It’s time to plan your weekend! Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day, try DIY at a family-friendly craft show, or enjoy free admission to one of more than 35 Austin-area museums – the choice is yours!
UB&B Productions is proud to present the 5th Annual Summer Show in Austin on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. This event is FREE to the public! Held downtown at Brazos Hall, this premiere craft show is jam packed with talented artists, DIY, fun activities for the whole family, free swag bags for the first 50 adult attendees through the door, and so much more. All while staying cool as a cucumber and out of the hot Texas sun. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page!
Weekend Top 10 Free Events in Austin:
- Viva Mexico – Friday from 6-9:00 p.m. Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with live entertainment by Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl, Mariachi Amor, and other musical guests. FREE! ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.
- Shakespeare at the Market: Twelfth Night (RSVP) – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Present Company, in partnership with Whole Foods Market, presents the third annual Shakespeare at the Market on the rooftop of the downtown Austin Whole Foods Market. Seating begins at 6:30 for a 7:00 p.m. performance. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or short chair, and grab picnic goodies before the show. Promoting the philosophy of “accessible & sustainable art,” Shakespeare at the Market is a FREE event, however a $20 donation is suggested for guests able to support. Reserve your tickets here. Bus Routes: 4, 21, 22, 338 will get you there! Plan your trip online or on your smartphone. Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
- Celebrate Tanzania – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Enjoy a day of art, fashion, and entertainment to celebrate Tanzania. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.
- Summer Show ATX – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. This premiere craft show is jam packed with talented artists, DIY, fun activities for the whole family, swag bags for 50 lucky attendees, and so much more. All while staying cool as a cucumber and out of the hot Texas sun. FREE! Brazos Hall, 204 E 4th St, Austin.
- Doggie Day – Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Grab Fido and join Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore for its first ever Doggie Day. They’re partnering with Austin Pets Alive! to host an adoption drive for the four-legged residents of Austin who are in need of homes. Plus, they’ll feature a DIY demo on how to upcycle drawers from the ReStore and turn them into dog beds for your pup (who will appreciate it whether you’ve had him for years or are just bringing them home that day). There will be sales on featured pet products, local dog-centric vendors, and fun raffle prizes for those who attend the demo. FREE! Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 500 W Ben White Blvd, Austin.
- Mother Goose on the Loose – Saturday at 1:00 p.m. So long ago that no one really remembers when or how, Mother Goose flew into our lives. She brought with her a world of imagination, songs, and stories so dear to our hearts that it seems they’ve always been with us. Enjoy the ride as Literature Live! lifts off into the wild blue yonder of words that rhyme and ring with tradition. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin.
- Local & Live Music Series: Bob Ojeda – Saturday from 1-3:00 p.m. In Austin, we pride ourselves on having live music in unexpected places–grocery stores, hike and bike trails, our airport, and even the Austin Visitor Center. Each performance in this series will provide the audience with a closer, more intimate experience with the artists, who will usually be playing solo or acoustic sets. FREE! Austin Visitor Center, 602 E 4th St, Austin.
- Austin Museum Day – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. More than 35 museums in the greater Austin area will offer FREE admission and special programming, including guided exhibition tours, hands-on activities, and more, for visitors of all ages. Austin Museum Day’s open-house atmosphere creates the perfect opportunity for Central Texas residents to experience for the first time, or to rediscover, the dynamic, high-quality resources at museums in their community. FREE! View the list of participating museums here.
- Community Art Sunday – Sunday from 2-5:00 p.m. Dust off your lab coat and get ready to be dazzled by concoctions of art and science including an electrifying experience from the wizards of ArcAttack. There will be make-your-own Thaumatrope, playdough, and pendulum painting stations; an interactive, recycled 3D-art installation; a jam session with jazz quartet The Ayuma Experiment; a parent/child dance class for ages 2-5; sensory food activities with Sustainable Food Center; and free snacks provided by H-E-B and KIND Snacks, and free beer (21+) from Oskar Blues Brewery Austin. FREE! Center for Creative Action, 2921 E 17th St, Bldg B, Austin.
- Sunday Funday – Sunday from 2-6:00 p.m. Join Waller Creek Conservancy for hands-on arts and crafts including face painting by Austin Creative Art Center, spin art from Austin Art Garage, the Imagination Playground, The Quick Draw Photo Booth, and much more. Plus, check out the Hey Lolly Music puppet show at 3:00 p.m., Hideout Theatre improv at 4:00 p.m., and the Peterson Brothers Band at 5:00 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase from onsite food trucks Rosarito Truck, Heretic Handhelds, and POP ART (free popsicles for the first 100 kids). FREE! Palm Park, 711 E 3rd St, Austin.
- Carousel Consignment Sale – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. No more digging through crowded racks to find a few cute pieces….outfits, shoes, and accessories offered at this sale are only boutique and high end brands. There will be girls and boys sizes, newborn to size 16. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3525 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
More Events Beyond Austin
- Music in the Park: Savion Wright (Pflugerville) – Friday at 7:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends, and neighbors for a FREE evening of music, entertainment, and relaxation. Food will be available for purchase. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.
- Star Party (Cedar Park) – Friday at 9:00 p.m. Star gaze on a state-of-the art computer guided telescope. View through the telescope, take telescope assisted photos with your smartphone, and learn major stars and constellation positions along with the planets and moons. Learn how to read a star map, and much more. Weather permitting. FREE! Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220, Toro Grande Dr, Cedar Park.
- Get Outdoors Hutto – Saturday from 8-11:30 a.m. There will be several different outdoor activities including: fishing, archery, canoeing, and bird watching. Special guests will be presenting throughout the day on outdoor and wildlife safety. FREE! Hutto Lake Park, 805 Estate Dr, Hutto.
- Local Biz Fair (Round Rock) – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Check out what local businesses have to offer with your kids play for FREE! Safari Champ, 1400 E Old Settlers Blvd # 200, Round Rock.
- Mermaid Parade (San Marcos) – Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The downtown parade will feature floats, marchers, music, and “all things San Marcos.” Leading the Mermaid Parade is Austin Samba and Las Monas de San Antonio bringing their brand of “radical creativity, fantasy and imagination” to the parade with a sizzling combination of rhythm, dance, movement, color, joy and . . . giant mermaid puppets. After the parade, head over to San Marcos Plaza Park for The Mermaid Splash, a FREE festival that has something for Merfolk of all ages. Listen to live music throughout the day while relaxing at this family fun-filled event. Downtown San Marcos.
- Fountainwood Observatory Public Night (Georgetown) – Saturday from 8-10:30 p.m. On hand to guide viewing will be S.U. Physics Department faculty and talented observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club. Open to the public and FREE! For weather-related updates call the Fountainwood Observatory Hotline at 512-863-1242. Southwestern University, 1001 E University Ave, Georgetown.