20 Free Arts, Music & Outdoor Activities To Do In San Antonio This Summer | San Antonio


July 26, 2021

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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.

Celebrate the arts on the first Friday and second Saturday
Southtown, southtownsatx.com

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?
Photo via Instagram / bluestarartscomplex

Take the kids to the DoSeum
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 “Voyage to the Deep” exhibit, teaching both underwater creatures and the engineering that allows us to explore the waters. deep in the ocean.
Photo provided by DoSeum

Soak up a unique history at Hot Wells Park
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.
Photo via Instagram / rosc.and.gloss

Laugh out loud at the San Antonio window of the LOL Comedy Club
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.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniolol

Admire the innovative exhibits of Blue Star Contemporary
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.
Photo via Instagram / bluestarartdog

Go skating at Pearsall Park
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.
Photo via Instagram / laurynbskating

Lose yourself among the works of art at the McNay
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! »Exhibition until September 19.
Photo via Instagram / motherofgastronomy

Enjoy Agarita’s world-class performance

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.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent

Swim at San Pedro Springs Park
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 .
Photo via Instagram / caroleckelkamp

Find something for everyone at the Witte Museum
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.
Photo via Instagram / jenngarlem

Watch a movie at an outdoor screening at Slab Cinema
(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.
Photo via Instagram / dallecinema

Take the puppies to the Phil Hardberger dog parks
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. .
Photo via Instagram / loschulos_blueychewy

Navigate to the pearl farmers market
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.
Photo via Instagram / traffic jam

Stroll through the San Antonio Art Museum
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.
Photo via Instagram / sama_art

Find free shows at Mix
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.
Photo via Instagram / buzzed_satx

Visit the San Antonio Missions
(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.
Photo via Instagram / bozemanbenjamin

Take to the air in the Japanese tea garden
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.
Photo via Instagram / tranquilo57_

Stroll through the San Antonio Art League and Museum
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.
Photo via Instagram / ginamachinafit

Explore Ruby City’s vast art collection
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.
Photo via Instagram / rubycity

Discover San Antonio: The Saga
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.
Photo via Instagram / zach_goebel

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Celebrate the arts on the first Friday and second Saturday
Southtown, southtownsatx.com

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?
Photo via Instagram / bluestarartscomplex

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