San Antonio offers a variety of things to do and ways to have fun that don’t cost anything! If you’ve read my articles before, you know I love finding FREE and discounted opportunities. With the holidays rapidly approaching, a number of free concerts will be available to the general public.
Below you will find a list of FREE (or very inexpensive) upcoming events for you and/or the family to enjoy this holiday season (and beyond).
Bulverde Community Parks and Garden
Fall Live Concert Series
November 5, 6:30 p.m.—Bulverde Community Park
Second Act Productions Heart and Soul Singers
Enjoy a musical performance by talented kids in grades 4–8.
Reagan JROTC Holiday Bazaar
December 10, 11:00 a.m.—Reagan High School in front of the library
Stone Oak Winter Festival
December 3, 11:30 a.m.—Winter festival tickets start as low as $5. Multiple groups will perform throughout the event.
Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral
December 4, 7:00 p.m.—San Fernando Cathedral
Boerne Concert Band
Holiday Concert—December 18, 7:00 p.m.—Boerne Middle School North
Bluegrass Jam at the AgriCultural
Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, musicians can bring their own instruments and play along! This event is free and open to the public to enjoy the music.
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—The Agricultural Museum in Boerne
City of Helotes Veterans Day Concert
November 13, 3:00–5:00 p.m.—Helotes Fire Department
This community event is free and open to the public. It will include a live concert performed by the Helotes Area Community Band.
Singing Water Vineyards in Comfort, Texas
This vineyard offers both free and paid live music events. No reservation is needed for the free events. Here are a few upcoming events:
November 19, 12:00–3:00 p.m. with Bernie Martini
November 19, 3:30-6:00 p.m. with James Hearne
November 20, 2:00–5:00 p.m. with Stephen K. Morris
November 26, 12:00–3:00 p.m. with Anthony Garcia
I feel fortunate to live in a city with many colleges and universities. The campuses have so much to offer and often have events that are open to the public. You can check their calendars on the school’s website, but here are a few upcoming events I found:
Trinity Symphony Orchestra
November 5, 7:30 p.m.—Ruth Taylor Recital Hall
Trinity Jazz Ensemble
November 6, 3:00 p.m.—Ruth Taylor Recital Hall
Vocal Excellence Competition
November 13, 3:00 p.m.—Ruth Taylor Recital Hall
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Symphonic Band: Celestial Bodies
November 15, 7:30 p.m.
Veterans Day Tribute
November 14, 1:00 p.m.—UTSA Recital Hall
University of the Incarnate Word
November 13, 3:00 p.m.—Bennack Concert Hall
Cardinal Jazz Band
December 1, 7:30 p.m.—Bennack Concert Hall
Cardinal Singers Concert
December 4, 3:00 p.m.—Chapel of the Incarnate Word (Motherhouse Chapel)
High School Events
I’ve heard that some of the area’s high school musicians give incredible performances. Check your local high school calendar for upcoming events. Here are a few I found:
Winter Concert—December 8, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.
December 13, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
I’ve always enjoyed taking my son to musical events around town. Now that the weather is starting to cool off, it’s a great time to gather the family and take in one of the free outdoor concerts listed above! There are so many opportunities to enjoy free musical events in the Alamo City, so get out there and try something new this holiday season.