In a city as large and diverse as San Antonio, it’s easy to find free or inexpensive activities for the whole family. Things to do in San Antonio this weekend include free outdoor movies, a family-friendly play, an outdoor hike, and so much more! You can always count on us for great ideas!
Check out some of what’s going on this weekend:
San Antonio Aquarium
The San Antonio Aquarium welcomes the whole family to enjoy the unique interactive experiences found within, where everyone can discover the world beneath the ocean’s surface. Tickets start at $5.
San Antonio Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo is home to over 3,000 animals from all across the world, and it’s one of the best family-friendly destinations in the city. Get your tickets now online for only $14.99.
SeaWorld San Antonio
Spend the day at SeaWorld San Antonio, and come face-to-face with the ocean’s most fascinating marine animals. Enjoy over 30 attractions, shows and rides! Tickets start at $57.99.
Historic San Antonio Mission Tour
This historic guided Mission Tour is offered 7 days a week by a local tour guide. You’ll learn all about the history of the missions, the surrounding area, and gain perspective from a local San Antonian. Tickets for this guided tour start at $65.
Read on for a list of free and cheap events in San Antonio this weekend:
Shining Star Energy Youth Football Clinic
What: For the eleventh consecutive year, the Valero Alamo Bowl will host the free Shining Star ENERGY Youth Football Clinic for youth ages 7-14. Coaches from area colleges including the University of The Incarnate Word, Trinity and UTSA will join forces at the Alamodome to teach over 500 participants about sportsmanship and football. Register here: https://valeroalamobowl.swoogo.com/youthclinic
When: July 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 100 Montana St., 78203
Toddler Art Play at the McNay Art Museum
What: Enjoy mini museum visits paired with playtime for children under five. Wear paint clothes for a fun, messy time at the McNay! Reserve space online or by calling 210-805-1768.
When: July 19, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: 6000 N New Braunfels Ave., 78209
Cost: Free for members | $10 for non-members
Free Concert Fridays at the Tower of the Americas
What: Come on out for Free Concert Fridays! Listen to the best local sounds of San Antonio. Bring the whole family to enjoy music ranging from Tejano to country hits, blues, pop and more!
When: July 19, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Where: 739 E Cesar Chavez, 78205
Family Flick at the San Antonio Museum of Art
What: Film (Nacho Libre) begins at sundown. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. During inclement weather, films are cancelled. Pets are not permitted. Outdoor films in collaboration with Slab Cinema. Best for kids 11+.
When: July 19, 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: 200 West Jones Ave., 78215
Explore the Canyon at Government Canyon State Park
What: Knowledgeable guides discuss the flora, fauna, natural and cultural history of this awesome natural area on this exploration. Length of walk and interpretive topic will vary, depending on the group. Open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by an adult; group size limited to the first 12 people; no pets please. Dress appropriately, sunscreen and hat recommended, wear sturdy footwear for hiking over rough terrain; bring two liters of water and a snack. Plan to be at the Visitor Center no later than 7:45AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:00AM.
When: July 20, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 12861 Galm Rd., 78254
Cost: Natural Area Fees Apply
Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning
What: Kids 3 and up are invited to come make a Cute as a Button! Sea Turtle at Lakeshore Learning stores! No reservations necessary.
When: July 20, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 327 NW Loop 410, 78216
The Very Hungry Caterpillar at The Magik Theater
What: The critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Ideal for ages 0 – 5.
When: July 20, 2:00 p.m.
Where: 420 South Alamo, 78205
Moondance Concert at Cibolo Nature Center
What: Concert under the oaks and stars at the Cibolo Nature Center featuring The Court Jesters. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnics to this fun and casual event! Food trucks onsite and BYO coolers.
When: July 20, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: 140 City Park Road, Boerne, 78006
Cost: Adults $15 | Kids 12 and under free.
Movies in the Park at Universal City
What: Universal City invites families for another series of free movies throughout the summer! Guests are welcome to “claim their spot” and kids can enjoy pre-show activity starting at 7:00 p.m. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and even a picnic for the movie. Concessions will be available for purchase. For everyone’s safety, there are no pets, smoking or glass containers permitted on the field.
When: July 20, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 305 North Blvd., Universal City, 78148
Free Admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art
What: Enjoy free general admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art!
When: July 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 200 West Jones Ave., 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: July 14, 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: 115 N. Main Ave., 78205
Any other things to do in San Antonio this weekend that you’re excited about? Let us know by commenting below.