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Free, family-friendly events and activities in San Antonio in November 2016

It’s time to open up the house and enjoy the fall weather! But it’s also a great time of year to get outside and enjoy all the fun events San Antonio has to offer. Take advantage of this list of Free in San Antonio this fall!

We’ve made every effort to ensure that this list is accurate and up-to-date, however, some venues/events/activities make changes without notifying us. We recommend contacting them before visiting to be 100% sure that their free offerings are still available.

Recurring Free Events in San Antonio

Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, San Fernando Cathedral, Main Plaza, 115 N. Main, 78205, at 9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
San Antonio | The Saga. This free video art installation, created by Xavier De Richemont, plays three times a night, weather permitting, on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on the facade of San Fernando Cathedral.

Wednesdays, McAllister Park in the Dog Park/McAllister/Salado Creek Trailhead, Sunset
The San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers (SALSA) offers free stargazing to the public every Wednesday evening beginning at sunset.

Wednesdays, 20079 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 3120, 78258 OR 22211 IH 10 West, Ste 1107A, 78257, 6:00 p.m.
Free weekly group run with iRun. Strollers and/or dogs welcome. Each location has a route with 3 to 5 mile turnarounds, but runners can choose any distance they want.

Fridays, The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, 78215, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky Pre-weekend Twiglet Storytime is held twice on Fridays during the summer. Enjoy a wild and wacky story time session with Miss Anastasia and make a delightful craft. All ages welcome.

Saturdays, 2602 NW Loop 1604, BLDG 1, Ste.106, 78248, 6:30 a.m.
Free weekly group run with iRun. Strollers and/or dogs welcome. Each location has a route with 3 to 5 mile turnarounds, but runners can choose any distance they want.

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Don’t miss our special post: Free festivals in San Antonio this fall:

Free Fall Festivals in San Antonio 2016

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Free in San Antonio this November

Tuesday, November 1: Whole Foods Quarry Market, 255 E Basse Rd #130, 78209, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join Whole Foods at the Quarry Market Cafe, the first Tuesday of every month, for the Kids Club Story Time. There will be a story, a snack and some fun activities! This monthly event is free – register here.

Tuesday, November 1: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, November 1: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Tuesday, November 1: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Tuesday Nights at the Briscoe Western Art Museum! Everyone gets in free on Tuesday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to enjoy special programs, music, and more. And, remember: during all other open days/times, the Briscoe offers free admission, year-round, to children 12 and under and to all active military and their families (up to 4 people).

Tuesday, November 1: The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, 78209, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free admission to The DoSeum on the first and third Tuesday of every month! Only the first 1,200 guests will be admitted so arrive early. Parking is free but limited – another good reason to be there early. Remember: no outside food allowed and umbrella strollers only inside the museum. The cafe will be open with food and drinks for sale.
PLEASE NOTE: the times have changed back to 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, November 2: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CNC: Little Explorers! Little Explorers will come for fun and adventure using their five senses to discover nature. They will listen to stories, sing songs, play games, explore the outdoors, and make crafts to take home. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, November 2: Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 | 12328 IH 10 West, 78230 | 2703 S.E. Military Dr., 78223), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

Wednesday, November 2: Majestic Theater, 224 E Houston St., 78205, 7:00 p.m. 
Join the San Antonio Symphony, the USAF Band of the West Freedom Brass and the 323d Army Band, “Fort Sam’s Own,” as we celebrate our 12th Annual Salute to Service – a free Veteran’s Day Concert. This concert will include music of John Philip Sousa and John Williams, and feature Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This is a free concert, but tickets are required. Limit 4 per person and can be picked up in person at the Majestic box office and the San Antonio Symphony offices.

Friday, November 4: YMCA, 8764 US Hwy 151, 78245, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
You’re invited to the grand opening celebration of the Potranco Branch Public Library & Mays Family YMCA.
4pm – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
4:30-7pm – Facility tours, demonstrations, activities, bounce houses, refreshments, entertainment & more
7pm – Outdoor screening of The Peanuts Movie & food trucks
**Ceremonial program rain or shine. In the event of rain the movie will be postponed to another date**

Friday, November 4: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Every First Friday we bring the Hemisfair Art Market to the park, plus music, food and fun activities to keep your whole family moving!

Friday, November 4: SAY Sí, 1518 South Alamo, 78204, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
SAY Sí’s annual Muertitos Fest offers free festivities with a Día de los Metros First Friday celebration. Enjoy the exhibits, altars, festive food and artisan booths. Participate in hands-on art activities and be entertained by live musical and dance performances on two stages throughout the evening. Performances by Conjunto Mismosol, El Tallercito de Son, Elsa Champion Dance Academy, Grupo Frackaso and Los Nahuatlatos! Procession by Las Monas Performance Group. A free shuttle will be available to transport guests to and from the festivities.

Friday, November 4: Hotel Havana, 1015 Navarro St., 78205, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Join us under the stars in the Hotel Havana parking lot for the 4th annual Musica En La Calle! This event is all ages and free to attend. Come enjoy a parking lot party and concert taking place with artisan vendors and food and drink specials by Ocho. Friday Lineup: Blackbird Sing | Los Texmaniacs | The Last Bandoleros

Saturday, November 5: UT Medicine, 8403 Floyd Curl Dr., 78229, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Women of all ages are invited to propel their journey toward absolute health and wellness at the 2016 Women’s Comprehensive Health Conference. Register to attend the free conference and hear from UT Medicine’s expert physicians in cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, internal medicine and mammography. Come early to take advantage of free health screenings and mobile mammography (click to schedule your mammogram). Then, stay to have your health questions answered by the experts and visit with other community health and wellness representatives.

Saturday, November 5: Scobee Planetarium, 1819 N. Main Ave., 78212 (approximately 1 block east of the intersection of San Pedro Ave. and West Park Street), 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Scobee Planetarium participates in SAC-Tacular events with the following free programs. Register here.
9:00 “The Accidental Astronauts”
10:00 “Secret Lives of Stars”
11:00 “The Secret Lives of Stars”

Saturday, November 5: Mitchell Lake, 10750 Pleasanton Rd., 78221, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For one day only, bring your canine companion to Mitchell Lake Audubon Center! We will highlight specific trails available for our furry friends, to minimize any habitat or avian disturbance. FREE doggy waste bags provided by San Antonio River Authority. Note: Usually our doggy friends are not allowed at Mitchell Lake because they can get excited and disturb the birds and habitat.

Saturday, November 5: Gracie Barra San Antonio Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Self-Defense, 20711 Wilderness Oak, Ste 109, 78258, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
In an effort to empower women in our community, Gracie Barra is offering a FREE, women-only, Self-Defense Program. Join us on this FREE Class to learn great self-defense techniques.

Saturday, November 5: Rosedale Park, 422 Dartmouth St. 78227, 9:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m.
Calling all volunteers! Join San Antonio Parks & Recreation on Arbor Day at Rosedale Park to plant trees. Ages 5+ are welcome with parent/guardian supervision. RSVP required, email Meredith.Tilley@sanantonio.gov for info and to reserve your spot.

Saturday, November 5: Home Depot locations around San Antonio, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FREE, once-a-month workshops for kids, ages 5 – 12 at participating Home Depot stores. This week, your child will build a Veteran’s Day Toy Helicopter. Kids’ workshops are on a first come/first served basis. Register your child online ahead of time to make sure there is room available.

Saturday, November 5: Nimitz Middle School, 5246 Blanco Rd, 78216, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Engineering Festival is a family-oriented event to expose elementary students to science and engineering in a fun, educational format. This FREE community service project is provided by the NEISD STEM Academy, a magnet school.

Saturday, November 5: The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
First Saturday at The Alamo! On the first Saturday of every month, the grounds of the Alamo are transformed back in time to the 1830s. Visit for a full day of living history fun that the whole family will enjoy. Learn about life in frontier Texas with special demonstrations and crafts.

Saturday, November 5: Voelcker Homestead, Salado Creek Greenway, 78248, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Voelcker Homestead opens for a day of learning: bees and beekeeping, making a corn husk doll, milking a cow, and how a windmill works. Kid-friendly farm craft and activities make it fun for the whole family! A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested. Call 210-207-3782.

Saturday, November 5: Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Drive, 78214, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join us at the Relay and Get Outdoors Fair! The free fair offers food and beverage, live music, and more than 40 organizations and local businesses providing fun, interactive activities for children and families.

Saturday, November 5: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Let’s Vote! Badge.

Saturday, November 5: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Head down to Hemisfair for a Parachute Party! Join in a guided play activity with our giant parachute.

Saturday, November 5: SAY Sí, 1518 South Alamo, 78204, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bring the kids! On this free, family-friendly, final day of Muertitos Fest, you can get hands-on with various folk art inspired workshops, face painting and shop for treasures from one-of-a-kind artist vendors. Enjoy a special family program of music and performances by Monica Moon School of Dance, Elsa Champion Dance Academy, Conjunto Heritage Taller, the ALAS Youth Theatre Company and more in the SAY Sí Black Box Theatre.

Saturday, November 5: Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredricksburg Rd., 78201, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wonderland of the Americas is very happy to announce our first annual PokéFest here in San Antonio, Texas. A Pokémon Themed mini-con at Wonderland of the Americas Mall that will include: Cosplay contests, console gaming & competition, ComiCon vendors from around Texas, Pokémon GO – 10k coin raffes (use the coins for incubators & lucky eggs) and much much more to be announced!

Saturday, November 5: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Learn to grow your own plants for food and fun with Gardopia Gardens! Gardening is a great way to get outdoors and provide healthy food for your family. Discover techniques to strengthen and protect plants for the fall and winter. As your plants grow and the weather changes, take steps to make sure you have the strongest and healthiest plants possible! We’ll show you how tomato / pepper cages and fertilizer to make sure your plants are protected and fed. Metal fencing and small bags of fertilizer will be available to take home!

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.

Saturday, November 5: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Ratatouille. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, November 5: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
FARM: Campfire Tales! Gather around the campfire for hot chocolate, s’mores, songs, stories and more. $5.00 per person and registration is strongly encouraged. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-331-8596.

Saturday, November 5: Hotel Havana, 1015 Navarro St., 78205, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Join us under the stars in the Hotel Havana parking lot for the 4th annual Musica En La Calle! This event is all ages and free to attend. Come enjoy a parking lot party and concert taking place with artisan vendors and food and drink specials by Ocho. Saturday lineup: Pinata Protest | Third Root | Gio Chamba

Sunday, November 6: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
AND
First Sundays for Families*: Wear Your Art – Fashion Across Cultures! (11:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Explore the many fashions found in the museum’s collection and how they reflect interchanging styles, trends and innovations. Craft a contemporary art tunic, a Precolumbian-inspired headdress, and Oceanic jewelry. Kids 12 and under get free admission. After 12:00 p.m., adults pay $10 each. *PLEASE NOTE* new time for First Sunday for Families beginning in January, 2016: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, November 7: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Imagination Playground at Hemisfair. This free, organized play event at Yanaguana Garden takes place every Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 8: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, November 8: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Tuesday, November 8: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Tuesday Nights at the Briscoe Western Art Museum! Everyone gets in free on Tuesday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to enjoy special programs, music, and more. And, remember: during all other open days/times, the Briscoe offers free admission, year-round, to children 12 and under and to all active military and their families (up to 4 people).

Wednesday, November 9: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CNC: Little Explorers! Little Explorers will come for fun and adventure using their five senses to discover nature. They will listen to stories, sing songs, play games, explore the outdoors, and make crafts to take home. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, November 9: Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 | 12328 IH 10 West, 78230 | 2703 S.E. Military Dr., 78223), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

Friday, November 11: Roosevelt High School, 5110 Walzem Rd., 78218, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join us for the STEAM Carnival at Roosevelt High School’s courtyard. Exhibits include life-size Operation, t-shirt cannon, Tesla Coil and so much more!

Friday, November 11: 100 Auditorium Circle, 78205, 8:00 p.m.
H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy Forrest Gump! Snuggle up with blankets and enjoy hot chocolate on the Plaza under the glow of the Tobin Center. The plaza will open an hour before the movie starts. No outside food or drinks are allowed, but concessions will be available for purchase- including full bar service. No Pets Please.

Saturday, November 12, Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 78231, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Composting and worms go together! Learn about home composting and see a vermiculture demonstration with red wiggler worms.  Jesse Valdez, Bexar County Master Gardeners, presents. Kid-friendly activity is included. Free and no registration is required but a donation of $3/ person OR $5/ family is suggested.

Saturday, November 12: Inspire Art, 200 Queen Anne Court, San Antonio, Texas 78209, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free Family Art Day takes place at Inspire Art every second Saturday of the month.

Saturday, November 12: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Up, Up … and Away! Balloon.

Saturday, November 12: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Come out and play RoTenGo at Hemisfair. Play is free! RoTenGo is strictly a ground game. With its fast, close volleys, it looks like ping pong (table tennis) on the ground. This hybrid of tennis and ping pong is an exciting game with nonstop action that can be played by people of all ages.

Saturday, November 12: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Trader’s Village will host an amateur boxing event sponsored by USA Boxing Association. The first event starts about 1 p.m. and will be in the Brown Expo. The event is free, but parking is $4.

Saturday, November 12: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
FARM: Kids Club – Hot Dog Thanksgiving! Join us for food and fun for our Annual Kids Club Hot Dog Thanksgiving. Will will be roasting hot dogs, s’mores and a fall nature wreath. For kids from 3 to 103. $5.00 per family. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-331-8596.

Saturday, November 12: Medina River Natural Area Pavilion, 15890 Highway 16 S., 78264, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The annual Owl Prowl is presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist, Jessica Alderson. Take a 1/2 mile hike to the interpretive area along the Medina River where barred owls will be called in with owl calls as they stake out their territory. Due to the sensitivity of the owls, no participants will be admitted after 6:30 p.m.  This program is limited to the first 40 people who reserve a spot. Book your spot and get more information by calling 210-207-3103. This program is suggested for adults and children older than 7 years old. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating and warmth, and a flashlight. Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family.

Sunday, November 13: Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., 78205, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free admission on the second Sunday of each month. In collaboration with the Raindrop Turkish House San Antonio (Raindrop Foundation), this free Second Sunday features a celebration of Turkish culture in Texas. The family-friendly event will include dances and performances, a chance to learn some Turkish phrases, try Turkish food, and more. Children’s activities include making an Evil Eye beaded bracelet, Turkish carpet making, and creating a Clay key chain.

Sunday, November 13: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 1:30 p.m.
See TASW Wrestling Live in the Brown Expo at Trader’s Village! There will be exciting wrestling matches, plus Lucha Libre Wrestlers and much more! Kids will have a chance to meet the wrestlers. The event is free, but parking is $4.

Sunday, November 13: 12951 Old Bandera Road #3, Helotes, 78023, 3:00 p.m. –  4:30 p.m.
City of Helotes Veterans Day Concert featuring the Helotes Area Community Band. This event is free and open to the public!

Monday, November 14: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Imagination Playground at Hemisfair. This free, organized play event at Yanaguana Garden takes place every Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, November 15: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Tuesday, November 15: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Tuesday Nights at the Briscoe Western Art Museum! Everyone gets in free on Tuesday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to enjoy special programs, music, and more. And, remember: during all other open days/times, the Briscoe offers free admission, year-round, to children 12 and under and to all active military and their families (up to 4 people).

Tuesday, November 15: The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, 78209, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free admission to The DoSeum on the first and third Tuesday of every month! Only the first 1,200 guests will be admitted so arrive early. Parking is free but limited – another good reason to be there early. Remember: no outside food allowed and umbrella strollers only inside the museum. The cafe will be open with food and drinks for sale.
PLEASE NOTE: the times have changed back to 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, November 16: Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 | 12328 IH 10 West, 78230 | 2703 S.E. Military Dr., 78223), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

Friday, November 18: La Villita, 418 Villita St, 78205, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Renaissance on the River and Shakespeare in the Park. La Villita will be transformed into “Olde Englande,” offering entertainment for all ages, and King and Queen Kevin and Sandi Wolff invite you to attend the festival. Renaissance on the River and Shakespeare in the Park admission is free and has entertainment for the whole family! At the entrance to La Villita, a town crier will welcome all attendees to the event. The Magik Theatre will bring artisans, magicians, jugglers, fire-eaters, swordsmen, singers, dancers, roving beggars and thieves, period crafts, games, a children’s area, and food to the San Antonio Riverwalk. Visitors can try their hand at pirate training, lock your friends and family up in the stocks, or feast on a turkey leg, while enjoying a variety of beverages – or be amazed by the art of falconry as Last Chance Forever shares their insights into the training, rehabilitation, and conservation of beautiful, fascinating birds of prey.

Friday, November 18: Gracie Barra San Antonio Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Self-Defense, 20711 Wilderness Oak, Ste 109, 78258, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Every month in the United States, three million children miss school due to fear of bullies. In the Gracie Barra kids program, our goal is to help your child build stronger confidence so they can overcome bullies without violence. Due to the non-violent nature of the techniques, effective techniques to deal with bullying for children between the ages of 4 and 14. We will teach your child to use verbal assertiveness to deter bullies and several non-violent self-defense techniques to stay safe if physically assaulted.

Friday, November 18: 801 W Martin Luther King Dr., San Marcos, 78666, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present Party in Your Park, sponsored by Grande Communications! Party in Your Park is a series of events hosted every three months featuring public neighborhood parks throughout the city. This free, family-friendly event features yard games, healthy snacks, activities, and more. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on if needed! Please call 512-393-8400 for more information.

Friday, November 18: 1 UTSA Circle, 78249, 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Fright Nights, Celestial Lights begins with an astronomy themed lecture in lecture hall 2.02.02 of the Flawn Science Building on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is given at a middle-school student level and allows discussion of recent topics in astronomy and space that will be of interest to the public. Following the hour-long lecture, stargazing will take place that the Curtis Vaughan Observatory in the same building as the lecture hall. This event is free and open to the public! for more information, visit astronomy.utsa.edu.

Saturday, November 19: Brackenridge Park, 3910 N. St. Mary’s Street, 78212, 10:00 a.m. 
Join SA Parks & Rec as they recreate an archeological dig for children of all ages to uncover replicas of artifacts that would have been found within Brackenridge Park. Open to all ages. For more information on these events and the Brackenridge Park Draft Master Plan, go to saparksandrec.com.

Saturday, November 19: La Villita, 418 Villita St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Renaissance on the River and Shakespeare in the Park. La Villita will be transformed into “Olde Englande,” offering entertainment for all ages, and King and Queen Kevin and Sandi Wolff invite you to attend the festival. Renaissance on the River and Shakespeare in the Park admission is free and has entertainment for the whole family! At the entrance to La Villita, a town crier will welcome all attendees to the event. The Magik Theatre will bring artisans, magicians, jugglers, fire-eaters, swordsmen, singers, dancers, roving beggars and thieves, period crafts, games, a children’s area, and food to the San Antonio Riverwalk. Visitors can try their hand at pirate training, lock your friends and family up in the stocks, or feast on a turkey leg, while enjoying a variety of beverages – or be amazed by the art of falconry as Last Chance Forever shares their insights into the training, rehabilitation, and conservation of beautiful, fascinating birds of prey.

Saturday, November 19: 18771 FM2252 Building 11, 78266, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Free Infant Massage Class Preview. This preview class will provide a overview of what infant massage is all about. Babies are welcomed, but no participation from them is needed during the preview. A few benefits of infant massage for baby are establishing trust, touch, stimulation and feeling loved. And for the parents are comfortable with baby, better sleep, confidence and decreased anxiety. This is a great bonding experience for both mothers and fathers to practice with their little one. If you are a new mom, experienced mom, or a soon to be mom this is the class for you and your little one. If you are a soon to be mom a baby doll will do for learning infant massage.

Saturday, November 19: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Give Thanks! Wreath.

Saturday, November 19: John William Helton San Antonio River Nature Park, 15662 FM 775, Floresville, TX 78114, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) will be hosting the 2nd Annual Pecan Jubilee. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature a dessert bake-off where the community is encouraged to register and submit their favorite pecan-themed baked goods in the categories of pies, cakes, bars/brownies, cookies or breads. The contest is limited to a total of 50 entries. For more information, please contact Angela Camarillo at (210) 302-3267 or
acamarillo@sara-tx.org.

Saturday, November 19, Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Rd., 78216, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
View the stars with local astronomers from the San Antonio Astronomical Association. Observe the constellations without the obstruction of city lights.  Telescopes will be set up in the open mulched field of the Savanna.  Park in the PHP Urban Ecology Center parking lot.  Flashlights are suggested for navigating through the dark. Free and no registration is required but a donation of $3/ person OR $5/ family is suggested.

Saturday, November 19: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is The Three Amigos. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Sunday, November 20: La Villita, 418 Villita St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Renaissance on the River and Shakespeare in the Park. La Villita will be transformed into “Olde Englande,” offering entertainment for all ages, and King and Queen Kevin and Sandi Wolff invite you to attend the festival. Renaissance on the River and Shakespeare in the Park admission is free and has entertainment for the whole family! At the entrance to La Villita, a town crier will welcome all attendees to the event. The Magik Theatre will bring artisans, magicians, jugglers, fire-eaters, swordsmen, singers, dancers, roving beggars and thieves, period crafts, games, a children’s area, and food to the San Antonio Riverwalk. Visitors can try their hand at pirate training, lock your friends and family up in the stocks, or feast on a turkey leg, while enjoying a variety of beverages – or be amazed by the art of falconry as Last Chance Forever shares their insights into the training, rehabilitation, and conservation of beautiful, fascinating birds of prey.

Monday, November 21: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Imagination Playground at Hemisfair. This free, organized play event at Yanaguana Garden takes place every Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 22: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, November 22: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Tuesday, November 22: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Tuesday Nights at the Briscoe Western Art Museum! Everyone gets in free on Tuesday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to enjoy special programs, music, and more. And, remember: during all other open days/times, the Briscoe offers free admission, year-round, to children 12 and under and to all active military and their families (up to 4 people).

Tuesday, November 22: Mission San Jose, 6519 San Jose Dr., 78214, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Join San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and Mobile Om for a complimentary yoga class. This all level vinyasa class is offered at no cost to the community, compliments of Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions.

Tuesday, November 22: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Join KLRN for a free screening of Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea. Wear your Creature Power Suits and bring snacks & blankets. RSVP at klrn.org/events.

Saturday, November 26: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Hit the Slopes! Skiers.

Saturday, November 26: Milam Park, 500 W Commerce, 78207, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Please join the Friends of Milam Park as we begin the holidays with this long time city tradition. Fantasyland at Milam Park will combine an old family tradition and tree lighting to create a magical FREE event for all. There will be various children’s entertainment groups, face painting, train rides, and of course… visits with Santa Claus himself! The lighting of our Christmas tree will take place at dusk. One lucky child in attendance will be chosen to help Santa Claus pull the switch for the first lighting of the holiday season. Cookies and hot chocolate provided by Mi Tierra’s to follow.

Saturday, November 26: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Come out and play RoTenGo at Hemisfair. Play is free! RoTenGo is strictly a ground game. With its fast, close volleys, it looks like ping pong (table tennis) on the ground. This hybrid of tennis and ping pong is an exciting game with nonstop action that can be played by people of all ages.

Wednesday, November 23: Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 | 12328 IH 10 West, 78230 | 2703 S.E. Military Dr., 78223), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

Friday, November 25: Main Street in Boerne, Texas
Dickens on Main. This free, two-day holiday festival transports you back to the days of of Charles Dickens. Stroll along Main St. in Boerne and enjoy “snow,” a tree lighting, live music, photos with Santa, carolers, an artisan market, a 60-foot snow slide, food, drinks, and more. The festival is free to attend. Read all about last year’s Dickens on Main event here.

Saturday, November 26: The Purple Chair, 2302 Gruene Lake Dr. Suite C New Braunfels, Texas 78130, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Are you on the Nice or the Naughty list? Find out at The Purple Chair from Santa himself. Don’t forget your cameras! All ages are welcome and this is a free event.

Friday, November 27: Main Street in Boerne, Texas, 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Dickens on Main. This free, two-day holiday festival transports you back to the days of of Charles Dickens. Stroll along Main St. in Boerne and enjoy “snow,” a tree lighting, live music, photos with Santa, carolers, an artisan market, a 60-foot snow slide, food, drinks, and more. The festival is free to attend. Read all about last year’s Dickens on Main event here.

Monday, November 28: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Imagination Playground at Hemisfair. This free, organized play event at Yanaguana Garden takes place every Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 29: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, November 29: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Tuesday, November 29: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Tuesday Nights at the Briscoe Western Art Museum! Everyone gets in free on Tuesday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to enjoy special programs, music, and more. And, remember: during all other open days/times, the Briscoe offers free admission, year-round, to children 12 and under and to all active military and their families (up to 4 people).

Wednesday, November 30: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CNC: Little Explorers! Little Explorers will come for fun and adventure using their five senses to discover nature. They will listen to stories, sing songs, play games, explore the outdoors, and make crafts to take home. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, November 30: Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 | 12328 IH 10 West, 78230 | 2703 S.E. Military Dr., 78223), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

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Sara Phillips from San Antonio blog Sensibly SaraSara Phillips writes about her kids and husband, recipes, life, and activities on her blog, Sensibly Sara. She also enjoys writing reviews and hosting giveaways. Sara and her family live in San Antonio, TX.

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