville (101 Club Drive, Floresville, TX 78114), the Texas Balloon Spectacular is a three-day, free admission event that’s family-friendly with 10-12 hot air balloons and a lot of other activities for all ages Balloon rides available (for an additional cost).

Saturday, May 16, Port San Antonio, 3007 General Hudnell Drive, 78226, 7:30 a.m. opening ceremony, 8:00 a.m. race begins
The 5th annual District 4 Heroes 5k is open to everyone and registration is free! The first 1,000 to register receive a free T-shirt and the first 1,000 to cross the finish line receive a medal. For more details and to register, visit Soler Sports.

Saturday, May 16, Steves Homestead, 509 King William., 9:00 a.m.
The Amazing Preservation Race for Kids. This free event in King William gives elementary-school-aged kids an architectural scavenger hunt adventure to experience as they learn about preservation and buildings as part of Preservation Month. Registration is at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the race. Children must be accompanied by an adult chaperon. Please RSVP to 210-207-0066 or email al**********@sa********.gov.

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m., Landa Gardens, 233 Bushnell, 78212
Miss Anastasia, story time with special guest Scaredy Squirrel as part of the Landa Gardens May Month, free events for families every Saturday in May at the Valero pavilion.

Saturday, May 16, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Fly Away! Hot Air Balloon.

Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m., Landa Gardens, 233 Bushnell, 78212
Songs and Dance with Owen Duggan as part of the Landa Gardens May Month, free events for families every Saturday in May at the Valero pavilion.

Saturday, May 23, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Memorial Day Flag.

Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m., Landa Gardens, 233 Bushnell, 78212
Magik Children’s Theatre presents: Rumplestiltskin as part of the Landa Gardens May Month, free events for families every Saturday in May at the Valero pavilion.

Saturday, May 30, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Hello Sunshine Mobile.

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