Free Things to Do: Culture
Published: May 21, 2014
Too hot to play outside but too early to hit up no-cover night at the club? Try any of these cultural excursions to boost your brain on the cheap.
Gruene Hall Free Shows
Head up to Gruene for some Hill Country scenery and live music. Upcoming free shows will feature Americana tunes from Poor J. Brown, Cajun/folk from Slim Bawb in addition to the regular Friday Afternoon Club show, a Gruene Hall tradition. This Friday, listen to some tunes from Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist (of Band of Heathens) from Austin. Grab a brew and get ready for a good time. Friday Afternoon Club, 4-7pm Fri, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene (New Braunfels), (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.com.
McNay Second Thursdays
Bring a blanket and some friends to McNay Second Thursday for a night of art, music, food and drinks. Unwind on the museum grounds and enjoy docent-led tours of the art collections at 6 and 8 p.m. The next Second Thursday is not until June, so mark your calendars now. There will be live music from Pop Pistol, beer courtesy of Crispin Ciders and food for purchase from some of San Antonio’s best food trucks. 6-9pm every second Thu, McNay Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.
Witte Museum Free Tuesdays
Stop by the Witte Museum on Tuesdays for free admission. You can view the newest exhibit, “Alien Worlds and Androids,” until May 27 or spend time with the Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex on display as part of the long-term exhibit, “Dinosaurs: Vanished Texans.” On May 24, the H-E-B Body Adventure will open. Guests can check out four floors of activities centered on health and wellness, including a virtual cycling tour through the San Antonio River landscape. 3-8pm every Tue, Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, (210) 357-1900, wittemuseum.org.
McNay Free Admission Days
The McNay Art Museum opens its doors on H-E-B Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and AT&T First Sundays, offering free admission to guests to the Main Collection Galleries. For $5 you can access special exhibits like the current Robert Indiana blockbuster “Beyond Love” and upcoming “Matisse and Picasso: A friendly rivalry.” 4-9pm Thu; noon-5pm Sun, McNay Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.
Check out Artpace’s newest exhibition, “The Strangest Fruit” by Vincent Valdez, and stop by for lunch during Taco Fridays. After you scarf your fare purchased from El Tacomiendo (try the Torta Tacomiendo), stick around for brief guided tours or explore on your own. Admission to Artpace and to Taco Fridays is free. Noon-5pm Wed-Sun; Taco Fridays: 11am-2pm Fri, Artpace, 445 N Main, (210) 212- 4990, artpace.org.