School’s out and we have some great FREE ways to kick off your summer! See a kids movie and catch a ballet performance or a concert in the park. Check out a favorite museum, art exhibit, or storytime. Plus, there will be (lots and lots of) bubbles!
A big thanks to our sponsor Meals on Wheels Central Texas! If you’re looking for a rewarding, family-friendly volunteer experience this summer, they have immediate openings for substitute volunteers across the Greater Austin area. With the kids out of school, this is a wonderful opportunity to teach children the importance of focusing on the needs of others. Delivering meals as a family is a win-win for everyone — seeing you and your kids can make a Meals on Wheels client’s day!
Weekend Top 10 Free Events in Austin:
- Community Movie: Zootopia – Friday at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Zootopia. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a family favorite on the big screen. Plus, stop by the Community Market to check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that Community First! residents make in the various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Candy, popcorn, water, and sodas will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.
- Ballet Under the Stars – Friday and Saturday from 8-10:00 p.m. Join Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble as they close the season with their annual Ballet Under the Stars at the Zilker Hillside Theater. The audience will enjoy original works created by the resident artists that span a variety of dance styles. Beginning just before sundown, this Austin tradition is fun for the whole family and a great way to kick off your summer. Rain date is June 4. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.
- Bubblepalooza – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During this annual celebration of open play, everyone is invited to spend time on the Long Center’s City Terrace and expansive lawns enjoying live music, trailer food—and of course, tons of bubbles! This year’s bubble-tastic activities include games, crafts, giant bubble making, foam pits, ambulance tours, photo ops, a giant graffiti wall, and more. Also look out for exclusive ticket giveaways happening throughout the day. You can look forward to live music from Hey Lolly Band, Biscuit Brothers, and The Saddle Sores (White Ghost Shivers). Rain or shine. Admission is FREE! Parking will be available for $8 per car at the Palmer Events Center Garage. The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.
- School’s Out for Summer – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the end of a successful school year with FREE admission to the museum for everyone. This will be your last opportunity to view the Explore Evolution exhibit before it is retired. The dig pit will be open to young paleontologists from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. Drop in at the Paleo Lab to chat with a paleontologist. Fossil identifications will be available, as well. FREE! Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity St, Austin.
- Family Day at Waller Delta – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Celebrate the arrival of two new sculptures by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei in Austin! Enjoy FREE refreshments, art activities for all ages, and check out the mesmerizing installation Forever Bicycles. FREE! Waller Creek Delta, 74 Trinity St, Austin.
- Ramadan Storytime – Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a storytime in honor of Ramadan, the month of fasting. All are invited to listen to a reading of Ramadan Moon, a beautiful picture book that captures the joy of this annual event from the perspective of a child. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Ramadan and share some stories. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
- Summer Free Family Film Series: Matilda – Saturday from 2-4:00 p.m. All summer long, the Bullock Museum is presenting a Summer Free Family Film Series. This week, enjoy Matilda, rated PG. All seats are available on a first come first served basis, with priority seating for members beginning at 1:30 p.m. All other guests will begin seating at 1:40 p.m. Concessions from the IMAX lobby will be allowed in the theater. FREE! The Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin.
- Splash Bash – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join the JCC for swimming, music, inflatables, family fun, and prize drawings. Sno-cones and food will be available for purchase. The Jewish Community Center welcomes and respects people of all ages, fitness levels, interests, backgrounds, and religions. Rain or shine. FREE! Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln, Austin.
- H-E-B Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum: Road Trip – Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Plan your next Texas road trip with a little help from your Bullock Museum friends. Map your route to the best Texas roadside attractions and discover fun new games to play along the way. Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3:00 p.m. combine art creation, exploration stations, and gallery activities. FREE! The Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin.
- Concerts in the Park: Strings – Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. This week, enjoy a strings ensemble! Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket. FREE! The Long Center Terrace, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.
Bonus Nearly Free Fun:
- Woodland Faerie Trail – Saturday, and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The award-winning, 5th annual Woodland Faerie Trail features faerie homes and gardens created by Austin area gardeners, architects, artisans, businesses, clubs, families, and school groups. Explore the abodes of the faeries and gnomes along the Woodland Faerie Trail through the escarpment pathway and see who is home. FREE with Garden admission, which is $1-3 (for ages 3+). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
- Alamo Kids Camp: Sing – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$5 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. All ages will be admitted to this show but families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin and Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.
- Alamo Kids Camp: Zathura – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$5 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. All ages will be admitted to this show but families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich St, Ste 120, Austin.
- Alamo Kids Camp: Matilda – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$5 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. All ages will be admitted to this show but families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Ste #701, Austin.
More Fun Beyond Austin:
- Around the World in 80 Days (Round Rock) – Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. This hilariously fresh take on the classic novel follows the fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg, who agrees to an outrageous wager that puts his life and fortune at risk. Danger, romance and comic surprises abound in a dramatic race against time. No reservations required. FREE! Round Rock Amphitheatre, 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.
- KIDFISH (Pflugerville) – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Enjoy a PFREE Fishing Day! KIDFISH and Texas Parks and Wildlife will stock hundreds of pounds of a variety of fish in Lake Pflugerville days before the event to boost the fishing experience. Trophies will be awarded. KIDFISH is directed at children ages 16 and younger, but all ages are welcome to attend – it’s a pfun day for pfamilies! A limited amount of free poles, bait, and tackle are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may bring your own pole, but will use the supplied stink bait. KIDFISH is held in conjunction with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department FREE fishing day, which means anyone can fish in a public body of water without a fishing license on June 3 only. Lake Pflugerville – South Shore, 18216 Weiss Ln, Pflugerville.
- 3rd Annual Maker Pfest (Pflugerville) – Saturday from 2-5:00 p.m. This is an event for artists and crafters of all types to demonstrate their talents! Activities include lots of fun hands-on demos and crafts. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.
- Blessings of the Animals (Cedar Park) Sunday from 1-3:00 p.m. Rabbi Rebecca Reice will conduct a short service and individually bless all of the animals present. This is a light, fun, family-friendly event that is free and welcoming to people (and pets!) of all faiths. There will be a vendor fair with local businesses represented, and Misty Valenta, volunteer coordinator at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, will be the featured speaker. Donated goods will be accepted for the shelter. Meet under the pavilion, where there will be plenty of shade. Rain or shine. FREE! Anderson Mill Park West Pavilion, 2900 El Salido Pkwy, Cedar Park.