20 free arts, music and outdoor activities to do in San Antonio this summer

Exploring San Antonio's rich cultural history, and its equally entertaining present, doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. These 20 local attractions — from art galleries to outdoor sights to music — offer free fun this summer.
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Celebrate the arts at First Friday and Second Saturday
Southtown, southtownsatx.com
What better way to spend your Friday or Saturday evening than strolling through the historic King William district while admiring art, sipping on drinks and enjoying live music?
Photo via Instagram / bluestarartscomplex
Celebrate the arts at First Friday and Second Saturday
Southtown, southtownsatx.com
What better way to spend your Friday or Saturday evening than strolling through the historic King William district while admiring art, sipping on drinks and enjoying live music?
Photo via Instagram / bluestarartscomplex
Take the kids to The DoSeum
2800 Broadway St, (210) 212-4453, thedoseum.org
Whether you’ve got kiddos or are just a kid at-heart, the DoSeum’s free family nights on the first Tuesday of every month are an opportunity for curious minds to run wild. Now through September 25, visitors can take a deep-sea underwater adventure in the exhibit “Voyage to the Deep,” teaching about both underwater creatures and the engineering that lets us explore the ocean’s deep waters.
Photo provided by The DoSeum
Take the kids to The DoSeum
2800 Broadway St, (210) 212-4453, thedoseum.org
Whether you’ve got kiddos or are just a kid at-heart, the DoSeum’s free family nights on the first Tuesday of every month are an opportunity for curious minds to run wild. Now through September 25, visitors can take a deep-sea underwater adventure in the exhibit “Voyage to the Deep,” teaching about both underwater creatures and the engineering that lets us explore the ocean’s deep waters.
Photo provided by The DoSeum
Take in unique history at Hot Wells Park
5503 S Presa St, bexar.org
As a fairly new park, having opened to the public in 2019, Hot Wells Park serves as a finishing touch to the Mission Reach Trails. Explore the area once known for its hot sulfuric waters and identity as a tourist destination; while there’s no longer well water, there’s plenty of history to dip your toes in instead.
Photo via Instagram / rosc.and.gloss
Take in unique history at Hot Wells Park
5503 S Presa St, bexar.org
As a fairly new park, having opened to the public in 2019, Hot Wells Park serves as a finishing touch to the Mission Reach Trails. Explore the area once known for its hot sulfuric waters and identity as a tourist destination; while there’s no longer well water, there’s plenty of history to dip your toes in instead.
Photo via Instagram / rosc.and.gloss
Laugh aloud at LOL Comedy Club’s San Antonio Showcase
618 Northwest Loop 410, (210) 541-8805, improvtx.com
Veterans and newbies take the stage at LOL Comedy Club to bring an evening of priceless comedy — literally, it’s free.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniolol
Laugh aloud at LOL Comedy Club’s San Antonio Showcase
618 Northwest Loop 410, (210) 541-8805, improvtx.com
Veterans and newbies take the stage at LOL Comedy Club to bring an evening of priceless comedy — literally, it’s free.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniolol
Admire Blue Star Contemporary’s innovative exhibits
116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarcontemporary.org
A house for innovative contemporary art, this nonprofit’s galleries are open to anyone for free. If you’re lucky, you may get to see one of the venue’s regulars and a true connoisseur of the arts — Duncan, the dog.
Photo via Instagram / bluestarartdog
Admire Blue Star Contemporary’s innovative exhibits
116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarcontemporary.org
A house for innovative contemporary art, this nonprofit’s galleries are open to anyone for free. If you’re lucky, you may get to see one of the venue’s regulars and a true connoisseur of the arts — Duncan, the dog.
Photo via Instagram / bluestarartdog
Go skating @ Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Rd, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Nestled within Pearsall Park’s 505 acres is the city’s largest public skatepark, alongside other park fitness and family-focused amenities. Lace up, grab your board, or just come along to be among pros and amateurs alike.
Photo via Instagram / laurynbskating
Go skating @ Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Rd, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Nestled within Pearsall Park’s 505 acres is the city’s largest public skatepark, alongside other park fitness and family-focused amenities. Lace up, grab your board, or just come along to be among pros and amateurs alike.
Photo via Instagram / laurynbskating
Get lost among works of art at the McNay
6000 N New Braunfels Ave, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org
Thursday afternoons and the first Sunday of every month offer free admission. While you’re there, be sure to check out Yayoi Kusama’s signature infinity mirror room, a part of the museum’s “Limitless!” exhibition running until September 19.
Photo via Instagram / motherofgastronomy
Get lost among works of art at the McNay
6000 N New Braunfels Ave, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org
Thursday afternoons and the first Sunday of every month offer free admission. While you’re there, be sure to check out Yayoi Kusama’s signature infinity mirror room, a part of the museum’s “Limitless!” exhibition running until September 19.
Photo via Instagram / motherofgastronomy
Enjoy Agarita’s world-class performances
agarita.org
Listen to free music from four world-class, innovative San Antonio musicians who have come together to form Agarita, a non-profit devoted to reinventing concert experiences and making the fine arts accessible to all.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Enjoy Agarita’s world-class performances
agarita.org
Listen to free music from four world-class, innovative San Antonio musicians who have come together to form Agarita, a non-profit devoted to reinventing concert experiences and making the fine arts accessible to all.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Swim at San Pedro Springs Park
2200 N. Flores, (210) 732-5992, sanantonio.gov
With free open swim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and weekend afternoons, who’s to say no to a dip in one of San Antonio’s biggest pools, located in the second-oldest park in the country.
Photo via Instagram / caroleckelkamp
Swim at San Pedro Springs Park
2200 N. Flores, (210) 732-5992, sanantonio.gov
With free open swim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and weekend afternoons, who’s to say no to a dip in one of San Antonio’s biggest pools, located in the second-oldest park in the country.
Photo via Instagram / caroleckelkamp
Find something for everyone at The Witte Museum
3801 Broadway St, (210) 357-1900, wittemuseum.org
From dinosaurs to human anatomy to Texas history, the Witte Museum has something for every guest to step through its doors. Admission fees are waived on Tuesday afternoons.
Photo via Instagram / jenngarlem
Find something for everyone at The Witte Museum
3801 Broadway St, (210) 357-1900, wittemuseum.org
From dinosaurs to human anatomy to Texas history, the Witte Museum has something for every guest to step through its doors. Admission fees are waived on Tuesday afternoons.
Photo via Instagram / jenngarlem