July 26, 2021
By current San Antonio staff
Exploring San Antonio’s rich cultural history and its equally entertaining present doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. These 20 local attractions – from art galleries to outdoor venues to music – offer free entertainment this summer.
What better way to spend your Friday or Saturday night than strolling through the historic King William district while admiring art, sipping a drink and listening to live music?
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2800 Broadway Street, (210) 212-4453, thedoseum.org
Whether you have kids or you’re just a kid at heart, the DoSeum’s free family nights on the first Tuesday of every month are an opportunity for curious minds to go wild. Until September 25, visitors can experience an underwater adventure on the high seas in the âVoyage to the Deepâ exhibit, teaching both underwater creatures and the engineering that allows us to explore the waters. deep in the ocean.
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5503 S Presa St, bexar.org
As a fairly new park, having opened to the public in 2019, Hot Wells Park serves as the finishing touch to the Mission Reach trails. Explore the region once known for its hot sulphurous waters and identity as a tourist destination; while there’s no more well water, there’s a lot of story to dip your toes into instead.
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618 Northwest Loop 410, (210) 541-8805, improvtx.com
Veterans and newbies alike take the stage at the LOL Comedy Club for an invaluable night of comedy – literally, it’s free.
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116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarcontemporary.org
House of innovative contemporary art, the galleries of this association are open to all free of charge. If you’re lucky, you might get to see one of the regulars and a true connoisseur of the arts – Duncan the dog.
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4838 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Nestled within 505 acres of Pearsall Park is the city’s largest public skatepark, alongside other family-oriented fitness and recreation facilities. Strap on, grab your board or just come and be among the pros and amateurs.
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6000 N New Braunfels Ave, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org
Thursday afternoons and the first Sunday of each month offer free admission. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a look at Yayoi Kusama’s Hall of Infinity Mirrors, which is part of the ‘Limitless! Â»Exhibition until September 19.
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Hear free music from four innovative, world-class San Antonio musicians who came together to form Agarita, a non-profit organization dedicated to reinventing concert experiences and making the fine art accessible to everyone.
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2200 N. Flores, (210) 732-5992, sanantonio.gov
With open and free swimming on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and weekend afternoons, it’s saying no to a dip in one of San Antonio’s largest swimming pools, located in the second oldest park in the country .
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3801 Broadway St, (210) 357-1900, wittemuseum.org
From dinosaurs to human anatomy to Texas history, the Witte Museum has something for every guest to walk through. Admission fees are waived on Tuesday afternoon.
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(210) 212-9373, dallecinema.com
Outdoor screenings at Travis Park, San Antonio Museum of Art, and Mission Marquee are often free but with limited capacity, so we recommend arriving before sunset to claim your seat.
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Multiple locations, (210) 492-7472, philhardbergerpark.org
There are two dog parks within the park itself, one off NW Military Hwy and another off Blanco Rd, and each has one side for small dogs and another for all other dogs. .
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Pearl Pkwy, (210) 947-9252, atpearl.com
While we can’t guarantee you won’t be spending money, it’s free to browse the dozens of vendor booths set up every weekend at The Pearl.
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200 West Jones Avenue, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org
Marvel at over 5,000 years of history and world cultures, all in the heart of San Antonio. Admission fees are waived for locals on Tuesday afternoon and Sunday morning.
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2423 N St Mary’s St, (210) 735-1313, themixsa.com
Listen to local and touring bands at The Mix, where there is live music nightly and a dance bar with no cover charge.
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(210) 932-1001, nps.gov/saan
Book a ranger-led tour of the national park online, take your own audio tour on the city’s heritage office website, or venture out on your own – whatever floats on your boat. Whether you’ve hiked the trails a dozen times or delayed the start for years, you’re sure to learn something new about San Antonio history.
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3853 N St Mary’s St, (210) 212-4814, sanantonio.gov
The gardens not only provide a picturesque place to relax on a summer afternoon, but they are also completely free to the public.
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130 King William Street, (210) 223-1140, saalm.org
In the heart of the historic King William District, the San Antonio Art League and Museum is home to more than 600 permanent exhibits, showcasing Texan artists, in the intimate setting of a historic home built in 1896.
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150 Camp Street, (210) 227-8400, rubycity.org
Free and open to the public, Ruby City presents contemporary art from its collection of over 900 works.
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115 N Main Ave, (210) 225-9800, mainplaza.org
Vibrant colors and stunning visuals pervade the side of San Antonio’s beloved San Fernando Cathedral in this free show, open to the public. In just 24 minutes, French artist Xavier de Richemont’s video art projection takes viewers through the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio.
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