Another fantastic weekend is here, and there are so many great things to do in and around Austin. Here are the top 10 FREE events happening this weekend.
Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: June 22-24, 2018
- Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard
Friday, June 22 | at 12 p.m. | Austin Public Library – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr.
Arrrrrrr is for reading in this seafaring tale! After much tragedy and travail on the high seas, the pirates finally find their fabled treasure, only to discover that the chest holds no gold, no silver, and no jewels! The treasure chest is filled, it turns out, with musty old books! Mutiny and mayhem erupt on board the ship, and Captain Weirdbeard must think quickly to save his own life.
- Black Panther Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, June 22 | from 8 to 11 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. Get there early 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.
- Psalm 19 Astronomy Society
Friday, June 22 | from 8:30 to 11:45 p.m. | Pedestrian Bridge – part of the Austin Hike and Bike Trail going over Lady Bird Lake just east of S. Lamar Blvd. near downtown Austin
Psalm 19 Astronomy Society is an educational sidewalk astronomy ministry with the mission to share the beauty and majesty of God’s universe through astronomy. They seek to demonstrate that there can be harmony between God’s World, the universe, and God’s Word, the Bible, since God is the creator of both. Based on Psalm 19:1-2 written by King David about 3000 years ago. In this session, the focus is on the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus.
- Bloodfest 7s Tournament (Round Rock)
Saturday, June 23 | All Day | Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, 2001 N Kenney Fort Blvd., Round Rock
Bloodfest 7s is a rugby tournament hosted every June and has been around since June 21, 1998, making this is the 21st annual tournament. For 2018, it’s happening at a brand new state-of-the-art facility in Round Rock, called the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex. Tournament registration is underway and the Bloodfest Sevens Tournament is poised to host more than 80 teams in nine brackets—including the reintroduction of Men’s and Women’s Super Social division, and the first ever Bloodfest High School Girls bracket. Admission to the Bloodfest Sevens Tournament is free for any spectators.
- The Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Festival
Saturday, June 23 | from 8 to 11 a.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
The Fit Foodie Festival & 5K celebrates the balance of a delicious, healthy and active lifestyle as you eat your way to the finish line with bites along the course, then celebrate at the post-run Food and Fitness Festival. The festival rewards you for making healthy choices with tastes from local restaurants, beer and wine gardens, mini-workout classes, cooking demonstrations, and more.
- National Day of Play at Gymboree
Saturday, June 23 | from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Southwest & CP) & 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Arboretum) | Gymboree of Southwest, 4220 S. Lamar Blvd., Gymboree of Cedar Park, 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Gymboree of Arboretum Crossing, 9333 Research Blvd.
Celebrate the importance of play at the National Day of Play event! Expert instructors will lead a fun day of FREE activities for you and your little ones (ages newborn to 5 years). Embark on a playscape adventure, create artistic masterpieces, hop on a parachute ﬂight, swim in a sea of bubbles, sing classic Gymboree Play & Music songs, and more.
- The Summer Maker’s Market
Sunday, June 24 | from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Fair Market, 1100 East 5th St.
Austin Makers Collective, in collaboration with Fair Market and Jo’s Coffee, presents Austin’s all new indoor makers market. “Shop small” from handmade and vintage vendors in the comforts of a beautiful indoor space. Play with the kids on the outdoor lawn, support your favorite local artists, enjoy tasty treats from Jo’s Coffee & local food trucks. FREE and open to the public.
- Family Sunday Funday at Backyard at Waller Creek ($5 for adults)
Sunday, June 24 | from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Waller Creek between 5th St. and 8th St.
School’s out for summer, and backYARD at Waller Creek has just the fun the kids will love! On the last Sunday of every month of summer (May 27 through August 26), join backYARD for Family Sunday Funday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The expansive backYARD lawn space will be transformed into the ultimate playground, complete with a bounce house, YARD games like Jenga, yard tic tac toe and cornhole, a balloon maker, face painter, magician as well as live music from local talent. Tickets to Family Sunday Funday at backYARD at Waller Creek are free for kids ages 12 and under, and $5 for adults with backYARD’s full SundayBrunch menu available to order. Complimentary self-park is available through Sheraton Austin at the Capitol’s parking garage.
- Midsummer Faerie Carnival
Sunday, June 24 | from 5 to 10 p.m. | The Vortex 1605 E. 38 ½ St.
Join Midsummer for a fantastical faerie celebration, at The Vortex! Featuring local and magical handcrafted wares, freshly crafted cocktails, a children’s faerie parade, a costume contest and more. The Vortex is an ALL AGES Non-Profit Theater
- Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, June 24 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
These free ensemble concerts take place at the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace, and each Sunday a different ensemble of the ASO will be featured. A variety of music will be performed, from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.
Bonus Nearby FREE Fun:
- Medicinal Plant Hike (Lockhart)
Saturday, June 23 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Discover how the forest can be your pharmacy! Join a Ranger to identify beneficial backyard plants and hear about their healing properties! Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. Bring water and apply sunscreen or bug repellent, as needed. No registration required. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult and free for children 12 & under).
- Prowling for Owls Hike (Lockhart)
Saturday, June 23 | from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Whooo lives in Lockhart State Park? Use your senses to explore the woods at night, call for owls, and learn about our feathered friends in this guided hike! Bring a flashlight. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and bug repellent. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult and free for children 12 & under).