One of the greatest benefits of living in San Antonio is the variety of “things” to see and do. Each month, we will handpick 25 fun things to do in San Antonio...just to make planning your next Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little easier. Take time to read and explore all of the many options for the month of July as we celebrate our nation’s birthday and continue with summer!
1. Celebrate the 4th!
Of course, you have tons of Independence Day options in San Antonio. But why not celebrate with the biggest and best party in town? Woodlawn Lake hosts San Antonio’s official July 4th event every year, complete with family games, food, entertainment, and an amazing fireworks show. It’s the perfect way to bring your family together for this wonderful holiday!
When: July 4 @ 8 AM-9:30 PM
Where: Woodlawn Lake (1103 Cincinnati Ave)
2. Spend Summer at the Witte
The Witte Museum has gone through some major changes over the last year and is better than ever! All summer long, they’ve got something going on for your little ones. Nature Camp, Wild about Texas Camp, Under the Sea Camp, Junior Paleontologist Camp, and so many other options await you this summer. Some camps are offered to specific age groups, while others are open to everyone. We encourage you to register ahead of time to ensure your spot for any of the various camps. Your child will come back with new knowledge and new friends!
When: Times are dependent upon camp
Where: Witte Museum (3801 Broadway)
3. Watch Theatre at the Pearl
Get ready for some exciting theater at the Pearl! Magik Theatre is in collaboration with the Pearl Brewery to bring you professional family theater with some amazing classics like Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks, and The Three Little Pigs. Each performance will be at a different date to ensure that you can go to all of them! These live stage versions will bring your favorite stories to life, and we promise that your kids will be completely enthralled.
When: Times are dependent upon the show
Where: The Pearl (312 Pearl Parkway)
4. Have a Coke, Share a Smile
Get ready for a day of American tradition...and with it, a round of Coca-Cola! Six Flags Fiesta Texas invites you to partake in the festivities with the area’s largest fireworks display, a classic coke, and lots of fun with friends and family. If you present a can of coke with your admission, you’ll receive early access to select rides! Come to the park for a 4th of July celebration anytime from July 2-4.
When: July 2-4, park hours
Where: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (17000 I-10 W)
5. Find Your Inner Ogre
Shrek The Musical tells the hilarious story of Shrek, the beloved but sometimes misunderstood ogre, on a quest to rescue Princess Fiona. Musical numbers have been added into the mix for an unexpected yet unforgettable performance by Woodlawn Theatre. You’ll love this new take on an old classic. We recommend getting tickets early for this one to ensure that you can see the unique performance while it’s playing.
When: Starts June 30-July30 @7:30 PM on Fridays & Saturdays
Where: Woodlawn Theatre (1920 Fredericksburg Road)
6. Sample Tasty Snacks
Here’s an event that you and your family won’t want to miss: Health Holidays Kitchen Demonstration. This event series gives you healthy alternatives to some “typical” holiday treats. This season’s holiday? The Fourth of July! The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio hosts and allows you to sample the snacks and learn how you can prepare something that’s healthier than ice cream, hot dogs, and chips for Independence Day. Your ticket to the Witte will allow you to participate in this fun and education cooking event.
When: July 1 @1:00 PM
Where: Witte Museum (3801 Broadway)
7. Rock and Roll with Santana
What better way to celebrate the 4th than with an iconic, Grammy award-winning rock icon: Santana. This group has won ten Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With a career spanning over forty years, you’ll be able to hear all of your favorite songs, from “Woodstock” to “Supernatural”. You won’t regret spending your holiday evening jamming out to the musical sounds of Santana!
When: July 4 @ 8:00 PM
Where: The Majestic Theatre (224 E Houston St.)
8. Shake it Up with Hairspray
The Broadway musical Hairspray is coming to San Antonio! This fun-filled musical takes place in the 60s and documents the social prejudices of race and beauty, all in the midst of catchy beats and exciting dance moves. The musical is a classic and will take you back to another era. Dance along in your seat as you watch the main character Tracy Turnblad shake up her hometown of Baltimore!
When: July 7-August 6
Where: Russell Hill Rogers Theater at The Playhouse San Antonio (800 Ashby Place)
9. Catch a Movie at the Pearl
For the rest of summer, the Pearl will host Monday Movies. This is a chance for you to catch a family movie in the park. Bring your own snacks, a blanket, and maybe even a few lawn chairs. The July theme is “Cinema Culinara”, featuring food-based such as Ratatouille, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and more. August has the theme of “Hecho en San Antonio” with films like Selena. It’s a great opportunity to bring the family together for a little fun during the week.
When: Monday @ 8:30 PM
Where: Pearl Park (312 Pearl Parkway)
10. Celebrate Faith, Family, & Freedom
Kick off July 4th early with Cornerstone Church and their Faith, Family, & Freedom event. Combat Marine Oliver North will be the guest speaker talking about his latest book. Additionally, Grammy-Award-winner Larry Gatlin will be singing for musical entertainment. Later, an amazing fireworks display will light up the city to kick off your holiday week. Music, food trucks, games, and other family fun will be available to you throughout the entire evening! You won’t want to miss out on this fun-filled celebration.
When: July 2 @ 6:30 PM
Where: Cornerstone Church (18755 Stone Oak Pkwy)
11. Show Your Pride
Pride San Antonio is an organization that provides numerous events around the year to celebrate the LGBT community. On July 1, you can join in for “Pride Bigger Than Texas”, a festival that will be held at Crockett Park. There will be a parade, a bike ride event, music, food, drinks, and so many different forms of entertainment. Don’t miss out on the chance to support this organization and show your pride!
When: July 1 @ 11:00 AM
Where: Crockett Park (1300 N. Main Ave)
12. Pop Over to Pink’s
Pop in for a little popcorn! Pink’s Popcorn is a darling little store in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio. They’ve got every flavor of popcorn you could imagine, both savory and sweet. Whether you end up trying the bacon cheeseburger, caramel apple, or just the regular popcorn, you’re sure to find a sweet treat inside. Pop over and get a bag before you watch the fireworks on Independence Day! It’s the perfect treat at the end of a long day.
When: Monday-Saturday @ 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
Where: 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy #303
13. Run for Wine
The Ultimate Wine Run is an adventurous 5K event that allows you to run through a vineyard with friends. Additionally, there will be a wine tasting (also known as motivation to run), a DJ, a dance floor, and food trucks. It will be a lively party filled with delicious wines from all over the country. Every runner will receive a t-shirt, a souvenir glass, and a 5oz pour of wine once you cross that finish line. What more do you need?
When: July 22 @ 6:00 PM
Where: La Villita Historic Arts Village (418 Villita St.)
14. Honor the Spirit of Frida
Frida Kahlo’s paintings continue to captivate international audiences. This year marks the second annual “Frida Festival” in San Antonio. The festival’s goal is to honor her spirit, educate others about her work, and provide an opportunity to embrace her culture. The event will include a unique art gallery, handmade merchandise, musical performances, and culinary traditions of Mexico. Frida left a legacy, and this festival honors that legacy while helping you to discover more about this famous artist.
When: July 15 @12:00 PM-9:00 PM
Where: Wonderland of the Americas (4522 Fredericksburg Road)
15. Register for Cirque!
Cirque Kids Camp is an amazing four-day camp that allows your child to learn the basics of comedy, acrobatics, aerial arts, juggling, clown skills, and puppetry! This unique camp combines all of these skills into one day camp, so if your child is interested in any of these areas, sign up quickly! The days will be formatted into little “workshops” for the kids so that they can individualize on each skill. Taught by professionals in the field, your child will go home with legitimate skills. This fun-filled camp will have them laughing, exercising, and learning new things!
When: July 1-2
Where: 108 Blue Star
16. See Shawn Sing
Shawn Mendes is a pop icon right now. Known for songs like “Stitches” and “Treat You Better”, his songs are catchy and have a great pop beat. He’s coming to San Antonio for his next concert and it’s sure to be a great one! Originally from Canada, the singer/songwriter is only 18 years old but holds a lot of potential in his career. We’re sure you’ve heard some of his songs, but now is your chance to see him perform live at the AT&T Center. Don’t miss out on this one! We recommend you get tickets as early as possible.
When: July 21 @ 6:00 PM
Where: AT&T Center (1 AT&T Parkway)
17. Celebrate Cowboy Culture
National Day of the Cowboy is coming, and the Briscoe Western Art Museum wants to celebrate with you! Briscoe Blast will celebrate cowboy culture with amazing live music, art, comedy, museum tours, games, and more! This is a family event, so all ages are welcome. The best part? It’s free!
When: July 25 @10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Where: Briscoe Western Art Museum (210 W Market St.)
18. Dance with the Stars
Image Courtesy of ABC News
Get ready for Dancing with the Stars live! All of your favorites from this past season will be coming to San Antonio for a live performance of the show. Pro dancers like Lindsay Arnold and Sasha Farber will be on stage, giving a memorable performance. If you’re a fan of the hit TV series, you won’t want to miss all of your favorites up on stage at the Majestic Theatre.
When: July 15 @ 8:00 PM
Where: The Majestic Theatre (224 E Houston St.)
19. Have a Picnic for the 4th
Sea World is hosting a Fireworks Picnic on July 4th! They’ll have a wonderful BBQ buffet spread of food and a spectacular fireworks show once it gets dark. Enjoy this all-you-can-eat meal with some of the best fireworks in town, a cozy spot on the lawn with family, and a memorable evening as you celebrate our nation’s birthday. Spend the day at Sea World if you want and finish off the night with this exciting event. Either way, it’s going to be amazing!
When: July 4 (begins at dusk)
Where: SeaWorld San Antonio
20. Enjoy a Day at the McNay
The McNay Art Museum will open its doors for “Free Family Day” on July 9. This is a day for you to bring your kids and play at the McNay as they have art, sidewalk chalk, fun games, BBQ, and educational talks about artwork. Your kids will love the structured play that the museum is offering. It gives adults a chance to sit back and relax with supervised play!
When: July 9 @1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Where: The McNay Art Museum (6000 N New Braunfels)
21. See a Legendary Concert
Earth, Wind, & Fire is a timeless American band hailed as one of the best of its time! Boasting six Grammy Awards and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this group has been ranked as the seventh-best-selling American band of all time. Needless to say, you don’t want to miss this concert and some of their most popular songs like “September” and “Boogie Wonderland”. They’ll be at the AT&T Center and it’s sure to be a jam-packed show with a full house audience. Get your ticket soon for this one!
When: July 22 @ 8:00 PM
Where: AT&T Center (1 AT&T Center Parkway)
22. Taste the Flavors of Mexico
There’s a new Mexican kitchen in town cooking up authentic dishes and bold flavors. Michin offers green enchiladas to die for, and their homemade chips and salsa will have you coming back for more. This new little spot is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the ambiance is fantastic.
When: Open Tuesday-Sunday; Hours here
Where: 427 N. Loop 1604, Suite #202
23. Get Your Dose of History
The Alamo wants you to celebrate the Fourth of July with a little living history! They’ll take you back in time with a musket/rifle firing demonstration, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, music, snacks, and opportunities for photos with the reenactors! Take your kids and get a dose of history on Independence Day at the public event.
When: July 4, starting at 9:30 AM
Where: 300 Alamo Plaza
24. See A Family Film
The World Heritage Office is hosting a free screening of the movie Sing, a story about animals attempting to save a theater with a magnificent singing competition. During the show, you can purchase food and movie snacks. It’s also a pet-friendly venue, so bring your furry friend for this free event! While the venue opens at 7 PM, keep in mind that the movie won’t begin until 15 minutes after dusk.
When: July 22 @ 7:00 PM
Where: Mission Marquee Plaza (3100 Roosevelt Road)
25. Get Classic with Diana Ross
Diana Ross has done it all: music, film, TV, and theater...and now, she’s on tour with the “In the Name of Love” tour! Get ready to experience her music like never before at the Majestic Theatre.
When: July 5 @ 8:00 PM
Where: The Majestic Theatre (224 E Houston St)