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It’s time to pack up the summer clothes and memories and start thinking about fall. Are you ready to enjoy cooler temperatures and pumpkin everything? Whether the event is indoors our out, take advantage of this list of Free in San Antonio to schedule your family calendar!

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 these free festivals this October:

Free Fall Festivals in San Antonio 2016

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Free in San Antonio this October

Saturday, October 1: 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 Fire Truck. 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, October 1: 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, October 1, Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 78231, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Whether your house is in the city or in the country, it’s important to protect it from fire. Logan Scherschel, Texas Forest Service, provides information on using landscaping to keep your property firewise safe. This program is for adults. Free and no registration is required but a donation of $3/ person OR $5/ family is suggested.

Saturday, October 1: 302 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, 78130, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Held the first and third Saturday of each month, the New Braunfels Railroad Museum holds Kids Fun Day. Children under the age of 18 receive FREE admission and the chance to run the trains!

Saturday, October 1: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Shoot for the Stars! Supply Holder.

Saturday, October 1: 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, October 1: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 6:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. Garrison Retreats is hosting a movie in the park night with a showing of Guardians of the Galaxy! There will be many different types of vendors in the park beginning at 6:00 p.m. and the movie showing will begin at 8:30 p.m. This Veteran focused, family friendly event is free to the public so grab your blankets and chairs.

Saturday, October 1: Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio, 78214, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Goosebumps. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 1: 11020 Old Corpus Christi Hwy., 78223, 8:00 p.m.
Join Goodnews Lutheran Pumpkin Patch for an outdoor movie in the patch. Tonight’s movie is Hocus Pocus.

Sunday, October 2: 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.)
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First Sundays for Families*: Color Me Contemporary! (11:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Line, shape and color collide in this captivating family day.  Be inspired by the artists of today as you mix things up with paint, collage and more! 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, October 3: 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, October 4: 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, October 4: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, October 4: 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, October 4: 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, October 4: 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, October 5: 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, October 5: 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, October 7: 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, October 7: Tower Plaza at the Tower of the Americas, 739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 78205, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Free concert series. Food and beverages available for purchase. Family-friendly. Tonight is Bittersweet.

Friday, October 7: Alamo Heights Nature Trails Park, 78209, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Hotel Transylvania 2. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Friday, October 7: Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio, 78214, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is a KLRN Special Screening. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 8, Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 78231, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Drop by the informational table for trail safety tips and the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails Companion Guide for children. Free and no registration is required but a donation of $3/ person OR $5/ family is suggested.

Saturday, October 8: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi, an ancient form of Chinese self defense that’s evolved into a form of exercise for stretching and stress reduction. This class will consist of a 15 minute warmup, 20 minutes on the fundamentals of tai chi, and a follow-along demonstration.

Saturday, October 8: 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. This month, join instructor Laura Rhodes Jimenez and the Inspire crew for Hispanic Heritage Celebration. There will be storytelling (both in English and Spanish) and make-and-take art activities inspired by the richness, beauty and diversity of Latin American Cultures, plus tasty treats and other wonderful surprises. Wear your favorite Latin American inspired attire if you would like, and come have fun with us. Nos vemos pronto! See you soon!

Saturday, October 8: East Houston Street between North Presa and North Flores streets, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Chalk it Up! 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.

Saturday, October 8: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Welcome Home! Key Holder.

Saturday, October 8: Medina River Natural Area Pavilion, 15890 Highway 16 S., 78264, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Leave No Trace Principles is an engaging, interactive, hands-on class designed to teach children and adults about reducing our environmental impacts when recreating in the outdoors. By practicing Leave No Trace, we can preserve and protect our natural world and the places where we play. Registration is recommended. Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family.

Saturday, October 8: John William Helton San Antonio River Nature Park, 15662 FM 775, Floresville, TX 78114, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Join the San Antonio River Authority and expert naturalist Tom Kinsey with Learn Nature for Wild for Wildlife! This event is free and open to everyone but registration is required.

Saturday, October 8: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
FARM: Kids Club – Un-Nature Hike! We will be hiking around the farm looking for things that don’t belong in nature. We will turn those things into art! 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, October 8: Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio, 78214, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is TBD. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 8: 11020 Old Corpus Christi Hwy., 78223, 8:00 p.m.
Join Goodnews Lutheran Pumpkin Patch for an outdoor movie in the patch. Tonight’s movie is Boxtrolls.

Saturday, October 9: Friedrich Wilderness Park, 21395 Milsa Drive, 78256, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Drop in between 10:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. and meet Leave No Trace educators who travel across the country
teaching others how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Since 1994, Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor
Ethics exists to educate people about their recreational impact on nature. Suggested donation of $3 per person or $6 per family. For more inormation, call 210-207-3782 or email nicole.mcleod@sanantonio.gov.

Sunday, October 9: 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. Today’s event features a wide variety of spooky stories and mysteries at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. Storyteller Carolina Quiroga-Stultz will draw on her repertoire of tall tales for some family-friendly, scary-but-not-too-scary entertainment. Make-and-take crafts will highlight the Halloween theme. Plus, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be hosting a blood drive.

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Don’t miss these free Halloween events this October:

Free Halloween events for families in San Antonio

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Monday, October 10: 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, October 11: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, October 11: 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, October 11: 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, October 12: 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, October 12: 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, October 14: Tower Plaza at the Tower of the Americas, 739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 78205, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Free concert series. Food and beverages available for purchase. Family-friendly. Tonight is The Hitlist.

Friday, October 14: Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio, 78214, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is National Parks Screening. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Friday, October 14: 100 Auditorium Circle, 78205, 8:00 p.m.
H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy Beetlejuice! 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.

Friday, October 14: Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E Mulberry Ave., 78212, 12:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.
Compassion – An interactive tour of life in the developing world. This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope.

Saturday, October 15: Travis Park, 221 E Travis St., 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
San Antonio yogi’s unite for a Om-azing morning in Travis Park with an all out celebration of our city’s vibrant and growing yoga community. Fill the grounds to rise and shine together in a community wide yoga class to kick off the day and cultivate all the good vibes. The rest of the fest will be full of yoga classes, live music, meditation, massages, local art, vendors, and so much more. This event is free and open to the public, brought to you by Mobile Om and the City of San Antonio. Spread the word, bring the entire family and come spread your Om with us!

Saturday, October 15, Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Rd., 78216, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Drake White, Master Naturalist, provides an outdoor program with a tour of the Butterfly Learning Center created by Drake and Alamo Area Master Naturalists. Free and no registration is required but a donation of $3/ person OR $5/ family is suggested.

Saturday, October 15: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Kids’ Club: Fall Festival! Celebrate autumn at Cibolo Creek with pumpkin carving, a hay maze, donuts on a string, face painting and other fun Halloween activities. No drop-offs. Suggested donation of $5 per family.

Saturday, October 1: 302 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, 78130, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Held the first and third Saturday of each month, the New Braunfels Railroad Museum holds Kids Fun Day. Children under the age of 18 receive FREE admission and the chance to run the trains!

Saturday, October 15, Mission San Jose, 6701 San Jose Dr, 78214, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join Legacy at this year’s Archaeology Day at Mission San Jose! Free family event with activities for all ages including adobe brickmaking, historic photo selfies, site in a jar and so much more.

Saturday, October 15: Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredricksburg Rd., 78201, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a Super Awesome Party Expo! Everything you need to plan your party all in one place. This event will be FREE to the public! Games, prizes, entertainment on stage throughout the day. Costumes are encouraged.

Saturday, October 15: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Trader’s Village will host its Fifth Annual Championship Pow Wow. This native American Pow Wow will include colorful tribal dance contest, an arts and crafts show, visiting with old friends making new ones, honoring ceremonies and much more and is presented by the DFW Inter-Tribal Association. The event is free, but parking is $4.

Saturday, October 15: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 11:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free spooky movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is Hotel Transylvania. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Saturday, October 15: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Silly Snake Finger Puppet.

Saturday, October 15: Hollywood Park, San Antonio, 78232, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is TBD. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 15: Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio, 78214, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Hotel Transylvania 1. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 15: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Zootopia. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 15: 11020 Old Corpus Christi Hwy., 78223, 8:00 p.m.
Join Goodnews Lutheran Pumpkin Patch for an outdoor movie in the patch. Tonight’s movie is Hotel Transylvania 2.

Saturday, October 15: Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E Mulberry Ave., 78212, 12:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.
Compassion – An interactive tour of life in the developing world. This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope.

Sunday, October 16: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Trader’s Village will host its Fifth Annual Championship Pow Wow. This native American Pow Wow will include colorful tribal dance contest, an arts and crafts show, visiting with old friends making new ones, honoring ceremonies and much more and is presented by the DFW Inter-Tribal Association. The event is free, but parking is $4.

Sunday, October 16: El Mercado, 514 W. Commerce St., 78207, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This AccessAbility Fest is for individuals of all abilities, including those with physical, developmental, sensory and/or mental health challenges! Wear your costumes & enjoy family friendly activities and fun at El Mercado.

Sunday, October 16: Animal Defense League, 11300 Nacogdoches Rd, 78217, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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.

Sunday, October 16: Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E Mulberry Ave., 78212, 11:20 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Compassion – An interactive tour of life in the developing world. This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope.

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Use our handy map to find a pumpkin patch near you this October:

A map to San Antonio Pumpkin Patches

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Monday, October 17: 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.

Monday, October 18: Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E Mulberry Ave., 78212, 12:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.
Compassion – An interactive tour of life in the developing world. This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope.

Tuesday, October 18: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, October 18: 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, October 18: 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, October 18: 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, October 19: 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, October 21: 450 S. Market St. Goliad, TX, 77963, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join the San Antonio River Authority for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival – a change of course. Free admission and snacks.

Friday, October 21: Tower Plaza at the Tower of the Americas, 739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 78205, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Free concert series. Food and beverages available for purchase. Family-friendly. Tonight is Charlie Bravo.

Saturday, October 22: Trinity Market, 609 N. Campus Dr. 78212, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The first ever Little Beet Pumpkin Patch! Bring your pearly whites for pictures and the little ones to enjoy games and hay rides! Games and entry are free. Pumpkin painting and hayrides are by donation. There will be plenty of pumpkins for sale.

Saturday, October 22, Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 78231, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Learn about the ecology and wildlife of Hardberger Park on this walk led by Christine Westerman. Ms. Westerman is the lead professional in the local office of a national environmental consulting firm. Meet in the patio area of the PHP Urban Ecology Center. Free and no registration is required but a donation of $3/ person OR $5/ family is suggested.

Saturday, October 22: Piper Bass Memorial Student Center, 12002 Jones Maltsberger, 78216, 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Free heart screening for teens at the Piper Bass Memorial Student Center, thanks to AugustHeart. A parental waiver must be signed in order for your teen to receive a heart screening. Teens should wear loose fitting clothing. Screening includes an electrocardiogram (ECG) and if needed a limited 2-D echocardiogram (ECHO). The screening process typically takes approximately 20 minutes per student. NOTE: AVERAGE WAIT TIME VARIES. Screenings are offered at no charge. For those choosing to make an optional donation, $25 offsets the cost to screen one student. Register here.

Saturday, October 22: Pearl, 300 Pearl Parkway, 78216, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us during peak Monarch butterfly migration week as we celebrate San Antonio’s unique place in the storied Monarch butterfly migration–right in the middle of the flyway. Events are free and open to the public. Get the full schedule.

Saturday, October 22: at participating Lowe’s stores, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Lowe’s Build and Grow. Your child will build something as part of Lowe’s Build & Grow series. PLEASE NOTE: registration for this event opens soon and fills quickly! Here’s where to register.

Saturday, October 22: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 11:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free spooky movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is Hotel Transylvania 2. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Saturday, October 22: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Rockin Rainstick.

Saturday, October 22: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Harvest Fest at Hemisfair! Wonderful tastes, sights, sounds and activities for the whole family! Including Chili, seasonal pallets mac and cheese, fudge, pumpkin patch and carving, corn art, live music and beer.

Saturday, October 22: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 12:00 p.m.
Trader’s Village San Antonio presents Dia de los Muertos – The Day of the Dead. The Day of the Dead event will celebrate this long time Mexican tradition with a parade, altars, artists, dancing. The event is free, but parking is $4.

Saturday, October 22: Natatorium, 1430 W Cesar Chavez, 78207, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A dance, swimming with ghouls, a Halloween costume contest, a Scary Tale Circle, Pumpkin Patch Pics, a Haunted House, a Kids Haunted Maze and Terrifying Tube races are among the free ghoulish activities planned for youngsters ages 12 and under. Swimming is on tap too, but swimwear is a must. Little ghouls may wear their swimsuits or bring them along to change into when they’re ready for a dip.

Saturday, October 22, Imagine Dental, 8142 Tezel Rd., 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate fall at Imagine Dental’s Fall Fiesta which featured free fun, including face painting, candy, crafts, and pictures with princesses and villains.

Saturday, October 22: Northwest Vista College, 3535 N Ellison Dr., 78251, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Beetlejuice. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk. Food Trucks, Bounce Houses for kids and Haunted Houses both for adults and kids. Come dressed in your Halloween costume to participate in a costume contest. More info.

Saturday, October 22: Sunken Gardens, 3875 N St. Mary’s, 78212, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Monsters Inc. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 22: 11020 Old Corpus Christi Hwy., 78223, 8:00 p.m.
Join Goodnews Lutheran Pumpkin Patch for an outdoor movie in the patch. Tonight’s movie is Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Sunday, October 23: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Trader’s Village presents it’s sixth annual Boo Bash, the biggest free spooktacular for kids in San Antonio. Boo Bash 2015 will present live musical entertainment, activities, a Bootastic Parade and monster-sized Trick-or-Treating by our generous vendors who will place a pumpkin in front of their location to let you know to stop for candy. They will also have a Haunted House with animated and live features that will spook visitors! The event is free, but parking is $4.

Monday, October 24: 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, October 25: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, October 25: 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, October 25: 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, October 26: 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, October 26: 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.

Saturday, October 27: San Antonio Botanical Gardens, 555 Funston Pl., 78209, 6:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Island Earth. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk. Come early for Chips, salsa, and guacamole from Chipotle Mexican Grill (while supplies last). Outside food, beverages, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Admission is free.

Friday, October 28: The Purple Chair, 2302 Gruene Lake Dr. Suite C New Braunfels, Texas 78130, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 am.
Join The Purple Chair for  a Halloween themed story time! Wear your costumes! Afterward, we will go trick or treating from shop to shop in The Village. All ages are welcome and this is a free event.

Friday, October 28: Tower Plaza at the Tower of the Americas, 739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 78205, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Free concert series. Food and beverages available for purchase. Family-friendly. Tonight is Eclipse Journey Tribute Band.

Friday, October 28: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, 78215, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Tales of the Night. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk. Family Flicks event includes family tours inside the museum plus art-making activities.

Saturday, October 29: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 11:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free spooky movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is Goosebumps. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Saturday, October 29: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Spooky Spectacles. 

 

Saturday, October 29: Main Plaza, 115 N Main Avenue, 78205, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
5th Annual Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio Festival. Take a trip to the “Heart of the City” and watch LIVE Mariachi Music this Saturday, while enjoying local food vendors. We will also have performances by “Bailando Sin Fronteras” (Local Dance Troupe) throughout . Starting at 5:00 PM the High School Mariachi Competition will kick off. Then, at 9:00 PM guests are invited to stay and watch “San Antonio|The Saga,” an international, award-winning and captivating visual art projection that displays on the magnificent façade of San Fernando Cathedral.

Saturday, October 29: City of Schertz, 78154, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Hocus Pocus. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 29: Nani Falcone Park, 7625 Mystic Park, 78254, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 29: 11020 Old Corpus Christi Hwy., 78223, 8:00 p.m.
Join Goodnews Lutheran Pumpkin Patch for an outdoor movie in the patch. Tonight’s movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Sunday, October 30: Lockwood Park, 823 N Olive St., 78202, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Hotel Transylvania 2. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Monday, October 31: 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.

Monday, October 31: Lou Kardon Memorial Park, 6161 Gibbs Sprawl Rd., 78218, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join Live Oak for a Halloween Family Night. Inflatables, games, prizes, costume contests and more. This event is free for the community!

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Did I miss something? Let me know!

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Comments

  1. Is there a way to have any of this in Spanish? These are really great resources for some of my clients I work with!

    • Hi, Dorothy,

      There is not a Spanish translation of our posts at this time. But I wish we did have that and it’s something I’ll definitely consider in the future if it’s financially viable. Thanks for your comment and question!

  2. Wow, that’s a huge list! I love this time of year for the pumpkin patch activities and all of the fun outdoor events.

  3. Justin Thyme says:

    San Antonio Road Runners hosts free family fun runs on the first Saturday of each month. Info for October here:
    http://www.saroadrunners.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=736866&item_id=405342

    100 yard kids dash, then 1/2, 1 and 3 mile runs … family/dog/stroller friendly

  4. Ida Gomez says:

    Your 7 and 14 are saying they are on saturdays for slab cinema. Those days are fridays

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