Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: August 23-25, 2019

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Another wonderful weekend is here, and there are so many great things to do in and around Austin. Here are the top 10 FREE Austin events happening this weekend.

The weekend top 10 is brought to you by The Festival of Good! Happening this Saturday in Whitter Park at the corner of Whitter and Charles Merle Drive in the Goodnight neighborhood, the 3rd Annual Festival of Good is a fun, block party-style event celebrating all the “good” things of Austin. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this family-friendly, free and open to the public event will feature fun activities, food and drink, and cool giveaways for all ages. To learn more about the Festival of Good and see a full list of vendors please visit their website.

  1. HobbyKids Adventures Walmart Tour – Austin
    Friday, August 23 | from 2 to 6 p.m. | Wal Mart, 710 E Ben White

    Come meet your favorite YouTube family – HobbyKidsTV! Play games, see all-new toys, and learn about the new HobbyKids Adventures animated series on YouTube. Make sure you’re there to meet HobbyPig, HobbyFrog, and HobbyBear in person! Fun for all ages and a free collectible poster for all the fans!
  2. Campfire 101 – Making Camping S’more Fun (Lockhart)
    Friday, August 23 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd, Lockhart

    Join us for a fun evening of campfire instruction and s’mores! Campfires often go hand and hand with camping, so come see how to build one safely with a live demonstration! All ages welcome. Prepare: Dress for the weather. Bring water and your sweet tooth. No registration required. Meet: Meet in the day use area. If driving from park HQ, pass the pool and take your first right-hand turn into the day use area parking lot. Fees: Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).
  3. Avengers: Endgame Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, August 23 | from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd

    Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made via donation bucket at the venue.
  4. Bartholomew Park Cleanup and Splashpad Day
    Saturday, August 24 | from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Bartholomew District Park, 5201 Berkman Dr.

    Join The Austin Parks Foundation for the beat the heat Little Hummingbirds Society project! On Saturday, August 24th kids will be able to learn about giving back to their community and the importance of Austin’s parks, trails, and green spaces. Parents will get to have fun with their kids while promoting a healthy lifestyle, volunteerism, and advocacy for their youngest park-goers! You will be guided on a nature walk through the park as you pick up trash along the way and end the day with fun at the splash pad! Snacks, sunscreen, gloves and trash grabbers will be provided and breaks will be built into the day. Water bottles, closed-toe shoes, and hats are encouraged!
  5. Girlstart Back to School STEM Saturday
    Saturday, August 24 | from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. |
    Girlstart, 1400 W Anderson Ln.
    Kick off the school year with Girlstart’s Back to School STEM Saturday! Join us for free and exciting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) hands-on activities for the whole family at the Girlstart STEM Center in Austin, Texas. Reminder: Chaperones are required. Adults must stay with their children throughout the event
  6. Festival of Good at Goodnight Ranch
    Saturday, August 24 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Goodnight Ranch at Whitter Park, 8701 Whitter Dr.

    Goodnight Ranch’s annual block party and festival returns this August for the 3rd Annual Festival of Good! Join us at Whitter Park in the heart of Goodnight Ranch on Saturday, August 24th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a summer celebration of all the good things in life: Friends, family, food and more! This year’s free, public festival features a variety of activities and family-friendly activations like face painting, family yoga, kids’ crafts, a bounce house, a petting zoo and more. Afterward, families can grab a bite from one of several of Austin’s best food trucks.
  7. Japanese Summer Dance Festival
    Saturday, August 24 | from 1 to 3 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.

    Austin Japanese Minyo Dance Group will present 2019 ‘Bon Odori & Tanabata Matsuri’ (Japanese Summer Dance Festival) on August 24, 2019. Admission this year is FREE. The Group will teach how to dance in a circle move around a stage, and enjoying together Japanese ‘bon odori’ songs.
  8. Back to School Bash
    Sunday, August 25 | at 9:30 a.m. | Shoreline Church
    , 15201 Burnet Rd. & 2008 Brandt Rd.
    Join for the annual Back to School Bash event. They’ll have games, prizes, and so much more. North and South campuses.
  9. Annual Free Day of Dance
    Sunday, August 25 | from 1 to 6 p.m. | Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.

    Make plans to attend Ballet Austin’s Annual Come Dance! Celebration—our gift of dance to the city of Austin! It’s absolutely FREE! Whether you have danced before, or have never danced a step in your life, Come Dance is designed for all dance levels and is your opportunity to sample a variety of our dance classes to find your fit! Free dance classes during Come Dance include Ballet, Bollywood, Cardio Dance, Cardio Hip Hop, Contemporary Dance, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Hawaiian Dance, Jazz Funk, Jazz Fusion, Tap, West African and more!
  10. The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
    Sunday, August 25 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside

    Kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. In its 17th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from June 2 through August 25 at 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

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Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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