Our city has an awesome selection of the best free and cheap things to do in San Antonio! Check out our guide for events across the city for every day of the week. You’ll find something for everyone, including museum admission, story time and so much more!
Kerrville Renaissance Festival
Step back to a time and place far away with the Kerrville Renaissance Festival this weekend January 25-27. The fest will see a village’s worth of entertainers, musical acts, food vendors and artisans shape an experience that immerses modern-day visitors into a time where kings and queens ruled, parried and made merry. The Renaissance Festival is located in a picturesque setting in Texas hill country — the River Star Arts and Events Park at the Hill Country Youth Event Center. Tickets start at complimentary, just handle processing fees.
The Witte Museum
The Witte Museum has exhibits for the whole family, including the H-E-B Body Adventure, a giant Quetzalcoatlus – the largest flying dinosaur ever found and a whole lot more. Tickets start at only $12!
Go Kart Racing at K1 Speed
K1 Speed’s indoor go-kart racing lets you race friends, family, colleagues or the clock in a fun and friendly environment. K1 Speed is a great place for indoor entertainment. Get your tickets online starting at $17.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum
The American West is alive and as wild as ever at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Through collections of art and artifacts, engaging cultural events, and educational programs, you’ll experience the region’s history and the shared heritage of the individuals who have called it home. Tickets start at $10 for two.
AMC Yellow eTickets
Rain or shine, a movie is the entertainment option that never gets old. With AMC Yellow eTickets, you can stock up on movie tickets and be ready for those nights when there’s nothing else going on, or for that big blockbuster you’ve been dying to see. Tickets start at $9.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Walk at the Boerne YMCA
What: Come on out to the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Walk. It’s a 1.3 mile walk which starts at the Boerne Main Plaza. There will be refreshments afterwards. Invite your family and friends!
When: January 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: 820 Adler Road, Boerne, 78006
Martin Luther King Jr. Digital Art with FreshPaint at the Microsoft Store (La Cantera)
What: In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students will learn to create and share digital art with the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10. At the end of the workshop, participants will have the chance to use their new skills to create artwork that expresses what “I have a dream” means to them. A parent or legal guardian of every camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival. Register here.
When: January 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 15900 La Cantera Parkway #6560, 78256
The Holocaust: Learn & Remember
What: The Holocaust: Learn & Remember is a commemoration and remembrance of the Holocaust. Programs and discussions will be held throughout the month and visitors will have the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of the Holocaust from local survivors, and learn more about the experience from the local and national presenters and scholars.
When: January 22, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Multiple locations across San Antonio
LEGO Club at Johnston Branch Library
What: Build amazing creations with LEGO at the Johnston library. Bring your imagination and make awesome designs.
When: January 22, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 6307 Sun Valley Dr., 78227
Story Time at Barnes & Noble
What: Join local Barnes & Noble stores for fun, free events including story time.
When: January 23, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Multiple locations across San Antonio
Astronomy in the Park – Raymond Rimkus
What: SAAA members will have telescopes set up to show you various objects in the night sky. Astronomers will be setup in the large parking lot near the intersection of Cherryleaf St. and Poss Road. *This is a free event open to the public, however it is dependent on the weather so if it is cloudy or raining the event will be canceled. Check the SAAA Facebook page for updates. Note about the start time: It’s a general time – usually they meet before sunset to set up telescopes and then viewing will start as soon as conditions allow (generally about 1 hour after sunset).
When: January 23, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 6440 Evers Rd., 78240
Story Time at the Leon Valley Public Library
What: The Leon Valley Public Library invites you to Story Time! Join them for exciting stories, songs, and activities. Story Time is geared toward toddlers but the activities can be adjusted for older/younger attendees.
When: January 24, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: 6425 Evers Rd., Leon Valley, 78238
DreamWeek 2019 at the AT&T Center
What: Head out for the fifth year (10th event) to make personal introductions between you, your neighbors, your favorite San Antonians, local brands, and community organizations that help make San Antonio the most amazing little big town in the world.
When: January 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 1 AT&T Center Pkwy., 78219
41st Annual Cowboy Breakfast at Cowboys Dance Hall
What:Jordan Ford presents the 41st Annual San Antonio Tradition – The Cowboy Breakfast! Come on out for this a free event which features breakfast, live music, games and more.
When:January 25, 4:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Where: 3030 NE Loop 410, 78218
Story Time at the Twig Book Shop
What: Come join Miss Anastasia at The Twig for a seriously fun story time and a delightful craft. Young and old TWIGLETS will get a real kick out of her highly entertaining storytelling. All ages welcome.
When: January 25, 10:30 a.m.
Where: 306 Pearl Parkway, 78215
“San Antonio | The Saga” at Main Plaza
What: This free video art installation, created by Xavier De Richemont, plays three times a night, weather permitting, on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on the facade of San Fernando Cathedral.
When: January 25, 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: 115 N. Main Ave.,78205
Sensory Friendly Films at the AMC Rivercenter
What: AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound turned down. Get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second Saturday (family-friendly). Please check your local theater listings for specific showtimes.
When: January 26, All day
Where: 849 E. Commerce Street, Suite 800, 78205
Cost: See theater for pricing
Wizards and Wands Arts & Crafts Show at Wonderland Mall
What: Fly, swing, or teleport on over for an action-packed day of family fun shopping, costumes, and more! Check out a pop-up gallery of stylish posters and prints by area artist and look for your favorite hard to find toy from area vendors.
When: January 26, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., 78201
Kids Yoga & Ice Cream at Concrete Yoga
What:Bring the kids out for some yoga, games and ice cream! Adults can join in the yoga fun for free.
When:January 26, 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where:200 North Main St., Cibolo, 78108
Cost:$16 per child
Magik Reader’s Theater: Dreamwork Edition
What:Featured books include: Sit In by Andrea Davis Pinkney, The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, Let the Children March by Monica Clark Robinson. We’ll hold a talkback after the reading with a chance to meet the readers. RSVP here but reservations are not required.
When:January 26, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where:5953 Casa Bella, 78249
UTSA Baby Races
What: The UTSA Athletics Department and H-E-B invite parents of crawling infants (6-12 months old) to register for the chance to compete in UTSA Baby Races! Babies will go head-to-head with other worthy competitors as they race across 12 feet of (padded) hardwood floor. All participants will win diapers and other baby goods from H-E-B. The event will take place at halftime of the UTSA men’s basketball game at the Convocation Center.
When:January 26, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where:1 Utsa Cir, 78249
Star Party at Crescent Bend Nature Park
What: Come explore the Texas night sky with volunteers from the San Antonio Astronomical Association. Get an amazing view of Mars, Uranus, Orion, the Big Dipper, Andromeda galaxy, and the Pleiades star cluster from our knowledgeable volunteers. Star Party Etiquette: Dim your vehicle lights when entering the park. Bring a flashlight with a red infrared “night-vision” setting or make your own by covering a regular flashlight with red cellophane and a rubber band. Dress for the weather and bring water and a camp chair if you’d like. Don’t touch any equipment without asking the astronomer first. Avoid loud and boisterous activity; the stars in the sky are the show for the night.
When:January 26, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where:12805 Schaefer Rd., Schertz, 78108
POP Swap & Nerd Stuff at Trader’s Village
What: Come out & have fun under the Brown Pavillon. There will be music and Cos-Players. If you’re looking for that hard to find POP, t-shirt, poster or rare comic, then this is your Nerd Paradise!
When: January 27, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 9333 Soutwest Loop 410, 78242
Cost: Free but $4 for parking
Family Coloring at Leon Valley Public Library
What: Bring the whole family to the library and spend some time coloring.
When: January 27, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 6425 Evers Rd., Leon Valley, 78238
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