Spring is here and the events going on around town just keep getting better and better! Here are the top 10 FREE events happening in and around Austin this weekend.
Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: April 6-9, 2018
- National Library Week at Cedar Park Library (Cedar Park)
Friday, April 13 | at 10:30 a.m. | Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
Members of the public are invited to join the Cedar Park Public Library in celebrating National Library Week. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.” Friday is the final day when staff members will host a toddler puppet show at 10:30 a.m. and a preschool puppet show at 11:15 a.m. A BookFace selfie station will be set up where people of all ages can take a photo with their favorite book and share it on social media. Visitors can also write down their favorite book for a window display.
- Play Groups for Kids Ages 0-3
Friday, April 13 | from 9 to 10:30 a.m. | Easterseals Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr., #120
Free play groups are here! Open to the public for kiddos ages 0-3 of all abilities, the group will provide both structured and free play time, opportunities to engage with peers, and a chance for parents to have some fun, too! Structured activities may include yoga, music time, story time, nature activities, etc.
- Wonder Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, April 13 | from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Wonder. Get there as early as 6:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
- Blair Woods Family Nature Day
Saturday, April 14 | from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Blair Woods Sanctuary, 5401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Join Travis Audubon for a morning of educational activities at Blair Woods Sanctuary, a natural oasis in east Austin! The theme of this event will be birds, and will include guided walks, crafts, and other fun and family-friendly activities! This event is free and open to the public.
- Keep Austin Beautiful Day
Saturday, April 14 | from 9 to 11 a.m. | Austin and Travis County, Various Locations
Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep, a county-wide service day spanning 130 sites in 31 zip codes throughout Austin and Travis County. As Clean Sweep has grown over the years it has become more than just a cleanup day. Volunteers are planting gardens, restoring riparian habitats, removing graffiti, and more. To recognize all the work volunteers are doing on this day Clean Sweep has been renamed as Keep Austin Beautiful Day. You can access locations to volunteer here.
- Family Discovery Day
Saturday, April 14 | from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | LDS Church in Oak Hill, 5201 Convict Hill Rd.
Bring the whole family to a fun filled morning of everything genealogy and family history! Enjoy classes (for ages 12 and up) and/or rotate through a variety of family history themed activities including an old time photo booth and some make and take crafts, all FREE! If none of our classes fit your needs they’ll have several experienced genealogists on hand to answer your questions and guide you toward making progress on your family lines.
- Second Saturday Family Programs: Ships Ahoy
Saturday, April 14 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.
Oh, bouy! You won’t want to miss this nautical performance happening in the lagoon: a real live boat will be circling our shores! Take in the watery music, then make your own seafaring vessel to take home, inspired by artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s moving sculpture. Thank you to H-E-B and HomeAway for supporting these free family programs. Reservations available on-line here.
- Bengali New Year Festival 2018
Saturday, April 14 | from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Festival Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.
The Bangladeshi Association of Greater Austin (BAGA) has been celebrating this City of Austin sponsored annual festival with style for the last 17 years. The Bengali New Year is based on a solar calendar introduced over 400 years ago by the Mogul Emperor Akbar. This year’s celebration, according to the Bengali calendar, ushers in the year 1425. Traditionally, the day is marked with singing, processions, and fairs. Corresponding to the harvest and the beginning of the financial year for businesses, it is a time of happiness and joy, and an occasion for festivals and feasting. Traditional Bangladeshi ethnic foods, ethnic dresses, indigenous arts and crafts, open air performances of Bengali music and dance, and a children’s cultural program will be featured at this festival. Admission is free! Parking is free!
- Edible Books Contest at Cedar Park Library (Cedar Park)
Sunday, April 15 | at 2 p.m. | Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
Members of the public are invited to join the Cedar Park Public Library in celebrating National Library Week. The library will celebrate the finale of the week with its third annual Edible Books contest on April 15 with homemade creations. The contest starts at 2 p.m.
- Storybook Dance Making at Easton Park
Sunday, April 15 | from 3 to 4 p.m. | Easton Park, 7000 Cardinal Bloom Loop
Dance Waterloo is proud to host a six-week Storybook Dance Making program in Easton Park. Children ages 5-10 can join Dance Waterloo in the park for 60 minutes of dancing with mom, dad, grandma, and more. Each class is inspired by a storybook. Dance Waterloo designs each class to incorporate elements of social-emotional learning (SEL) through story time and dance making activities that are fun for both children and adults! Storybook Dance Making is a family dance education program. Guardians are required to participate with children.
Bonus Nearby FREE Fun:
- Art Squared Arts Market (San Marcos)
Saturday, April 14 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Downtown San Marcos, 150 E. Hopkins St.
The Art Squared Arts Market is a juried fine arts and fine crafts event that happens every second Saturday, from March through December, in San Marcos, Texas. This open air art market features all handmade, original artwork shown by the artists themselves. In addition to all the great art there is live music, free yoga/tai-chi, free kid’s arts and crafts, featured non-profit organizations, and a farmer’s market adjacent to the art market. Art Squared is produced by the San Marcos Art League and is sponsored by the San Marcos Arts Commission.
- Gifts from the Trees Hike (Lockhart)
Saturday, April 14 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Join a Master Naturalist to hear about the fascinating trees and history of Lockhart State Park! All ages welcome. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. Bring water and apply sunscreen or bug repellent, as needed. No registration required. Meet your guide at the Creekview Trailhead. If driving from park headquarters, take your first left-hand turn, pass the campgrounds, and park along the paved loop. While this activity is free, regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult and free for children 12 & under).
- Geocaching 101 (Lockhart)
Saturday, April 14 | from 2 to 3:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Join for a high-tech treasure hunt! Geocaches (hidden treasure containers) can be found all over your neighborhood and the world, including Lockhart State Park! GPS units or smart phone apps are used to find these caches. In this program, learn how to use a GPS unit, and practice your skills by embarking on a fun treasure hunt! GPS units will be provided. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring a bottle of water. Bring your smart phone or GPS unit, if you have one. Feel free to download a Geocaching app to your smart phone prior to the program.Meet at the park picnic area. When you enter the park, drive past the pool and take a right-hand turn into the playground area parking lot. While this activity is free, regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult and free for children 12 & under).