- May 3, 2017

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: May 5-7, 2017


There is so much FREE fun in Austin this weekend that we had to make extra lists! You and the family can celebrate Cinco de Mayo, watch giant RC airplanes perform amazing feats, choose from one of several family-focused festivals, dance, learn, and claim a free comic book while you’re at it!

Top 10 Big Baby Bash

A big thanks to our sponsor Big Baby Bash & Family Jam! This annual, family-friendly event seeks to support and educate Austin-area parents and parents-to-be, making it the place to be for all growing families. At this year’s Bash, on Saturday, May 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you’ll be able to explore new products and services, hear inspiring speakers, test out the latest baby gear, meet other new and soon-to-be parents in your area, and head home equipped with the best resources Austin has to offer. You can even take FREE classes and workshops. Check out this year’s full list of sponsors and exhibitorsThis event is FREE with advance RSVP—so be sure to RSVP online to claim your spot!

Weekend Top 10 Free Events in Austin:

  1. RC Airshow: 4th Annual Ken White Scale & Warbird Event Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pilots from all over the region will be participating in this huge airshow with some incredibly realistic radio control airplanes. All types and sizes of airplanes, from the very small to massive 4-engine bombers, to turbine jets will be flying during this event. In addition, the “Texas Warbird Thunder” RC Demonstration team will be thundering through the skies at over 120 mph with more than 10 airplanes in a group called a “warbird gaggle.” The bigger of the two days for this event is Saturday. FREE! Austin Radio Control Association, 8705 Lindell Ln, Austin, Austin.
  2. Safe Kids DaySaturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This family-friendly event aims to raise awareness about child safety, teach kids and families safety skills, and have fun. Activities include a bike rodeo, water safety info, pedestrian safety games, booster seat fittings, a bike raffle, giveaways, and more. Bikes and helmets will be available to borrow for the bike rodeo if needed. This event is hosted by Safe Kids Austin, a community coalition led by Dell Children’s Medical Center to prevent childhood injuries. FREE! Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin.
  3. Violet Crown Festival Saturday from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Art, music, food, and lots of free kids’ activities are on tap at the Violet Crown Spring Festival. The festival will feature local art and craft vendors, family fun, children’s activities, and refreshments. Plus, there will be live music from Feet First, Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds, The Soulies, Timothy Abbott and Arcana Mundi, Groundwork Music Orchestra, Evening Optimist, and Will Courtney. Children will have the opportunity to meet and learn from the Tree Man, who is a wonder and delight for all ages. Admission is FREE! Brentwood Park, 6710 Arroyo Seco, Austin.
  4. CelebrASIA Austin Asian Pacific American Food & Heritage FestivalSaturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Get ready for the “Year of the Mango” as the AARC celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with specially themed foods, cultural performances and experiences, culinary demonstrations and fun kids’ activities. Food, beverages, and merchandise will be available for purchase. Admission is FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 401 Cameron Rd, Austin.
  5. Austin Refugee Day FestivalSaturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This fun park day for the community will include 5-on-5 soccer matches, kids’ activities including a Velcro wall, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, outdoor games, information and resource booths, as well as a food truck and other treats on site. This is a collaborative event hosted by different refugee service agencies here in Austin and will be a chance to celebrate the refugee population within our community. FREE! Onion Creek Soccer Complex, 5600 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.
  6. Pecan Street FestivalSaturday from 11:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. This juried street festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. Nearly 50 of Austin’s top musical acts will perform on three stages. Thirty food vendors located throughout the festival will offer both indulgent and healthy options. Kid-friendly activities include rides, a petting zoo, face-painting, interactive workshops, street magicians, and more. Admission is FREE! E 6th St (Old Pecan St), between Sabine St and San Jacinto Blvd, Austin.
  7. Daytime Village at the iHeart Country Music Festival Saturday from 2-6:00 p.m. This daytime event will feature live performances by Jon Pardi, Lindsay Ell, Kane Brown, Tucker Beathard, Chris Janson, and Kip Moore. The Daytime Village will also feature fan zones and activity booths with giveaways, interactive experiences, and last minute ticket giveaways for the arena show that night. No ticket needed; this event is FREE! Frank Erwin Center, North Box Office Plaza, 1701 Red River St, Austin.
  8. Family Dance PartySunday  from 10:00 a.m. to noon. We all know you dance together at home in your living room, but have you ever wanted to share in that fun with other families? Do you need to get out of the house and feel like getting some exercise at the same time? Join Whole Foods in the upstairs community room for a family-friendly dance party. It will be a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of space to move and seats and drawing supplies for kids (and caregivers) who don’t feel like shaking their groove thang. This is a come and go event and all ages are welcome. There will be extra slings and carriers if you want to babywear-dance with your little one. FREE! Whole Foods at the Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
  9. HEB Free First Sunday at the Bullock MuseumSunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. It’s all in the family at this month’s Free First Sunday. Celebrate your loved ones through art, storytelling, and more. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs run from noon to 3:00 p.m. that combine art creation, exploration stations, and gallery activities. FREE! Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin.
  10. Sunday Funday: Printed Text and Images Sunday from 1-4:00 p.m. Because our lives have changed so much by the ability to copy and print sentences and images quickly and inexpensively, Sunday Funday decided to get into the lab this month and see what printing was like in its earliest forms. History lab experimenters will be able set up and print their own messages as well as a few pre-made images. This activity is best suited for experimenters ages 8+ but younger children are always welcome to work with a grown-up. Weather permitting, there will be croquet in the lawn and music on the front porch. FREE! Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin.

Bonus Cinco de Mayo Fun:

  • Rancho Alegre Conjunto FestivalFriday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. This festival burst on to the Austin music scene in 2012 with a fresh take on Conjunto, a traditional, accordion-driven Texas music form. Head to Stubb’s over Cinco de Mayo weekend for two days full of accordions, bajo sextos, and down-home, traditional Texas music on two stages with plenty of dancing. View the full lineup here. Family friendly and FREE! Stubb’s, 801 Red River St, Austin.
  • Cinco de Mayo Block Party – Friday from 6-9:00 p.m. May’s First Friday Block Party this year falls on Cinco De Mayo. This also happens to be in.gredients’ first day back with Workers Defense Project as their Legacy Community Partner. They’ll receive 1% of proceeds from that day. The festive PDL Band (Proyecto Defensa Laboral Band – Workers’ Defense House Band!) will be playing tunes in celebration of the holiday. Bring the kids, bring the dogs, and get ready for a Manor Road Cinco De Mayo shindig. FREE! In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.
  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Friday from 5-7:00 p.m. Celebrate with family-friendly live music by La Tradicion Conjunto band, plus food and drink specials. Admission is FREE! Stubb’s Bar-B-Q at Graceland Grocery, 8600 US-290 W, Austin.
  • Cinco De Mayo Lowrider and Classic Car ShowSaturday from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. It’s Fiesta time, so celebrate the culture and honor the health of the Austin community. There will be an array of vehicles displayed for all to see from pedal cars to custom and original cars and bikes, plus food, vendors, live entertainment, and family-friendly activities. Admission is FREE! Fiesta, 3909 N I- 35 Service Rd, Austin.

Bonus Fun for a Great Cause:

  • Pints & Puppies Saturday from 1-3:00 p.m. Are you looking for your Furrever friend? Do you already have one? This is the event for you! Meet on the west lawn for an event that will provide a fun afternoon for local residents where they can have a beer, eat lunch, and play with puppies, all to benefit a great cause. 100% of proceeds will benefit Austin Humane Society. Children and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Attendees are also encouraged to bring donation items from Austin Humane Society’s Wish List, which includes items to help care for the shelter animals. Bringing an item off this list will earn you a raffle entry for a chance to win a free night stay at the Hyatt Regency – or Food & Beverage credit in the Hyatt Regency restaurants. Admission is FREE! Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Bonus Opportunity to Score FREE Stuff:

  • Free Comic Book Day Saturday during business hours (see store locator). Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their shops. Different shops have different policies on how many free comics you can receive, but you will receive at least one free comic if you enter a participating shop location. Find participating locations hereFREE! Multiple locations, Austin and surrounding areas.

More Events Beyond Austin:

  • Pioneer Day at Old Settlers Park (Round Rock)Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dip candles, churn butter, make corn husk dolls and rag balls, or wander through reenactment camps and a fully stocked general store. There’s fun for the whole family. FREE! Old Settlers Park at Palm Valley, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.
  • Tour The Talent (Dripping Springs) Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This admission-free event highlights a diverse selection of innovative fine art including original paintings, jewelry, pottery, poetry books, photography, fused glass, and sculptures. Enjoy the art and the beautiful Hill Country scenes while getting familiar with 20 talented artists showing their work at 5 working art studios. FREE! Multiple locations, Dripping Springs.
  • Brushy Creek BBQ Cook-Off & Family Festival (Round Rock)Saturday from noon to 8:00 p.m. Cook teams compete in this IBCA-sanctioned cook off while families enjoy live music, great food, and activities. BBQ plates will be available for purchase or try some bites from the variety of specialty food trucks. Grab a lawn chair and listen to the free concert series featuring: Vallejo, Austin Prairie Dogs, Lix Box, the Contagious, 4Given and Plush Party Band. Children’s entertainment includes a petting zoo, inflatable obstacle course, games, and complimentary train rides. Admission is FREE! Brushy Creek Community Park, 16318 Great Oaks Dr, Round Rock.

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