2010 Summer Ideas to Do FREE OR CHEAP
(Thank you to Keri for this AMAZING Summer Guide...a lot of work went into this...WOW!!)
Tuesday Mornings - FREE Family Film Festival - Selected G & PG movies start at 10AM each Tues.
and Wed. during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity (YOU WANT TO GET THERE EARLY and beat the daycares!) – http://www.regmovies.com
17640 Henderson Pass – Northwoods Movie Theatre
San Antonio ,TX 78232
06/08/2010-06/10/2010 Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie (G)
Monsters Vs. Aliens (PG)
06/15/2010-06/17/2010 Tale of Despereaux (G)
Planet 51 (PG)
06/22/2010-06/24/2010 Wallace and Gromit (G)
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (PG)
06/29/2010-07/01/2010 Kit Kittredge: American Girl (G)
The Spy Next Door (PG)
07/06/2010-07/08/2010 Charlotte's Web (G)
Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (PG)
07/13/2010-07/15/2010 Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (G)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)
07/20/2010-07/22/2010 Rugrats In Paris (G)
Astro Boy (PG)
07/27/2010-07/29/2010 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (G)
Alvin And The Chipmunks Squeakquel (PG)
08/03/2010-08/05/2010 Doogal (G)
Aliens In The Attic (PG)
Tuesdays and Thursdays – HALF price Rolling Oaks Mall Inflatable Wonderland (10am-9pm). ½ price is $5.50- 6909 N. Loop 1604 E. #2063, San Antonio, TX 78247, (210)212-4386
Tuesdays and Thursdays- HALF price Emerald Rainbow Family Fun Center (11am-5pm), 20,000 square feet of inflatables, mini bowling, rock climbing, batting cages, arcade games mini golf, and food! 21155 Hwy. 46, Spring Branch, TX 78070
one mile west of US 281, Phone: (830) 980-8981
Tuesday nights- The San Antonio Museum of Art is Free on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is housed in a castle-like building that was formerly the Lone Star Brewery. This museum is noted for its antiquities collections and the 30,000 square-foot Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art—the largest repository of its kind. 200 West Jones Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78215, (210) 978-8100, email@example.com
Tuesday nights - Family Night at the Witte Museum - FREE - 3-8PM - www.wittemuseum.org
Tuesday nights- San Marcos - Movies in the Park - Bring the kids, blanket, and picnic basket to San Marcos Plaza & enjoy a family night out. Movie will start at sunset on Tuesdays. Free admission. Concessions will be available. For additional information, please call (512) 393-8400.
Thursday nights- Mc Nay Art Museum Free Thursday nights and the first Sunday of the month. The McNay Art Museum is set in a 1920s mansion and has wide-ranging collections, including post-impressionist and modern pieces, theater-centered works, medieval offerings, Native American art and more. 6000 North New Braunfels, San Antonio, Texas 78209 (210) 824-3005
Thursday nights (New Braunfels) - Landa Park – FREE Concert in the Park - 7:30-10PM – (830)221-4350 http://www.ci.new-braunfels.tx.us/index.asp?NID=176
Grab your picnic basket, lawn chair and dancing shoes! For over twenty-five years, the Landa Park Dance Slab has been the place to be every Thursday night during the summer months. Local musicians perform a variety of music that ranges from country and rock-n-roll to jazz and ballads. Bring your family and start a new summer tradition of enjoying great music in the beautiful outdoors of Landa Park.
Time: 7:30 pm until 10:00 pm
Information Number: (830)221-4350
2010 Landa Park Free Concert Series
June 3 Jay Eric & Blieder’s Creek
June 10 Mike Lord
June 17 Free & Vee
June 24 One for the Road
July 1 Texanna
July 8 JR Wetz
July 15 K Bar W
July 22 The Gruene Team
July 29 HIS Praise
August 5 The RI
August 12 Carlton Pride & Zion
Thursday nights- San Marcos- Summer in the Park Concert Series - 7:30 p.m. - Entertainment under the stars at Veramendi Plaza featuring 'Wild Basin Winds' (Woodwind Quintet). Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy a night of free music. (512) 393-8400.
Thursday nights - San Antonio Concert Under the Stars - The San Antonio Botanical Garden continues its popular annual series of free Concerts Under the Stars every other Thursday of the month this summer. The Garden concerts are $5. The Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; concert-goers will be allowed in beginning at 6pm – music begins at 7 – www.sabot.org
Thursday nights – LBJ State park… Come learn the outdoor sport of archery. This event is open to all youth ages seven and up. It is held every Thursday evening during the months of July and August. Equipment will be supplied. Highway 290 East,199 State Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671 Phone: (830) 644-2252
Friday nights - Bandera - rodeo at the Twin Elm Guest Ranch every Friday at 8PM - $6 admission, 5 & under free -Get there early for a good spot. Enjoy our concession stand with good ol Frito Pie, Nachos, Hot Dogs, Brisket Sandwiches or Chicken Legs. Feel free to bring your own adult beverage (no glass please). Activities include Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Shoot Dogin, Mutton Bustin, Team Roping, Tie Down and Calf Scramble. www.twinelmranch.com
Friday nights- (San Antonio) - Scobee Planetarium at SACC –$5.00 adults, $2.00 kids- Family friendly shows that vary all summer.
Saturdays - Bandera - Cowboys on Main - Cowboys on horseback, strolling musicians, storytellers and
more on Main Street from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Sponsored by the Frontier Times Museum's Living
History Project. FREE - www.banderacowboycapital.com
1st Saturday of every month - BANDERA: Market Days Downtown Bandera. (830)796-4447
1st Saturday of every month -Living History Trolley Tours of San Marcos are available the first Saturday of the month. The trolley departs from Tanger Outlet Center, to Aquarena, and then through the historic districts of San Marcos. Private Tours of Old San Marcos are also conducted by reservation. Donation: $5. Call (512) 396-3739 for reservations.
Saturdays - Bandera - Farmer's Market - Downtown Medina next to the Art Gallery. Locally grown
fruits and vegetables, free range eggs, jams, jellies, salsas, plants, and other local products for sale.
9:00 AM. (830)589-7100 or (830)796-8337
Saturday nights - Pipe Creek - Rodeo @ Lightning Ranch on Hwy 1283 just of Hwy 16 South (830)
535-4096 - www.lightningranch.com
Saturday nights- at 5:30 p.m., San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the nation, offers a bilingual mariachi mass. This is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the culture of San Antonio while marveling at stunning architecture and religious works of art.
Weekend Nights- Wimberley –Enjoy first-run movies in a unique outdoor setting under the stars.
$5 per person – under 4 & over 85 free. Concession stands with fresh popcorn, candy and drinks. Sit on bleachers or bring your own lawn chair. Prizes at intermission - on Flite Acres Road. (512)847-5994. - www.corraltheatre.com
3rd weekend of every month - Gruene Market Days (830) 832-1721
Saturdays- Boerne Farmers Market, Every Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Veteran's Plaza, with a variety of seasonal fruits and veggies, canned items, jellies, pickles, local olive and olive oil soap, granola, gresh baked breads, grass fed beef, pastured chickens, local honey, nuts, farm fresh eggs, flowers, herb and plants.
2nd weekend of each month- Boerne Market Days -, Enjoy Arts & Crafts, Antiques, Collectibles, Food & Vendors from all over Texas! Downtown Boerne. www.visitboerne.org or http://www.boerne.org/Events
June: Want more ideas? Texas Country Reporter Events Page - www.texascountryreporter.com
May28 - June20th -WIMBERLEY: Shakespeare Under the Stars. This year’s production is GREASE. May 28th – June 20th EmilyAnn Theatre. www.emilyann.org (512)847-6969.
June— Inks Lake SP — Devil's Waterhole Canoe Tour — Take a guided canoe tour and see many of the unique geological and natural features of the Hill County and the park. Learn about the area's aquatic plants and animals while touring beautiful Inks Lake. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets provided, along with brief skill review. Participants are expected to have basic canoe skills, if not please attend a basic canoe skills clinic prior to attending. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; maximum three people per canoe. 4-6 p.m. fees $5 Texas State Parks Pass members, $6 non-members, $5 senior citizens, $5 children 12 and under; reservations required (512) 793-2223 -
BLANCO: Fish Family Fishing Day Learn basic fishing skills and safety through games, booths and help from fishing experts. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Blanco State Park. (830)833-4333 http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/calendar/?calpage=s0014
Sundays - San Antonio - Witte Museum - The Sunday Jazz series is back! Bring your lawn chair or blanket & spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon enjoying jazz. - FREE w/ paid admission - www.wittemuseum.org
San Antonio – June 11-13 Folklife Festival - 4-day festival with ethnic groups representing 40 countries offering foods, dance, folk tales, crafts and music - www.texancultures.utsa.edu/events/folklife.html
June- AUSTIN- Children’s Day Art Park (Wednesdays mornings) Children can experience the magic of the arts at Children's Day Art Park. This exciting summer program features local musicians, dancers, storytellers, magicians, mimes and crafts people. Youngsters can visit the Instrument Petting Zoo (where they can see, touch and try to play the instruments), talk to symphony musicians and hear them play their instruments, see a Ballet Folklorico, hear a Latin jazz band, follow a real Pied Piper along the Lemonade Trail to the
Magic Oak Tree and try their hands at different art projects under the Art Tent. Symphony Square.
June - BRACKETTVILLE- Kickapoo Cavern SP — Bat Flights at Stuart Bat Cave and Wild Cave Tours (830) 563-2342.
June 5 – LBJ Ranch - Enjoy "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" under the stars. Show time is at 8:30pm, but come early with a picnic, lawn chairs or a blanket. Movie is free. Highway 290 East, 199 State Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671, Phone: (830) 644-2252
June 11,12 —BURNET: County Fair and Rodeo www.burnetchamber.org (512) 756-4297
June 13-14- JOHNSON CITY - Lavender Evenings and more in Johnson City Chamber plans are underway for this second annual event. Enjoy the Pub, Shop & Gallery "Crawl" and Saturday Night Traditional "Street Dance" with a major band. Many Johnson City businesses will have extended hours and participate in this great event. www.johnsoncitytexaschamber.com/calendar_of_events
June 12-16-SAN MARCOS - Texas Water Safari - The worlds toughest boat race. The 260-mile non-stop adventure begins on the San Marcos River at Aquarena Center and ends in Seadrift, Texas. A favorite
for canoeists, kayakers, and spectators from all over. Free spectator admission. (512) 738-6607.
June 19 - LUCKENBACH: 4th annual Rod, Custom & Classic Car & Motorcycle Show
June 19,20 - Austin: City Wide Garage Sale - Palmer Events Center - www.cwgs.com
July: Want more ideas? Texas Country Reporter Events Page - www.texascountryreporter.com
Medina: Great Hill Country Apple Pickin' - Pick your apples from the orchard and then process
them in the packing shed. Squeeze apple cider. And enjoy music, storytelling and arts and crafts. (830)
796-4447 or www.lovecreekorchards.com and click on events.
July 1-4—WIMBERLEY: 63rd Annual VFW Rodeo Enjoy a traditional rodeo and PBR professional bull
riding. Veteran’s Park. www.visitwimberley.com/rodeo 512/644-5490 or 512/847-2201
July 2,3 - Shiner:29th Annual Half-Moon Holidays- parade, crafts, food, games www.halfmoonholidays.com
July 3,4 —LLANO: Rock’n Riverfest Includes arts & crafts show, Mudrun, barbecue contest at Grenwelge Park, car show, Miss Sparkle Contest, Kids Fun Park, kids fishing event, parade, military show, fish fry & more. Llano River Park. www.llanotx.com (325)358-4158
July 4 - San Marcos- Summerfest - This FREE event will feature live entertainment, food booths, children’s
activities, a patriotic program and a fireworks exhibition. It is held on the grounds of San Marcos Plaza
Park, Rain or shine, festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a variety of musical & family entertainment.
Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Musical entertainment will continue after the fireworks display until 11
p.m. (512) 393-8400 or www.summerfestsanmarcos.com. Free Admission.
July 4 – JOHNSON CITY – 6th Annual July Fourth Spange-Dangle: PARADE at 10:00 a.m. around the
Courthouse - the fun continues at the LBJ Historic Park & Johnson Settlement, there will be a washer
tournament, food, music and free fireworks. www.johnsoncitytexaschamber.com/calendar_of_events
July 4 – LAKEHILLS - 4th of July Parade and BBQ - Parade at 11 AM, followed by BBQ & music. Contact (830)612 2244, 612 4246, 510 4246, and 510 9517
July 4—BANDERA: Pet Parade 10:00 AM. All pets from horses to turtles to dogs, birds, cats, etc. are
welcome. No fee. Registration begins at 9:00 AM; judging at 9:30 AM. Pet treats provided. Human
refreshments available for sale.
July 4—BUDA: Red, White & Buda Includes a children’s parade, patriotic music, food, fireworks and more.
Begins at 5 p.m. Buda City Park. www.budachamber.com (512)295-9999
July 7-13—LAMPASAS: Spring Ho Festival Includes carnival rides, kids’ activities, pet parade, diaper
derby, street dance, gospel singing, evening of talent competition and more. Enjoy the KCYL Hayloft
Party/Country Showdown Talent Contest, County Fair, Spring Ho Dance Contest and much more.
July 8- Austin - Nature Nights: Reptiles - Meet a few of our slithery friends and celebrate these often misunderstood creatures at discovery stations and habitat hikes. Nathan Jensen signs his children's book Rattlesnake rules at the store. $1 admission and free to members and Eco-Explorers. 6 to 9 p.m. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 4801 La Crosse Ave. Austin, Texas 78739- $8.00 adults, $3.00 children (512) 292-4200 www.wildflower.org
July 9—NEW BRAUNFELS/Landa Park Pool: Hawaiian Fun Night - Join us for a relaxing evening at the Olympic Pool. Pineapples & refreshments will be served while you relax to beach music, swim, play
sand volleyball & fun games. Have your best Hawaiian outfit ready, as there will be a best dressed
Hawaiian contest! Ages – all; Fees - $7 (pre-register to include pool admission for the entire day of the
event!) 8pm-11pm - http://www.ci.new-braunfels.tx.us/index.asp?NID=394
July 16,17- Marble Falls - Rodeo & Dance - www.marblefallsrodeo.org
July 18 —NEW BRAUNFELS/Landa Park Pool: Underwater treasure hunt - Ahoy you landlubbers! Come aboard the S.S. LPAC for a fun & exciting treasure hunt adventure at the Aquatic Complex. Infants & toddlers will collect their treasures in the Zero Depth Pool. Intermediate and advanced swimmers will
collect their treasures in the Olympic Pool. Feel free to bring goggles or masks. Ages - 6 months-14
yrs; Fees - $7 (pre-register includes pool admission for the entire day of the event); 2pm for
infants/toddlers in the Zero Depth Pool; 3pm for the Olympic Pool - http://www.ci.new-braunfels.tx.us/index.asp?NID=394
July 26-August 7th - WIMBERLEY: Shakespeare Under the Stars. This year’s production is Romeo and Juliet (July 26-August 7th) EmilyAnn Theatre. www.emilyann.org (512)847-6969.
August: Want more ideas? Texas Country Reporter Events Page - www.texascountryreporter.com
August 14 - San Antonio - Ford Canoe Challenge - Over 90 canoe teams compete…local celebrities, city
officials, Corporate teams & Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts compete in timed heats. Race begins at the
Chamber of Commerce, heads east through & around the Convention Center Lagoon, through the
River Center Mall Lagoon & ending back at the Chamber of Commerce
Starts August 27 - Retama Park - 50 cent Night - FREE admission w/ 50 cent hot dogs, soda & programs. FREE children’s activities include pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, clown, etc. - www.retamapark.com
August 26-29 – Fredericksburg – 122nd Annual Gillespie County Fair - 120 years for the Gillespie County Fair.
The Fair will feature agricultural displays, livestock and home skill displays from around the region.
During Fair Weekend watch live horse racing, concerts and dances. Carnival and a midway are also
part of the attractions. 830/997-2359 www.gillespiefair.com
Looking for a daytrip?
= LBJ Wildflower Center - www.wildflower.org
= Downtown Austin – Trolley, Capitol, etc. – http://downtownaustin.com
= Farmer’s Market - www.austinfarmersmarket.org
= Austin Steam Train – www.austinsteamtrain.org
= Barton Springs Pool - http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/bartonsprings.htm
= Love Creek Orchards (Medina, Texas) - www.lovecreekorchards.com
= Historical Walking Tour of Bandera – FREE -
= Bandera City Website - www.banderacowboycapital.com
= Cibolo Nature Center - www.cibolo.org
= Cave Without a Name - www.cavewithoutaname.com
= Wildseed Farms - www.wildseedfarms.com
= Lots of stuff to do & more events that I have listed - www.fredericksburg-texas.com
= Herb Farm - www.fredericksburgherbfarm.com
= Historical Society - www.pioneermuseum.com
= Das Peach House - http://daspeachhaus.com
= Old tunnel bat cave – small fee sometimes - www.tpwd.state.tx.us/wma/wmarea/tunnel.htm
Marble Falls/Burnet Area
Vanishing River Cruise - www.vtrc.com
= Lost Creek Vineyard - Sunrise Beach - (325) 388-3753 - Named "Best New Winery in Texas" in the
2004 Texas Wine Society Texas Best competition. Beautiful natural setting. Open for tours & tastings
Mon-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5 - www.lostcreekvineyard.com
= Fall Creek Vineyards - Tow, Texas - 325-379-5361 - Fall Creek Vineyards welcomes visitors to a
tour of our state-of-the-art winery and a tasting of our award-winning wines. Tasting Saturday 12-5 &
Sunday 12-4. - www.fcv.com
= Burnet Gunfighters Association- Representing old town of Burnet by staging a gunfight in the "Old
West Town" near the train depot. Regularly scheduled performances at 2:30 p.m. on most Saturdays
in accordance with the Hill Country Flyer train schedule- www.burnetchamber.org
= Sweet Berry Farm - 830-798-1462 - It is a pick your own farm and they also have a “Texas” maze. -
= Longhorn Cavern - (830)598-CAVE - Longhorn Cavern offers guided tours every day of the week.
= M.F. City Website - ci.marble-falls.tx.us
= Hill Country Sun Events Page - www.hillcountrysun.com/events.html
= Country World News Events Page - www.countryworldnews.com/calendar/index.html
= Texas Country Reporter Events Page - www.texascountryreporter.com/hapn2.htm
= Pick your own fruit/veggies & roadside stands - www.picktexas.com/pyo/county/produce_guide2.htm
= Online Hill Country To-Do site - www.hill-country-visitor.com
= Brenham, Texas - www.brenhamtexas.com
= Blue Bell - www.bluebell.com
= Kerrville Folk Festival - www.kerrvillefolkfestival.com
= City of Live oak – Disk Golf (FREE) & Pool ($1) www.ci.live-oak.tx.us/s03t0032.htm
= Westcave Preserve (Round Mountain) -www.westcave.org
New Braunfels/San Marcos
= Wonderworld Park–the website has coupons - wonderworldpark.com
= Fisherman’s Corner – FREE fishing ponds/pole rental - www.canyonlakefishing.com
= Landa Park & Train & Miniature Golf & Paddle Boats & Water park/pool -
= Texas Snake Farm - www.txsnakefarm.com/home.htm
= NB Chamber of Commerce - www.nbcham.org
= SM Chamber of Commerce - www.sanmarcostexas.com/tourism/
= NB City page - www.ci.new-braunfels.tx.us
= NB- www.newbraunfels.com
= Wimberley - Enjoy first-run movies in a unique outdoor setting under the stars. Flite Acres Road -
512-847-5994. - www.corraltheatre.com
= Steven Stoli Backyard Theater -Schedule & Prices -www.stolientertainment.com
= Discount Coupons to local attractions -
= Children’s Museum - www.sakids.org
= Botanical Gardens - www.sabot.org
= Missions Baseball - www.samissions.com
= Magik Theatre - www.magiktheatre.org
= Artworks - www.artworkstx.com
= River walk - www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com
= Alamo - www.thealamo.org
= Brunswick Bowling - 654-0031- www.brunswickbowling.com
= Northwoods Ice Skating - www.northwoodsice.net
= Charreada (Mexican Rodeo) - www.sanantoniocharros.org
= Our Kids - San Antonio magazine - http://sanantonio.parenthood.com
= FREE guided fire station tours should be scheduled three days in advance. Tours generally last 30
minutes to one hour and are led by a firefighter.207-8492. www.sanantonio.gov/safd.
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