The only thing better than educational events are educational events that include a whole lot of (free) family fun for parents and kids to enjoy together.

Trinity University’s KRTU-FM launches San Antonio’s  Year of Jazz with a free, family-friendly event this Sunday at Sunken Garden Theater. Year of Jazz brings together many of the wonderful nonprofits in San Antonio to educate children and adults about jazz with special concerts and events happening each month.

Sunday’s kick-off celebration begins at 1:00 p.m. and showcases hands-on arts and crafts for the kids as well as an instrument petting zoo. Musical and dance performances include drum demonstrations, dance troupe performances, the world premiere of the San Antonio Jazz Suite performed by the King William Jazz Collective and narrated by Spurs legend Sean Elliott, a performance by the San Antonio Symphony, and much more.

Katrina Kehoe, with Year of Jazz media partner KLRN, explains how the monthly events work and how your family can attend the events at no additional charge:

“The amazing part of this initiative is that all of the non-profits that are involved have committed to be part of this for a year! And while the kick-off event is free to everyone, the other monthly events will be free for anyone who has a membership to ANY of the partnering organizations (below is the full list)—if you aren’t a member of any of these organizations, you can pay admission to get in.”

Our family has a membership to the Witte Museum (a participating organization) so I’m thrilled we can attend Year of Jazz events for no additional charge. The ability to expose our kids to the incredible variety of art and culture available in San Antonio is a blessing. I’m looking forward to enjoying many Year of Jazz events with my family. I hope to see you and your kids at a concert soon!

For more details about Year of Jazz, check out the KRTU-FM press release and the Year of Jazz website for a full list of events.

Year of Jazz events are free to members/donors of any of the following organizations. Just show proof of membership at the door. SEATING MAY BE LIMITED, so please arrive early! Non-members may purchase admission at the time of the event.

Jazz 91.7 FM – KRTU
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
Carver Community Cultural Center
Culinary Institute of America
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Instituto Cultural de Mexico
McNay Art Museum
San Antonio Botanical Garden
San Antonio Museum of Art
Southwest School of Art
Witte Museum