San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to July Events

Just think—it’s actually winter in Australia right now. They even celebrate Christmas in July! Let’s all close our eyes and pretend we’re in the southern hemisphere for a bit…

How was that? Feel a little cooler? OK, maybe not…

How about we all just carry around a bottle of water wherever we go this summer and enjoy these indoor and outdoor offerings we’ve rounded up?!

Sunday, July 1

Family Day See + Do: Viva España, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Travel through five centuries of Spanish masterpieces inspired by the special exhibition, Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Paintings from the Museums of Madrid. Investigate the cultural impact of Spain on New Spain in this unique family day. Collage a landscape, explore the art of portraiture, and paint a seaside scene. Free with museum admission. Children 12 and under always receive free admission. Pro tip: Enter the museum before noon and everyone gets in FREE!

San Antonio Hip Hop Fest, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center —Presented by AABCD. Hip hop team competitions, solo, duet and trio acts, and more. Tickets $11–19.

Tuesday, July 3

Free Family Night, 6:30–8:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; arrive early to ensure entry. Parking is limited. No outside food allowed inside. FREE!

Friday, July 6

Family Flicks: Ferdinand the Bull, 8:30–10:30 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Suggested for ages 6 and up. A love-a-bull comedy about a giant bull with a big heart, based on the classic children’s book. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Film begins at sundown. Pets are not permitted on the museum campus; however, service animals are permitted in the museum. During inclement weather, films are cancelled. FREE!

Garden Day, 9;30–11:00 A.M. at BiblioTech West—Join Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to learn about plants and gardening through fun hands-on activities and games. This program is perfect for 7- to 11-year-olds. Please be sure to sign up to secure your spot! Limited number of seats available. FREE!

Youth Screening, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Guadalupe Theatre—The Future is Now: Youth Videos from San Antonio featuring the work of San Antonio area high school students. FREE!

WestFest First Fridays, 5:00–10:00 P.M. at Guadalupanita Plaza—Hosted by Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Enjoy arts and craft vendors, food, break dancing, Latin music by DJ Despeinada, and a live set by Queer Punk Band from McAllen, TX. FREE!

Saturday, July 7

Workshop: Fishing Game, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Reel in the summer fun in a hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a fishing game while tackling educational and developmental skills. Once the fishing game is built, decorate it with paint and stickers. All workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft and will receive a free certificate of achievement, workshop apron, and commemorative pin while supplies last. FREE!

Paul Hamilton, If I Were a Wizard, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at The Twig Book Shop—Meet the author Paul Hamilton who is passionate about introducing students to coding concepts in a variety of ways, including through non-digital formats. If I Were A Wizard introduces coding concepts through the imagination of a young mouse. From repeats and loops to algorithms, If I Were A Wizard prompts discussions and helps build conceptual understanding of coding concepts. FREE!

Super Fun Saturday: Animals, Animals, Animals!, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Learn about animal habitats and explore species from around the world, interactive art components, and much more. FREE!

Lego Batman, 7:00–11:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—Outdoor movie series. LEGO Batman stars in his own big screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from the Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others, and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Load up your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Food via local food trucks also available for purchase. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M., and movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. Pet-friendly event. FREE!

Sunday, July 8

Ferdinand, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center—Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Ferdinand is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes CineFestival alum Gina Rodriguez. Presented as part of CineFestival. FREE!

Coco (en Español), 3:00–5:00 P.M. at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center—Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster, Hector, and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Presented as part of CineFestival and sponsored by the San Antonio Film Commission. FREE!

Wednesday, July 11

Fit Pass Nature Hike-Elementary, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Blanco Road)—Bring the family to explore the outdoors while walking along the Salado Creek Greenway Trail. This Fitness Pass event is intended for families with elementary-aged children; older and younger siblings are welcome. Suggested donation: $3 per child or $5 per family to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy. 

Mother Earth: Backyard Wildlife, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Leon Valley Public Library—Mother Earth will bring many hands on exhibits for children to explore. She will talk about Backyard Wildlife Habitats. Her photos are hanging in the meeting room—take a peek the next time you attend a program in that room. FREE!

Thursday, July 12

Fit Pass Nature Hike-Middle School, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Blanco Road)—Bring the family to explore the outdoors while walking along the Salado Creek Greenway Trail. This Fitness Pass event is intended for families with middle school children; siblings of all ages are welcome. Suggested donation: $3 per child or $5 per family to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy. 

Friday, July 13

Big Rig Petting Zoo, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at Leon Valley Public Library—NO ANIMALS! This is a different type of petting zoo. Come see the BIG vehicles: construction, fire, police, and all the people who operate those vehicles. You’ll get to touch, sit in the driver’s seat (or the scoop), and possibly have a little fun summer surprise, courtesy of the Fire Department. FREE!

LEGO Batman, 8:30–11:30 P.M. at Bulverde Community Park—Outdoor movie starts at dusk. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. FREE!

The Secret Life of Pets, 8:30–11:30 P.M. at Blossom Park—Outdoor movie starts at dusk. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Sponsored by District 9 City Councilman John Courage. FREE!

Saturday, July 14

FARM: Kids Club, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Herff Farm (Boerne)—A time for families to get outside and play together in nature. Features guided outdoor activities. July craft: Tic-Tac-Toe in a bag. Cost is $5 per family.

Animals Around the World, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Happy Tails Entertainment presents animals from around the globe. Learn about the native habitat of the kinkajou, porcupine, prairie dog, ring-tailed lemur, and hypo boa constrictor. Participants will have an opportunity to get up close and observe these animals and their natural behaviors, learn about conservation practices, and much more. Limited space available; visit to reserve your spot. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family.

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Art workshops for kids ages 4–12 with Inspire Community Fine Arts Center. To find the workshop once you arrive, just follow the “Art in the Park” signs. FREE!

Picnic in the Park, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at San Pedro Creek Culture Park—Hot dogs, ice cream, and magic, oh my! Picnic at San Pedro Creek Culture Park with local food vendors, musicians, and magicians, and get your portrait made by a local caricature artist. At 10:00 A.M., take a tour of the creek with special guests from the project team. Tour starts at Plaza de Fundación. FREE!

Miniature Glow Gardens, 11:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. at Rainbow Gardens Bandera—Kids Garden Club for ages 4–10. Make miniature glow gardens with your child. They’ll learn how to pot up a mini garden and decorate it with the cutest glow-in-the-dark snails and dragonflies. Make sure you register at the store or on the Facebook post. Class size is limited to 20. $5 per child.


Tuesday, July 17

Family Camping Basics, 6:30–8:00 P.M. at San Antonio REI—Have you wanted to try camping with your family but don’t know how to get started? Join REI to learn what you need to take your first (or second or third) camping trip. Workshop will cover the basics including: how to be warm, dry and comfortable camping, gear and equipment necessities, ideas for fun activities; and great local areas to give it a try. Camping is a fun and affordable way to take a vacation. No experience necessary. Register online in advance. FREE!

Wednesday, July 18

A Bug’s Life, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Confluence Park—Share in the hilarious adventure of a misfit ant looking for “warriors” to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Pet-friendly; starts at dusk (run time: 1 hour, 35 minutes). FREE!

Thursday, July 19

Mother Earth: Life Cycles, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Leon Valley Public Library—Mother Earth will be back to present a life cycles program. Get ready to see up close different stages of insect development. FREE! 

Family International & Adventure Travel, 6:30–8:00 P.M. at San Antonio REI—Rebekah and Duane Benson will share a few of their own adventures and cover aspects of pre-planning and preparation, logistics, equipment and apparel selection, adventure travel activities, and resources available to make your family adventure one to remember. Register online in advance. FREE!

The Sandlot, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures. The Mission Marquee Plaza’s beautiful open-air environment is sure to offer a great view of the original jumbo screen. With plenty of lawn space, visitors are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy an evening of entertainment under the stars. The featured film will begin 15 minutes after dusk. FREE!

Friday, July 20

Toddler Art Play: Summertime Snow, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at McNay Art Museum—Mini museum visits paired with playtime for children under five. Wear paint clothes for a fun, messy time. These are typically outdoor events, weather permitting. RSVP to the Facebook event. Free for members; $10 for nonmember adults.

Saturday, July 21

Limestone & Fossils, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd)—Join Jean Hackett, Alamo Area Master Naturalist, as she talks about how limestone and fossils in the Edwards and Buda foundations were formed. Presentation will include a short hike to the borrow pit to learn about rock layers. Kid-friendly activity included. FREE!

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Join Hemisfair partner The Magik Theatre for a free theatrical play workshop for kids ages 4-11. FREE!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 7:00–11:0o P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—Journey to a galaxy far, far away where an ex-Stormtrooper, a scrappy desert dweller, and a droid companion embark on a journey that brings them face-to-face with heroes from the past, who are now battling a fascist regime called the First Order. Load up your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Food from local food trucks also available for purchase. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M., and movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. Pet friendly. FREE!

Sunday, July 22

Run & Learn: An Interpretive Running Experience, 7:00–8:00 A.M. at The Greenline—Join Niki, a biologist, educator, and long-distance runner, as you run along the Greenline at Brooks. Along the way, she will point out local flora and fauna and highlight native plants and animals. RSVP to [email protected] FREE!

Thursday, July 26

Growing Up Wild: Deep Blue Sea, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages 4–7. Learn about oceans and ocean life through stories, hands-on activities, and a guided hike. Growing Up Wild builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Activities are designed to provide an early foundation and appreciation of nature. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family.

Tiger Recycles, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at Leon Valley Public Library—Tiger Sanitation will be here with a fun recycle game and activities for the kids. FREE! 

Saturday, July 28

National Day of the Cowboy, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Briscoe Western Art Museum—Highlights include live Texas Swing music by Big Cedar Fever, art-making activities, cowpoke games, museum tours, a cowboy artist-in-action, food truck grub and beer, and more! All ages are welcome, so mosey on down with your family and friends. FREE!

Our Family Reads: The Mayor’s Book Club, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at Collins Garden Branch Library—San Antonio has a rich cultural identity that is heavily influenced by Mexican culture. Join Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales to celebrate San Antonio’s Mexican heritage during the month of July. FREE!

June 22–July 1

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure at Majestic Theatre—Presented by Magik Theatre. Do you like to move it, move it? Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip-hip-Hippo, and of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Madagascar will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!” Tickets $25–35.

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