- Music Under the Star – Friday, July 11, from 6 – 9 p.m. Bring your camp chairs and blankets (no coolers, please) and dance the evening away. This FREE concert series features a fantastic line-up of Texas musicians who will play on the Bullock Museum’s Lone Star Plaza. This Friday, the Bullock celebrates 1968 with music from Roky Erickson and The Shiva’s Headband Experience. Park for FREE in the Museum garage after 6 p.m. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.
- Zilker Summer Musical – Oklahoma! – Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13 at 8:30 p.m. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, this high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful backdrop for Oklahoma!, one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most cherished collaborations. Zilker Summer Musical productions are FREE and open to the public. Bring $5 for parking in Zilker Park. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2301 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
- Movie in the Pool: Lilo and Stitch – Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Bring your whole family to swim under the night sky while watching the movie. FREE pool admission starting at 8 p.m. (If you enter the gates before 8, you will have to pay the daily drop in fee.) El Salido Pool, 11500 El Salido Parkway, Austin.
- Classic Cartoon Community Cinema – Friday, July 11 at 8:30 p.m. Come be a kid again and enjoy FREE cereal and cartoons! Every other Friday night all summer long, The Fellowship at Scofield Farms will be showing classic cartoons and serving FREE popcorn and cereal on the lawn. Be sure to bring blankets, towels or folding chairs. It’s FREE and open to the public! Seating starts at 8:30 p.m.; show starts at around 9 p.m. Concessions are FREE, while supplies last. The Fellowship at Scofield Farms, 12424 Scofield Farms Dr, Austin.
- Planet Music: Pakistani Musician Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami – Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, a master of Classical Indian, Ghazal, Geet, Qawwali, Bhajan, Pakistani Folk and Sufi music, has performed for heads of state and on innumerable radio and television shows. He brings his soulful music to Austin in this FREE concert presented by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Planet Music Series. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.
- UMLAUF Family Day – Sunday, July 13, from noon – 4 p.m. Family Days offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children four to ten years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the UMLAUF while engaging in creative activities. Listen to stories, do yoga in the garden, participate in sculpture demos, hear live music and more! There will even be goats in the garden. Read more about visiting UMLAUF with kids here. FREE admission. 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.
- Toybrary’s 1st Birthday – Sunday, July 13, from 2 – 4:30 p.m. Toybrary has been open for a year! Celebrate with free birthday cake, helium balloons, party favors, face painting, and entertainment by Staci Gray and Heartsong Music! FREE! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Ln, Austin.
- Splash Mob on 6th Street – Sunday, July 13 at 2:30 p.m. Grab your water balloons, squirt guns, and super soakers and get ready for a water battle on 6th Street! Everyone armed with water weapons will get wet. (Squirting unsuspecting bystanders is discouraged.) This event is FREE! 6th & Trinity, Austin.
- Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park – Sunday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. This week, you can enjoy the Brass ensemble. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE parking will be available at One Texas Center, located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st Street. Paid parking will be available at the Palmer Garage for $7. Hartman Concert Park (directions), Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.
- Minor Mishap Midsummer Night’s Boat Parade – Sunday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Minor Mishap Marching Band is having a water parade! Join a huge flotilla out in the middle of Lady Bird Lake and enjoy the music! Rowing Dock is renting boats for this event, if you don’t have your own, and the proceeds will benefit the Texas River School, a children’s river safety education organization. (Update: The Rowing Dock boats are all spoken for, so you’ll need to bring your own boat.) A group paddle will depart from Rowing Dock at 8 p.m. The flotilla will converge in the middle of the lake around 8:30 p.m. Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Dr, Austin.
Bonus weekend fun on the cheap:
- Second Saturdays are for Families at Laguna Gloria – Saturday, July 12, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cool down by painting with ice cubes! Check out a live ice carving demonstration at noon, then stick around to make your own colorful painting to take home. $10 per family. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street, Austin.
- Bastille Day at French Legation Museum – Saturday, July 12, from 6 – 10 p.m. Dance to the beautiful sounds of Christine Albert, along with the Fanfare Skroks, who’ve come all the way from Angers, France to entertain you! There will be plenty of fun activities for adults as well as the kiddos. Bring the whole family to share in the celebration! See the event program here (scroll down). Adult tickets are $10 online, or $12 at the door. Children 12 and under are FREE. French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.
- Deep Eddy Movie Night: Monsters University – Saturday, July 12 at 8:45 p.m. Head to the pool with your floats and favorite beach towel to enjoy a truly unique movie experience with movies beginning at dusk. Sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse. The movie is FREE with pool admission ($1 – $4). For additional information, please call (512) 472-8546. Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin.
- Puppet Show at The Jones Center – Sunday, July 13 at 12:30 p.m. Join the Austin Public Library’s Literature Live! at the Jones Center for a FREE, family-friendly performance of Strega Nona. Recommended for ages 5+. The hilarious tale of a wise old woman, a magic pasta pot, and a foolish young man who learns the hard way that sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing. Based on the children’s book by Tomie dePaola. Children under 18 can always visit the art museum for FREE; adults are $5. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue, Austin.
- Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A – Friday, July 11. Anyone who visits Chick-fil-A dressed as a cow “from head to hoof” on Friday will receive a FREE meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner).
- 7-Eleven Day – Friday, July 11, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Stop by any participating 7-Eleven store and get a FREE small Slurpee drink!
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