I’m not sure the weather has decided it’s Spring in South Texas but it’s time to get moving and enjoy all San Antonio has to offer before it’s scalding hot out. Check out our guide of the best free and cheap things to do in San Antonio this week! There’s something all across the city for every day of the week.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum
Walk through the old American West when visit the Briscoe Western Art Museum and their collection of art and artifacts. It’s a fantastic place for learning about history. Tickets start at $10 for two.
Big Blue Blocks at Yanaguana Garden
What: Big Blue Blocks on the Great Lawn – the perfect play date for your little ones! Big Blue Blocks allow for creativity and use of fine motor skills besides being tons of fun.
When: March 18, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 434 S. Alamo St., 78205
Tumble Bear Powerhouse Gymnastics
What: Tumble Bears open gym gives you and your child the opportunity to experience the amazing Powerhouse facilities. This is a fun way to see if their classes might be a fit for your family.
When: March 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: 7707 W Loop 1604 N, 78254
The Dangers of Social Media at St. Luke’s Catholic Church
What: Parents are invited to attend a presentation on the “Dangers of Social Media” by Daniel Vasquez.
When: March 18, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 4603 Manitou, 78228
Kids Club Story Time at Whole Foods Market
What: Join us for our Kids Club Story Time at Whole Foods! We will have a story, a snack and some fun activities.
When: March 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Both San Antonio locations
Little Explorers at Cibolo Nature Center
What: Preschool aged children and their guardians can use their five senses for fun and adventure as they discover nature through stories, crafts, games, songs, and outdoor exploration. Themes include: Science Lab, Nature Art, Seeds, Seasons, and Dragonflies.
When: March 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: 140 City Park Rd, Boerne, 78006
Cost: $5 per family
Eat & Play in Travis Park
What: Come out and enjoy the largest collection of San Antonio Downtown Food Trucks in ONE location on every 3rd Tuesday of the month!
When: March 19, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: 301 E Travis St., 78205
Butterfly Crafting at Leon Valley Public Library
What: Honor the Monarch’s month by making butterflies at the library! Create very simple butterflies, fancy origami ones, and several in between varieties–just add your imagination! Elementary to adult welcome.
When: March 19, 5:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: 6425 Evers Rd., Leon Valley, 78238
Zumba with Transcendence Fitness at Hemisfair
What: Transcendence is a mixture of cardio fitness and total body conditioning with fun, high energy music. All ages/levels of fitness are welcome!
When: March 19, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: 630 Nueva St., 78205
Win It Wednesday at Learning Express
What: Join Learning Express for Win It Wednesday! Each week they give away fun toys and goodies.
When: March 20, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Learning Express locations at The Village at Stone Oak and The Quarry Market
Story Time at Barnes and Noble
What: Join your local Barnes & Noble for fun free events! Come weekly to check out storytelling events that are posted on the events page for each store.
When: March 20, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Multiple locations across San Antonio
Lunch and Learn: 30 Bugs Every Gardener Should Learn
What: Not every insect in your garden is a villain. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System, you’ll learn how to recognize beneficial and non-beneficial bugs & insects in your landscape. Entomologist Molly Keck will introduce you to the most common in San Antonio at this “Lunch and Learn.” Specify your sandwich selection (cheese, tuna or turkey) at registration available until noon on 3/19.
When: March 20, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: 555 Funston Pl., 78209
Cost: $10 with lunch | $5 without lunch
Thin Air Kid Jump
What: If your kids (6 and under) are ready to Dominate our Park without bigger kids around….YOU MUST check-out KidJump. Every day (excluding Sundays) from 9-10am is exclusively for parents and children! We provide a special discount for children 6 & under. One accompanying adult jumps free (one parent per paid child for that same hour, this excludes the 2 and under jump for free).
When: March 21, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: 4902 Fredericksburg Rd., 78229
Beyond the Bell at Pearsall Public Library
What: Beyond the Bell is an after-school program for kids 7-18 years old. They can hang out with friends, do homework, play games and more.
When: March 21, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 200 E Trinity St., Pearsall, 78061
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
What: Visit the exhibitions page for details regarding opening and closing dates of shows to avoid visiting during an installation period when the museum is closed.
When: March 21, 4:00 p.m.
Where: 116 Blue Star, 78204
Monarcas Migrantes Art Opening
What: Monarcas Migrantes is a collection of monotypes from the Archivo Gráfico workshop, all with the theme of monarch butterflies, a symbol of migration in North America. Maestro Felipe Cortés visits to discuss the technique of engraving, and about this selection of works produced in his workshop in Mexico City.
When: March 21, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, Bldg. 333, 78205
Preschool Story Time at Universal City Public Library
What: This story time is a fun mix of stories, songs, and crafts designed to help children (ages 3-5) experience the joy of books and stories.
When: March 22, 10:30 a.m.
Where: 100 Northview Drive, Universal City, 78148
Story Time Pottery at Clay Casa
What: Kids are invited to come listen to us read a story, then paint a pottery piece to go with the tale! This is a great opportunity for kiddos create and get out of the house.
When: March 22, 11:00 a.m.
Where: 502 Embassy Oaks, 78216
Cost: $12 per painter
Big Texas Fun 2019
What: San Antonio’s biggest family event of the year, the 2nd Annual Big Texas Fun, is BACK and will include more fun than ever! In addition to the Crawfish Festival and the Tri-County BBQ Cook-off that are sure to leave your mouth watering, we’ve included a Superhero 5K for the whole family along with live entertainment, carnival rides, so much more.
When: March 22, 6:00 p.m.
Where: 1 Retama Pkwy, Selma, 78154
Cost: $5 per person | Children under 2 are free
World Heritage Festival – Restored by Light
What: Restored by Light returns to Mission San Jose in 2018 as part of the World Heritage Festival. Celebrate our heritage with food, music, and fun!
6 pm – Kids Activities and Mission Tours
7 pm – Music Concert by USAA Band and Chorus
8:30 pm – Light Projection Show with tunes by Steven Lee Moya
When: March 22, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: 6701 San José Drive, 78214
Founders Day Antique Tractor Pull
What: Head over to the AgriCultural Museum in Boerne for the Founders Day Antique Tractor Pull. Be one of the first 100 to enter at 9:00 a.m. for a complementary Chuck Wagon Breakfast. Hear stories of Boerne’s agriultural history and witness vintage tractors compete to see who can pull the most weight the farthest. There will also be loads of demonstrations such as glass blowing, quilting, black smithing, and more. And there will be a petting zoo and stories for the little ones.
When: March 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 102 City Park Rd, Boerne, Texas 78006
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: March 23, All day
Where: 849 E. Commerce Street, Suite 800, 78205
Cost: See theater for pricing
Captain Marvel at Davis-Scott Family YMCA
What: Join the Y for a Captain Marvel event – registration required to [email protected]! Meet real life heroic women, take pictures with Captain Marvel & other Marvel characters, and win some cool prizes! Must be a participant of Y-Achievers.
When: March 23, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: 1213 Iowa St., 78203
Pictures with the Easter Bunny at The Purple Chair
What: Easter Lilly, the Easter Bunny is back at McNamara’s Farmers Market in Gruene Lake Village. Bring your lists and cameras. This event is open to all ages.
When: March 23, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 2302 Gruene Lake Dr., New Braunfels, 78130
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck
What:Come say hello and pick up some cute treats & merchandise, while supplies last! The truck will be near Barnes & Noble.
When:March 23, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where:15900 La Cantera Pkwy., 78256
Free Music Class at Jensen’s Yamaha Music School
What: For kids 0 – 2. Bring your child to a music class where you will sing, dance, play instruments, and learn fun musical activities that you can do at home!
When: March 23, 10:15 a.m.
Where: 8055 West Ave. Ste. 112, 78213
Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning
What: Kids 3 and up are invited to come make a Fly! Drive! Sail! Vehicle Craft at Lakeshore Learning stores! No reservations necessary.
When: March 23, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 327 NW Loop 410, 78216
“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: March 23, 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: 115 N. Main Ave.,78205
Annual Monarch Fest at the San Antonio Zoo
What: As a Monarch Champion City, San Antonio is dedicated to adopting 24 recommended actions as cited by the NWF, and one of those happens to be hosting a festival dedicated to the Monarch butterfly. The San Antonio Zoo is doing just that by hosting the city’s first ever Monarch Fest!
When: March 24, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 3903 N. Saint Marys St., 78212
Cost: Included with zoo admission | Free for members
Kite Day at Friendship Church KidZone
What: Family fun, kites, inflatables, carnival games, music, food, and much more! Come on out!
When: March 24, 12:00 p.m.
Where: 14015 San Pedro Ave., 78232
Dignowity Hill Pushcart Derby
What: There are 2 divisions: adults and kids (13 and under). Each team is responsible for the design, construction, and materials (preferably recycled) of their own carts and at their own expense. Sturdiness, safety, and creativity should all be considered.
When: March 24, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: 801 North Olive Street, 78202
Cost: Free for spectators | $30 for a derby team