September bridges the summer and fall, and we’ve got events to cover both seasons! Jump into a mermaid parade, visit some museums, and head into fall with some fun festivals. You won’t want to miss these FREE September events in Austin!
September Block Party
September 1 from 6-9:00 p.m. | in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin
Join in.gredients in welcoming in the fall season and cooler weather. Sit under the new, cool misters or play with the kids on the brand new ship-shaped playground. Batty jr. will be serenading the crowd with their eclectic tunes, and there will be samples from awesome vendors like Boulanger Fermentations, All We Need Farms, Texas Coffee Traders, The Austin Winery, Hemp360, The Flying Tempeh Bros. and more. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. 1% of proceeds from the day will go to Workers Defense Project. Show your support for this awesome organization while enjoying some live music, local food, and craft beer.
Home Depot Kids Workshop
September 2 from 9:00 a.m. to noon | Home Depot Stores
You and your child can build a handy pencil case just in time for back to school. Once the pencil box is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. FREE!
Crafts for Kids
Saturdays in September from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Lakeshore Learning, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin
September 2: Wacky Animal Puppet. September 9: Wacky Animal Puppet. September 16: Autumn Flowers Wreath. September 23: Firefighter’s Hat. September 30: Crafty Coasters. Kids can make a free craft. Ages 3+. No reservations required. FREE!
Free Kids’ Music at Cherrywood Coffee House
Sundays in September from 10-11:30 a.m. | Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E 38 1/2 St, Austin
September 3: Big Don. September 10: Groundwork Music. September 17: Telephone Company. September 24: Staci Gray. FREE all ages shows. Schedule is subject to change.
H-E-B Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum
September 3 from noon to 5:00 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin
Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during H-E-B Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3:00 p.m. combine art creation, exploration stations, and gallery activities.
Splash Jam (Cedar Park)
September 3 from 5-9:00 p.m. | Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park
Enjoy live music, food concessions, inflatables, face painting, carnival games and rides, with fireworks at dark. Festival admission is FREE! Pool will be open for swimming from 1-8:00 p.m.; regular pool admission applies.
Free Day of Yoga
September 4 | Locations vary
On Labor Day, participating studios across the Austin area will offer FREE classes!
Krispy Kreme Family Night
September 6 from 6-8:00 p.m. | Locations vary
Krispy Kreme will be hosting Family Night at Austin locations the FIRST WEDNESDAY of every month. There will be doughnut decorating, arts and crafts, and it is FREE!
Unplugged at the Grove
September 7 & 14 at 8:00 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin
Austinites of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin’s longest-running FREE live music series on Shady Grove’s iconic pecan tree shaded patio. Every Thursday night through September 14, Unplugged-goers will enjoy live music as well as a special patio menu of Austin-inspired home cooking and drink specials.
Music in the Park (Pflugerville)
September 8 at 7:30 p.m. | Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville
See Jennifer B & The Groove at Music in the Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends, and neighbors for a FREE evening of music, entertainment, and relaxation.
Sábados en Familia
September 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin
Enjoy a day filled with FREE arts and wellness classes. Six classes will be offered, each geared toward either Pre-K, youth (4-12), and teens/adults so the whole family can spend the day in an enriching cultural experience. FREE lunch will be provided at noon. Ages 4+ welcome.
Second Saturdays are for Families: Lost Civilizations
September 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St, Austin
Marianne Vitale’s imposing steel sculptures, made from real railroad tracks, look like the last remnants of an ancient people. Create a work of art inspired by these massive totems, then take a real-life train on a tour into the depths of Laguna Gloria. The Contemporary Austin offers FREE monthly hands-on art-making activities, brought to you by HomeAway. Recommended for ages 2-11. Reservations are requested for family art-making workshops; please reserve your spot here beginning the 1st of the month.
Cars and Coffee
September 10 from 8:00 a.m. to noon | The Oasis on Lake Travis, 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin
Enjoy a low-key display of classic cars. FREE!
UMLAUF Family Day
September 10 from noon to 4:00 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin
Family Days offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children ages 4-10 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!
10 Year Anniversary at Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
September 15 & 16 | Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. Austin
Celebrate the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s 10th Year Anniversary. The festivities start Friday from 6-8:00 p.m. with a gallery opening exhibit with works by Raul Valdez. On Saturday from 3-6:00 p.m. there will be an open house and tours. Later that evening, from 6-10:00 p.m., celebrate in the plaza with live music, dancing, and children’s activities. FREE!
Fit Kids Fest
September 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin
In celebration of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, this FREE day-long event provides children and their families with information about healthy eating and activity choices within our community. During the day, parents and families can engage in fun activities that promote active children and healthy eating with demonstrations, live music, sports exhibitions, games, and more.
DogFest Walk ‘N Roll Austin
September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to noon | Huston Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin
Change lives, four paws at a time. This event is family and dog-friendly, so join Canine Companions for Independence for a tail-waggin’ good time! Meet staff, volunteers, puppy raisers, and graduates, and enjoy a short walk ‘n roll, music, food, games, and a lot of puppy love, all while supporting the life changing mission of Canine Companions for Independence in our community. Help continue to enhance the lives of people with disabilities in Texas with a day of fun! While this event is FREE and there is no registration fee, participants are encouraged to set a personal fundraising goal and ask their friends, family, and colleagues to support them with a donation. Every dollar donated to Canine Companions makes a difference and helps fund the mission of providing highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities free of charge. Update: this event has been canceled due to impact from Harvey.
Mermaid Promenade and Mermaid Aqua Faire (San Marcos)
September 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Downtown San Marcos
Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the downtown parade will feature floats, marchers, music, and “all things San Marcos.” Leading the parade will be 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 Aqua Faire. The San Marcos River serves as the beautiful backdrop to this fun filled 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.
Austin Canoe and Kayak Demo Days
September 16 & 17 | Hyde Park Quarries, 11400 N Mo-pac Expy, Austin
Head to the Hyde Park Quarries on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. and get out on the water to demo over 90 kayaks and stand up paddleboards! There will be informational and fun clinics hosted by the best in the business throughout the day, so pack a lunch and make a day of it. This event is FREE and open to the public, so bring the whole family and be prepared to hit the water.
Lake Travis Cleanup (RSVP)
September 17 from 9-11:00 a.m. | Lake Travis, Various locations; see description for details
Join Keep Austin Beautiful, Travis County, and Colorado River Alliance for the biggest scuba diving, on the water, and shoreline cleanup in Texas. Cleanups are followed by a volunteer party featuring FREE lunch, music, and children’s activities. All volunteers receive a FREE t-shirt.
Austin Museum Day
September 17 | Various locations
Austin Museum Day is a FREE, city-wide rediscovery of Austin museums held on the penultimate Sunday of the month of September. It provides the public with FREE access to exhibits and activities representing more than 35 Austin cultural institutions.
Uncertain Summer and The Monsters Hiding In Your Closet Book Release Party
September 17 from 2-4:00 p.m. | BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
Join authors Madeline Smoot and Jessica Lee Anderson for a monster of a book release party at BookPeople to celebrate the release of a monster-themed anthology, The Monsters Hiding in Your Closet, and a Texas Bigfoot novel, Uncertain Summer. There will be tasty treats, photo opportunities with Bigfoot, and prizes! FREE!
Rally In The Rock Car Show (Round Rock)
September 17 from 4-8:00 p.m. | South Towne Plaza, 1701 S. Mays Street Round Rock
There will be a live DJ, food vendors, and family activities. Judged Classes will include: Best Import, Best Jeep or Truck, Best Domestic, and Best in Show. Spectator admission is FREE!
Third Thursdays at the Blanton
September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 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 and multiple programs including yoga in the galleries, tours, and other offerings. Thursdays are always FREE at The Blanton.
Movie in the Park: Wayne’s World
September 21 at 8:00 p.m. | Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury St, Austin
Get your air-guitar tuned up and get ready to head bang at Pease Park. Don’t miss the pre-movie activity hosted by Pease Park Conservancy. FREE! Rain date: November 30.
National Hunting & Fishing Day (Round Rock)
September 23 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock
Join the City of Round Rock and Kids Outdoor Zone in celebrating the original outdoor challenge – National Hunting and Fishing Day. It will be a great family-oriented event, with fun and educational hands-on activities for everyone to enjoy. FREE!
Pecan Street Festival
September 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. & September 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | 6th Street between Brazos & IH35, Austin
The Pecan Street Festival is a two-day arts festival held twice yearly in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District. Taking place the first weekend in May and the last weekend in September, the juried festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. Admission is FREE!
Texas American Indian Heritage Day
September 29 | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin
The Texas State Legislature has named the last Friday in September as American Indian Heritage Day, which recognizes the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to the state. To celebrate this special day, the Bullock Museum will feature a range of activities with dancing and drumming performances and interactive experiences for school groups during the morning, and a FREE public celebration from 6:30-8:00 p.m. that celebrates the traditional and contemporary arts of Texas’s American Indian groups.
Waller Creek Clean Up
September 30 from 10:00 a.m. to noon | 74 Trinity St, Austin
Join the Waller Creek Conservancy and Generation Waller for a clean-up along Waller Creek to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Register to volunteer here. The cleanup will focus on the southern end of Waller Creek near Lady Bird Lake – The Waller Creek Delta. This area is beautiful with deeper waters, lounging turtles, ducks and herons, and dense vegetation. As the mouth of Waller Creek leading into Lady Bird Lake, this section is particularly vulnerable to litter items floating downstream. Be prepared by wearing close-toed shoes and bringing plenty of water and sun protection – and get ready to develop a new relationship with your urban creek.
2nd Annual Pflugerville Comic Con (Pflugerville)
September 30 from 1-5:30 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville
Authors, artists, voice actors, cosplayers, and local comic shops will be in attendance for a FREE celebration of comics, anime, and pop culture. Activities include Q&A panels, gaming, comic- and manga-related crafts, and a cosplay contest for all ages. Dragon’s Lair Austin and Rogue’s Gallery Comics Games will be on hand for gaming and presentations. The Austin Toy Museum will have demos and will give a presentation on toy making.
Northside Amplified: The Nightowls
September 30 from 6-9:00 p.m. | Domain Northside, 11700 Domain Blvd, Austin
A three-part music series open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to watch DJ 2DQ spin out on the NORTHSIDE Lawn followed by incredible live music from The Nightowls.
Fairytale Threads Consignment Sale (Cedar Park)
September 14-16 | Austin Sports Center, 1420 Toro Grande, Cedar Park
Enjoy FREE admission to shop for fall and winter clothes in maternity and newborn-youth 16 sizes, toys, books, DVDs and gear.