Send off January with a smile! This weekend in Austin you can enjoy a Free Day of Dance, a Lunar New Year Celebration, Texas Wildlife Day, a Birthday Block Party, and more!
Weekend Top 10 Free Events in Austin:
- Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show – Friday from 4-10:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Austinites are invited to hang out with Zappos at this one-of-a-kind pop up experience featuring unique products and giveaways, FREE pet adoptions in partnership with the Austin Animal Center, tasty treats from Torchy’s Tacos, live music from local bands Roxy Roca and Mama K & The Shades, and so much more. FREE! Zappos Pop-up Shop, 1327 S Congress Ave, Austin.
- Free Day of Dance – All day Saturday. From Ballet to Ballroom and Two Step to Tango, find a FREE class near you for you and your kids to have some dancing fun. View the full schedule and participating studio locations here.
- Texas Wildlife Day – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Celebrate everything feathered, furred, smooth, and scaled while enjoying free admission to the museum. UT Austin scientists, TMM science educators, and members of the Capital Area, Good Water, and Lost Pines chapters of Texas Master Naturalists will host demonstration and activity tables on topics as diverse as our native wildlife. Museum exhibits are open 9-5 and the activities run from 10-4. FREE! Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity St, Austin.
- Lunar New Year Celebration – Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Celebrate Lunar New Year with a performance by the Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team followed by fun crafts. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.
- Staci Gray Kids’ Concert – Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. Staci Gray’s original music gets children and their parents to sing, dance, and get their sillies out. FREE! In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.
- Saturday Morning Drawing Salon – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Through these unique workshops, visitors will have an opportunity to draw from Elisabet Ney’s sculptural works in her very own historic artist studio. Each session is hosted by a Museum Educator and all materials are provided. Participation is FREE and open to everyone, regardless of age or level of experience. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St, Austin.
- Mommy, Daddy, and Me Book Club – Saturday at 11:30 a.m. This parent and child book club aims to encourage children to read with their parents/guardians and discuss works with others. This offering will be led by Yolanda King, a mom and local children’s book author. January’s selections are Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.
- Harry Potter Party – Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Celebrate all things Harry Potter and the movie release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. First up, get sorted into your Hogwarts House. Afterwards, play Quidditch and make your own snitch and quill. Be sure to come dressed the part and enter the costume contest. Bring your creativity and enter the bookmark making contest. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.
- Cynthia Levinson Speaking & Signing The Youngest Marcher – Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Don’t miss this awesome historical kids’ event with Cynthia Levinson, author of We’ve Got a Job and The Youngest Marcher, all about Audrey Faye Hendricks. In 1963, nine-year-old Audrey was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama–the youngest person to be arrested in civil rights’ history. With tenacity and grace, Audrey’s confidence truly shines in this wonderful story. The discussion is FREE! To get a book signed, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
- KMFA’s 50th Birthday Block Party – Sunday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. This event is an opportunity for all Austinites to enjoy live classical music, engage with KMFA’s history as Austin’s only independent classical radio station, and celebrate its future as the voice of the Austin arts community. The Block Party will include a live broadcast by KMFA announcers, a line-up of prominent classical music acts, yard games, free cupcakes (while supplies last), an impromptu kazoo symphony, and much more. FREE! Fair Market, 1100 E 5th St, Austin.
Bonus Nearly Free Fun:
- Dance Waterloo’s Panorama Playground – Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. See dance, see public art, and build your own experience to the music by wearing multi-channel headsets. (Headsets are first come, first serve. Reserve yours in advance.) Panorama Playground is a pay-what-you-can performance. A Q&A with the artists will follow the 5pm performances. Bring your blankets, chairs, and a snack picnic. Hurlyburly (adjacent to Waller Creek Boathouse), 74 Trinity St, Austin.