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Free family-friendly activities and events in San Antonio this September!

WOW! Summer really zoomed by, didn’t it?! What were some of your favorite free events over the summer months? Can you believe the kids are back in school already? Don’t worry, though, because there are plenty of great events for September. Use 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

Sundays in September, Chipotle Restaurants
Every Sunday in September, kids eat FREE when you buy a burrito, bowl, an order of tacos or salad. Bonus: it comes with a nifty Dragons Love Tacos activity sheet. Free kid’s meal valid only for kids 12 and under. Offer must be redeemed simultaneously in a single visit and is subject to availability. Not valid for catering orders. May not be combined with other offers; additional restrictions may apply.

Saturday, August 20 – Monday, September 5: North Star Mall
Hours: Mondays – Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sundays, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
LEGO Americana Roadshow! For this special tour, master builders have built the nation’s most iconic landmarks out of LEGO bricks. Ten one-of-a-kind, large scale models of American landmarks made completely out of LEGO bricks by LEGO Master Builders – including the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Old North Church – take over North Star Mall and entertain customers with stunning visuals and fun facts.

Additional onsite visuals and activities:

  • LEGO Brick Play Area: Children of all ages can build whatever their imaginations dream up
  • LEGO Building Activity: Attendees can build their own LEGO Americana Roadshow inspired model and take it home with them
  • LEGO Scavenger Hunt: Attendees can collect a special LEGO prize after completing the LEGO Americana Roadshow scavenger hunt.

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 September

Friday, September 2: Yanaguana Gardens, 434 South Alamo St., 78205, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join in on this new, free collaboration between the San Antonio Dance Umbrella and Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair: ‘Dance in the Park!’ This event is located in the Eager Courtyard near Games Plaza and the restroom building. The schedule will include Capoeira Luanda & Ilê Bahia de San Antonio: 6:30 – 7:00 | Belly Dance Karavan Studio: 7:00 – 7:30 Salsa | Danzavida De San Antonio Dance Company: 7:30 – 8:00 | Performance 8:00 p.m. Come learn something new from the best in a friendly atmosphere. Questions? Please email: sanantoniodanceumbrella@gmail.org for more info.

Friday, September 2: 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 Chillfactor.

Friday, September 2: Hemisfair, Tower Drive (behind the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 78205, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The 2016 “Bigger & Better” LaborFest San Antonio festival is a three-day, multi-cultural music and arts festival. This year’s festival will be held from September 2- 4, 2016 but only Friday night is free and open to the public. This free, Friday night event features live music from Jay Perez and other bands on Stage 2 at the Festival/Carnival behind the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, on Tower of the Americas Drive. Parking is available at the nearby Alamodome for $10.

Friday, September 2: 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!

Saturday, September 3: 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 Back to School Whiteboard. 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, September 3: 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, September 3: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fifth Annual Volkswagen Car Show and Swap Meet. The show which will feature 300 Volkswagen’s from all over the country and Mexico. Check out classic and new Bugs, Vans, Ghias, Things, Bajas and more. Free Concert by Top Shelf from 12:30pm-4:30pm. The event is free, but parking is $4.

Saturday, September 3: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Big Blue Sky Binoculars.

Saturday, September 3: Eisenhower Park, 19399 NW Military Hwy., 78257, 11:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day and get up close with birds of prey. Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in areas across the world. Many species are facing extinction. Enjoy this exciting day and learn how you can help vultures while learning about the important role they play in our ecosystem. No reservations needed. Demonstration provided by the local non-profit, Last Chance Forever. For more information, please call 210-207-3782 or email nicole.mcleod@sanantonio.gov.

Saturday, September 3: Bass Pro Shops, 17907 IH-10 West, 78257, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join Bass Pro Shops for their Hometown Festival! There will be face painting (until 4 p.m.), crafts, casting buckets, metal detector hunt, duck pond, photo downloads and food demos (hot dogs 1pm-4pm & funnel cake samples 2pm-5pm).

Saturday, September 3: Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St., 78207, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with Historic Market Square and KEDA radio with shopping, food booths, and live music with artists such as Los Garcia Brothers, Ruben Garza Y La Nueva Era, La Tropa F, La Naturaleza, Ruben V and many more artists.

Saturday, September 3: Yanaguana Garden, Hemisfair Park, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 7:30 p.m.
Southtown Cinema, a free cinema series at Hemisfair Park, provides free films on the first and third Saturday each month, through the middle of December. The festivities kick off at 7:30 p.m. with a happy hour featuring food, drinks, and live music. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Tonight’s film is Breaking Away.

Saturday, September 3: Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio, 78214, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Trip. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, September 4: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fifth Annual Volkswagen Car Show and Swap Meet. The show which will feature 300 Volkswagen’s from all over the country and Mexico. Check out classic and new Bugs, Vans, Ghias, Things, Bajas and more. Free Concert by Top Shelf from 12:30pm-4:30pm. The event is free, but parking is $4.

Sunday, September 4: 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*: Silver and Spices – The Manila Galleons! (11:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Ride the trade winds of the Spanish Manila galleons as you embark on an artistic expedition through the museum. Join us for a fascinating family day with art activities reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Americas. 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.

Sunday, September 4: Bass Pro Shops, 17907 IH-10 West, 78257, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join Bass Pro Shops for their Hometown Festival! There will be face painting (until 4 p.m.), crafts, casting buckets, metal detector hunt, duck pond, photo downloads and food demos (hot dogs 1pm-4pm & funnel cake samples 2pm-5pm).

Sunday, September 4: Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St., 78207, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with Historic Market Square and KEDA radio with shopping, food booths, and live music with artists such as Los Garcia Brothers, Ruben Garza Y La Nueva Era, La Tropa F, La Naturaleza, Ruben V and many more artists.

Monday, September 5: 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, September 5: The Pearl, 303 Pearl Parkway, 78215, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Échale is a free concert series highlighting Latin American music, arts, and culture. It will feature artisan vendors, exciting performances, and live music.

Monday, September 5: Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St., 78207, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with Historic Market Square and KEDA radio with shopping, food booths, and live music with artists such as Los Garcia Brothers, Ruben Garza Y La Nueva Era, La Tropa F, La Naturaleza, Ruben V and many more artists.

Tuesday, September 6: Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 78231, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Fitness in the Park: Stroller Strides! Stroller Strides by Fit 4 Mom is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones.  Each 60 minute, total body workout incorporates power walking, strength, toning, songs and activities. Please meet at the picnic tables in Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Rd.  The class meets the first Saturday of the month and every Tuesday. Stroller Strides is a Fitness in the Park program presented by SA Parks & Recreation. For information about cancellations due to inclement weather, including excessive heat or chance of rain, call 800-279-7430.

Tuesday, September 6: 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, September 6: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, September 6: 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, September 6: 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, September 6: 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 to 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. during the summer months.

Wednesday, September 7: 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, September 7: 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.

Thursday, September 8: Fox Tech High School Football Field, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
San Pedro Creek Phase I Groundbreaking Ceremony. This celebration which kicks off the ground-breaking for Phase 1 of the San Pedro Creek Project, features youth mariachi, a mini opera performances, and food trucks. Free shuttle service located at Vista Verde Parking Lot. Fine silver Parking Lot is walking distance from event site.

Friday, September 9: New Braunfels Public Library, 700 Common St., 78130, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join us at the New Braunfels Public Library once for the “Reading With Royalty” event! There will be a story time, sing along, photo ops, and other activities with the Snow Queen & Rapunzel. Registration is required.

Friday, September 9: Mission San Jose, 6701 San Jose Dr., 78214, 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
As part of the World Heritage Festival and in celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service, the community is invited to join a fun evening at Mission San Jose. Restored by Light will kick off with family-friendly activities and entertainment. Bring a picnic or enjoy snacks from the available food vendors. At dusk, the facade of Mission San Jose will be restored to its original frescoed appearance using projection technology. Steven Lee Moya will be providing the tunes. Don’t miss out this unique chance to experience the mission in a whole new way!

Friday, September 9:  Brackenridge Park (behind the San Antonio Zoo Train Depot), 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Movie in the Park: The Jungle Book (starts at dusk, approximately 8:00 p.m.). Bring lawn chairs, snacks, bug spray, and blankets. The Train Depot Cafe will be open all evening and train rides will be just $1!

Friday, September 9: 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, September 9: Lou Kardon Memorial Park, 6161 Gibbs Sprawl Rd., 78218, 7:00 p.m.
Join Live Oak for a movie in the park. Tonight’s showing will be The Good Dinosaur. Giveaways, crowd entertainment, sno-cones and giant yard games will start at 7:00 PM. The movie will begin at dark. This event is free and open to the public!

Saturday, September 10, Cibolo Nature Center, meet at Pavilion, 140 City Park Road, Boerne, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In partnership with REI, join Cibolo Nature Center for their 2nd Saturday Volunteer Day of Service. Volunteers will focus on trail restoration and removal of invasive species. Sign up on this page.

Saturday, September 10: Medina River Natural Area Pavilion, 15890 Highway 16 S., 78264, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join Elizabeth Day, from the Prickly Pear Living History Museum, as she leads a walk and talk about all of the edible and medicinal plants that can be found in the Medina River Natural Area. She will also give examples of ways the native people of the area would use different native plants as tools. The walk will start at 9:15 a.m. at the pavilion. No registration but a donation of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested.

Saturday, September 10: Pearl Farmer’s Market, between Local Coffee and Bakery Lorraine, 9:30 a.m.
Yoga Day at Pearl Farmer’s Market. This free, family-friendly yoga class is open to everyone.

Saturday, September 10: The Purple Chair, 2302 Gruene Lake Dr. Suite C New Braunfels, Texas 78130, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join The Purple Chair for a car seat safety. They will have certified car seat specialists from Safe Kids San Antonio and University Health Systems to help you check your car seats. This is a free event but preregistration is required, please call 830.387.4837 to register. If you have your car and car seat manual, please bring them to your appointment. We will have storytime and activities for your kiddos to keep them busy while you are with the specialist.

Saturday, September 10: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
FARM: Kids Club – Nature Art! Come have fun making works of art from items found in nature! 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, September 10: Inspire Art, Lamar Elementary School Gym, 201 Parland Pl, 78209 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE NEW, TEMPORARY LOCATION. Free Family Art Day takes place at Inspire Art every second Saturday of the month.

Saturday, September 10: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Bright & Beaded Pencil Holder.

Saturday, September 10: 430 Austin St., 78215, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Join San Antonio Pets Alive for their 1st annual Chihuahua races! There will be music, food, family friendly fun and tiny dogs at the Texas Chihuahua Races. Adoptions by Texas Chihuahua Rescue.

Sunday, September 11: Landa Park Aquatic Complex, 350 Aquatic Cir., 78130, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friendly dogs join us for a special swim for dogs at the Springfed Pool. Doggie Dip Day is a bi-annual event held at the Landa Park Aquatic Complex just for pooches! All dogs must have current rabies vaccinations and provide proof on the day of the event. Dogs must wear a collar they can swim in. Each dog may have up to two guests. Owners are required to clean up after their pets. Fee: $5 per dog/ two guests $1 each additional guest. Call 830-221-4350 for more information.

Sunday, September 11: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Univision Presents Fiestas Patrias. Talent times are not yet confirmed but opening ceremonies will include mariachis and singing the National Anthem. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes (maybe there will be enough room to dance a little) and come early! The event is free, but parking is $4.

Sunday, September 11: 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. For its Free Second Sunday programming, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will give guests an opportunity to commemorate impactful moments in history. The museum has chosen Gemini Ink to lead an exploration of what freedom means to us through fun, interactive writing exercises.

Monday, September 12: 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, September 13: Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 78231, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Fitness in the Park: Stroller Strides! Stroller Strides by Fit 4 Mom is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones.  Each 60 minute, total body workout incorporates power walking, strength, toning, songs and activities. Please meet at the picnic tables in Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Rd.  The class meets the first Saturday of the month and every Tuesday. Stroller Strides is a Fitness in the Park program presented by SA Parks & Recreation. For information about cancellations due to inclement weather, including excessive heat or chance of rain, call 800-279-7430.

Tuesday, September 13: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, September 13: 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, September 13: 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, September 14: 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, September 14: 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.

Thursday, September 15: 1301 Guadalupe St., 78207, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Viva Mi Cultura is a free educational demonstration that will be held at the Guadalupe Theater. Open to educators, students, and interest groups, the free one-hour lecture demonstration features members of the Guadalupe Dance Company presenting traditional dances, costumes and music of Mexico. Audiences will have the opportunity to watch the dancers perform traditional dances of Mexico, volunteer for a “mini” dance class on stage, and participate in a question and answer session with the dancers at the end of the performance. To reserve your seat, please contact Belinda Menchaca, Education Director at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center at 210-271-3151 ext. 225.

Thursday, September 15: Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., 78214, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Featuring a pre-movie concert from Cryin DT Buffkin & The Bad Breath plus vintage cars from the Texas Push Rods. Then join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is American Graffiti. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk. Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets.

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

Friday, September 16: 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 After Five.

Friday, September 16: Scobee Education Center (1 Block East of Intersection of San Pedro and West Park Street. Parking Lot 21 on the SAC Campus, 78212), 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Harvest Moon Star Party, hosted by Scobee Education Center. Enjoy this free Star Party in the state of the art Scalan Foundation Observatory with telescope viewing. See the Harvest Moon, Mars, and Saturn all together in the evening sky. With sunset arriving at 7:40pm, the observatory will be open from 8pm to 10pm, weather permitting.

Saturday, September 17, Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 78231, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Learn the latest in Low Impact Design (LID) principles and practices in this presentation by Jacob Aalf. Free and no registration is required but a donation of $3/ person OR $5/ family is suggested.

Saturday, September 17: Travis Park, 221 E Travis St., 78205 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Jazz’SALive, a free, two-day, family-friendly concert, now in its 33rd year, features free jazz concerts all day by renowned jazz artists, including Joe Lavabo and Kirk Whalum. Food and drink booths and arts vendors will also be on hand. On Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., the event provides a Children’s Symposium which engages with four areas of music study and includes a free 2016 Jazz’SAlive T-shirt (Saturday only and while supplies last). Kids can also have fun at the Kid Zone, a designated play area including games, moon bounce inflatables, arts and crafts.

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

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

Saturday, September 17: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a My Fall Masterpiece! Puzzle.

Saturday, September 17: Yanaguana Garden, Hemisfair Park, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 7:30 p.m.
Southtown Cinema, a free cinema series at Hemisfair Park, provides free films on the first and third Saturday each month, through the middle of December. The festivities kick off at 7:30 p.m. with a happy hour featuring food, drinks, and live music. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Tonight’s film is School of Rock.

Saturday, September 17: Hollywood Park, San Antonio, 78232, 8:30 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, September 17: Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio, 78214, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Pan. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Sunday, September 18: Travis Park, 221 E Travis St., 78205 12:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Jazz’SALive, a free, two-day, family-friendly concert, now in its 33rd year, features free jazz concerts all day by renowned jazz artists, including Joe Lavabo and Kirk Whalum. Food and drink booths and arts vendors will also be on hand.

Monday, September 19: 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, September 20: Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 78231, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Fitness in the Park: Stroller Strides! Stroller Strides by Fit 4 Mom is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones.  Each 60 minute, total body workout incorporates power walking, strength, toning, songs and activities. Please meet at the picnic tables in Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Rd.  The class meets the first Saturday of the month and every Tuesday. Stroller Strides is a Fitness in the Park program presented by SA Parks & Recreation. For information about cancellations due to inclement weather, including excessive heat or chance of rain, call 800-279-7430.

Tuesday, September 20: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, September 20: 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, September 20: 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, September 20: 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 to 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. during the summer months.

Wednesday, September 21: 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, September 23: New Braunfels Farmers Market, 186 S Castell Ave., 78130, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Free Comal County Cowboy Breakfast when you come to the New Braunfels Farmers Market! You will be up early and we will have coffee. For as long as you can remember, it has been the tradition for New Braunfelsers to come downtown at the crack of dawn on Fair Parade Day. Last year that tradition was made even better when local business owners donated food and time to serve free breakfast for the masses. We will continue this fun tradition this year!

Friday, September 23: The Bang Bang Bar, 119 El Mio Dr., 78216, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The San Antonio Girls Rock Camp is a nonprofit initiative dedicated to empowering girls and trans youth of all background and abilities through musical education and performance. This is the San Antonio Girls Rock Camp’s official benefit show. We are collecting contributions to directly fund and supply the rock camp services. Please join us in supporting the future of our community. Music by: Fea, Yoshimoto, Grupo Frackaso, and DJ JJ Lopez
There will be a photobooth and raffles! $5 suggested donation.

Friday, September 23: Summit Christian Center, 2575 Marshall Rd., 78259, 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 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.

Friday, September 23: 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 Nick Lawerence Band.

Saturday, September 24: Family Endeavors, 535 Bandera Rd, 78228, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
National Seat Check Saturday presented by Family Endeavors and Caregivers on Demand. This event is free but by appointment only. To see if appointments are still available, please call 210.431.6466 X 180 and have the following information available: your child’s age, height, weight, and what they are currently using as a child restraint.

Saturday, September 24: Gracie Barra San Antonio Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Self-Defense, 20711 Wilderness Oak, Ste 109, 78258, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.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, September 24: at participating Lowe’s stores, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Lowe’s Build and Grow. Your child will build a Fire Boat 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, September 24: Summit Christian Center, 2575 Marshall Rd., 78259, 10:00 a.m. – 6:40 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, September 24: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
FARM: Junior Gardeners Club – Edible Insects! Does a crunchy grasshopper taco sound yummy? Bug fans say insects are not only tasty, they are also nutritious. Many are packed with protein, vitamins and minerals. Come find out more about insects being good enough to eat and maybe try a few yourself! 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, September 24: Linda Pace Foundation, 111 Camp St, 78204, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. AND 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Spare Parts Community Art Making Event is free to attend and open to all ages but there are a limited number of spaces available. Please RSVP to hjones@pacefound.org and specify if you would like seats in the 10am-11am or 11am-12pm time slots. The Linda Pace Foundation will host two art making workshops for community participation organized by local non-profit, spare parts, in conjunction with the Secondary Stories exhibition to increase creative and cultural awareness in San Antonio. During the event, community members will create a concentric sun catcher installation, which they will be able to place on a window utilizing materials from Rivane Neuenschwander’s Secondary Stories installation.

 

Saturday, September 24: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones Ave., 78215, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity. It’s free and open to the public but get your tickets by following these simple steps:
1) Click on the ticket URL  |  2) Register  |  3) Your tickets will be emailed to you

Saturday, September 24: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Falling Leaves Mobile.

Saturday, September 24: La Villita Maverick Plaza, 418 Villita St, 78205, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Muslim Cultural Heritage Society’s 7th annual City-wide EID Festival. This year’s theme is ‘Peace and Pluralism.’

Saturday, September 24: City of Live Oak, 8001 Shin Oak Dr., 78233, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
THE SPAZMATICS will be headlining the 2016 Shin Dig on Shin Oak! All the fun starts at 4:00 PM with fun for all ages including Touch-a-Truck, an Exotic Petting Zoo, inflatables, face painting, jumbo yard games and more! The SPAZMATICS hit the stage at 8:00 PM! This event is BYOB and FREE FOR ALL!

Saturday, September 24: Woodlawn Lake, 1103 Cincinnati Ave., 78201, 8:30 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.

Sunday, September 25: Broadway through Alamo Plaza, 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Síclovía is back and celebrating FIVE years! 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, September 25: Maverick Park, 1000 Broadway, 78215, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
It’s time for DANCING IN THE STREETS with Alamo City Swing Revival at Siclovia! Each year the YMCA closes down the streets for people to walk/run, ride bikes, rollerblade, skate board, and now SWING DANCE! We will be playing swing dance tunes from 10am-3pm. We will be showing off swing dancing, handing out flyers, and letting folks know about this fabulous dance and beautiful swing community.

Sunday, September 25: Summit Christian Center, 2575 Marshall Rd., 78259, 10:00 a.m. – 4:40 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.

Monday, September 26: 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, September 26: Summit Christian Center, 2575 Marshall Rd., 78259, 11:00 a.m. – 3:40 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, September 27: Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 78231, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Fitness in the Park: Stroller Strides! Stroller Strides by Fit 4 Mom is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones.  Each 60 minute, total body workout incorporates power walking, strength, toning, songs and activities. Please meet at the picnic tables in Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Rd.  The class meets the first Saturday of the month and every Tuesday. Stroller Strides is a Fitness in the Park program presented by SA Parks & Recreation. For information about cancellations due to inclement weather, including excessive heat or chance of rain, call 800-279-7430.

Tuesday, September 27: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, September 27: 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, September 27: 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, Septeber 28: 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, September 28: 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, September 30: Alamodome, 100 Montana Street, 78203, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
29th Annual San Antonio Home and Garden Show. Although tickets for adults are $8.50 each (and one ticket is good for admission all weekend), kids 16 and under and members of the military who present I.D. receive FREE admission to the San Antonio Home and Garden Show.

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2: South Texas Maize, 911 US Highway 90 E., 78861, 6:00 p.m.
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.

Friday, September 30: 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 Mistaken Identity.

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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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