Looking for some FREE fun to fill up your calendar? Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in February!
Free “Don’t Miss” Events In Austin This February
The Art of Celebration
February 3 from 6:30-9 p.m. | Art for the People Gallery, 1711 S 1st St, Austin
It’s 2017! Celebrate and support the Arts! Discover the exhibition known as Art of Celebration, co-created by Art for the People and Austin Blanks. Explore the power of twenty-one artists and their unique interpretation of celebration. A percentage of sales will be given away to support local art nonprofits Hope Outdoor Gallery and Share Art Heal. Admission is FREE.
2017 Food+City Challenge Prize Showcase Day
February 4 from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | McCombs School of Business, 2110 Speedway Ave, Austin
The Food+City Challenge Prize is an international startup competition that encourages innovation in the urban food system. Finalists compete for a $50,000 purse and a sweet package of products and services for business startups. The eighteen finalists in the 2017 competition hail from nine different countries. Meet the entrepreneurs as you explore their booths and watch the top 10 finalists deliver their best three-minute fast pitch to compete for the Prize. Enjoy sips and bites from Austin-based epicureans, including True Food Kitchen, Zocalo Cafe, 512 Brewery, Noble Pig, Verts, Easy Tiger, Austin Java, Honest Tea, Glazer’s, Wholy Bagel, Tiff’s Treats, Snap Kitchen and more. FREE and open to the public. Register here.
Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids
Saturdays in February from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Lakeshore Learning, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin
February 4: Out of Sight! Goggles; February 11: Circle of Love! Wreath; February 18: Soaring Superhero Puppet; February 25: Pup in a Cup! Craft
The Austin Humane Society’s 10th Annual Puppy Bowl
February 4 from 12-3 p.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W Anderson Ln, Austin
The Super Bowl is fast approaching and you know what that means! Super adorable AHS adoptables are ready to find their forever homes during AHS’ 10th Annual Puppy Bowl! This adoption event will feature adorable puppies dressed in their favorite teams’ football jerseys, kitten cheerleaders and a family-friendly tailgate party. Join AHS and Austin’s finest for a FREE Super (Bowl) Fun time!
Chinese New Year Celebration
February 5 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Chinatown Center, 10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
Welcome the Year of the Rooster with special performances, family-friendly attractions, and food. FREE!
Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum: Weatherfest
February 5 from 12-5 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin
Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month, and family activities from 12-3 p.m. At February’s FREE First Sunday, you get to experience WeatherFest, and enjoy hands-on science experiments, weather-related films and panel discussions, and family-friendly activities. Meet your favorite local meteorologist, and more!
Sunday Funday: The Pop-Up Book
February 5 from 1-4 p.m. | Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin
Sunday Fundays at the Neill-Cochran House Museum feature historically-inspired activities for children, scavenger hunts in the historic house, and informal tours of the museum. Movable image books date back at least to the 18th century, but they were not mass produced until 1930. By designing and building your own pop up, you’ll get to think a little bit about the know-how it took to bring these familiar childhood books into our homes and lives – and have fun being creative, too! Staff and volunteers will be available to help with designs and pop-up book making, and there will also be pre-made pop-ups that younger kids can decorate and take with them. FREE!
Celebrate Urban Birds
February 11 from 9 a.m. – noon | Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive, Austin
Learn all about urban birds. FREE and for all ages.
Second Saturdays are for Families: A-MAZE-ing Paper
February 11 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 3809 West 35th St., Austin
Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. See family-friendly performances, meet local artists, and make art to take home. Recommended for ages 2–11. Drop in and create for FREE! Get lost in an immersive paper world inspired by Monika Sosnowska: Habitat! Be amazed by what paper can do as you create a three-dimensional work of art with this extraordinary material. Then dive into our temporary maze and see if you can find your way out! Reserve your spot here, starting February 1.
Snow Day at Wolf Ranch
February 11 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W University Ave, Ste 601, Georgetown
Make snow angels, toss snowballs, tube down a 12-foot slide, enjoy sing-alongs and photos with a Disney Ice Princess, take a mini art class, and snow much more FREE fun, until the snow runs out! Park in the area east of Gold’s Gym, in front of the large pond.
Kite Workshop at Gus Garcia Rec Center
February 11 from 1-3 p.m. | Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Ln, Austin
Fly on by and learn how to make a FREE kite for the annual Zilker Kite Festival. Children will have the opportunity to make multiple kites and then fly them in the park!
Free Kids’ Music at Cherrywood Coffeehouse
February 12, 19, and 26 from 10-11:30 a.m. | Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin
February 12: Groundwork Music; February 19: Que Pastas; February 26: Staci Gray will be performing FREE all ages shows. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
Umlauf Family Day
February 12 from 12-4 p.m. | 605 Robert E. Lee Road | Austin
Family Days offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children, ages four to ten years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the UMLAUF while engaging in creative activities. Listen to stories, do yoga in the garden, watch sculpture demos, enjoy live music and more. FREE and open to the public.
Community Health Fair
February 14 from 4-6 p.m. | Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Dr., Austin
FREE healthy meal provided by Kids Café. FREE Valentine’s arts and crafts. Free health screenings and information.
Third Thursdays at the Blanton
February 16 from 12-9 p.m. | Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin
Every third Thursday, the Blanton has a FREE themed event that features extended hours, multiple programs including Yoga in the Galleries, tours, and other offerings. Thursdays are always FREE at The Blanton.
Free Admission to the LBJ Presidential Library
February 20 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | LBJ Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin
Enjoy FREE admission for Presidents Day.
Austin Alternative School Fair
February 25 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Whole Foods Market Downtown Rooftop Plaza, 525 N Lamar, Austin
Join us on the Whole Foods Market rooftop plaza to visit with some of Austin’s most effective educators from innovative learning environments where children and teens thrive. This family-friendly event features hands-on activities for kids of all ages. It will be FREE, informative, and fun for the whole family! You’ll learn about wondrously different schools and other educational programs serving students from preschool age through high school. Each booth will have something interesting to engage your kids while you talk to the educators about their unique offerings. Sponsored by Alt Ed Austin, Whole Foods Market, and Free Fun in Austin, the fair is organized annually by the Education Transformation Alliance.
Kite Workshop at Northwest Rec Center
February 25 from 1-3 p.m. | Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive, Austin
Fly on by and learn how to make a kite to get ready for the annual Zilker Kite Festival (March 4, 2017). Create kites in the gym and enjoy flying your very own kite on the open field! FREE for all ages!
Nurture My Child Summer Camp Fair
February 26 from 1–5 p.m. | Norris Conference Center, 2525 W Anderson Ln, Austin
The Nurture My Child Camp Fair is a friendly, community focused event designed to help parents select the right summer camp for their children ages 4-18. Free activities for kids, giveaways, plus FREE admission and parking. More than 70 camps will be featured, including Spring and Summer day camps and overnight camps.