In a city as large and diverse as San Antonio, it’s easy to find free or inexpensive activities for the whole family. This weekend’s events include live music, markets, movies and so much more. You can always count on us for great ideas!
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Read on for a list of free and cheap events in San Antonio this weekend:
Night in Ole Converse
What: Join the city of Converse for a city parade and carnival with live music!
When: October 5, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Converse, Texas 78109
The Boho Market at La Villita
What:Come see us for local shopping, craft beer, live music, games and more!
When:October 5, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Where: 418 Villita St., 78205
Southtown Cinema: Black Panter
What: Join us for our Southtown Cinema free screening of Black Panther presented by Gold’s Gym! Movie will start at immediately following sunset. Come early for music, activities and eats.
When: October 5, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: 434 S Alamo St., 78205
First Friday Stargazing – UTSA Observatory
What: Observatory telescopes will be setup on our star party deck and operated by experienced astronomers from UTSA and volunteer from the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers. This is a free event and open to everyone.
When: October 5, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory, 1 UTSA Circle, 78249
Tree-Centennial Fest & Land Bridge Groundbreaking
What: Join us for fun family activities in celebration of the Tricentennial and help us break ground for the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge at Phil Hardberger Park, the only land bridge in the world specifically designed for people and wildlife. Grab lunch from a local food truck and spend the day celebrating the natural and cultural history of the land.
When: October 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 13203 Blanco Rd., 78216
Celebrate NASA’s 60th Anniversary with Journey to Mars
What: Celebrate NASA’s 60th Anniversary with The Journey to Mars community engagement day. Kids will have the opportunity to build a straw rocket, create a Mars habitat using 3D printing pens, learn about the effects of lower gravity and much more.
When: October 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: 1819 North Main Ave., 78212
Zoo Boo at the San Antonio Zoo
What:The San Antonio Zoo® hosts its family-friendly, non-spooky Halloween celebration, Zoo Boo! Held Saturdays and Sundays through October 28 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., the zoo will be decked out with Halloween fun complete with trick-or-treat stations, a fun hay maze, pumpkin painting, dance parties, and plenty of games. Families can even enjoy a ride on the Zoo Boo! Express. Little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to wear their best costume* for a chance to be in a costume contest.
When:October 6, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where:3903 North St. Mary’s St., 78212
Cost:Free with general zoo admission. (Free for Zoo members)
Bootanica at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
What: BOOtanica Days, sponsored by H-E-B, celebrates the fall season at the Garden with a variety of hands-on activities for the whole family. Make a bat mask, learn about bat pollinators, and enjoy a garden exploration activity.
When: October 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: 555 Funston Place, 78209
Cost: Free with general admission
Trader’s Village Corny Maze
What: Come to Traders Village weekends in October & November for the Traders Village “CORNY MAZE.” Lots of Activities at the Traders Village Corny Maze:
– Pumpkin Patch (pictures, buy some to take home & paint)
– Petting Zoo (FREE with admission)
– Lots of Photo Ops
– Roasted Corn | Corn in a Cup | Popcorn
– Entertainment (occasionally)
– Hay Ride (back & forth to Traders Village)
When: October 6, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 9333 Soutwest Loop 410, 78242
Cost: $10+, children under 3 are free
Love Creek Orchards
What: A festival designed for children of all ages. Enjoy the hay bale maze, hayrides, petting zoo, pig races, storytelling, pony rides, orchard tours, apple processing, cider pressing, and pumpkin painting. Enter the apple eating contest, build a scarecrow, ride the barrel train, or play in the Great Hill Country Symphony!
When: October 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 14024 State Highway 16 N, Medina, 78055
Cost: $6 for visitors over 3 years old
First Sundays at the McNay Art Museum
What: Enjoy free general admission at the McNay every first Sunday of the month courtesy of the Dickson-Allen Foundation! If there is a special exhibition at this time, the special exhibition fee will still apply to adults.
When: October 7, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 6000 N New Braunfels Ave., 78209
Hispanic Trails Cultural Festival
What: This festival will showcase the cultural riches of the Hispanic and Latin-American countries which form part of SCHASA and at which the general public will enjoy of the following: live music, folkloric dances, art & crafts, typical food & drinks of each country and free community services.
When: October 7, 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., 78201
Any other things to do in San Antonio this weekend that you’re excited about? Let us know by commenting below.