Things to Do in San Antonio Labor Day 2016 Weekend

San Antonio is a city defined by a vibrant multicultural heritage and strong historical roots, from the Alamo to the LBJ Ranch and beyond.

So if you’re contemplating a trip south for your Labor Day excursions, consider San Antonio at the top of your list.

If you’re looking for things to do in San Antonio Labor Day Weekend 2016, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including…

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Current Exhibitions at the McNay Art Museum
  • River Walk Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show
  • Rio San Antonio Cruise
  • Explore Natural Bridge Caverns

Save on Attraction Admission

Regular admission to a number of these San Antonio attractions is available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

Choose as you go from top attractions and save up to 40% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.

Please note, the special events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Explorer Pass.

Labor Day Weekend Celebrations

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
September 3-5, 2016

Six-Flags-Fiesta-Texas-5If a day spent at a theme park is your idea of the perfect summer activity, then head to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for one last weekend of fun.

They’ll be pulling out all the stops this Labor Day Weekend, offering thrilling roller coasters, tasty fair food, and even laid-back attractions for kids.

Getting in: Six Flags Fiesta Texas tickets are available as a premium attraction choice with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

“Coney Island: Visions of American Dreamland 1861-2008”

Ends September 11, 2016
McNay Art Museum

Image credit: The McNay Art Museum.

Image credit: The McNay Art Museum.

This thought-provoking special exhibit showcases the history of this one-of-a-kind amusement park through paintings, drawings, film clips, posters, memorabilia, and even carousel animals.

If you’ve ever visited Coney Island, or ever thought about visiting, this is a must-see special exhibit.

Getting In: McNay Art Museum tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.


Through September 30, 2016
Various galleries throughout San Antonio & Texas Hill Country

A fantastic, month-long celebration of photography and the photographic arts, this festival is a must for art lovers.

A popular annual event for locals and visitors alike, the FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA Festival takes place in galleries across town and around the region.

Pay a visit to any participating gallery for an amazing show of both contemporary and historic photography.

Getting In: Admission to FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO is free.

River Walk Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show

September 2-5, 2016
San Antonio River Walk

SAT RiverwalkVisit one of the most beautiful and lively neighborhoods in all of San Antonio with a trip to the River Walk Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show.

Stroll around soaking up all the amazing sights and sounds, and perhaps come home with a unique souvenir from local artists and artisans.

Getting In: Access to the San Antonio River Walk is free.

Party on the Tower Plaza

September 2, 2016
Tower of the Americas

Settle in for an evening of free live music at the Tower of the Americas Plaza this Labor Day Weekend.

You’ll enjoy performances by top local artists, get to sample food and drink from regional vendors and food trucks, and enjoy fun kids’ activities like a bouncy house.

It’s perfect for the whole family.

Getting In: Admission to Part on the Tower Plaza is free.

Things to do Outside on Labor Day Weekend

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

CitySightseeing San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour is a great way to get around San Antonio to all the major attractionsIf you’re a first-time visitor to San Antonio, then we recommend a comprehensive bus tour to get a feel for your surroundings.

A hop-on hop-off option is a great choice for those who like a little flexibility in their explorations, too. See all the top sights from the Alamo to Yanaguana Garden and more!

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off San Antonio Bus tour tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Rio San Antonio Cruise

RIO San Antonio cruise (2)This relaxing but informative 30-minute cruise along San Antonio’s riverfront neighborhood is both a great introduction to the city and a fun way to escape the heat for a bit.

Plus, the River Walk neighborhood is one of the most popular in the city and this delightful cruise is the perfect way to scope it out.

Getting In: Rio San Antonio Cruise tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Explore Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural-Bridge-Caverns-3Travel deep below the earth’s surface on your adventure into the Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest and most impressive underground network of caverns in the entire region.

Snap photos of some of the most unique rock formations you’ll ever see, and learn all about their creation and the geologic history of the area.

Getting In: Natural Bridge Caverns San Antonio tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Relax in Hemisfair Park

Originally built for the 1968 World’s Fair, this grand park is both a relaxing green oasis in the middle of San Antonio and a bustling hub of activities and events.

Come here to picnic and play Frisbee, take in free movies, participate in yoga classes held in the gorgeous Yanaguana Garden, play around with art classes, and much more.

Getting In: Admission to Hemisfair Park is free, but select events may have a separate admission cost.

Shop in Market Square

Visit the largest Mexican market in the entire country at Market Square. This festive neighborhood is filled with everything from shops and restaurants to performers and art exhibits.

Be sure to budget for extensive souvenir shopping here!

Getting In: Admission to Market Square is free.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

So there are a few examples of fun and exciting things to do in San Antonio on Labor Day Weekend.

There are plenty more options, too, like renting a bike and pedaling around the waterfront, taking advantage of end-of-summer sales at local shopping outlets, strolling through the serene Japanese Tea Garden, and sipping a cool beverage at a waterfront café.

Remember, some of these great attraction options are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass®, where you can save up to 40% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

We hope you’ll find some inspiration to craft that perfect end of summer vacation!

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