- March 27, 2015

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (Mar 27-29, 2015)


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This week’s Weekend Top 10 FREE Events post is sponsored by ZACH Theatre’s The Three Little Pigs, showing weekends through April 25, 2015.

  1. HONK!TX – Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29. This FREE Festival of Community Street Bands is celebrating its fifth year and you’re invited! Enjoy three days of free brass and percussion music and more in the streets and parks of South Congress, Hyde Park, and East Austin on March 27, 28, and 29. For times and locations, check the website. Don’t miss PARADE DAY on Sunday, March 29 in Pan Am Park (Chicon St at 3rd St). Line up at 11 a.m. sharp; parade rolls at noon. Show up in your hand-crafted finery ready for a jaunt through East Austin, led by the combined forces of the Yes Ma’am Brass Band and the Hey Lolly Brass Band.
  2. City of Austin Egg Hunts:
    • Easter Eggstravaganza at Dove Springs Rec Center – Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. Age Groups: walking toddlers-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. FREE! Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr, Austin.
    • Search for the Lost Egg – Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. Enjoy the annual egg hunt, festival activities, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Everything is FREE and intended for children ages 1-12. Crafts begin at 11 a.m.; Easter Egg hunt begins at 1 p.m. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road, Austin.
    • South Austin Easter Eggstravaganza – Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. Along with the Easter event, there will be an Open House. FREE! South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Rd, Austin.
    • Eggstravaganza at Rosewood Neighborhood Park – Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free food, games, and fun including music, prizes, egg hunts, resource booths, and raffle drawings. All ages welcome. FREE! Rosewood Neighborhood Park, 2300 Rosewood Avenue, Austin.
  3. Alamo Kids Camp: Legend – Saturday, March 28 at 11:15 a.m. On the last Saturday of every month, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema puts on FREE screenings for children and Toy Joy provides super fun prizes! Tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis on the day of the show. For children age 6 and up. Showtimes are subject to change. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
  4. FUMC Egg Hunt and Picnic -Saturday, March 28, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your cameras, blankets, Easter baskets, and a picnic lunch! Barbeque and hot dogs will be available for sale with all proceeds supporting First UMC’s Eurasia Mission Team. This event is open to the public, so you may bring your friends and non-perishable food donations for the Capital Area Food Bank. FREE! Capitol Grounds, 12th and Colorado, Austin.
  5. Planet Music: Austin Samba – Saturday, March 28, from 6-9 p.m. As part of the 2015 Planet Music series, Austin Samba presents “O Circo Místico” (“The Mystic Circus”): a springtime extravaganza featuring colorfully costumed dancers, giant puppets, jugglers, balloons, aerialists and acrobats gyrating to the pulsing rhythms of 50 samba drummers. Free samba dance lessons before the show and a family dance party after the performance. FREE and family friendly! Bring a picnic and settle in early. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
  6. Music & Movie in Harper Park – Saturday, March 28 at dusk. Bring a blanket and the family to enjoy music by Boxcar Preachers from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and a FREE screening of Dolphin Tale 2 at dusk. Harper Park, 11040 Lake Creek Pkwy, Austin.
  7. Japanese Taiko Drumming – Sunday, March 29, from 12-2 p.m. A riveting show of Okinawan Taiko drumming by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Houston, who will be performing their dynamic blend of traditional Eisa and Karate forms, incorporating traditional folk music and modern rock music. Miyagi-ryu Noshokai Okinawan classical dancers will also perform. A children’s workshop will follow the performance. Presented by the Okinawan Cultural Association of Texas. Click HERE for more great Planet Music events. FREE! AARC Ballroom, Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd., Austin.
  8. Kites and Kars – Sunday, March 29, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. There will be Kite Flying, Car Show, Music, Bouncy House and Free Food. Admission is FREE! Texas Oaks Baptist Church, 9910 Bilbrook Pl, Austin.
  9. Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair – Sunday, March 29, from 1-5 p.m. This FREE event helps you find great healthy products and ways to introduce your kids to healthy eating! Booths with local artisans, games, tasting, cooking demonstrations, planting a garden and so much more! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.
  10. Creative Action Community Art Sunday – Sunday, March 29, from 1-4 p.m. This month’s Community Art Sunday features the theme Spring into Action! You are invited to join in FREE activities exploring fun and artistic ways to create positive change. Try your hand at papier mache and help build a large scale puppet in preparation for Earth Day. Paint, draw, and add your creativity to a community inspired interactive art piece led by Creative Action’s Teen Program, Color Squad.  Share your voice through song and writing. And learn more about community service through ACE AmeriCorps. Dance and groove to the music of Austin Music Awards voted Best of the Year, Riders Against the Storm. Treat yourself to Chameleon Cold Brew coffee and Nada Moo Ice Cream, and more! Activities and workshops are FREE and open to all! Creative Action, 2921 E. 17th St. Bldg B, Austin.

Bonus fun in the ‘burbs:

  • Just Between Friends Consignment Sale (Pflugerville) – Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. FREE with Facebook coupon on Friday (or $3 with no coupon). No coupon is needed on Saturday for FREE admission. Pflugerville Lion’s Club, 500 N. Railroad Avenue, Pflugerville.
  • Movies in the Park: Box Trolls (Cedar Park) -Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Food concession will not be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic. Please no glass containers. FREE! Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.
  • Play For All Egg Hunt (Round Rock) – Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. This family-centered, special needs egg hunt event will focus on active participation for children with various disabilities or limitations. Special needs children and their siblings can participate in the hunt. The event is FREE but pre-registration is encouraged. Online registration details can be found here. Play for All Abilities Park, 151 North A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock.
  • Easter Egg Hunt (Georgetown) – Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. There will be 25,000 candy eggs to gather and a grand prize egg for each age division. Grand prize baskets are donated by the Primrose School of Georgetown. Each age division will be assigned a specific softball field to carry out their hunt. The horn sounds promptly at 9 a.m. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. Age categories are 2 & under, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. FREE! McMaster Athletic Complex, 101 WL Walden Dr, Georgetown.
  • Round Rock Express Fan Fest (Round Rock) – Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Round Rock Express will open the gates of Dell Diamond to the fans on Saturday for their annual Fan Fest. The event is FREE of charge and open to the public. Fan Fest welcomes all fans to revive their baseball spirit and fully immerse themselves in a Saturday full of family-friendly entertainment at Dell Diamond. Some of the activities being offered this year include a chance to take batting practice on the field, throw some heat in the bullpen and the return of the ever-popular hot dog eating contest. Click here for the schedule. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.
  • Spring Great Outdoors Days (Buda) – Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Celebrate the spring weather with a fun-filled trip to Cabela’s. The store will have a catch and release kid fish pond stocked with catfish for the kiddos to fish, kayak rides, a Daisy BB Gun Shooting Range, and more. Cabela’s, 15570 S IH-35, Buda.
  • Mini Comic Con (Leander) – Saturday, March 28, from noon – 6 p.m. This FREE, family-friendly event will include cartooning workshops, comic book promotions and giveaways, sketch artists, games, crafts, costume contests and more. Some confirmed participants are: Titan Moon Comics, Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy, Austin Books and Comics, Comic Book Dad, Captain Cartoon, GameStop, Vista Ridge High School Digital Dreamers, CCP Comics Sketch Artists, Painting with a Twist–Cedar Park*, Al Capriccio’s Pizzeria*, Kona Ice* and more. Followed by an all-ages game night from 7- 10 p.m. (*additional cost). Leander Public Library, 1011 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.
  • Spring Fling (Pflugerville) – Saturday, March 28, from noon – 3 p.m. It’s a birthday party — 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Pflugerville Recreation Center. The Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the day with a single focus on city recreation programs and activities, including outdoor fun. Activities include free petting zoo and pony rides, gymnastics fun, city equipment displays onsite for photo taking and more! FREE! Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville.
  • Hill Country Galleria Concert Series (Bee Cave) – Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. EnjoyCountry/Western/Americana/Bluegrass music by Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars. FREE! Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.
  • Spring Egg-stravaganza (Leander) – Sunday, March 29 at Noon. The hunt will be done in waves based on age groups. Bring your baskets, smiles, and come ready for a hopping good time. Ages 3-12. FREE! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.
  • Spring Egg-Stravaganza (Cedar Park) – Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m. Bring your basket to hunt for over 79,000 pieces of candy, prizes and goodies. Take your photo with the bunny until 2:45 pm (bring your own camera). Enjoy jumping in the inflatable and train rides. There will also be face painting for a fee. The egg hunt is for ages 12 and under. FREE! Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

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Thanks to ZACH Theatre for sponsoring the Weekend Top 10! Tickets are on sale now for The Three Little Pigs, with shows this weekend on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Take three little piglets, their devoted single-parent mom, and a misunderstood Big Bad Wolf, and you’ve got the perfect “Great Big Little Broadway Show” for audiences ages 3 and up. Filled with humor, this endearing tale will leave you squealing with glee and howling with laughter! Tickets: $15 youth, $20 adults.  ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin.