Summer is in full swing with lots to do in our sunny city. From Independence Day to Lady Bird Johnson’s birthday, there are free events throughout Austin and surrounding areas to keep you smiling through the heat. Choose from a long list of free movies, a family comedy show, and an Austin summer never happens without free music. Stay hydrated and happy next month with these fun family events.
H-E-B Free First Sunday : Stars And Stripes
Sunday, July 1 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Bullock Museum 1800 Congress Ave.
Enjoy stars and stripes themed snacks, create a mural, and explore the Story of Texas with 3 floors of exhibitions, art, music and more! Exhibition admission is FREE all day.
Celebrate The Fourth Of July At The LBJ Presidential Library
Wednesday, July 4 | from 9 to 5 p.m. | LBJ Presidential Library 2313 Red River St.
Check out the temporary exhibition Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports with free admission for all on Independence Day. FREE parking is available in lot #38, right off of Red River St.
H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4 | at 8:30 p.m. | Vic Mathias Shores
The Austin Symphony hosts the 41st celebration that remains the largest in the State of Texas. Claim your spot early at Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) The Symphony performance begins at 8:30 p.m. with fireworks to follow at approximately 9:30 p.m. Check their site for parking and event information (there’s a lot of it!).
Home Depot Family Workshops Fishing Game
Saturday, July 7 | from 9 to 12 p.m. | Home Depot Stores
When you need a break from the outdoors, reel in the heat at Home Depot with a Fishing Game workshop. The kids will receive a free certificate, apron and commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Check the Home Depot website to see store locations and availability.
2018 Summer Kids Series
Saturday, July 7 | various dates and times | Austin Humane Society 124 W. Anderson Ln.
The youngest animal lover in your life has more reason to celebrate this summer, as our Summer Kids Series gets underway. Sessions include Humane Hero Hour, Teddy Bear Surgery, and Story Time. Check site for session dates and times.
Laugh Darn It! Family Comedy Game Show
Saturday, July 7 | at 4 p.m. | Barrel O’Fun 1911 Aldrich St. Suite 120 (Right inside the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller Front Doors)
Talented comedians take the stage to make you laugh. Contestants chosen to take the stage win prizes if they resist the slightest giggle. FREE for the entire family with a guarantee that someone will chuckle.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum Family Day
Sunday, July 8 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | 605 Azie Morton Rd.
Celebrate Charles Umlauf’s big day with a birthday themed family fun day. FREE for the entire family with a full day packed with fun activities.
Cars and Coffee
Saturday, July 14 | from 8 to 12 p.m. | 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
A fun, free monthly pop-up car show for the whole family. Parking in specified lots is free. VIP parking and concessions available for a small fee. All proceeds benefit The Central Texas Food Bank.
Free Outdoor Movies
various dates and times | various locations
Summer’s outdoor movies are in full swing in July. Catch flicks like Space Jam and Happy Gilmore at Easy Tiger or The Land Before Time at Bullock Museum. Check out all of July’s outdoor movies in our Summer Movie Guide.
Second Saturdays are For Families
Saturday, July 15 | from 11 to 3 p.m. | Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria 3809 West 35th St.Recommended for children ages 2-11, this “Fanta-sea” themed celebration is sure to delight.
Blues On The Green
Wednesday, July 18 | at 8 p.m. | Zilker Park
Music starts at 8 p.m. but get there early for a good spot. Parking passes are available for purchase. Bring chairs, kids, dogs and water. See the official site for line up and other information.
Lady Bird Day
Saturday, July 28 | from 9 to 5 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Celebrate Lady Bird Day with tours, games and discovery carts in the Family Garden and more.
Unplugged at The Grove
Every Thursday in July | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Enjoy an authentic Austin summer night every Thursday with a free concert series at the iconic Shady Grove.
Free Kids Shows At The Coffee House
Every Sunday Morning in July | 10:30 a.m. | CherryWood Coffee House 1400 E 38 ½ St.
All ages can enjoy fun shows like hip-hop musicians and Rockaroni and Cheese.
Party With The Purple Martins
Every Friday and Saturday night in July | from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. | Travis Audubon roost site
Watch an acrobatic hurricane of birds as hundreds of thousands of Purple Martins “swirl” in the skies in and around the roosting site each evening. It’s better than the bats! Binoculars are optional. Lawn chairs, picnic blankets, cameras, and hats are highly recommended! This is a free event. Please consider making a donation to support our programming! See site for roost location.
Shake It Up At The Zilker Theater
Every Thursday through Sunday | at 8:15 p.m. | Zilker Hillside Theater 2206 William Barton Dr.
Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Elvis themed production. Chairs available for rent. See site for rules and guidelines, like leaving Fido at home for this one.
Tiny Tails Petting Zoo
Sundays in July | from 11 to 1 p.m. | Mueller Farmers Market 4550 Mueller Blvd.
A fun, interactive experience at the farmer’s market. Kids can learn about lovable animals and have a chance to hold and pet them too!
Austin Public Libraries
Various dates | Various times | Various branches
The summer calendar is packed for all ages. Free events include creating a mini theme park for kids ages 8 – 12 and visits with a park ranger for kids ages 5 – 10. Check the online calendar for branches, times, events and age groups.
Hope Farmers Market
Every Sunday | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | East 5th and Comal
Find your zen at Yoga with Juli, visit the Imagination Playground designed to encourage child-directed free play, practice your corn hole and hooping skills and grab a bite at the Sample Station with Chef Phil.
Austin Symphony Free Concerts in the Park
Every Sunday | at 7:30 p.m. | Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace
Strings, woodwinds, brass and big band are the features for July concerts. Enjoy the magic of the Austin Symphony while relaxing on the lawn. There is no concert on July 8th. See website for line-up and future performances.
Hands On History – Almost Free Fun
Saturday, July 21st | 6 to 9 p.m. – Early Bird admission at 5 p.m. | Texas Military Forces Museum / Camp Mabry
Climb in Tanks, hold muskets, and learn about historic weapons and equipment. Kids under 6 are free. $5 for admission from 6pm-9pm. Pay $10 for early admission at 5pm to beat the lines for the tank!