San Antonio's events calendar is starting to heat up for the summer, while the prices stay cool. Don't break the bank to enjoy some fun in the sun. Here are some great free events around town that we're really excited about.
1. Movies by Moonlight
301 E Travis
Each Tuesday in June and July
Every Tuesday night in June and July, historic Travis Park in downtown San Antonio becomes an open-air movie theater. The schedule includes family favorites such as “Field of Dreams,” “Minions” and “Aladdin.” Showtime is 8:30 p.m, but plan to arrive at 7:30 p.m. for pre-entertainment with music, games and food trucks.
2. County Line Live Music Series
10101 W IH 10
Each Thursday through August 4
Attending one of County Line's Thursday night shows may cost you a buck or two, but you won't mind. While admission is free, guests are asked to make a food or monetary contribution to the San Antonio Food Bank. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on the restaurant's full-service patio.
3. Balcones Heights Jazz Festival
Amphitheater at Wonderland of the Americas
4522 Fredericksburg Rd
Each Saturday in July
The sultry sounds of jazz are a perfect match for San Antonio summer nights and the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival has been a local institution for more than 22 years. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. each evening, so grab your blankets and lawn chairs and get there early.
4. 4th of July Celebration
Woodlawn Lake Park
Monday, July 4
San Antonio does Independence Day right with a full day of music, activities and fireworks. Early birds can work off some calories ahead of time with a Zumbathon or 1K and 5K races beginning at 8 a.m. The rest of the day is packed with activities, including a kids' parade, carnival rides and live music from the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, wrapping up at 9:30 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks display.
5. McNay Second Thursdays
McNay Art Museum
6000 N New Braunfels
Thursday, July 14 and Thursday, August 11
Celebrate classic Americana at the McNay with free admission to view the current exhibition, "Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland 1861 - 2008." Tours are conducted at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., while entertainment will be provided by a military band and Dixieland band playing patriotic and popular music. Local food trucks will be on hand selling refreshments and beer.
6. Ford Canoe Challenge
Saturday, August 6
The downtown section of the San Antonio River is open to canoes only one day a year for the Ford Canoe Challenge. Various teams composed of San Antonio celebrities, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, corporate groups and local residents compete in timed heats. Races are held from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., so you have plenty of time afterwards to shop, dine and explore at San Antonio's most popular attraction.
Any free events on your summer agenda? Let us know in the comments!