San Antonio is a large and diverse city with so many fun things to do! This weekend’s list of free and cheap events include a lantern festival, story times, a jazz concert, a market and so much more. Get your calendar ready and mark down these great ideas!
Night Lights Lantern Festival
What: Night Lights is inspired by traditional Thai Lantern Festival and creates a unique atmosphere sure to make lifetime memories. The festival lights up the night sky with thousands of glowing lanterns, creating a magical spectacle unlike anything else you’ve seen. Night Lights is a perfect destination for engagements, romantic first date, or a night out with the kids. Get tickets for up to 70% off with this Groupon deal.
When: March 23, 3:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: Alamo City Motorplex – 3641 Santa Clara Rd, Marion, TX 78124
Cost: Get 70% off tickets
The Briscoe Western Art Museum
Walk through the old American West when visiting 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.
Read on for a list of free and cheap events in San Antonio this weekend:
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 22, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: 4902 Fredericksburg Rd., 78229
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: March 22, 10:30 a.m.
Where: 306 Pearl Parkway, 78215
Jazz in the Garden at the Japanese Tea Garden
What: The Jazz in the Garden Concert in the historic Japanese Tea Garden features live jazz music, plus food and beverages in the gazebo overlooking the beautiful koi pond, waterfall and garden. Limited seating is available and lawn chairs are permitted. Dogs on a leash are welcome. But please no outside food and drinks.
When: March 22, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 200 Alpine, 78212
Scobee Planetarium Public Program
What: Public shows at the Scobee Education Center Planetarium are presented on Friday evenings. Shows last 40 – 50 minutes.
When: March 22, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 1819 N Main Ave., 78212 (Parking lot 21)
Cost: $5 for Adults | $4 for Children under 17, Seniors & Military | $2 for Alamo College Students, Staff & Faculty (with ID)
Nature Walk: The Trees of Phil Hardberger Park
What: Take a walk with Lissa Matinez and Stan Drezek as they will introduce participants to the common species of trees found in Hardberger Park, including Eve’s Necklace, Hogplum and Toothache tree. The 1.25 mile walk is slow-paced and on flat terrain.
When: March 23, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: 13203 Blanco Rd., 78231
Founder’s Day & Antique Tractor Pull
What: The first 100 people attending will enjoy a Chuck Wagon Breakfast. Join Stanley Jones at 10:00 a.m. as he tells about the Bergheim General Store’s 116 year history. Demonstrations include: quilting, glass blowing, black smithing, horseshoeing, wood working, dutch oven cooking, and more throughout the day. A petting zoo and stories for the children will take place under the big oak tree.
When: March 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 102 City Park Rd., Boerne, 78006
Tinkergarten Free Trial Class – O.P. Schnabel Park
What: For kids 18 months – 5 years. At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader, Mary-Ellen Fimbel, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. Please register at tinkergarten.com/classes.
When: March 23, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Where: 9606 Bandera Rd., 78250
Mission Trails Ride
What: Check out what’s blooming along the mission trail! There will be great views and some hills. As always, this is a no drop ride, so all levels are welcome. Make sure to bring an extra tube, water and snacks.
When: March 23, 10:00 a.m.
Where: 1420 S Alamo St., Ste 117, 78210
San Antonio Mini Maker Faire
What: Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness! Interested in presenting? Sign up: https://sanantonio.makerfaire.com/
When: March 23, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 600 Soledad St., 78205
Spring Market at the Tower of the Americas
What: Come out for Market Day at the Tower! There will be over 70 local vendors from across San Antonio for you to browse, shop, and enjoy! You’ll also find food, music, and a bounce house.
When: March 23, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 739 E Cesar Chavez, 78205
Cibolo Parks Kite Festival
What: Head outside for a kite flying demonstration, open kite flying, a visit from the Chick-fil-A Cow, food trucks and more! Free kites available to the first 100 kids 5 – 13 years old. Decorate a kite at home and bring it for a chance to win a prize!
When: March 23, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 618 FM78, Cibolo, 78108
Batman’s 80th Anniversary Party at Cody Library
What: Celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary with the folks at Cody Library. Enjoy arts & crafts, (like making your very own Bat-signal), test your skills at tossing the Batarang, pose for photos, and take part in our cosplay contest and more!
When: March 23, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 11441 Vance Jackson Rd., 78230
Sensory Sunday: Planet Pioneers at the Witte Museum
What: Sensory Sunday at the Witte invites individuals and families with disabilities or sensory processing differences to explore a section of the museum in an extra-accessible and comfortable environment. (A limited number of tickets are available.) This exclusive before-hours event features:
– A welcoming, less crowded environment
– Light, sound and distraction reduction
– Sunglasses and earplugs, available on request
– A designated “chill-out” quiet space
– A designated eating area
– Extra sensory-friendly activities
When: March 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 3801 Broadway St., 78209
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 24, 6:00 p.m.
Where: 1 Retama Pkwy, Selma, 78154
Cost: $5 per person | Children under 2 are free
Super Saturday Fun at Hemisfair Park
What: Join Hemisfair for Super Fun Saturday. This afternoon of play brought to you in partnership with Trinidad Realty Partners and Kilwins San Antonio.
When: March 24, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: 630 Nueva St., 78205
Any other things to do in San Antonio this weekend that you’re excited about? Let us know by commenting below.