How to Spend Memorial Day in San Antonio This Year

San Antonio is home to four military bases and thousands of military families, which is why we have proudly earned the nickname Military City USA. When you think about it, there’s really no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than here. As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is the kickoff to fun summertime events and activities all over the city. Let’s look at the top things to do for Memorial Day in San Antonio this year to start the season right.


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What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day takes place on the last Monday in May and honors those who died serving in the United States Military. For many, it’s a time to remember those who served and celebrate the American freedoms they fought to protect.

Road sign saying "Welcome to San Antonio. Military City, USA"


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Take a Tour with San Antonio Flight – City Bus Tours

San Antonio Flight City Bus Tours

Learn all there is to know about Military City USA with San Antonio Flight – City Bus Tours. Cruising the city in an air-conditioned motorcoach, tour key sites like Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), the largest military complex in the country. Certified Professional Tour Guides bring the city's sights to life with explanations and stories of Military City USA, the birthplace of military aviation and the gateway to the U.S. Air Force.


Explore San Antonio's Top Attractions with CityPASS

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Take advantage of the longer Memorial Day weekend and tour the best attractions in San Antonio with CityPASS. CityPASS gives you bundled access to four top attractions with 36% savings. Choose from activities including Go Rio San Antonio River Cruises, San Antonio Zoo, The Tower of The Americas, The DoSeum, Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, and The Alamo. Plan your visits at your own pace in any order that suits your weekend itinerary.


Stroll the Memorial Day River Walk Artisan Show

May 24 - 27, 2024

Artisan Show Logo

Watch the banks of the river come alive with vibrant and creative artist booths at the Memorial Day River Walk Artisan Show. This free event features over 40 handmade artisan booths, including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. It’s the perfect local popup for your weekend shopping.


Lounge Poolside at St. Anthony

Beginning May 24, 2024

Man and woman at pool laughing

Memorial Day weekend starts off pool season for many, including The St. Anthony Hotel. This weekend marks the beginning of the hotel’s Epicurean Moments series; a poolside bite and cocktail experience hosted every day of the summer from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Lounge as you take in downtown views from this rooftop pool and even enjoy live music performances. 


Rock Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe

Group of friends eating plate of nachos

Nothing is more American than good old-fashioned rock ‘n' roll! The Hard Rock Cafe offers a rocking dinner experience of classic American favorites served with a side of music hall-of-fame-worthy nostalgia.  


Dance the Night Away at Howl at the Moon & Merkaba’s Summer Kickoff Party 

May 24-26, 2024 


Howl at the Moon and Merkaba are partnering up to host the biggest Memorial Day weekend party on the River Walk! Grab your Starter Jackets and Air Jordans and get ready to party like it’s 1999 because this radical party is 90s-themed! Enjoy a DJ set of classic hits, drink specials, and prize packages at this weekend-long event.


Military Discounts

Many San Antonio attractions offer military discounts for military families over Memorial Day weekend and throughout the year. Here are a few of the top attractions. Thank you for your service!

SeaWorld San Antonio

SeaWorld San Antonio has everything from amazing animal attractions to thrilling rides and seasonal…

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Rides. Food. Family…and FUN. Don’t miss San Antonio’s largest, most popular theme park on the city’s…

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

More LEGOS®. More fun. Visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio, the ultimate LEGO® indoor…

Tower of the Americas

Spectacular sights. Award-winning dining. And, sky-high views. Visit the Tower of the Americas in…

San Antonio Zoo

Wild meets life at San Antonio Zoo®! Open year round, come experience and connect with more than 750…