Free and Cheap Concerts in the San Antonio Area

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).

Community Events

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

University Events

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 University 

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

Chorale Concert
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:

Reagan Band

Winter Concert—December 8, 7:00 p.m.

Reagan Orchestra

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.

Churchill Band

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. 

I moved to San Antonio from Austin after graduate school 18 years ago. After a decade teaching in higher education, I started my own business-Saving with Christina. I love helping people spend less and save more money. You can find me on Instagram and TikTok: @savewithchristina or YouTube: Saving with Christina. If you like to adventure and travel, you can also find my adventures on Instagram @adventures_withchristina On a personal note, I LOVE coffee, traveling, and taking every opportunity to wear athletic clothes. As a family, we love going to the lake, being active and trying new things. When not deal hunting, you can find me exercising, eating veggies, spending time with my “baby” boy, or wrapped in my favorite blanket with a big cup of coffee.