Whoa! I can’t believe April is already over. How did that happen so quickly?! Its starting to warm up and the pool water isn’t as freezing as it was before. Get ready to jump in for some fun this month with Movie nights at the park, rodeos, parades, and more. Here are some fun family friendly things to do this May in San Antonio.
Helotes Cornyval and Rodeo: May 2 – May 5
This is a fun rodeo with a small town feel. Live music, fun and games, food, arts and crafts and other entertainment is provided for your enjoyment throughout the four days of the festival. The HFA Rodeo Committee will celebrate its 30th year anniversary with three PRCA rodeo performances, Thursday through Saturday. Pre-rodeo activities begin at 7:00 each night with Mutton Bustin followed by the 7 event PRCA Rodeo kicking off at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Alamo Attractions will present a full carnival midway including thrilling rides, a super ferris wheel, games and amusements. Twenty dollar armbands, good for hours of unlimited rides, will be available Thursday and Sunday. Special prices will be available on Friday and Saturday.
Helotes Cornyval Parade: May 4 10-11a
The 2019 parade theme is “May the 4th be with you!” The parade starts on Leslie Road, turns north on Bandera Road, and then enters Old Town Helotes on Old Bandera Road before it disbands near the First Baptist Church of Helotes. Arrive early to pick your favorite viewing spot. It’s a free community event.
While you’re at the parade go ahead and stop by the Helotes Marketplace downtown. Local vendors set up for a fun day of shopping. The Marketplace happens every first Saturday of the month.
Perfect for kids under age 4. This event held each Tuesday morning and includes a fun activity with partner Scio STEAM to accompany it. There will also be the Book Garden, a mobile library, out in the park so you can take a free book or donate any that you’re done with. It’s a free, take-a-book, leave-a-book library for your family.
Doseum Family Fun Night : May 7
The first Tuesday of every month is free family night. Wristbands will be given out at 4 pm at the entrance. Wristbands guarantee entrance for Free family Night. If you haven’t been to the Doseum with your kids, this place is a must. My kids love the little people area and the spy area. There are so many fun things inside and outside the museum to do. You won’t regret coming here.
San Antonio Donut Fest: May 11
Donut miss out on the San Antonio Donut Fest, happening Saturday, May 11 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on the Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza. Feast on pastries from dozens of local bakeries, sip on some deliciously brewed coffee, fresh mimosas and more. Kid-friendly beverages available too! Plus, we’ll make you smile with some Saturday morning cartoons, a cereal bar, games, music and so much more. Must buy tickets to attend
Grab a blanket and enjoy a family-friendly motion picture The Wonder Woman under the stars every month. Cost: Free Times: Movies start at sunset* Check their Facebook page for any weather cancellations or delays.
Run This Mother 5K : May 12
Start Mother’s Day off the right way with a chip-timed 5K at McAllister Park. The race starts at 8am. Click on the link to reserve your spot.
National Public Gardens Day: May 16
The San Antonio Botanical Garden welcomes the community to celebrate National Public Gardens Week with after-hours admission from 5pm-8:30pm. The evening is free and open to the public. Explore 38 acres of garden space, activities such as culinary demonstrations, guided walks, a Student Sustainability Showcase, nature play activities, Santikos Art in the Garden by young emerging Mexican artist, Alejandro Martin, a.k.a. Otto, and a special opera performance of excerpts from the Magic Flute by University of the Incarnate Word music department.
Movie in the Park in Helotes: May 17 6p
This series runs through the summer at the Helotes Town Center. So grab a blanket or chairs and enjoy a family-friendly motion picture Ralph Breaks the Internet under the stars every month. Cost: Free The movies start at sunset, but the family fun activities start at 6:00 pm
Family Flicks: Night at the Museum: May 24th
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics! It’s time for a family night. Night at the Museum is the story of a newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History who discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. Food trucks on site. Free. Movie starts at sundown.
Sam Houston Cemetery: Memorial Day May 27
I haven’t found any events for the Memorial Day weekend, but something we like to do is visit the Sam Houston Cementery and pay tribute to those fallen soldiers. They have done so much for us. It is our way of remembering what the holiday is really for. They usually have a ceremony around 9:30. Check out their website for more details.
Now that it is warmer, check out some of our guides to our favorite parks and rivers to float. You’ll have the best time. If you’re worried about keeping the kids busy this summer, check out our summer bucketlist printable.
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