A Guide to SA's Free Events to Cure Summer Boredom

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You don’t have to spend your summer days broke and bored…
well at least not bored. San Antonio offers a variety of free events that can
keep you entertained all summer long. From viewing exotic toilet seats to tension-filled turtle races, here are some ways to have fun and save some precious bills all at once.


 Art Shows and Exhibits

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What better way to feel cultured than attending art shows and exhibits? Experience diversity, adversity and even serenity by going to any of these free events.

“Faces of Artpace”
When: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 28
Where: Artpace

Ramin Samandari, Iran emigrant and Southwest School of Art professor, is the photographer responsible for the 56 portraits that will be showcased in “Faces of Artpace”. The exhibit is a preview for Samandari’s project “Faces of San Antonio”.

“Up and Out”
When: Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 28 
Where: Artpace

Despite growing up in a family of “fierce atheists,” sculptor and printmaker Liz Shepard became enthralled by humanity’s involvement with faith. Inspired by Jacob’s Ladder, this has led the Boston-native to create resin ladders and staircases all leading into the unknown.

“Muse”
When: Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through July 21
Where: Cinnabar Art Gallery

A progression of Cinnabar’s “Professors’ Picks” exhibition series, the multi-medium “Muse” utilizes three individual chains of artist muses and examines the connections between artist who have inspired one another.

“Los de Abajo: Garbage as an Artistic Source”
When: Mondays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through July 29 
Where: 
Galería Guadalupe

Andrei Renteria has curated an exhibit filled with garbage, and man is it beautiful. Artists John Atkins, Jason Martinez Gonzalez and Juan de Dios Mora have used trash to create thought provoking art that touches on themes of marginalization, redemption and transformation.

“Secondary Stories”
When: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through July 29, 2017 
Where: SPACE

Rivane Neuenschwander has created a kinetic installation titled “Secondary Stories”. The project is a “direct association” between confetti and her native Brazil’s week-long Carnival. The unique concept features supersize confetti suspended by a translucent Coroplast ceiling. Come and gaze at the multi-colored, ever-changing constellations.  



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Museums, Movies and More

Don’t know what you want to do with all your free-time? Try one of these quirky offerings in San Antonio.

Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum
When: By appointment only
Where: 239 Abiso Ave

This free and unconventional museum features one man’s toilet seat collection. There promises to be something for everyone, with seat designs including stills from classic television shows like “I Love Lucy” and plastered casket handles. For more information on how to make an appointment visit https://www.facebook.com/SATXTSAM/timeline.

Beer Fang’s VHS Cinema
When: Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 2 
Where: Paper Tiger

If you are yearning to see some whacky VHS movies, then you are luck because Paper Tiger will be hosting a weekly movie night on Tuesdays. Movies will begin at dusk and there will be $1 hot dogs, $3 wells and $7 pitchers available.

Live Trivia Tuesday
When: Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Three-Legged Monkey

For those of us who have something to prove, trivia is a great way to spend Tuesday nights. Plus, there is a $50 prize for first place, $20 for second and $10 for third- not bad for a free night.

Live Trivia Thursday
When: Thursdays, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: The Ringer Pub

Just in case you didn’t get your weekly trivia fix on Tuesday, there is a trivia night on Thursdays as well. The Ringer Pub’s prizes include a piece of the $80 pot.

Little Woodrow’s Turtle Races
When: Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through Sept. 27 
Where: Little Woodrow’s

Expect the unexpected in the wonderful world of turtle racing, where fast pace and a sense of direction are the last things on these turtle’s minds. There are three heats a night beginning at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 pm. 



Get Active

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Exercising sucks. But with plenty of free options, maybe it doesn’t have to be so bad.

Yoga with a View
When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. Continues through Sept. 3 
Where: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa

Om among the great outdoors with free yoga sessions at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. For $15 more, enjoy services such as the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and private pool.

Community Garden Workdays
When: Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. and First Saturday of every month, 1-4 p.m. 
Where: Root of Change Urban Garden Co-Op

Get your green thumb on by helping the garden steward with garden maintenance, building, planting and harvesting. Volunteers get to take home any harvest at the end of the day along with excess seeds and plants.

Pub Run San Antonio
When: First Friday of every month, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Continues through July 6, 2018
Where: Pat O’Brien’s

If your evening jog isn’t filled with enough booze, then you should consider participating in San Antonio’s Pub Run. Each month has a new theme and corresponding list of bars. 



Sweet, Sweet Music

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You know what is music to our ears? Enjoying the works of talented musicians free of cost.

Third Fridays with Mixtape Valentine Live
When: Third Friday of every month, 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Continues through Dec. 16
Where: Rebar

Mixtape Valentine is known for rocking out some 80s Classics, 90s Alternative Rock, 2000s Pop/Rock and current Top 40 Hits. Come join the new band at Rebar for Third Fridays every month in 2016.

Villela Soul
When: Tuesdays, 11 p.m.-2 a.m. 
Where: The Mix

Inspired by Otis, James Brown and Marvin Gaye the Villela band continues their Tuesday night residency at The Mix with their blend of soul and R&B.

2016 Live Music Series
When: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 15
Where: Country Line

Catch Folk Family Revival, Dawn & Hawkes and John Baumann among others during Ancira’s music series at the Country Line Legendary Bar-B-Q.

Jazz Fridays
When: Fridays, 7 p.m.
Where: Puenta Del Cielo Café

Unwind from whatever hell work has put you through throughout the week, with jazz performances every Friday at Puenta Del Cielo Café. 



Markets Galore

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Ah Farmers’ Markets — the epitome of free activities. Experience some of San Antonio’s best markets, which are especially great for when your not-so-broke friend suggests a day out shopping.

Sam Houston Farmers’ Market
When: Third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Nov. 19 
Where: Sam Houston High School

The San Antonio Food Bank will host its farmers’ market in order to provide the community with access to organic produce. Here you can find a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, or have your pick of local handmade items.

San Antonio Housing Authority Farmers’ Market
When: Second Thursday of every month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and fourth Thursday of every month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Dec. 8
Where: San Antonio Housing Authority

The SAHA Farmers’ Market is a joint partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank to provide access to fresh produce and local artisan goods to the community.

Trinity University Farmers’ Market
When: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Trinity University

The Trinity Market is a community of students, farmers and entrepreneurs who are devoted to providing food and wellness education. They are committed to serving low-income and low-access areas and will accept Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP) benefits as well as Tiger Bucks to encourage weekly participation by the community and students.


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