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Free in San Antonio: October 2017

Free in San Antonio October 2017

Ready or not, Fall is here! The weather is finally nice enough to get outside and enjoy all of the events that are free in San Antonio this October!

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, 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.

Museum Month

San Antonio museums and cultural institutions are proud to announce the inaugural Museum Month San Antonio this month! Participating institutions are offering reciprocal member admission, special events, and membership promotions. During October, visitors will be able to join one institution and explore all of the city’s vibrant visual arts scene.

Free in San Antonio this October

Sunday, October 1: 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*: See + Do Science and Art! (11:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Science and art combine for this inventive family day.  Experiment with interesting art techniques and see the museum’s collection from a scientific point of view, inspired by the special exhibition, Antinous, The Emperor’s Beloved: Investigating a Roman Portrait. Kids 12 and under get free admission. After 12:00 p.m., adults pay $10 each.

Sunday, October 1 – Monday, October 9: South Texas Maize, 911 US Highway 90 E., 78861, Various Times
South Texas Maize is dedicating this weekend to American Heroes. They are so appreciative of the commitment and sacrifices made daily by these men and women that all members of the U.S. Military, retired, active duty, and veterans, along with their dependents, with valid ID’s are admitted free — as are all firefighters, law enforcement, and EMS personnel. Valid identification is required for every weekend.

Monday, October 2: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Budding engineers and architects, join us on the Great Lawn for free-play with the Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks. Building and playing with Big Blue Blocks is a FREE all-ages activity!

Tuesday, October 3: 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 3: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Story Time at the Book Garden: Come for a story under the big shady trees, stay for a creative activity, and walk away with a book from our FREE Book Garden!

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

Tuesday, October 3: 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 3: 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 3: The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, 78209, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 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 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 3: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Go Fetch Run Cross-Training Program, taught by certified fitness instructors, combines strength, agility, and cardio in a high-energy class that also engages your dog both mentally and physically. Our Down and Dirty Obstacle Course promises to challenge you both with jumps, hoops, and other surprises! Programs are adapted for all human and canine fitness and training levels. Classes are FREE on the first Tuesday of every month!

Tuesday, October 3: UTSA, 1 UTSA Circle, 78249, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The UTSA Orchestra presents their first performance of the year in their season theme of “Six Degrees of Separation.” The concert will include Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Serly Hungarian Rhapsody for Viola withf Allyson Dawkins, soloist, and Beethoven Symphony No. 7. Free admission.

Wednesday, October 4: 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. $5 per family. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, October 4: 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 6: 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! Bring the whole family this month as we host a totally excellent Oktoberfest Celebration!

Friday, October 6: 1 UTSA Circle, 78249, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Fright Nights, Celestial Lights presented by the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy invites you to their monthly stargazing event “First Friday Stargazing” at the Curtis Flawn Jr. Observatory on the UTSA Main campus. Observatory telescopes will be setup on our star party deck and operated by experienced astronomers from UTSA and volunteers from the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers. This event is free and open to the public! for more information, visit astronomy.utsa.edu.

Friday, October 6: 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 Bitter Sweet.

Friday, October 6: Fischer Park, 1820 McQueeny Rd., New Braunfels, 78130, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Join New Braunfels Parks and Recreation for Fall Flicks. Tonight movie is Moana!

Saturday, October 7: Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Rd., 78216, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join presenter Diane Lewis for a hands-on learning experience about herb gardening for disease prevention and health. This program is suggested for adults or families with older children. Kid friendly activity included. Free and no registration is required but a donation of $3/ person OR $5/ family is suggested.

Saturday, October 7: 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 House Bank. 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 7: 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. Join us 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 7: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Work up a sweat, get fit and bust a move with a FREE Zumba class from MIX FIT SA. You’ll love this high energy dance workout.

Saturday, October 7: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join Hemisfair every first Saturday for SUPER FUN SATURDAYS! These free activities are staff-led exercises in creativity and fun! Get out to the park and get moving! This month will feature Butterfly-related crafts, kites, story time and more featuring our Butterfly Garden sponsored by Whole Foods Market®.

Saturday, October 7: Santikos Silverado, 11505 W Loop 1604 N, TX 78250, 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 Casper. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Saturday, October 7: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hemisfair’s Saturday Art in the Park series presents free art workshops for kids ages 4-12. Each workshop features a fun, themed art activity. Please allow extra time for parking, as the workshop begins promptly at 11 am. To find us once you arrive, just follow the “Art in the Park” signs!

Saturday, October 7: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Summer Memories Scrapbook.

Saturday, October 7: 8520 Fourwinds Dr., 78239, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bark in the Park is the largest Pet Costume Contest and Expo in Texas and the second largest in the United States. All proceeds benefit San Antonio Pets Alive and Animal Defense League of Texas.

Saturday, October 7: Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., 78214, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Pete’s Dragon. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Sunday, October 8: 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.

Monday, October 9: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Budding engineers and architects, join us on the Great Lawn for free-play with the Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks. Building and playing with Big Blue Blocks is a FREE all-ages activity!

Monday, October 9: Participating Chick-fil-A locations in San Antonio, New Braunfels & Kerrville, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Military Appreciation Night! Present your Military ID for a FREE Chick-fil-A Sandwich or Chick-fil-A Nuggets (8-count). Offer includes immediate family members. Children will receive one FREE Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kids Meal (4-count) or (6-count). Valid only at participating San Antonio, New Braunfels or Kerrville area Chick-fil-A Restaurants.

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

Tuesday, October 10: 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 10: 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 11: 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. $5 per family. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, October 11: Main Plaza, 115 N Main Avenue, 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join Main Plaza Conservancy in partnership with City of San Antonio Animal Care Services for a day of pet friendly activities – Pets on the Plaza. Including: walking a pet on the plaza, cuddling with a pet, and much more. Come take a break from the office to exercise and socialize pets from the City animal shelter!

Friday, October 13: 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 White Tapes.

Friday, October 13: 100 Auditorium Circle, 78205, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to the Plaza under the glow of the Tobin Center and enjoy Beauty and the Beast! 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 13: San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, 78209, 6:30 p.m.  
Join the Botanical Garden for Starlight Movies in the Garden. Tonight’s movie will be The Birds. Gates will open at 6:30 pm and admission is free. Guests will have the opportunity to stroll through 38 acres of natural beauty before settling in for the movie. The movie begins at dusk. The public is encouraged to bring picnics and blankets or lawn chairs.

Saturday, October 14: Phil Hardberger Park West (Urban Ecology Center), 8400 N.W. Military Highway, 78231, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Texas Pollinators Bio Blitz! Learn how to identify and record butterfly surveys as the butterflies travel south through the Central Flyway. Learn about nature apps that may be used to observe and record nature in the park. Suggested for families with older children. Bring an iPhone, smartphone or android to use for this activity. Registration suggested.. Free to attend but a donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is appreciated.

Saturday, October 14: Cibolo Nature Center, meet at Visitor’s Center, 140 City Park Road, Boerne, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join Cibolo Nature Center for their 2nd Saturday Volunteer Day of Service. Bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes!

Saturday, October 14: The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fall at The Alamo! This is a family-friendly living history event that the whole family will enjoy. Learn about life in frontier Texas with special demonstrations.

Saturday, October 14: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
FARM: Kids Club: Fall! Come celebrate nature in the Fall! We’ll learn about the changes in our world during this transitional season and make ‘witches bags’ to take home. For kids from 3 to 103. $5.00 per family suggested donation. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-331-8596.

Saturday, October 14: Crescent Bend Nature Park, 12805 Schaefer Rd., 78108, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Discover Clues and Traces! Animals survive best when they are hiding, and that’s why we don’t often see them; however, they leave clues and traces behind: tracks, nests, and even bones! They use camouflage to hide in plain sight. Bring out your kiddos to learn how to observe connections and interdependence in nature. This program is designed for families with elementary-aged children, but all ages are welcome. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Please call the Parks & Recreation Office to register at 210-619-1850. Space is limited.

Saturday, October 14: Lamar Elementary Gym, 201 Parland Place. 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, October 14: Landa Library, 233 Bushnell Ave., 78212, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join Landa Library for their family-friendly 70th anniversary & improvements celebration!

Saturday, October 14: Artpace, 445 N. Main St., 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 14: 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 Seventh 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 14: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hemisfair’s Saturday Art in the Park series presents free art workshops for kids ages 4-12. Each workshop features a fun, themed art activity. Please allow extra time for parking, as the workshop begins promptly at 11 am. To find us once you arrive, just follow the “Art in the Park” signs!

Saturday, October 14: Santikos Silverado, 11505 W Loop 1604 N, TX 78250, 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 The Addams Family. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Saturday, October 14: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Sail Away STEAM Boats.

Saturday, October 14: Yanaguana Garden, 434 S. Alamo St., 78205, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
A fitness experience geared for younger park guests, Youth Fitness is hosted in Yanaguana Garden every second Saturday. Great for kids and pre-teens, this FREE class will get the whole family moving!

Saturday, October 14: Hemisfair Park, 434 South Alamo, 78205, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Southtown Cinema is a free community movie series, every second and fourth Saturday at Yanaguana Garden. Movies begin at sundown! Sponsored by Carvana and hosted by our community partner Slab Cinema. Tonight’s film is The Sandlot.

Sunday, October 15: Hemisfair Park, 434 South Alamo, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Good Spirit T’ai Chi presents free classes in Yanaguana Garden. T’ai Chi Ch’uan is a Chinese martial art focusing on the development of internal energy. T’ai Chi has been attributed with many health benefits, in addition to being an effective self-defense system. Classes are every 3rd Sunday September through November.

Monday, October 16: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Budding engineers and architects, join us on the Great Lawn for free-play with the Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks. Building and playing with Big Blue Blocks is a FREE all-ages activity!

Sunday, 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 Seventh 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.

Tuesday, October 17: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, October 17: 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 17: 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 17: Arctic Ape, 5221 Walzem Rd, 78218, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bring the kids for a reptile encounter from Alamo City Reptile Rescue. Guests will get to learn about, handle, and take photos with several species of reptiles. Featuring: Gator the Redtail Boa, Rukia the Ball Python, Max the Savannah Monitor, Lil Bean the Bearded Dragon, Starfire the Ball Python, Chai and Sunny the leopard Geckos and their handlers Brian, Hannah and Rick!

Tuesday, October 17: The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, 78209, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 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 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 18: 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. On the 3rd Wednesday, special guest Mother Nature will be there for story time. $5 per family. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, October 18: TriPoint, 3233 N St. Mary’s St., 78212, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Student Loan Debt has topped $1.3 trillion dollars nationwide, three times the amount from a decade ago. This free My Education Solutions workshop is for graduates, students and parents to learn which forgiveness programs you qualify for.

Thursday, October 19: Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., 78214, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Ghostbusters. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Friday, October 20: Pearl, 307 Pearl Parkway, 78216, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 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. Tonight’s event is Butterflies without Borders: a scientific symposium. Get the full schedule.

Friday, October 20: 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 Texas Two Lane.

Saturday, October 21: 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 21: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us on the Great Lawn for free-play with the Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks every third Saturday. Build whatever is in YOUR imagination. All budding Engineers and Architects welcome!!

Saturday, October 21: Mission San José, 6701 San José Drive, 78214, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join Mission San José for Archaeology Day! There will be free hands-on activities, exhibits and demonstrations for the whole family. This event is all about the science of archeology – learn how we know what we know about Spanish Colonial missions! Participate in over a dozen archeology activities at this event.

Saturday, October 21: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Work up a sweat, get fit and bust a move with a FREE Zumba class from MIX FIT SA. You’ll love this high energy dance workout.

Saturday, October 21: The Purple Chair, 2302 Gruene Lake Dr. Suite C New Braunfels, Texas 78130, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Purple Chair will have Elephant & Piggie! Stop by and say Hello! we will have story time at 10:30, 11:15 and 12:00. Make a nifty Elephant or Piggie craft! Don’t forget your cameras!

Saturday, October 21: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hemisfair’s Saturday Art in the Park series presents free art workshops for kids ages 4-12. Each workshop features a fun, themed art activity. Please allow extra time for parking, as the workshop begins promptly at 11 am. To find us once you arrive, just follow the “Art in the Park” signs!

Saturday, October 21: Santikos Silverado, 11505 W Loop 1604 N, TX 78250, 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 Monster House. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Saturday, October 21: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Summertime Nameplate.

Saturday, October 21: 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 21: The Circle School, 217 Pershing Ave., 78209 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Circle Fest offers kids activities, live music, delicious food and a raffle. The event also features a unique Pumpkin Path, where children hear stories from costumed characters on a path lined with pumpkins and luminaries during a fun-filled experience for the whole family. Costumes are encouraged. Free for kids under 15. Adults are $5 each.

Saturday, October 21: Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., 78214, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. Tonight is a double feature – Secret Life of Pets and Finding Dory. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Sunday, October 22: Pearl, 300 Pearl Parkway, 78216, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 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. Today’s event is a Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival and Parade. Get the full schedule.

Sunday, October 22: Broadway through Alamo Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Síclovía is back! Head to the Midtown East Route (Broadway to Alamo Plaza and Dignity Park) for fun in the streets. In partnership with the City of San Antonio, the YMCA will make 2.7 miles of San Antonio streets temporarily car-free. During the event, the streets will belong to individuals and families to run, ride bikes, participate in exercise classes and enjoy their city streets.

Sunday, October 22: 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 seventh 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.

Sunday, October 22: Brackenridge Park, 3700 N St. Mary’s St., 78212, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Join the Brackenridge Park Conservancy for the 7th annual Parktoberfest! Parktoberfest is a fun community event which embraces San Antonio’s German heritage. Proceeds from this special event help fund the Conservancy’s general operations as well as special projects, preservation of historic structures, educational programs for school children, volunteer clean-up and planting efforts,and feral cat management. Local craft breweries will be providing samples, there will be a kids corner and live performances.

Sunday, October 22: Steel City Pops, 812 S Alamo St., 78205, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Community Movie night hosted by Steel City Pops and Slab Cinema showing Young Frankenstein. Steel City Pops will be offering a free dip for anybody who wears their Halloween costume to the event! Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Parking in the lot is free, first come first serve.

Monday, October 23: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Budding engineers and architects, join us on the Great Lawn for free-play with the Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks. Building and playing with Big Blue Blocks is a FREE all-ages activity!

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

Tuesday, October 24: 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 24: 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 25: 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. $5 per family. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, October 25: Pan American Library, 1122 W. Pyron Ave., 78221, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Pan Am’s Fright Night Series brings to you a movie screening of a Halloween classic that will be sure to put you in the Halloween spirit. Three witch sisters are resurrected after three centuries in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. Do not worry; do not be scared, after all “it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!” Rated PG.

Thursday, October 26: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
The Go Fetch Run Cross-Training Program, taught by certified fitness instructors, combines strength, agility, and cardio in a high-energy class that also engages your dog both mentally and physically. Our Down and Dirty Obstacle Course promises to challenge you both with jumps, hoops, and other surprises! Programs are adapted for all human and canine fitness and training levels. Classes are FREE on the fourth Thursday of every month!

Friday, October 27: Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., 78214, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join KLRN for a Kids Fall Festival! There will be hands-on activities, a child-friendly costume contest and family-friendly fun along with KLRN’s community partners. Curious George will make a special visit, too. Bring your healthy snacks, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a special preview of PBS KIDS Halloween programs that will begin at dusk.

Friday, October 27: 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 Lick.

Friday, October 27: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Selena. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 28: Heroes Stadium, 4799 Thousand Oaks Drive, 78233, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Come out for Brighton Center’s 4th annual Inclusion Walk (iWalk)! The first 1,000 kids will receive a super-ability cape to keep. Families can enjoy music, crafts, photo stations, face painting and more. To join, start a team or donate visit, www.brightonsa.org/iwalk

Saturday, October 28: North East Sports Park, 12001 Wetmore Rd., 78247, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join NEISD for the 2nd annual “back the future” Family Engagement Event! FREE activities include: School Spirit Fun Run @ 9:15am, Live DJ, Games for All Ages, Rock Climbing Wall, Health Fair, Food Preparation Demos, Fitness Demos, Hair Cuts & Manicures and Door Prizes.

Saturday, October 28: Mission San Juan, 9101 Graf Rd, 78214, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
It’s International Observe the Moon Night at Mission San Juan Night! Join park rangers and the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers for an evening observing the night sky.

Saturday, October 28: Piper Bass Memorial Student Center, 12002 Jones Maltsberger, 78216, 8:30 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 28: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join MIX FIT SA every fourth Saturday for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), to have fun while maximizing your calorie burn. There’s no better place to work out than in the park, so get out to this FREE event and get moving!

Saturday, October 28: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fall Family Festival! Celebrate autumn at Cibolo Creek with pumpkin carving, a hay maze, bobbing for apples, making fall crafts and playing carnival games. No drop-offs. Suggested donation of $10 per family.

Saturday, October 28: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St., 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hemisfair’s Saturday Art in the Park series presents free art workshops for kids ages 4-12. Each workshop features a fun, themed art activity. Please allow extra time for parking, as the workshop begins promptly at 11 am. To find us once you arrive, just follow the “Art in the Park” signs!

Saturday, October 28: Santikos Silverado, 11505 W Loop 1604 N, TX 78250, 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 Coraline. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Saturday, October 28: 300 W Olmos Dr, San Antonio, TX 78212, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Susan G. Komen is kicking off the 21st Annual Race for the Cure with their Title Sponsor, H-E-B! Come out and join this family-friendly rally with H-E-Buddy, Kids Korner, photo booth, games, music, and health resources.

Saturday, October 28: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Jammin’ Jellyfish.

Saturday, October 28: Pan American Library, 1122 W. Pyron Ave., 78221, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pan American’s Fright Night Series brings to you a special Halloween presentation from the San Antonio Ghost Hunters. Come hear from the San Antonio Ghost Hunters about their ghost hunting experiences, techniques, and equipment.See actual footage and photos of evidence from local ghost hunts. Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, October 28: Hemisfair Park, 434 South Alamo, 78205, 7:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Jurassic Park. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, October 28: Pickrell Park, 703 Oak St., Schertz, 78154, 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 30: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Budding engineers and architects, join us on the Great Lawn for free-play with the Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks. Building and playing with Big Blue Blocks is a FREE all-ages activity!

Monday, October 30: Landa Gardens Conservancy, 233 Bushnell Ave., 78212, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Scare up a good time at the Spooktacular Landa Boo! All kids big and small can enjoy wonderful crafts, costume parades, balloons and ghoulish music.

Tuesday, October 31: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, October 31: 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 31: 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 31: Pan American Library, 1122 W. Pyron Ave., 78221, 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Come in costume — or — come as you are for some Halloween fun at the library! Stories that are not too scary. Crafts that are not too tricky.
Treats that are not too sticky.

Which activity are you most looking forward to?

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