- February 27, 2015

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (Feb 27 – Mar 1)


  1. People’s Gallery Opening Reception – Friday, February 27 from 6-9 p.m. Celebrate Austin’s creative talents in this exhibition featuring artworks by over 100 artists and special exhibits from United Way for Greater Austin, AISD Creative Learning Initiative students, and Art in Public Places. There will be a special musical performance by One Ounce Opera. FREE! Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin.
  2. Texas Independence Day Parade – Saturday, February 28 at 9:30 a.m. The parade begins at the Congress Avenue Bridge and heads up Congress Avenue towards the Capitol. See street closures here. Congress Avenue, Austin.
  3. Big Top Pee Wee – Saturday, February 28 at 11 a.m. Children age 3 and up and their families are invited to attend a free Alamo Kid’s Club screening of Big Top Pee Wee (1988). Toy Joy will be on hand with free toys and games! This screening is absolutely FREE, but tickets are distributed at the Box Office on a first come, first served basis. Arrive early to ensure you get seats. This movie is rated PG. Showtimes are subject to change, so be sure to check the Alamo Drafthouse website to verify details before heading out. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S Lamar Blvd., Austin.
  4. UMLAUF Family Day – Saturday, February 28, from 12-4 p.m. Enjoy FREE admission, kite-making, yoga (12:30 p.m.), story time (1 p.m.), music by Armstrong Community Music School (2:30 p.m.), and sculpture safaris all day long. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.
  5. 2ND Street Soundcheck – Saturday, February 28, from 1-8 p.m. This FREE music and street festival will feature 12 bands on two main stages, including headliner Ben Kweller. Music fans will also have access to 10 in-store performances at five downtown stores and restaurants. 2nd Street District, (2nd Street between Colorado & San Antonio Streets), Austin.
  6. African American Community Heritage Festival – Saturday, February 28, from 1-5 p.m. With a purposeful objective to raise scholarship funds for Huston-Tillotson University, Texas’ oldest Historical Black College, AACHF offers a family-friendly extravaganza filled with games, live music, food vendors, interactive and educational activities for children, and a variety of artistic performances. Admission is FREE! Huston-Tillotson University, 900 East Chicon Street, Austin.
  7. Zilker Kite Festival – Sunday, March 1, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Rain date is March 8.) One of Austin’s most beloved outdoor activities is the annual Kite Festival, which takes place at Zilker Park. Make sure to read Catherine’s tips if you plan to go. Barton Springs Road will be closed from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Get driving and parking info here. Be sure to check for weather updates on Facebook, the website, or the hotline: 512-448-KITE (5483). FREE! Zilker Park, Austin.
  8. Landmarks Public Art Tour – Sunday, March 1 at 11 a.m. Venture down the rabbit hole with Landmarks on a docent-led tour of public art on campus. Explore the nonsensical and the curious, and ponder some of the unanswerable questions surrounding contemporary works of art. The tour will conclude at the Harry Ransom Center where the exhibition Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will be on view with a docent-led tour at noon. Rain or shine. FREE! Meet at 11 a.m. at Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Figure on a Trunk in front of Bass Concert Hall near 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive, Austin. 
  9. Free First Sundays: Texas Independence Day – Sunday, March 1, 12-5 p.m. Celebrate Texas’ storied past and exciting future through performances, live music, hands-on activities, food, and a Texas-sized attempt to set a world record! Discover more about famous Texas personalities as costumed interpreters stroll through the crowd telling stories, debunking myths and posing for photos. Come dressed like a Texas Hero and help set a World Record! FREE! Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin.
  10. Community Art Sundays – Sunday, March 1, from 1-4 p.m. Free Fun in Austin is a proud sponsor of these monthly events, which feature active workshops, interactive art experiences and performances. The theme for March’s event is food, and Creative Action is partnering with the Sustainable Food Center to offer activities for all ages including gardening, still life drawing and family recipes to celebrate the history and culture of our food. Oh, and there will be tastings and treats, too! FREE! Center for Creative Action, 2921 E. 17th St. Bldg B (located at the MLK Jr. Light Rail Station), Austin.
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