March is here! This weekend you can watch an outdoor movie, show your favorite city park some love, listen to live music or make some of your own, catch a parade, fly a kite, and more.
A big thanks to our sponsor MossFest! The MossFest Children’s Concert honors the life of Moss Pieratt, who loved music and passed away suddenly at 15 months old. This year’s MossFest is happening Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. during the ABC Zilker Kite Festival. The line-up includes: Barton Hills Choir, Big Don, Hey Lolly! (with puppets) and Trout Fishing in America. There will be other kid friendly activities like kite building, cupcake decorating, balloon art, and face painting. Admission is FREE! Update: Due to inclement weather, MossFest and ABC Kite Fest have been rescheduled for next Sunday, March 12, 2017.
Weekend Top 10 Free Events in Austin:
- Music Together® Family Class Demo (RSVP) − Friday at 9:45 a.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to experience a community of families sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement activities in a relaxed, playful setting. Sign up to attend a FREE demo class. Dance Discovery – Avery Ranch, 10526 W Parmer Ln, Austin.
- Community Cinema: The Incredibles – Friday at 6:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of The Incredibles. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a family favorite on the big screen. Plus, stop by the Community Market to check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that Community First! residents make in the various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Candy, popcorn, water, and sodas will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Movie begins around 7:00 p.m. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.
- It’s My Park Day – All day Saturday; hours vary by park. It’s My Park Day is Austin Parks Foundation’s biggest city-wide volunteer event, when each year thousands of volunteers work to improve parks, trails, and greenbelts throughout the city. Register here to show your park some love. All volunteers will receive an It’s My Park Day t-shirt. FREE! View projects and locations here.
- Texas Independence Day Parade – Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Celebrate Texas Independence Day with a parade up Congress Avenue! This year marks the 181st birthday of Texas! Bring a lawnchair and a Texas flag to wave. Congress Avenue, Austin.
- Explore UT – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Explore UT aims to inform students, parents, teachers, and community members from across the state about the importance of the public research institution and higher education in Texas. The day-long event invites Texans of all ages to experience robust research experiences, hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and participate in the richness of the university’s scholarship and knowledge. FREE! View the full event schedule here. University of Texas at Austin.
- Spring Love Concert – Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Austin native Michael Gratovich, classical guitarist, will perform works by JS Bach, Leo Brouwer, and Isaac Albeniz in the first half of the concert, followed by performances by the CMFW Chamber Orchestra, CMFW Music Ambassadors and other Members & Friends of CMFW. All ages are welcome (including infants). Admission is FREE! Donations are appreciated and will go directly to Focus Girls 4 Education Runners Pal’s efforts to help the education of war orphaned girls in Uganda. Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 W Hwy 290 West, Austin.
- ABC Kite Festival – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Kicking off Spring for the past 88 years, the ABC Kite Fest is one of Austin’s best-known and oldest annual events. This year’s schedule features a full day of family-friendly activities, including live music during the 2nd Annual MossFest, so pack a picnic and bring the kids (and dogs) to be a part of the spectacular sight of hundreds of kites amongst the Austin skyline. FREE! Zilker Park, 2033 Lou Neff Rd, Austin. Update: Due to inclement weather, ABC Kite Fest has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 12, 2017.
- H-E-B Free First Sunday: Texas Heritage – Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. What do your Texas roots say about you? Share who you are and where you came from with hands-on activities and demonstrations that celebrate all who make Texas great. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from noon to 3:00 p.m. will combine art creation, exploration stations, and gallery activities. FREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.
- Sunday Funday: The Lightbulb and the Electric Motor – Sunday from 1-4:00 p.m. Sunday Fundays feature historically-inspired activities for children, scavenger hunts in the historic house, and informal tours of the museum. This month, roll up your sleeves and take a closer look at the well-known lightbulb and not-quite-as-well-known electric motor. Using nothing more than household batteries, History Lab experimenters can re-create some of Edison’s earliest attempts to find a filament that would give good light without burning too quickly and build a simple model electric motor. FREE! Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin.
- Movie Music: In the Key of Giacchino – Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Cinematic Symphony celebrates multi-Grammy- and Academy Award-winning American composer Michael Giacchino. They will perform pieces from some of his best movie soundtracks and video game music, including Star Trek into Darkness, The Incredibles, Up, Ratatouille, and more. There will be fun trivia and prizes, too. All ages welcome. FREE! Anderson High School Performing Arts Center, 8403 Mesa Dr, Austin.
- Sunshine Community Gardens’ Annual Spring Plant Sale – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This annual non-profit spring garden sale enables Sunshine Community Gardens to teach best organic practices to schools, clubs, and organizations and to donate some fresh vegetables for a local food pantry. Over 120 proven and tested Tomato varieties by local gardeners along with over 85 Wicked Hot and Sweet Bell Pepper varieties, 15 different types of Eggplants, and thousands of herbs ready for spring planting will be available for purchase. You can purchase compost for your plants, too. For a fun-filled day, arrive early. Learn organic gardening practices; talk with vendors; listen to live music; and walk the 180 gardens. Kids love to visit the chicken coop. Admission is FREE! Sunshine Community Gardens, 4814 Sunshine Dr, Austin.
More Events Beyond Austin:
- DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream Grand Opening (Cedar Park) – Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Customers will receive the chance to win great prizes and meet several special guests such as Troy Landry*, Sean Lee*, Jay Novacek* and Colt McCoy* throughout the weekend. *Wristbands are required and will be distributed in a limited quantity (one per person) on a first-come, first served basis beginning at store open on the day of event only. FREE! DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream, 5001 183A Toll Road, Ste A, Cedar Park.
- Teen Job Pfair (Pflugerville) – Saturday from 2-4:00 p.m. Looking for a part-time or summer job? Meet local employers and organizations who will provide information about part-time and summer jobs and volunteer work experiences. Open to teens ages 14-19. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.
Fountainwood Observatory Public Night (Georgetown) – Saturday from 8-10:30 p.m. A variety of telescopes will be available to explore the bright constellations laced with star clusters and nebulae wheel overhead. Physics Department faculty and talented observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club (WCAC) will also be on hand. For weather-related updates call 512-863-1242. FREE! Southwestern University, 1001 E University Ave, Georgetown.Update: This event has been canceled due to inclement weather.