5 Free Things to do in San Antonio This Summer

Taking a road trip to San Antonio this summer? Here are five FREE things to do that your whole family will love!

The San Antonio Missions

The Alamo gets a lot of attention but San Antonio’s other four historic missions are pretty impressive too. In 2015, all five were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the only one in the state of Texas and one of only 23 in the entire U.S.!). The San Antonio Missions are also a National Historical Park. And, they’re all free to visit! Donations are also accepted.

100+ free things to do this summer in San Antonio 2016

14 Free Museums

Most of San Antonio’s museums, including the new, world-class children’s museum,The DoSeum, offer free days and times throughout the summer (and beyond!).

Free days and times for San Antonio museums

Party on the Tower Plaza: Free Concert Fridays

Meet at the Tower of the Americas Plaza in downtown San Antonio every Friday night this summer from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. for Party on the Tower Plaza: free live music, food available for purchase, and family fun.

June 3 – After Five
June 10 – Big E and the Wild Hairs
June 17 – Bittersweet
June 24 – Chillfactor
July 1 – Rex Allen McNiel Band
July 8 – Scratch
July 15 – C-Rock
July 22 – Peacemaker
July 29 – Chilton Vance Band
August 5 – Bittersweet
August 12 – White Tapes
August 19 – Charlie Bravo
August 26 – Retro Specs

See San Antonio | The Saga

Where else but San Antonio can you see a one-of-a-kind, multi-media work of art projected onto the facade of a historic cathedral? On Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, head to Main Plaza for free showings of San Antonio | The Saga at 9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. This free art installation / history lesson, created by Xavier De Richemont, will wow the whole family.

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Attend the best free story time event for kids ever!

Kids of all ages love Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky Pre-weekend Twiglet Storytime. Head to The Twig Book Shop at the Historic Pearl Brewery (306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, 78215) every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for this free, wild, and wacky story time that often includes a craft and a snack. Then stroll around The Pearl, San Antonio’s hip shopping and restaurant district, to enjoy Parisian macarons next door at Bakery Lorraine and take a walk along the Museum Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk.

These are just a few of the more than 100 free events and activities families can enjoy in San Antonio this summer! Find them all here: 100+ Free Things for Kids and Families to do in San Antonio This Summer.

100+ free things to do in San Antonio this summer

Colleen Pence, owner of San Antonio Mom Blogs


A mother of two, Colleen Pence blogs about life and parenting in the Alamo City, with an emphasis on free fun for families, at SanAntonioMomBlogs.com.

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