April is flying by but there are still some amazing FREE events to enjoy! We found the best things happening in and around Austin this weekend. Please note this list contains a mix of family-friendly and adult focused events.
Here Are The Top Free Events Happening This Weekend: April 20 through April 23, 2023
Abstract Rhythms Art Exhibit
Friday and Saturday | Friday: 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday: 12 to 5 p.m. | Old Bakery & Emporium, 1006 Congress Avenue
Austin Parks and Recreation’s Old Bakery & Emporium is thrilled to announce their art exhibit ABSTRACT RHYTHMS. This exhibit encompasses the work of three artists who met through their common love of art: Joseph Jay, Malina Cipleu, and Larry Akers. Although working in different mediums, their art is connected through a sense of harmony, rhythm, and fluidity. The artists invite the viewer to tune into the cadence of the artworks and to find the relationships between light and sound, pattern and rhythm that infuse these works.
Sounds For All Spring Fest
Friday and Saturday | Friday: From 7 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday: From 3 to 4:30 p.m. | 4410 Duval Road
Classical Music for The World continues its Spring Festival “Sounds for All” this week with two amazing events. This Friday, Noemi Passiatore, visiting classical guitarist from Italy who specializes in historical performance of classical guitar will perform Belleza y Colores de un Idioma Catalonian guitar music in “Sound of Beings” CMFW Artists’ Concert II. On Saturday, CMFW partners with Liberty Ukraine to present “Why Music: When Truth is Revealed” with a special film screening of “Mr. Jones” (2019) and discussion led by Dr. Oksana Lutsyshyna, lecturer in Ukrainian studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Earth Day Clean Up
Friday, April 21 | From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Drive
Kick off Earth Day weekend with Rowing Dock and friends for their second annual
community wide Earth Day lake and land clean up along Lady Bird Lake! Last year, over 1400 volunteers
removed 6,000 pounds of trash from lakes and green spaces. This year, Rowing Dock has partnered with The Trail Conservancy and Epic SUP to continue create an even larger impact. To tackle trash on all ends of the lake, volunteers may choose to pick up trash by boat or on foot by walking the trails at Rowing Dock and Epic SUP, or on foot at Sand Beach Park. This event is free for all community volunteers, with advance registration required.
Kite Day At The Willie Mae Kirk Library
Saturday, April 22 | From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Drive
Come play with the clouds! Create your own kites and enjoy a nice day on the library lawn flying them together. Supplies and refreshments provided.
Earth Day Jubilee
Saturday, April 22 | From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | 1800 S Lakeshore Boulevard
The Trail Conservancy is hosting its first ever Jubilee! This family-friendly, community event celebrates the beloved Butler Trail and its impact on the environment of Austin. The event will feature creative workshops led by community partners, unique earth-friendly makers and vendors, Austin’s favorite food trucks, live music, and more.
2nd Annual ATX Asian Food Fest
Saturday, April 22 | From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Mueller Branch Park Pavillion, 2006 Philomena Street
Join for the 2nd Annual ATX Asian Food Fest! Try foods/drinks/desserts from around Asia and supporting local businesses! There will be an assortment of yummy foods, great entertainment, and a whole lot of fun for the family!
Earth Day Celebration at Vista Brewing
Saturday, April 22 | From 12 to 4 p.m. | Vista Brewing, 13551 Farm to Market Road 150 West Driftwood
Join at Vista’s 21-acre ranch for a family-friendly Earth Day Scavenger Hunt, native tree planting class and raffle of native trees. From 12 to 4 p.m , take part in the Scavenger Hunt around the 21 acres (FREE and family-friendly) with a wildflower seed package as the prize. From 3 to 4 p.m., enjoy Native Tree Planting Class and Demo (FREE, raffling 10 native tree saplings to class participants).
Saturday, April 22 | From 1 to 4 p.m. | Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street
Celebrate Elisabet Ney and her legacy by joining for the ninth annual NEY DAY! To commemorate this iconic artist, they will host an afternoon event dedicated to women in the arts, sciences and civic culture. Like in years past, there will be a ton of artist-led projects, demonstrations, games, music and food! Ney Day is free and open to all ages.
Saturday and Sunday | Gates open at 9 a.m. | COTA, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard
Ferrari Racing Days weekend returns to Circuit of The Americas with a thrilling collection of Ferrari racing cars, all of which will take to the track at various points throughout the coming weekend. This is the largest gathering of Ferraris on track in North America. More info here.
Sunday, April 23 | From 12 to 4 p.m. | Moody Amphitheater, 1401 Trinity Street
Join on Sunday for a park-wide celebration that will educate, inspire, and encourage sustainability, innovation, and environmental justice in our community. Green Fest will feature interactive environmental exhibitors on the Love, Tito’s Lawn, hand-on workshops, immersive art installations, guided garden tours and a special boisterous outdoor spectacle from Squonk that fuses fantastical visual design, playful staging, high energy original music, and features the world’s largest puppet hands!