- November 7, 2014

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (Nov 7-9, 2014)


  1. The 23rd Annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival (Sunset Valley) – Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by Great Promise for American Indians, the Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival is the largest single-day powwow in the country, and also has one of the larger Indian Markets. This year, the market features more than 90 vendor booths. The Food Court, with ten vendors, offers a varied menu of traditional American Indian food items, including the ever popular Fry Bread and Navajo Tacos. This annual event features outdoor storytelling, an American Indian dance contest, and more. The Arena offers Grand Entry dancing at three times throughout the day, with an educational program accompanying the 10 a.m. performance. Outside, you will find a Heritage Stage with a full day of cultural outreach programming. Admission is a suggested donation of $3 for adults; kids under 12 are FREE. Parking is FREE. Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road, Sunset Valley.
  2. Veterans Day Parade and Event (Cedar Park) – Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. – noon. Come honor our veterans and show your patriotic pride at Cedar Park’s Veterans Memorial Ceremony and Parade. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs as seating is limited. FREE. Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park.
  3. Close Assault at Camp Mabry – Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with show times at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Remember the true meaning of Veterans Day with this stirring look back at World War II. Close Assault 1944 honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans by focusing on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during World War II. The two-day event will provide guests the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations of the most famous U.S. and German small arms of World War II, as well as see everything from tents and radio equipment to GI baseball gloves and mess kits and operational vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps. The event will take place rain or shine and bleachers will be available for seating. Souvenirs and concessions will be available. The Texas Military Forces Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekend and on Veterans Day as well with FREE admission to the museum and event! Camp Mabry is open to the public; adults will need to show a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license or a military ID to come on post. Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th St, Austin.
  4. Mueller Fall Fest – Saturday, November 8, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This event is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family, and all are welcome. Fall Fest will include a petting zoo, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, a cake walk, a temporary tattoo booth, a DJ, and much more family fun! Also happening near the Mueller Hanger from 9-11 a.m., Camp Fire Balcones is hosting the third annual Camp Fire Nature Celebration, celebrating the beauty of native Texas wildlife and natural resources. This family-friendly event will include digging for fossils with the Paleontological Society of Austin, interacting with bugs from the Austin and Science Nature Center,
    making cob/mud structures with the Zilker Botanical Garden, face painting, mask making, and more! FREE! Mueller Hanger, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin.
  5. AirFest (Georgetown) – Saturday, November 8, from 12-5 p.m. For the first time in Georgetown, see the Ford Tri-Motor, a 1929 metal aircraft known as the “Tin Goose” that was the first mass-produced airliner. Get up close to WW II-era warbirds like the P-51 Mustang “Pecos Bill” fighter plane, the Douglas R4D Skytrain, and the C-47 Southern Cross, an Army version of a DC-3. Also featured is Georgetown’s own warbird, the 1945 Devil Dog B-25 bomber. Climb inside and tour the R4D, C-47, or B-25 for a small fee. Check out a gyro-copter, gliders, and a police helicopter. Watch the precision formation flying team Falcon Flight perform fly-overs at 2 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit the AirFest website. AirFest is FREE, but attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for The Caring Place. Georgetown Municipal Airport, 500 Terminal Drive, Georgetown.
  6. La Plume et L’Épée – Saturday, November 8, from 3-5 p.m. Sniffing around for a swashbuckling Saturday? Get to the French Legation Museum for Austin Shakespeare’s La Plume et L’Épée, an afternoon of romantic poetry in English and French, swordplay, kids’ activities and treats too. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.
  7. Movie Night in Ramsey Park: Hook – Saturday, November 8 at 5 p.m. Join Midtown Church Austin in Ramsey Park at 5 p.m. for FREE popcorn, FREE bounce houses and fun with neighbors.  Costumes welcome! The movie will start at 6 p.m. Ramsey Park, 44th & Rosedale Ave, Austin.
  8. Dia de los Muertos (Round Rock) – Saturday, November 8, from 6-10 p.m. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos and honor both death and the cycle of life. Schedule of events: 3 p.m. Remembrance Making; 6 p.m. Procession/Parade begins at Prete Plaza (221 East Main Street) with live music until 8 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress up and join the procession to be part of the celebration. No vehicles will be allowed in the procession. FREE! Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock.
  9. Children’s Musical Workshop – Sunday, November 9, 1-2:30 p.m. Featuring traditional Chinese instruments. Kids will enjoy a short performance and then get to go on stage. Featuring: Guzheng, Pipa, Guqin, Hulusi (gourd flute) and traditional Chinese Drum. Audience members may browse the different instruments after the program and even play with them in this uniquely Asian musical petting zoo! Featuring the Austin Chinese Chamber Orchestra, Austin Peking Opera Club and Winlanes Education. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin.
  10. North Hays Baseball/Softball Free Family Fun Festival (Kyle) – Sunday, November 9, from 12-4 p.m. FREE community event featuring games, bounce house, hayride, candy, celebration cake, photo booth, and more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. North Hays Youth Complex, 2880 Goforth Rd, Kyle. 
Bonus theatre for kids, by kids:
  • Beauty and The Beast – Friday, November 7 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Redeemer Middle School proudly presents a musical production of Beauty and the BeastFREE! Redeemer Lutheran School & Church, 1500 W Anderson Ln, Austin.
  • ImprovEd Shakespeare Presents: Henry IV (Part 1) – Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. Frustrated with your parents? So was Prince Harry. Only his dad was king. Join the ImprovEd troupe of youth players as they share the story of Harry before he became Henry V. Filled with breathless stage fights, clown-like antics, and one irate kid. A perfect introduction to Shakespeare! FREE! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street, Austin.
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