- January 14, 2016

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (January 15-18, 2016)



  1. Youth Fishing Derby at Camp Mabry – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Enjoy FREE fishing and FREE lunch at Camp Mabry!  All ages are welcome and this event is open to the public. Poles and tackle provided, or you can bring your own. Photo ID is required for adults to enter Camp Mabry. Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th Street Austin.
  2. The Que Pastas Kids Shows – Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Two FREE concerts for kids. Family-friendly shows for young and old alike. Saturday at Strange Brew and Sunday at Cherrywood Coffeehouse. Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin (Sat) and Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E 38 1/2 St, Austin (Sun).
  3. Drawing Salon Series – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Using Ney’s sculptural works as inspiration, participants will develop observational and conceptual skills through unique drawing exercises. The museum will provide all required materials, and trained staff members will be on hand to offer constructive advice and guidance. Participation is FREE and open to all ages. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St, Austin.
  4. French to Music Storytime – Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Join a song and movement-based French lesson with special guest Haleigh. Enjoy some singing and dancing with a little learning, too. This intro-level storytime is suitable for any and all guests of all ages. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
  5. Star Wars Family Fun Fest – Saturday from 12-4:00 p.m. Bring the entire family to celebrate all things Star Wars. Enjoy lightsaber demonstrations by the BAM Academy and intergalactic arts and crafts. Snap your picture with your favorite Star Wars characters from Austin’s 501st Legion. Make sure to get the Star Wars prize giveaways as well as comic book giveaways courtesy of Dragon’s Lair Austin Comics and Fantasies. FREE and fun for all ages! Please note, this event does not include exhibit admission or tickets to see the movie. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin.
  6. ACE Innovation 2016 – Saturday from 12-4:00 p.m. Celebrate Austin’s community of creative entrepreneurs with guest speaker Patrick Terry of P.Terry’s Burgers and community-led, hands-on educational exhibits from Tech Shop, Austin Area Rocketry Group, and more. Visitors will find an abundance of opportunities to learn in this interactive environment. A showcase of local students’ original inventions and enterprises will also be on display, along with an artisan craft market and live entertainment including juggling and Mad Science. FREE and fun for all ages! UT Thompson Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin.
  7. Tufts University Wind Ensemble – Sunday at Noon. The Tufts University of Boston Wind Ensemble will perform with an “instrument petting zoo” following the performance. The group plays a wide variety of standard wind ensemble repertoire under the direction of Dr. John McCann. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin.
  8. Snow Day – Sunday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. On Sunday, the weather forecast is 100% chance of snow! Join in the wintery fun right in front of HPBC’s Teague Chapel. Wear your winter gear and get ready for sledding, snowballs, and snow angels. Family friendly and FREE! Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr, Austin.
  9. Community Art Sunday – Sunday from 2-5:00 p.m. Celebrate community through dance, music, creativity, food, and the arts. This month’s theme is Creative Communities in Action and will feature organizations that make a positive difference in the community, including Austin Area Urban League, Sustainable Food Center, and Literacy Coalition. This event will also feature music from indie pop wunderkinds Charlie Belle, a stamp and stencil making workshop, a community collaborative art area, and much more. Complimentary snacks and beverages are provided by H-E-B, KIND Snacks, and Chameleon Cold Brew. FREE! Center for Creative Action, 2921 E 17th St, Bldg B, Austin.
  10. Free Admission to the LBJ Presidential Library – Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The LBJ Presidential Library offers FREE admission for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18. LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin.

Bonus Nearly Free Fun:

  • Steve Scott 2016: New Year, New Stories – Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Every Saturday, Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present What’s the Story, Steve?, a fully improvised, interactive journey through a story of the audience’s making, starring an improvising poodle named Steve Scott. This January, Steve has some new tricks to share with you. Great for ages three and up. FREE with a suggested donation of $3-$5. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd, Austin.
  • PBS Kids at the Alamo: Nature Cat – Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The Alamo Drafthouse and our local PBS station are teaming up for a family screening of PBS KIDS’ latest show, along with themed activities and giveaways.  Enjoy three episodes from the new show on the big screen (including a sneak peak at two brand new episodes).  This is an all-ages show with Baby Day rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater.  Tickets are available for a $1 – $3 donation. Alamo Lakeline, 14028 N US Highway 183, Bldg F, Austin.
  • Muppets-Themed Public Ice Skating Session  Sunday from Noon-4:00 p.m. Stars of Austin Figure Skating Club is presenting a Muppets-themed skating session featuring special performances by characters at 2:30 p.m. Admission to watch the performances is FREE! Photos with characters will be available for a $2 donation per person–bring your own camera. (Regular fees apply for those wishing to skate. Admission is $6.00 and skate rental is $4.00 for children and adults.) Chaparral Ice, Northcross Mall, 2525 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

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