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Free in San Antonio through Memorial Day 2014


Recommended free, family-friendly events in San Antonio, May 20 - 26, 2014

Free in San Antonio is published each week on It’s not an exhaustive list but, rather, a curated list of free (and almost free) events and activities families will enjoy. Check back throughout the week as more free events and activities may be added.

FREE Swimming
Four public San Antonio pools are now open on select dates and hours, May 3 – June 14 (then regular summer hours kick in)

Memorial Day – Labor Day 2014
Free museum admission for active duty military (including National Guard and Reserve) and up to five family members

Courtesy of Blue Star Museums. Participating San Antonio museums include: The Alamo, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Casa Navarro State Historic Site, the McNay Art Museum, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Visit the Blue Star Museums website for FAQs and more information.

Tuesday, May 20, San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston Street, 78205, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
HEB Free Family Night at the San Antonio Children’s Museum. Kids and adults receive free admission to the San Antonio Children’s Museum every third Tuesday. Parking in downtown lots is free on Tuesday nights too!

Wednesday, May 21, Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes (8:00 p.m.), Park North (8:00 p.m.), and Stone Oak (7:00 p.m.)
Free admission (all ages welcome!) to watch the Spurs on the Drafthouse’s super big screen against the Oklahoma City Thunder. An 18% gratuity will be added to any food and beverage checks during Spurs screenings.

Thursday, May 22, Arneson River Theater, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
Lone Star Live Summer Concert Series presented by The Current
The free, all-ages inaugural concert features San Antonio bands Creatura, Lonely Horse, and Crown. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The series continues on June 17, July 15, and August 21.

Saturday, May 24, Landa Gardens, 233 Bushnell, 78212, 10:00 a.m.
This Saturday, families can enjoy listening to singer and songwriter Owen Duggan at the Valero pavilion. San Antonio mom blogger Inga, with San Antonio Charter Moms, has more details about all of the free Landa Gardens Month events in May.

Saturday, May 24, Crib & Kids, 1309 N Loop 1604 W, 78258, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Crib and Kids celebrates their one-year anniversary with a free carnival for families in front of their store in the Vineyard Shopping Center. Activities include a bounce house, balloon and caricature artists, popcorn, candy, other refreshments, vendor booths, special sales, and more than $5,000 in prizes. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Any Baby Can.

Saturday, May 24, Phil Hardberger Park (East side of the park off of Blanco Road), 10:30 a.m.
Family-friendly yoga

Saturday, May 24, Cowboys Dancehall, 3030 NE Loop 410, 78218, 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Deals and Wheels small business expo and car show. This free, family-friendly event showcases some of San Antonio’s small businesses and provides free entertainment for the whole family including kids’ activities, shopping, car show, and food trucks.

Saturday, May 24, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids, ages 3 and up: make a superhero puppet

Saturday May 24 (12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.), Sunday, May 25 (12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) and Monday, May 26 (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.), Market Square/El Mercado, 514 W. Commerce, 78207
Return of the Chili Queens. This free, three-day festival brings together great live music, food booths, and shopping this Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, May 24, Woodlawn Lake, 1103 Cincinnati Ave, 78201, dusk
Free outdoor movie, The Avengers at Woodlawn Lake. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Sunday, May 25 Alamo Drafthouse Park North (7:30 p.m.) and Stone Oak (6:30 p.m.)
Free admission (all ages welcome!) to watch the Spurs on the Drafthouse’s super big screen against the Oklahoma City Thunder. An 18% gratuity will be added to any food and beverage checks during Spurs screenings.

Monday, May 26, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 7720 Jones Maltsberger and 600 E. Market St. at the Grand Hyatt
Free, three-course steak dinner for active duty and retired military (with identification). Reservations must be made in advance. Call 210-821-5051 for the Jones Maltsberger location and 210-227-8847 for the Grand Hyatt location.

Monday, May 26, First Mexican Baptist Church, 201 Meredith Dr., 78228, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saltarelli String Orchestra Memorial Day Concert

Recommended free, family-friendly events in San Antonio through Memorial Day 2014



  1. Great list, wish I lived closer.

  2. As usual, a great list.

  3. What a list! So many options for Memorial Day weekend.

  4. FANTASTIC list! Is it bad that I just want to hang out with my family at home – without the crowds?!

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