Free in San Antonio is published each week on SanAntonioMomBlogs.com. It’s not an exhaustive list but, rather, a curated list of free (and almost free) events and activities families will enjoy. Check back throughout the week as more free events and activities may be added.
FREE, month-long art classes for kids, ages 5-17, in San Antonio at the Southwest School of Art. Registration is now open and spots fill quickly! Saturday Morning Discovery at the Southwest School of Art provides free two-hour art sessions on Saturdays for one month, for kids ages 5-17. San Antonio children get the opportunity to experiment with many different kinds of art techniques and media, all for free.
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 swimming at San Antonio public outdoor pools:
The San Antonio public pool swimming season runs through Aug. 16. Hours of operation at the majority of the department’s 24 outdoor pools during the summer are Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. with some pools open from 2 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22, Alamo Drafthouse Park North, 618 NW Loop 410, 78216, 10:30 a.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp: Rio. Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served.
Tuesday, July 22, Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak, 22806 US Hwy 281 North, 78258, 11:00 a.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp: Annie. Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served.
Tuesday, July 22, Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. And, if you pay just $5, you can also see the cool (and awesomely disgusting) Grossology exhibit.
Tuesday, July 22, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones Ave, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to SAMA on Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 22, Under IH-35 at the San Antonio River Walk at river level at the intersection of Camden and Newell streets, 7:30 p.m.
Bat Loco with the San Antonio River Authority (SARA). Each Tuesday, through August 13, join The San Antonio River Authority (SARA), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and Bat Conservation International (BCI) for this educational series about the bats in our area. The series is free to attend and culminates in a Bat Loco Bash on Tuesday, August 12 (that starts at 6:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 22, Travis Park, sunset
Movies by Moonlight: Smurfs 2. Take advantage of free parking on Tuesdays at downtown city-operated facilities after 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23, Thousand Oaks Library Branch, 4618 Thousand Oaks Dr, 78233, 2:00 p.m.
Spikey Mikey Magic Show
Wednesday, July 23, 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.
Wednesday, July 23, Pearl Stable, 200 E. Grayson Street, 78215, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Free Summer Dance Hall Series at Pearl Stable. This free dance and music series, sponsored by Corona and Cadillac, has a line up hand-selected by San Antonio Jazz legend Doc Watkins. July 23 features Tennessee Valley Authority (bluegrass/country). The Summer Dance Hall Series runs every Wednesday at Pearl Stable, through August 27. Beer, wine, and water are available for purchase.
Thursday, July 24, Main Plaza (downtown San Antonio) 115 N. Main Avenue, dusk
Free Cycle-In Movies at Main Plaza: Back to the Future
Friday, July 25, Wonderland of the Americas Mall Amphitheater, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
This week the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival features Nelson Rangell and Roman Street. Free General Admission. Outdoor seating on the amphitheater lawn is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Typically jazz fans begin reserving their spots with blankets and lawn chairs the morning of each concert. No coolers allowed – food and beverages are available for purchase at a variety of booths, as well as the adjacent food court inside Wonderland of the Americas. For more information, please visit sanantoniocentral.org or call 210-732-0055.
Saturday, July 26, Southside Lion’s Park in San Antonio at 4600 Pecan Valley Dr, 78223, 9:30 a.m.
Free Family Fish Camp. Kids, ages 6-16 and an accompanying adult can register to attend this FREE fishing camp provided by the Guadalupe River Fishing’s Future chapter. Kids will learn to fish independently. Lunch (hot dogs, and chips) will be served. Only 30 spots are available, so register here to reserve your child’s spot.
Saturday, July 26, Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road, 78216, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 26, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids, ages 3 and up: make and shake noise maker
Saturday, July 26, Forest Hills Branch Library, 5245 Ingram Rd., 78228, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Intro to Magic Class
Saturday, July 26, Travis Park, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SA Made by Hand Mercado presents “House Party in the Park @ Amor y Arte.” This family- and pet-friendly, free admission event features works for sale by local artisans, food trucks, music, and a GlowRoll (decorate your bike with glow sticks and ride around after dark).
Saturday, July 26, Woodlawn Lake, 1103 Cincinnati, 78201, dusk
Movies by the Lake at Woodlawn: The Lego Movie
Sunday, July 27, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones Avenue, 78215, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Free admission on Sunday mornings to the San Antonio Museum of Art
Sunday, July 27, Central Library, 600 Soledad, 78205, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free Marvel summer movie series at the San Antonio Library: Thor, the Dark World. Bring snacks to enjoy during this free screening.
Sunday, July 27, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., 78023, 6:00 p.m.
Family Night and Free Dance featuring the Wilburn Brothers
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