Things To Do In San Antonio Texas And Downtown SA TX
Things To Do In San Antonio
There are many things to do in San Antonio, depending on the time of year you visit here. We have a lot going on in our city. Below is an overview. However, some events are not set in stone and can vary from one month to another, year by year so check the official calendar for each year.
San Antonio tourism is quite high in March for spring break and for remembering the Alamo, in April for Fiesta, in the summer for summer vacation, and in December for Christmas on the Riverwalk and for the Alamo Bowl.
Expect large crowds because that is truly what you will get! Locals and tons of visitors pour into our city for every major event we have. When we tell the rest of Texas, there are tons of things to do in San Antonio, they listen.
Just remember that some things vary from day to day and month to month so check for official dates for the current year when planning things to do in San Antonio.
Some years Easter is in March and other years it is in April.
The Air Show is always held here in the fall. Sometimes it is in October and other years it is in November.
Every March, the Battle of the Alamo is reenacted to commemorate the fall of the Alamo and this brings in visitors from all over Texas.
Spring break in Texas means Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld San Antonio open to huge crowds. It also means San Antonio tourism dollars for the Riverwalk, plus a lot of other area attractions, hotels, and restaurants.
April means Fiesta, a huge city-wide 10 day party with a variety of celebrations and food. Visitors from all over pour into the city.
June, July, and August bring summer vacationers eager to play and swim in our theme parks and water parks. While here, they visit the Alamo and the Riverwalk, which, by the way are our number one and number two tourist attractions and both are free to the public.
The Dallas Cowboys sometimes have training camp at the Alamodome in June and this is open to the public free of charge.
One weekend every August that brings in a lot of tourists is our tax-free weekend. The state of Texas designates a three-day-period of time as being tax-free for all purchases of clothing and other items if the purchase is under $100 for back-to-school. This brings in tourists from all over, including tourists from Mexico, for this tax-free holiday. Stores are overcrowded but it is a good way to save $8 for every $100 you spend.
Fall means basketball time here in San Antonio. We love our San Antonio Spurs and home games are always packed. If you can't make it to the AT&T Center, you can usually watch it on TV!
Every December, visitors from all over the state come to the San Antonio River to see the Christmas lights hung all over the river trees.</li>
Then at the end of December, visitors from all over the United States fly into San Antonio to watch their favorite college teams compete in the Alamo Bowl. During this time, crowds flood the Riverwalk and lines are very long to get into the Alamo.
No matter what time of year you visit, there are always fun and interesting things to do in San Antonio.
At the beginning of January, we drain the San Antonio River and have a Mud Festival.
Also each January, you can attend the largest Martin Luther King March in the country on Martin Luther King Day.
Sometime in January, you can join us at the Alamodome for the US Army All-American Bowl!
If you are here on the last Friday of January, you can go to our free and delicious Cowboy Breakfast, kicking off our February rodeo activities.
February is Rodeo San Antonio month and for three weeks, the rodeo and all of the country and other types of musical stars and comedians that it brings are at the AT&T Center.
For 2012, rodeo dates are February 3-19. There are so many things to do in San Antonio during and at the rodeo, from the stock show, displays, the actual rodeo shows each day, and the concerts and comedy acts each night, not to mention the delicious food, you will have a blast.
Talk about great things to do in San Antonio! Some folks go to the rodeo almost everyday in February! That would drain my budget.
Don't forget Mardi Gras on the Riverwalk.
How About A Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride?
We remember the Alamo each March. The fall of the Alamo happened on March 6, 1836 so the Saturday and Sunday nearest to this date is used for this event. For 2011, the dates are March 5 and 6. Dawn at the Alamo is on March 6, 2011 at dawn.
Also in March, we dye the San Antonio River green. (That is, greener than it already is.)
There are many things to do in San Antonio all spring and summer long.
Our two major attraction theme parks, SeaWorld Of San Antonio and our own Six Flags park, Fiesta Texas, both open in March in time for Spring Break.
On Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross for our sins, San Fernando Cathedral holds a Passion Play. This play is open to everyone. You do not have to be Catholic to watch and remember the wonderful sacrifice that Jesus Christ made about 2,000 years ago for all of us.
On Easter Sunday morning, there are sunrise services throughout the city.
April is the time to plant your spring garden in San Antonio. If you have started seeds indoors, time to put those seedlings in the ground, cover with mulch to keep the dirt moist and water often.
Schlitterbahn and Splashtown, our two area water parks, open this month.
Fiesta is an 11 day citywide party each April with a lot of delicious foods, music, entertainment, and three different parades.
Also in April, the Poteet Strawberry Festival is held, with a carnival, tons of food, including all sorts of delicious strawberry desserts, live entertainment, and strawberries for sale. Poteet is not far from San Antonio. This is great family fun for everyone.
A Cinco de Mayo celebration is held on May 5th in Market Square downtown to celebrate the Mexican Army defeating the French on May 5, 1861.
Then there is the Tejano Conjunto Festival held in early May to celebrate the combining of the Mexican guitar with the German accordion to produce Conjunto music. Food plays a big factor in this celebration as well as the beautiful music.
Every May, the small town of Helotes, right outside of San Antonio, holds Cornyval to celebrate the old corn growing by Native Americans. Now there is not much corn grown here, but there is a rodeo, lots of food, entertainment, and arts and crafts.
If you love golf, the PGA Texas Open is held every May at The Resort Course at La Cantera Golf Club.
The city pools all open at the end of May for the public to use, free of charge.
June is the month for weddings and here in San Antonio it is no different. Plan early to have your wedding ceremony down on our beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk! There are many hotels on the river that will host your dream wedding.
For the summer months, the public libraries all have summer reading programs going on for children and teenagers. This includes story times, movies, arts and crafts, all free to the public. This means there are many free things to do in San Antonio for kids.
Each June, we have the Texas Folklife Festival downtown at the Institute Of Texas Cultures. This festival celebrates the rich, cultural heritage of the state of Texas with music, dancing, arts and crafts, and food. For 2011, it is on June 10-12.
Juneteenth is on June 19, 2011 and celebrates freedom from slavery when slaves in Texas heard the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865. There are picnics, festivals, and a fair for this celebration.
For the fourth of July, there are celebrations at several places in town including fireworks on military bases, at SeaWorld, at Fiesta Texas, and close to downtown at Woodlawn Lake Park, which is the official city of San Antonio celebration. Some events are free.
In August, we are thinking about back to school and that means shopping for back to school clothes during our tax-free weekend. Spend $100 or less and you get all of the clothes and shoes for your kids (not to mention for yourself) without paying sales tax. This holiday (and believe me, it is a holiday here) extends from Friday through Sunday for one weekend during August.
There are a lot of great things to do in San Antonio in the fall. The weather is a bit more mild than during the hot summer, making the events more enjoyable.
The 16th of September is a holiday as it marks Mexico's independence from Spain. Diez y Seis is celebrated for several days leading up to the big event on September 16. There is a parade, lots of food, music and other events. For 2010, it is from September 11 through the 13, and on September 16.
On September 18 and 19 we have Jazz'SAlive. Yes, a huge jazz festival for jazz lovers at Travis Park. This is free to the public.
October starts out with OktoberFest. For 2010, it is happening on October 1-2 and October 8-9. There is a suggested $5 donation at the gate to get in and see and hear the sights and sounds of Germany. If you would like to taste the foods and drinks of Germany, bring extra money as that is not included!
One weekend in October, we have our annual International Accordion Festival.
Each Fall, sometimes in October and other times in November like this year, 2010, the military puts on a wonderful weekend of airshows. You can see the famous Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds and many others perform up in the wild blue yonder at Lackland Air Force Base. For 2010, the Air Show is on November 6 and 7. For 2013, Obama cancelled the Air Show due to his budget cuts. Not sure about 2014 yet...
If you appreciate art, you can see Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism at the McNay Art Museum from October 06, 2010 through January 16, 2011.
If you enjoy golf, things to do in San Antonio in October include the PGA Champions Tour for the AT&T Championship on October 29-31 at the Oak Hills Country Club.
If you love German food and Oktoberfest was not enough, from October 27-November 8, 2010 Wurstfest takes place in New Braunfels at Landa Park with tons of delicious German foods served up for thousands of locals and visitors.
Don't forget Halloween on October 31. For a few weeks prior, there are very scary haunted houses to go through all over town. Some of the bigger ones will advertise on local radio and in the newspaper.
If you are worried about things to do in San Antonio for children and teens in October, take them to SeaWorld for their SpookFest. It is a lot of fun.
November 2 is the Day of the Dead. Mexican-Americans take El Dia de los Muertos very seriously. Families take food and go to the cemetaries where their loved ones are buried and make a day of it. They welcome them back from the dead, and share what is going on in their lives with them. You will see altars set up all over town at restaurants, cultural centers, and galleries, along with people holding memorial readings honoring family members who have passed on, and calavera processions where the marchers are dressed as skeletons. Some of these events are free and others charge admission.
For 2010, the Air Show is on November 6 and 7 at Lackland Air Force Base and the Thunderbirds will be here. There are so many things to do in San Antonio at the Air Show. Watch the flying planes, eat delicious food, tour military aircraft, talk to pilots, sit in a helicopter, and take lots of photos. Again, no show for 2013 due to Obama's budget cuts and 2914 will probably be more of the same.
The Indian Festival Diwali takes place in November and there is a free festival at Hemisfair Plaza, open to all. For 2010, this is on November 6. The fireworks display is better than the ones on the Fourth of July!
The Rock n Roll marathon attracts about 30,000 runners each year on a Sunday in November. They can run or walk either a half marathon which is 13 miles or a full marathon which is 26 miles in downtown San Antonio. 70 bands will be playing along the route.
In November, the Friday after Thanksgiving is when the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony is held. Come and see the sparkling Riverwalk magically light up for Christmas!
Of course, all month long in December, there are plenty of things to do in San Antonio. The River Walk is lit up and carolers sing along the banks of the San Antonio River.
Things to do in San Antonio for the month of December include a downtown Arts and Crafts Show on the Riverwalk. For 2010, this will be from December 10 through December 12. This is a great way to finish up your Christmas shopping.
The college football Alamo Bowl game happens each year here in San Antonio at the Alamodome in December. For 2010, it is on December 29.
On New Year's Eve, there is a huge party for San Antonio downtown in Hemisfair Park with food, music, and fireworks. The event is free but you will have to buy your food and drinks. Vendor stands are all over the place downtown.
Hopefully, this page has given a few good ideas for things to do in San Antonio when you visit us. Don't let anyone tell you there are not any interesting or fun things to do in San Antonio. I have lived here for almost 12 years now and I am still not bored. There are things to do in San Antonio for everyone, all year long.