- September 11, 2014

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (Sept 12-14, 2014)


  1. Hot Science – Cool Talks – Friday, September 12 at 5:45 p.m. Chemistry is easy. Dr. David Laude, Professor of Chemistry will demonstrate how a few simple, recurring ideas in chemistry can help you understand concepts like climate change, how batteries work, and how food is made. Dr. Laude will also create explosions and make liquid nitrogen ice cream for everyone. Interactive Fair from 5:45-7 p.m.; Talk begins at 7 p.m. FREE! For more info on these talks, click here. UT Campus, Welch Hall Auditorium, 105 E 24th St (at Speedway), Austin.
  2. Music in the Park – Friday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, a picnic, and the kids for a relaxing evening listening to the Mount Pressmore band. FREE! Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, Corner of Aldrich St & Simond Ave, Austin. This show has been postponed due to the threat of rain.
  3. Family Fun Fest and Diaper Drive – Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. All the free fun you can handle! Austin Diaper Bank and City of Austin are co-sponsoring this FREE event, designed to bring awareness to diaper need in Central Texas. Enjoy fun sessions for preschool and elementary school kids to try dance, music, art, science and more!  There will also be musicians, cooking demonstrations, goody bags, giveaways, food trucks, bounce house, a puppet show and other treats. See the schedule here. Bring size 4 diapers or larger to say thanks, or donate your kid’s stash! Cloth diapers in good condition will also be accepted. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive, Austin.
  4. Harvest Moon Festival – Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Celebrate the eighth full moon of the year at the Harvest Moon Festival! Enjoy cultural performances of music, dance, Taiko Drums, Lion Dance, martial arts demonstration and traditional food at this annual event. FREE! Traditional Mooncake will be served. Asian American Cultural Center, 11713 Jollyville Road, Austin.
  5. Rocket Fizz Grand Opening Party – Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Come out to The Domain’s newest candy store to celebrate their grand opening with balloon twisting (from noon – 2 p.m.), face painting (from 2 – 4 p.m.), visits from Princess Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Obi Wan Kenobi, and Batman. Austin’s newest ABA basketball team, The Austin Boom, will be there as well! FREE! Rocket Fizz, The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court, Suite 120, Austin.
  6. ¡Viva México! – Saturday, September 13 at 7 p.m. Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with music and tradition at this FREE event for the entire family! Children’s activities start at 7 p.m. and live music starts at 8 p.m.  Shuttles will be available from Sanchez Elementary and Martin Middle School. FREE parking on Holly Street. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin.
  7. So Long Summer Music Festival For Teens – Saturday, September 13, from noon – 6 p.m. Teens are invited to enjoy FREE entertainment and activities which will include live music, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, an Austin BMX and Skate Park skateboarding competition, a Roving Leaders video game contest and a Totally Cool Totally Art mural project. FREEAustin Recreation Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin.
  8. Groundwork Music Orchestra Kid’s Show – Sunday, September 14 at 10:30 a.m. Bring the entire family to enjoy Groundwork Music Orchestra’s music. FREE! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin.
  9. BOMBA Dance Party – Sunday, September 14, from 2 – 5 p.m. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center is celebrating their 17th anniversary with a BOMBAZO (Bomba dance for all). The birthday celebration will feature performances by the PRFDance Family of performers and community youth. FREE, family friendly, and open to the public. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St, Austin.
  10. Austin Family Classical Concert – Sunday, September 14, from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Austin Family Classical Concerts is a concert series featuring local professional classical musicians performing some of their favorite music together. This month’s Austin Family Classical Concert features families making music together. You’ll hear violins, cellos, a piano, a harp, a bass and possibly more! Children of all ages and their parents are welcome! FREE! Blackerby Violin Shop Recital Hall, 1111 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

A bonus event in the ‘burbs:

  • Medieval Fair (Pflugerville) – Saturday, September 13, from 2 – 4 p.m. As part of the city-wide, month-long reading of Pfairy Tales, the Pflugerville Public Library is hosting a Medieval Fair that includes some fun for your four-legged friends. Bring your furry prince or princess dressed up as their favorite Pfairy Tale character. All well-socialized pets are welcome to come to the library with a leash escort! The Medieval fair will also feature the Austin branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Enjoy crafts, activities and a costume contest for all ages. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.
And two more fun events on the cheap:

  • Monarch Appreciation Day – Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. We depend on pollinators to produce one out of three bites of the food we consume. Over the last few years, studies show a rapid and significant decline in the number of pollinators. Come learn what you can do to provide food and habitat for these important members of our food web and ecosystem! For a complete schedule and list of activities, click here. Free with admission to the Garden: $1 for children (ages 3-12) and seniors (age 62 and over), $2 for adult residents of Austin (ages 13-61), and $3 for non-resident adults (ages 13-61). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 
  • Second Saturdays are for Families: Light Sculpture – Saturday, September 13, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Recommended for ages 2–11. Drop in and create! This month, create an extraordinary glowing sculpture using ordinary materials, inspired by artist Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Luna, a new addition to the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Admission: $10 per family; $5 for member families. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street, Austin.

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