Editor’s note: Given the current situation, we’re doing our best to make sure the events on this list are still going on as planned. If you plan on attending any of these events, please check with the host/venue before you go to verify it’s still taking place.

Looking for the best free and cheap things to do in San Antonio this weekend? There are plenty of fun events going on all weekend long, and we have your guide to the ones you don’t want to miss.

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Read on for a list of free and cheap events in San Antonio this weekend:


Story Time at the Twig Book Shop on Instagram Live
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: November 27, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Instagram
Cost: Free

Old West Christmas Light Fest
What: Old West Christmas Light Fest dazzles and delights with holiday flavors, favorites, and fun at Enchanted Springs Ranch for another year of Christmas magic! Stroll through the twinkling lights, snap holiday photos, and spend time together with friends and family. Enjoy food and family activities, including an Instagram photo area, an interactive scavenger hunt, oversized lawn games, and a Children’s Light Maze! Santa has settled into the Old West to hear holiday wishes and take pictures too, so bring your cameras and snap away—there’s never a charge for photos with the man in the big red suit!
When: November 27, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: 242 State Hwy 46 W, Boerne, 78006
Cost: $10 – $60

Drive In at Fiesta Texas
What: Fiesta Texas has reimagined their approach to ensure guests have a safe “away from home” experience, from the security of their own vehicles. Movie audio will be broadcast through the FM transmitter radio in your vehicle. You are welcome to bring your own food, but we also are offering food and beverage through a completely contactless system with a designated pickup point. You will be enjoying movies on the nation’s first dual-sided outdoor movie screen, with views of the scenic La Cantera cliffs as your backdrop.
When: November 27, 7:00 p.m.
Where: 17000 W IH 10, 78257
Cost: $24 per car


Christmas in Comfort
What: This old town Christmas street festival features live entertainment, food, gifts, and arts & crafts.
When: November 28, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Comfort, TX
Cost: Free

Shoott Free 30 Minute Outdoor Photoshoot
What: Enjoy sun, social distancing, and supporting local photographers with a free, 30 minute mini photoshoot!
November 28, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Various locations around San Antonio
Free session | Pay for the photos $15 or less each

Whataburger Zoo Lights at the San Antonio Zoo
What: When the animals tuck in for the evening, San Antonio Zoo transforms into a wild, winter wonderland filled with a jaw-dropping array of twinkling lights. Bigger and brighter than before, Whataburger Zoo Lights is a must-see for families that is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guests can see life-sized animals from the savanna, including a 15-foot tall illuminated giraffe in Starry Safari. While sipping hot cocoa, guests can stroll under a unique display of lights, roast s’mores, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, and visit Santa.
When: November 28, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 3903 N St Mary’s St., 78212
Cost: Included with general admission

Movies by Moonlight in the Garden
What: Cozy up under the moonlight with family or friends for a magical holiday double feature at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Movies by Moonlight in the Garden features two family-friendly movies on the lawn, hot cocoa, s’mores, as well as movie-inspired drinks and food available for purchase. Guests are welcomed to bring low riding lawn chairs and blankets. Movies subject to change. Guests are asked to follow all COVID-19 visitor guidelines during their visit at the Botanical Garden.
When: November 28, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: 555 Funston Place, 78205
Cost: $15 adults ($13 member) | $10 child ($8 member)

“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: November 28, 9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.
Where: 115 N. Main Ave.,78205
Cost: Free


The Nutcracker – A Socially Distant Event
What: Ballet San Antonio presents The Nutcracker V.2020 A Very Special Socially Distanced Seated Performance! To adhere to the social distancing requirements, tickets are sold on a general admission basis for a section of your choosing. Once the Tobin Center Box Office receives your order, your group (all tickets in an order will be seated together) seats will be assigned within your selected section to maintain adequate social distancing and you will receive an email from the Box Office with your assigned seats.
When: November 29, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 100 Auditorium Cir, 78205
Cost: $40+

Any other things to do in San Antonio this weekend that you’re excited about? Let us know by commenting below.