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Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park, Bullock Texas State History Museum
Read to plan for the month ahead? You can always refer to our Free Fun Calendar for upcoming activities and events happening around town, but we thought you might like to see a roundup of some August highlights:
Alamo Kids Camp – Daily through August 28, 2014
Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.
Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park – Sundays through August 24, 2014
Free Admission to the Umlauf – Wednesdays – Sundays, through August 31, 2014
Through the generous donations during Amplify Austin, the museum and garden will waive admission fees for the Summer of 2014! From June 1 through August 31, the UMLAUF will once again be free to the public. Wednesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.
Fantastic Magic Camp presents free Camp Shows that are open to the public. No tickets and no registration needed, just show up and enjoy the fun.
- August 4 – Black Bert
- August 5 – Cody Fisher
- August 6 – Gusto the Great
- August 7 – The Fantastic Kent Cummins
- August 11 – Bonzo Crunch (Clown)
- August 12 – Close-Up Magic
- August 13 – Ian Varella (Ventriloquist)
- August 14 – Peter the Adequate
- August 18 – Black Bert
- August 19 – Peter the Adequate
- August 20 – Cody Fisher
- August 21 – The Fantastic Kent Cummins
It’s another awesome summer in Austin! The kids are out of school, so bring them to free outdoor viewings of classic childhood movies! Every Monday night, Amy’s Ice Creams will set up a huge projector outside of the Burnet Road location and show one of these movies:
- August 4 – Finding Nemo
- August 11 – 101 Dalmatians
- August 18 – Monsters Inc and Monsters University
It’s totally free! Movie starts around dusk. Amy’s Ice Creams, 5624 Burnet Rd, Austin.
Head to Zilker Park for Blues on the Green with Charlie Mars and Quiet Company. As Austin’s largest free concert series, KGSR’s Blues on the Green is consistantly ranked as a top annual entertainment event, and has become a staple of the Austin lifestyle. Music starts at 8 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Shop for clothing, gear, furniture, maternity, books and more! Frank Fickett Center, 12500 N IH 35, Austin.
Texas Sales Tax Holiday – Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10, 2014
An evening of Swing music and dance from the 1910s to 1940s! This month’s Planet Music event will feature live music by Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies and a dance lesson by Samantha Garfield and Alex Gaw! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. From 7-9 p.m. enjoy a beginner dance lesson, followed by live music, swing dance demos, and more! The event is free and family friendly. Dougherty Art Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Join an evening of fun at El Salido Pool! Bring your whole family to swim under the night sky while watching Free Willy. The movie is free, however, the pool is only free after 8 p.m. Free Willy will start at dusk. El Salido Pool, 11500 El Salido Parkway Austin.
Come be a kid again with cereal and cartoons! The Fellowship at Scofield Farms will be showing classic cartoons and serving free popcorn and cereal on the lawn. Be sure to bring blankets, towels or folding chairs. It’s free and open to the public. Seating starts at 8:30 p.m.; cartoons start at around 9 p.m. Concessions are first come, first served, while supplies last. The Fellowship at Scofield Farms, 12424 Scofield Farms Dr, Austin.
Join the S.O.S. (Save Our Springs) Alliance at Barton Springs Pool from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. for outdoor adventure, snorkeling tours, hikes, and live music on the south hill. There will also be free watermelon, a diving competition, educational speakers and workshops. While the Fest activities are free, events that take place within the gates of the pool require that you pay admission to Barton Springs Pool ($1-$4). Also, $5 will be charged to park in Zilker Park, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Barton Springs Pool, Outside Back Gate and South Hill Area, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., Austin.
Austin Summer Musical for Children presents the live musical theater version of the motion picture The Wizard of Oz. Free tickets for the play are available at the door 45 minutes before the showtime. There are 15 performance times to choose from. Appropriate for all ages. Boyd Vance Theatre, Carver Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.
- 5 – 7 p.m. – Free Library admission; tour Sixty from the ‘60s exhibit
- 7- 8:30 p.m. – Rock to “Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes” on the lawn by the LBJ fountain
- 9 p.m. – Sing along with the 1963 classic Bye Bye Birdie
Please, no alcohol or pets. Bring your own blankets and chairs for the movie and music!
Free parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitor parking lot (#38) located at 2313 Red River Street, as well as the parking lots adjacent on either side (lots #37 and 39). The entrance to lot #38 is flanked by Library banners. Overflow parking will be available in nearby garages for a fee of $3 per hour. LBJ Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin.
101x Cinema: Back to the Future – Wednesday, August 13, 2014
See a free outdoor screening of Back to the Future at Central Market North Lamar, starting at sundown (around 8:30 p.m.). Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and to arrive early to get a good spot. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Central Market Cafe. Central Market North Lamar, 4001 North Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Head to Zilker Park for the final free Blues on the Green concert by Shinyribs with Tameca Jones. Music starts at 8 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Free popcorn, pickles, and bottled water! Free face painting and free glow in the dark necklaces! Movie starts at sunset, approximately 8:45 p.m. Gazebo Area of San Gabriel Park, 445 E Morrow St, Georgetown.
From 9 a.m. to noon, the public is invited to “bring what you can and take what you need.” Foster families are invited to shop without bringing anything to donate. First Baptist Church, 9th and Trinity, Austin.
Austin ISD will host the ninth annual Back to School Bash Celebration and Safety Fair from 9 a.m. – noon at the Austin Convention Center. More than 100 community and district organizations will offer exhibits for AISD families to learn more about the services and programs that can help students enjoy a safe and successful school year. Nurses from Dell Children’s/AISD Health Services will provide free vaccinations and Kids Vision for Life Central Texas may be providing free vision exams and eyeglasses. Students will also receive a free backpack filled with school supplies appropriate for their particular grade level. Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Back to School Parade & Festival – Sunday, August 17, 2014
Families in Austin and the surrounding areas are invited to take part in the annual Back to School Parade and Festival, from 1 – 7 p.m. The Back to School parade begins at 3 p.m. at Delco Center (4601 Pecan Brook Dr) and ends at Bartholomew Park (5201 Berkman Dr).
The festival will provide a limited number of free backpacks filled with school supplies. In order to get a backpack, students and their parents must line up in Bartholomew Park from 1 – 2:30 p.m. for wristband. Backpacks will be handed out to students with wristbands from 4 – 6 p.m. (following the parade); any leftover backpacks will be given out on a first come, first served basis after 6 p.m. The festival and parade are open to students from all school districts. For more information visit the Back to School Parade website, check out the parade details, or read through the frequently asked questions.
Movies in the Plaza returns this summer with Alice in Wonderland (1951) at 8:30 p.m. Music by Back 9 Band begins at 6 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Scarlet Rabbit will be onsite selling refreshments. Centennial Plaza, 301 Bagdad, Round Rock.
The Round Rock Police Department – with the help of local hair stylists – will help kids get a fresh start for the upcoming school year with its first “Kutz 4 Kids” event. Stylists from across the city will volunteer their time to give free haircuts during the event, which coincides with an Open House at the Police Department. Residents will be able to tour the police station and get a behind the scenes look at holding cells, Crime Scene Unit, K-9 Unit, fingerprinting, and more. Families can enjoy fun and educational exhibits, demonstrations, as well as face painting, balloon artists, and snow cones. In addition, SWAT vehicles, police vehicles, and a fire truck will be on display. Free barbecue will be provided by the Round Rock Police Officers Association. The free event will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Department, 2701 N. Mays Street, Round Rock.
Sammy’s House hosts the 2nd Annual Movie in the Playground with a free screening of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who. Bring your chairs, bug spray, and blankets to enjoy the show. Admission is free! There will be baked goods, drinks and popcorn for sale. Movie will start at 8:15 p.m. Sammy’s House Playground, 2415 Twin Oaks Drive, Austin.
The LBJ Library and Museum will offer birthday cake and refreshments so that visitors can commemorate the birthday of Lyndon Baines Johnson. He would have been 106 years old. Admission to the Library will be free. LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St, Austin.
Long Center Open House – Sunday, August 31, 2014
Join the Long Center for an all access pass to Austin’s arts experience. This open house is free and open to the public! From noon – 4 p.m., every space will be buzzing with activity. Performances and information from Austin’s best and brightest arts organizations, plus a Kid’s Zone and public tours of some of the Long Center’s most secret and exclusive spaces (backstage areas, star dressing rooms, green rooms and more!). Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. Austin.
Splash Jam (Cedar Park) – Sunday, August 31, 2014
Admission is free. The event kicks off with a washer tournament at 4 p.m. and the rest of the event starts at 5 pm. The festival will feature live music and inflatables. Fees apply for face painting, food concessions, mechanical bull, carnival games, hamster balls, quad jump, super slide, rock wall, caricatures and spinner ride. The event will end with a fabulous fireworks display. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.