Make the most of the last few weeks of summer and celebrate in San Antonio! August is full of family fun events – all FREE! So if you are enjoying a staycation, squeezing in a last minute visit, or enjoying that late summer vacation here is a list of free things to do in San Antonio.
Market Square (514 W. Commerce Street):
Sat. & Sun., August 13 and 14: Back to School Weekend Party: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Historic Market Square is gearing up for the annual Back to School Weekend Party that takes place on August 13 and 14. The Back to School Weekend Party is a FREE fun-filled weekend event for the entire family. Enjoy delicious food, music, and a back to school supplies drive. For more information, click here.
La Villita Events (418 Villita Street):
Thurs., August 11, 18, 25: Tejano Thursdays: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat., August 27: Mindful Mornings at Maverick Plaza: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
For more information, click here.
La Villita Historic Arts Village along the banks of the San Antonio River offers a combination of art galleries, distinctive shops and fine dining experiences in a historically significant setting. This “little town” was one of San Antonio’s first neighborhoods in the 18th century and restored in the 1930s with help from the Works Progress Administration. Its shaded plazas and walkways also host some of San Antonio’s best events, with festivals, concerts and celebrations scheduled year-round. Discover this little treasure in the heart of downtown San Antonio.
Mission Marquee Plaza Events (3100 Roosevelt Ave.):
H-E-B Family Film Series 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
o Thurs., August 18: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”
o Sat., August 20: “Epic”
Nestled near the historic and internationally-renowned San Antonio Missions, Mission Marquee Plaza is an area rich in history and considered to be one of San Antonio’s cultural gems. For generations, many families in San Antonio gathered at the site to watch movies when it served as the former Mission Drive-In Theater. Now known as Mission Marquee Plaza, the facility serves the community as a meeting place to enjoy various outdoor activities throughout the year including festivals, film screenings, arts & culture events, open-air markets and more.
Local Tip: Even if you can’t catch a movie at this location it is located next to Mission Library which has a fabulous children’s collection and an outdoor public playground.
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Spanish Governor’s Palace (105 Military Plaza):
This National Historic Landmark represents the last visual remnants of the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar. Traditionally known as the Spanish Governor’s Palace, it was the original comandancia (residence and working office) for the captains of the military garrison from 1722 until the early 1800s.
Learn about Texas’s earliest history under Spanish rule. Tour the rooms furnished with Spanish Colonial period pieces and be delighted with the beautifully landscaped gardens in the courtyard. Spanish Governor’s Palace hours and info.
Sat., August 20: Mercados de O’liva: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Local Tip: There is a fantastic Public Art effort happening in San Antonio and you can enjoy great examples right next door as well as throughout downtown SA.
Sat., August 20: Zumba and Yoga Classes: 9:30 a.m. & 8 p.m.
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