- Community Diez y Seis Celebration – Friday, September 11 from 5:30-8 p.m. Help celebrate Mexico’s Independence with free games, prizes, music, and food. Everyone is welcome. FREE! Metz Rec Center, 2407 Canterbury St, Austin.
- Sunset Music Series (Hutto) – Friday, September 11 from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy Hutto’s historic Old Town district while listening to the fiddle-driven folk rock of Lost & Nameless. FREE! Hutto’s Historic CO-OP Gin, 420 US-79, Hutto.
- Movies in the Park: Strange Magic (Cedar Park) or Big Hero 6 (Leander) – Friday, September 11 at 8 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Both movies are rated PG. Be sure to check for weather updates before heading out. FREE! Strange Magic: Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park. Big Hero 6: Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad, Leander.
- Free Admission to Safari Champ (Round Rock) – Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy FREE admission! Kids can play on the indoor playground while parents shop at a local business fair. Silent auction will benefit Austin Diaper Bank. Safari Champ, 1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd, Suite #200, Round Rock.
- 37th Annual Mexican Independence Celebration – Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Head to Fiesta Gardens to celebrate the culture, history and traditions of the Mexican and Mexican-American communities with music, food, song and dance! This one-day event will feature a variety of Tejano bands, including Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, Marcos Orosco, Los Dos Gilbertos, and Los Badd Boyz del Valle. The Fiesta Folklorico dance exhibition will feature a variety of dance groups from the central Texas area performing dances from different regions of Mexico in colorful festive dress ensembles. See the schedule. Watch the video promo. Please note that no pets are allowed. Admission is only FREE from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (From 2-5 p.m. admission is $8; from 5 p.m. to close admission is $10; children 12 and under are always FREE with paying adult.) Fiesta Gardens Park West, 1901 Bergman St., Austin.
- #SoLongSummer Teen Fest – Saturday, September 12 at noon. RSVP for a totally FREE festival for teens! There will be live music, sports, art, media and more. Austin Recreation Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin.
- ¡Viva México! 2015 – Saturday, September 12 from 6-9 p.m. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, along with its media sponsor, UNIVISION, will be hosting several musical acts as well as children’s activities. UNIVISION Television and Radio will provide the outstanding emcee talents of their newscast announcers. This year’s lineup will be fresh, exciting and very México! OAXACA, ARTE y MOVIMIENTO Dance Co. will be presenting folkloric Mexican dance and poetry at its best! TEATRO ESPACIO AGUA VIVA will perform Se Vende Una Mula , a short play based on an old Mexican folk tale. HISPANIC ALLIANCE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS|SOUNDWAVES will feature students performing Latin American classical compositions. HUAPANGO ARRIBEÑO, will present a heartfelt Mexican folk sound, closing with LAS CORONELAS, an all women mariachi ensemble, which will also perform Mexico’s National Anthem. Shuttle bus service begins at 6 p.m. at Sanchez Elementary and performances begin at 6:30 p.m. See the schedule. FREE! Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin.
- Viva Streets – Sunday, September 13 from 12-5 p.m. Go play in the streets! Nine car-free blocks of East 6th Street will be filled with activities, including hula hooping, ping pong, giant chess, jump roping, chalk art, bike polo, cane fishing, soccer, basketball, and more. FREE! (See map and read about getting there.) East 6th Street, Austin.
- Gilbert and Sullivan presents A Topsy-Turvy Bard – Sunday, September 13 at 3 p.m. Enjoy the first musicale of the 2015-16 Gilbert & Sullivan season, with an entrancing afternoon of poetic verse and music, intertwining the worlds of Gilbert & Sullivan and Shakespeare. Savoyards and Bards share the stage in this hilarious re-interpretation of the Gilbert & Sullivan classic recently produced by GSSA, The Sorcerer. This performance is FREE. Please bring a food or drink contribution for the reception. Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
- Minor Mishap Water Parade – Sunday, September 13 at 7 p.m. Join in an end-of-summer flotilla with Minor Mishap Marching Band! You can bring your own boat/kayak/paddle-board, or you can rent one. It’s rad to be in a boat, obviously, but you can also participate from the shore at Red Bud Isle. FREE! Red Bud Isle, 3401 Redbud Trail, Austin.
- Fairytale Threads Consignment Event (Cedar Park) – Friday, September 11 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find excellent deals on new and gently loved clothes for children of all ages and stages, from newborns to kids’ size 16, as well as books, gear and toys for kids, babies and toddlers; maternity clothes for mama; and more. Admission is FREE! Austin Sports Center, 1420 Toro Grande, Cedar Park.
Bonus “free with admission” event:
- Monarch Appreciation Day at Zilker Botanical Garden – Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lots of fun activities and information about Monarchs as important pollinators. The event and all activities are FREE with general garden admission ($2-3 for adults; $1 for children and seniors; cash or check only). This event is rain or shine. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin. (Parking for this event is in the overflow lot located at 2236 Stratford Drive.)
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- Free Sample Improv Classes for Kids (Sunday)
- … and tons more on our Free Fun Calendar!