Everything You Need to Do in San Antonio This Summer

Updated On 07/03/2018 at 04:49PM EST Updated On 07/03/2018 at 04:49PM EST
River City Rock Fest
St. Patrick's Day Parade | River City Rock Fest
SoundCream Airstream
SoundCream Airstream
Thursday - Friday
Jun 14-15
Various locations
The World Cup only comes around once every four years, and it’s hard not to get swept up in the rest of the world’s footie mania. So what if team USA isn’t competing this time? Pick another country, and start rooting for ‘em at one of the city’s best bars showing the World Cup -- The Winchester, Künstler, and Waxy O'Connors are all solid options.
Cost: However much a beer costs
Friday - Tuesday
Jun 1-Oct 30
Every Wednesday at the Pearl Park, the Soundcream Airstream will feature a different DJ spinning soul, hip hop, funk, disco, and house jams. Come to bust a move, or just lounge out on the lawn; you can bring your own beer and wine, grab some beer from the Southerleigh stand, or grab a bite and some after drinks from the many amazing Pearl-area eateries.
Cost: Free
Thursday - Sunday
Jun 7-Sep 2
Admission is free at the McNay Museum every first Sunday of the month and every Thursday from 4-9pm, and there isn’t a better time to experience the Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations exhibit. As part of San Antonio’s tricentennial and the Hemisfair Park 50th anniversary, the exhibit emphasizes the Alamo city’s deep heritage and pride in thinking globally while emphasizing local community through art that envelops the senses. A reservation and special exhibit fee (even on free days) is required for Immersed.
Cost: $10
Jul 4
There’s no better place to watch the annual show in the sky than at the lush San Antonio botanical garden. Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are all welcome, and tickets won’t be sold at the door, so get yours online now!
Cost: $9-12
Jul 4
If you feel like getting out of the city for the Fourth of July, head out to the hill country for a party on the Guadalupe River in Kerrville starring Texas country legend Robert Earl Keen. In addition to the concert, the Independence Day celebration at Louise Hays Park will feature swimming, activities for the kids, food and craft vendors, and the hill country’s largest fireworks display!
Cost: Free
Jul 7
De-stress and find your inner peace with a free yoga class curated by Mobile Om and sponsored by the Tobin Center and the University Health System. Be sure to bring your own mat and keep your eye out for other fitness classes at the Tobin and classes held around San Antonio by Mobile Om.
Cost: Free
Jul 9
Texas’ own Holy Wave are bringing their hazy surf vibes to SA with a free show in support of their new album, Adult Fear. Holy Wave is a staple of the Austin psych scene ,and always puts on a show that leaves you feeling a dream-like warmth.
Cost: Free
Jul 14
All summer Slab Cinema is putting on the Wes Anderson Film Festival in celebration of director Wes Anderson’s beloved films. They’ll be showing all nine movies throughout the summer and you can catch his latest, Isle of Dogs, at Hemisfair Park for free. Bring your dog and enjoy the mini Japanese festival!
Cost: Free
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 14-15
Enjoy a two day festival in celebration of legendary Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. This colorful event will showcase 70 vendors including a handmade market full of unique items, clothing, and food celebrating Frida’s heritage and influence on the art world. There'll also be live performances by Texas artists, as well as a digital woman's art gallery.
Cost: Free
Jul 21
As part of the Historic Pearl’s summer-long celebration of San Antonio’s 300th birthday and its Spanish culture, the CIA is hosting a cooking class where you'll learn all about the wonders of paella. If you're unfamiliar with the rice dish that's one of Spain's most notable culinary exports, A) what's wrong with you, and B) you won't be once you're done with this class.
Cost: $25
La Gloria
Culinaria Restaurant Week | La Gloria
Aug 4
Join the San Antonio Football Club for a home game against the LA Galaxy II, fighting for a playoff spot after finishing second in the western conference last year. We’ll all be needing more soccer (football?) after the World Cup Final in July, so if you can’t make this game there are plenty during the season.
Cost: $10-50
Saturday - Saturday
Aug 11-25
Restaurants all over San Antonio celebrate the culinary diversity and richness of the Alamo City by offering special prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. This gives everyone a great opportunity to try out restaurants that may normally be out of their budget, and a portion of the cost of every meal goes to culinary industry scholarships and other Culinaria missions.
Cost: $15 for lunch; $35-45 dinner
Aug 17
The Grammy nominee and acclaimed rapper who went platinum without features comes to the Alamo City to showcase his new album KOD. Considered one of the best rappers of the modern era, his will be a show you don’t want to miss, especially since J Cole’s opener is none other than fashion icon and rap extraordinaire Young Thug.
Cost: $50+
Aug 23
See the San Antonio Missions minor league baseball team ditch their normal uniforms and don the garb of the Flying Chanclas, as part of the MiLB’s Copa de Diversion initiative. Nothing says summer like baseball, and it’ll be even easier to root for the home team since this game is Dollar Night: that means $1 beer, $1 soda and $1 hot dogs! If one game isn’t enough, there’s tons of baseball going on all summer.
Cost: $5-20
Aug 31
Texas’s own son brings his dulcet gospel and soul tunes to New Braunfels for a Labor Day weekend show. Drawing comparisons to Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, be prepared to travel back to a time when '60s-soul was king. As a little bonus, you get a free copy of Leon Bridges new album on CD, or vinyl for an additional fee.
Cost: $43
River City Rock Fest
River City Rock Fest
Sep 2
Look, you’ve been working hard all summer -- don’t you think you deserve a few drinks this Labor Day? Michelada Madness will quench your thirst, with cerveza preparada for all! In addition to serving up one of San Antonio’s favorite drinks, there will be luchadores and food and artisan vendors.
Cost: $20
Sep 9
Start off the UTSA Rowdy Roadrunner 2018 football season right with the first home game of the season against the Baylor Bears! Come early and tailgate and cheer on the Roadrunners to victory against the in-state rival.
Cost: $55+
Sep 22
If you weren’t aware, San Antonio’s musical history is steeped in heavy metal and rock. River City Rockfest reflects those roots with headliners like Nine Inch Nails, Primus, Stone Temple Pilots, supporting acts like The Sword, and many more. Prepare your brain for a day full of head banging!
Cost: $70-100
Sep 29
Head to the Freeman Coliseum for over 500 different tastings of spirits, beer and wine! In addition to the libations, there will be local chefs showing off, casino games with free trips as prizes, live music, and raffles onsite.
Cost: $60-100
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 29-Oct 14
"Wicked" is the Tony-award-winning story of the formative years of the Wizard of Oz’s infamous Wicked Witch of the West and infallible Glinda the Good Witch, long before Dorothy ever crash-landed in Oz. Catch this acclaimed broadway hit before it leaves town!
Cost: $53+