10 Free Events Happening This Week

Mon 7/14

Tom Gillam &The Kosmic Messengers

Gruene Hall presents a live performance by the folk-rockers Tom Gillam and The Kosmic Messengers. The versatile Austin natives will blaze the stage with original songs like “Ready to Begin” and the wanderer’s mix of “8th Wonder.” Free, 7-11pm, Monday, 1281 Gruene, (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.com.

Tues 7/15

Lone Star Live Summer Concert Series

The Current, in collaboration with Maverick Music, presents the July installment of the free Lone Star Live concert series, with SA accordion-punks Piñata Protest holding down the headlining spot. Active since 2009, the self-described mojado punk quartet released their best effort yet in 2013 with the El Valiente EP. Like a lot of great punk works, El Valiente is less than 20 minutes of speed and teeth-gritting guitar intensity. But unlike most punk, Piñata Protest integrates the two-step accordion rhythms of Norteño into its tunes, helping to land the four-piece on NPR’s Austin 100—the media outlet’s playlist of the most anticipated SXSW 2014 acts. Just be careful not to mosh yourself into the river when they do “Volver, Volver.” With The Lucky Odds and Slick Dickens. Free, 7pm, Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita (210) 207-8610, sacurrent.com.

Tues 7/15

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

Movies by Moonlight in Travis Park continues with a screening of Columbia Pictures’ 2013 animated comedy Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris. This sequel follows inventor Flint Lockwood as he’s forced to leave his dream job to shut down his infamous food weather machine. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Free, 8:30pm, Tuesday, 301 E Travis St, 210-207-3677, sanantonio.gov.

Tues 7/15

Bat Loco Educational Series

The Paseo Del Rio Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Bat Conservation International and the San Antonio River Authority welcome the Bat Loco Educational Series back to the San Antonio River walk. Wildlife experts will shed light on bats and the current colony that has taken refuge under I-35. The event is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Free, 7:30pm, Tuesday, Museum Reach, (210) 302-3222, thesanantonioriverwalk.com.

Fri 7/18


Slab Cinema’s Movie Nights in the Heights revisits Warner Brother’s 2013 film Gravity starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris. Gravity follows an astronaut and a medical engineer who have been casted out into space after their ship was destroyed as they attempt to survive. Guests are invited to bring blankets, chairs and picnics. Free, 8:30pm Friday, 250 Viesca (at the Nature Trailhead park next to the Heights Pool), (210) 824-2595, slabcinema.com.

Fri 7/18

Aqua Fit

San Antonio’s Fitness in the Park presents Aqua Fit—a fun way to exercise that offers participants a low-impact workout based on resistance. All ages are welcome and the intensity of the workout varies by participant. Free, 7pm Friday, Concepcion Pool, 600 E Theo, sanantonio.gov/parksandrec.

Fri 7/18

Rod Davis Book Signing

The Epitome Institute hosts a book signing and reception with Texas author Rod Davis. Davis will be signing and discussing his new book South, America—an adventurous thriller that crisscrosses the Deep South and the neighborhoods of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina struck. Free, 6-8pm Friday, 222 Roosevelt, (210) 535-0918, epitomeinstitute.com.

Fri 7/18


Oma Gruene's Secret Garten’s Geezerfest promises food, drinks and live music from San Antonio’s own MC & The Mystyx. This diverse band performs various genres that range from classic country to R&B. Free, noon Friday, 1263 Gruene, (830) 625-1045, omalovesyou.com.

Fri 7/18

Ishion Hutchinson Reading

Trinity University will be hosting a reading by Jamaican author Ishion Hutchinson. Hutchinson, an assistant professor of English at Cornwall University, will read excerpts from his award-winning 2010 poetry collection Far District. Free, 6:30pm, Friday, One Trinity, (210) 999-7011, web.trinity.edu.

Sun 7/20

Tennessee Valley Authority

Olmos Bharmacy presents a live performance by the long-running bluegrass band the Tennessee Valley Authority, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. Expect to hear tracks from TVA’s latest release West Texas Wind—a mix of original songs and tributes to the likes of Flatt & Scruggs and Bob Dylan. Free, 6-9pm Sunday, 3902 McCullough, (210) 822-1188, olmosbharmacy.com.