From the 45th Annual Pecan Street Festival happening in downtown Austin, to Longhorn City Limits before Saturday’s University of Texas game, this weekend is jam packed with FREE things to do around town. And that’s not including Austin Museum Day where museums all around town are hosting fun and FREE things to do, perfect for a family outing! Explore the top ten FREE things to do in Austin below.
This list contains a mix of family-friendly and adult focused Austin events.
Coffee with a Cop
Friday, September 16th | From 7 to 9 a.m. | Blend Nutrition, 200 University Boulevard, Round Rock
The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. By removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.
¡Escándalo! — The Improvised Telenovela!
Friday, September 16th | From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Road
¡ESCÁNDALO! creates a brand new, never-before-seen, never-to-be-seen-again passion-filled telenovela based on audience suggestions. APL will play host to live scenes and shorts that can be seen in full at The Hideout. Join us for some Telenovela intrigue!
Storytime for Our Littlest Readers
Saturday, September 17th | From 10 to 11 a.m. | Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury Street
Children’s Book Author, Melissa Coffey, will read her new book, FRIDGE-OPOLIS, a pun-filled picture book that provides a humorous introduction to the ideas of food waste, recycling, and composting for young readers. Book People will be in attendance to sell copies of the book and Keep Austin Beautiful will be there to help with more learning and fun!
The 45th Fall Pecan Street Festival
Saturday, September 17th | From 11 to 10 p.m. | 6th Street between Brazos and IH35
The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation and one of Austin’s favorite! Enjoy FREE live music performances both Saturday and Sunday, as well as FREE kid fun! Discover more at the link above.
Saturday, September 17th | From 12 to 5 p.m. | Zilker Brewing, 1701 East Sixth Street
Enjoy the Skatoberfest celebration with some great tunes starting at 1pm!
Longhorn City Limits
Saturday, September 17th | From 3 to 5 p.m. | LBJ Lawn, 2313 Red River Street
On the heels of their United States headlining tour, indie pop rock act Misterwives will headline Longhorn City Limits presented by Still Austin Whiskey prior to the Texas Football vs. UTSA game on September 17. The FREE gameday concert series, located on the LBJ Lawn, will begin at 3 p.m.
3rd Annual Pups and Pints
Saturday, September 17th | From 5 to 7 p.m. | The Arboretum, 10000 Research Boulevard
Bring your pup to the Arboretum for their 3rd Annual Pups and Pints! Enjoy activations, beer, music, pet vendors, samplings and more!
Last Day of Pease Park’s Splash Pad
Sunday, September 18th | From 8 to 10 p.m. | Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury Street
The season for the Pease Park splash pad will come to an end on September 18th! Come out to romp in the water one last time before the water is turned off.
Austin Museum Day
Sunday, September 18th | From 9 to 5 p.m. | Museums All Around Austin
Enjoy dozens of Austin Area Museums for free in a celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, science, and play! Click on the link to discover all of the Museums involved with Austin Museum Day this year!
Longhorns Womens Soccer Game
Sunday, September 18th | From 1 to 3 p.m. | Mike A. Myers Soccer Field, 707 Clyde Littlefield Drive
All Texas Womens Soccer Home Matches Are FREE Admission, so head to the stadium and cheer on your Longhorns!