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Free festivals in San Antonio this fall (2016)

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Free Fall Festivals in San Antonio 2016

Fall temperatures are just around the corner (Aren’t they? Please say they are!), so it’s the perfect time to enjoy free festivals in San Antonio in the beautiful outdoors with your family. San Antonio Mom Blogs has your list of free festivals in San Antonio this fall! Check back often as we’ll add more free fall festivals as we find them.

We’ve made every effort to ensure that this list is accurate and up-to-date, however, some venues/events/activities may make changes without notifying us. We recommend contacting them first before visiting to be sure that their free offerings are still available.


(only Friday night of this three-day festival is free)
Friday, September 2, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Tower Drive in Hemisfair (behind the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
The 2016 “Bigger & Better” LaborFest San Antonio festival is a three-day, multi-cultural music and arts festival. This year’s festival will be held from September 2- 4, 2016 but only Friday night is free and open to the public. This free, Friday night event features live music from Jay Perez and other bands on Stage 2 at the Festival/Carnival behind the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, on Tower of the Americas Drive. Parking is available at the nearby Alamodome for $10.

Échale Festival at Pearl
Monday, September 5, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., The Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy, 78215
This Labor Day, head to the Pearl for Échale, a free music festival featuring Latin American music, arts, food, and more. Here’s the lineup:
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Los Nahuatlatos
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Manolo Black
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. El Tule
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Manolo Black
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Money Chicha

San Antonio Missions 2016 World Heritage Festival
Wednesday, September 7 – Sunday, September 11, various locations and events
The World Heritage Festival, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Missions as a World Heritage Site, includes a 5k, a bike tour, a light show on the facade of Mission San Jose, the groundbreaking ceremony for San Pedro Creek featuring the first act of an opera featuring San Pedro Creek’s story, Mission Pachanga (a day-long music festival on Saturday, September 10, held at Mission Park Pavilion, 6030 Padre Drive, from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.), and a celebratory mass. Find details for all of these events at the World Heritage Festival’s website.

Fiestas Patrias
Sunday, September 11, Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Univision Presents Fiestas Patrias, a day of dancing, live music, and more. Opening ceremonies include mariachis and singing the National Anthem. Bring lawn chairs and stay for the day. The event is free, but parking is $4.

Friday, September 16 (6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) and Saturday, September 17 (11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.), Schertz Pickrell Park
The 9th annual SchertzFest is free to attend. This event brings great food and live music together for families to enjoy. The Family Zone provides a carnival for kid-friendly fun. The BBQ Cook-off features some of the best Texas BBQ around. Gate admission and admission to the Family Zone is FREE! Carnival rides, games, food and beverage require tickets; prices range from 1 – 10 tickets. Tickets are $1 each.

Native San Antonio
Saturday, September 17, Land Heritage Institute, 1349 Neal Rd., 78246, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions for a festival on all things native! The festival will include dance theater performances, native storytelling; guided hikes along the Chaparral Trail; native artwork, wickerwork, jewelry, and leather-work for sale; native salves and tinctures for sale; hayrides, children’s arts and crafts, and hot rock cooking with archaeologists from Texas A&M.

The Avenida’s 16 de Septiembre Celebration
Saturday, September 17, Plaza Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe, 78207
This annual, day-long festival commemorates Mexican Independence Day with a parade, music, food, and fun for the whole family.

Saturday, September 17 (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.) and Sunday, September 18 (12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.), Travis Park, 301 E Travis St, 78205
This free, two-day, family-friendly concert, now in its 33rd year, features free jazz concerts all day by renowned jazz artists, including Joe Lavano and Kirk Whalum. Food and drink booths and arts vendors will also be on hand. On Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., the event provides a Children’s Symposium which engages with four areas of music study and includes a free 2016 Jazz’SAlive T-shirt (Saturday only and while supplies last). Kids can also have fun at the Kid Zone, a designated play area including games, moon bounce inflatables, arts and crafts.

The Muslim Cultural Heritage Society’s 7th Annual EID Festival
Saturday, September 24: La Villita Maverick Plaza, 418 Villita St, 78205, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Muslim Cultural Heritage Society’s 7th annual City-wide EID Festival. EID stands for Eid al-Fitr, which is a celebration of the end of dawn-to-sunset fasting during Ramadan. This year’s festival theme is ‘Peace and Pluralism.’

Sunday, September 25, Broadway (between Mahncke Park and Alamo Plaza), 78209, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Síclovía is a free event that turns major city streets in to a safe place for San Antonians to exercise and play. The streets are car-free so families to run, ride bikes, take exercise classes and enjoy their city streets. There will be multiple health & wellness and activity vendors providing children’s activities as well.


Yanaguana Indian Arts Market
Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This annual market showcases more than 40 of the most respected Native American artists who sell their handmade art and items, including basketry, jewelry, carvings, beadwork, pottery, and more. The market also offers storytelling, dancing, musical performances, demonstrations, and food.

72nd Annual Floresville Peanut Festival
Tuesday, October 4 – Saturday, October 8
Floresville’s annual peanut festival is free to attend. Additional charges may apply for food, rides, and other activities. Enjoy sack races, peanut pond, face painting, peanut toss, fun bounce, live music, food booths, arts and crafts booths, Magik Theatre performance, Kiddie Parade, Grand Parade, Washer Tournament, a street dance, and more.

Chalk it Up
Saturday, October 8, East Houston Street between North Presa and North Flores streets, 78205, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
For one day, every October, Artpace closes Houston Street to cars so San Antonians can play in the street – with chalk! Grab a piece and create your own master work. Or, stroll along, viewing the incredible sidewalk art created by professional artists and local organizations. Kids can create in Make Zones, designed to make their imaginations take flight.

SACtacular Block Party
Friday, October 14, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., 1819 N Main Ave, 78212
San Antonio College’s 4th annual block party is free and open to the public. Featuring live music, food booths, planetarium shows, animals, games, and an outdoor showing of The Secret Life of Pets (8:30 p.m.), this event is perfect for families.

S.A.Y. Om Yoga Festival
Saturday, October 15, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Travis Park, 301 E Travis St, 78205
The S.A.Y. Om Yoga Festival begins with a one-hour community yoga class at 9:00 a.m. The rest of the fest will be full of yoga classes, live music, meditation, massages, local art, vendors, and so much more.

Fall Family Festival
Saturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Farmers Market at the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, Texas 78006
The Upper Cibolo Creek Watershed Partnership presents the CNC&F’s Fall Family Festival! This FREE event will include pumpkin painting, hay bale maze, water activities, crafts and more.

Sunday, October 16, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Animal Defense League, 11300 Nacogdoches Rd, 78217
Barktoberfest is a dog- and family-friendly festival held at the Animal Defense League. Admission is free and activities include food trucks, games and activities for kids and dogs, a beer garden, a pet costume contest, raffles, pumpkin painting, hay rides, caricature, and much more. All proceeds from the event help the Animal Defense League shelter pets and Perrin-410 Animal Hospital’s Compassionate Care Fund for the emergency care of pets whose owners cannot afford life-saving care.

Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival
Saturday, October 22 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
The Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy, 78215
Celebrate the beauty of Monarch butterflies as they migrate through San Antonio. The festival kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for a Pollinators Parade through The Pearl. At 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. enjoy a Monarch butterfly release and tagging demonstration. There will also be a native plant sale; education and fun provided by Green Spaces Alliance, Trinity University, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Zoo, TBG Partners; and, of course, the Pearl Farmer’s Market to stroll through.

Saturday, October 22 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), The Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy, 78215

Harvest Fest at Hemisfair
Saturday, October 22, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hemisfair,  434 S Alamo St, 78205
Enjoy the wonderful tastes, sights, sounds and activities of the fall. Free and open to the whole family! There will be chili, seasonal pallets, mac ‘n’ cheese, fudge, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving, corn art, live music and beer.

All-day activities include:
– Kite Workshop – Construct a kite in a workshop led by local artist Stuart Allen
– Corn Art – Make your harvest masterpiece using corn and paints!
– Pumpkin Carving – After you pick your pumpkin, carve your pumpkin with a session led by artist Christopher Ochoa
– Centro’s Pop Up Patch – pick your free pumpkin while supplies last
– Acrobatic Magic – Curt Parsons will have you mesmerized with his magic show! Times: 12:45, 2pm, 3:45pm & 5pm. He will also be strolling throughout the day making balloon art!

Afternoon activities (12-3pm) include:
Drum Circle – our youngest friends can sit around the “campfire” (don’t worry no real flames) while creating a beat with Samba Vida

Evening activities (3-6pm) include:
Story Telling – La Colective will be leading story telling in the park

Texas Clay Festival (RAIN OR SHINE)
Saturday, October 22 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, October 23 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Gruene Historical District of New Braunfels
The works of more than 60 Texas potters and clay artists are featured for purchase at this annual festival, along with demonstrations of wheel throwing, sculpture, hand building and surface decoration techniques throughout the weekend.

12th Annual Hoot and Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 29, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mitchell Audubon Lake, 10750 Pleasanton Road, 78221
This free, annual community event welcomes visitors to the beautiful grounds of Mitchell Audubon Lake. Bring your family to enjoy hayride tours, local art & craft exhibits, native plant sale, live bird presentations, butterfly walks in the garden, nature & conservation exhibits, games & crafts for kids, and more. Be sure to dress in costume!

Dia de los Muertos at La Villita (RAIN OR SHINE)
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10am – 11pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016, noon – 10 pm
La Villita, Villita St, 78205
Events are free and open to the public including: live music at Arneson River Theater; original Day of the Dead art; living altar; dance, drum and puppet procession; live poetry and more.

Cross Mountain Church’s annual Fall Fest
Monday, October 31, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cross Mountain Church, 24891 Boerne Stage Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78255
Visit Cross Mountain Church on Monday, Oct. 31st from 6-9pm. This once a year event includes hay rides, carnival rides, and a kiddie park for your little ones all free of charge. Various food trucks will also be open for business on site. Costumes are welcome and encouraged. Candy will be generously given to all. CMC Fall Festival is open to the public. Come ready to have some fun fit for the whole family!


Fall Harvest Flotilla
Saturday, November 5, put-in from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Hwy 59 Bridge, West of downtown Goliad
This annual fall flotilla, which features a 6.5 mile paddle down the scenic San Antonio River, is free to participate in however, participants must register and pay the Goliad State Park entrance fee of $3 per person over 12 years of age. Canoes, kayaks, jon boats, paddles and safety gear can be brought to the staging area on the north side of the US 59/San Antonio River Bridge, two miles west of Goliad.

Diwali San Antonio
Saturday, November 5: La Villita, 418 Villita St., 78205, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Diwali San Antonio. This free event celebrates the Indian festival of lights which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Live entertainment will be provided, along with “Diya Floats,” a firework display, and vendors, including some selling traditional Indian cuisine.

Wednesday, November 9 – Saturday, November 12, various events in Downtown East, San Antonio
San Antonio’s popular multi-arts festival is back! Night festivals take place on Thursday, November 10 (from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) and Friday, November 11 (from 8:00 p.m. – midnight). Be sure to check back on Luminaria’s website for more details and info on exhibits, locations, and times as they are announced.

India Association of San Antonio (IASA) Diwali 2016
Saturday, November 19: Edgewood Theatre of the Performing Arts, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Stay tuned for more details here as they are released.

Dickens on Main
Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, Main Street, Boerne, Texas
Taking place on Thanksgiving weekend each year (Friday and Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.), this year’s 17th annual Dickens on Main invites you and your family to welcome the holiday season in downtown Boerne with a free, family-friendly festival full of the sights, sounds, tastes, wonder, and delight of Christmas. Kids will enjoy a petting zoo, trackless train, pony rides, vintage ornament making, writing letters to Santa, and sliding down a 60-foot snow slide. Adults will love the festive food and drink, live music, watching a live ice sculpting show, carriage rides, and shopping along the Hill Country Mile.


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  1. Meek Monroe says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am always looking for something to do with the kiddos.

  2. Elaine Diaz says:

    Thanks for the info!! I am new to San Antonio and you have great things to do!! You also help my son with ideas to go out on a date! Thanks for info!


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