Thanks to KXAN for sharing our top picks for free weekday fun:
- The Candy Jar’s First Birthday Party – Wednesday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Candy Jar will celebrate its first birthday with a party full of treats and fun-filled activities for attendees. Guests can enjoy birthday cake and refreshments, which will be served all day. Kids in attendance will receive a variety of party favors, and additional gifts will be given to drawing and game winners. The Candy Jar’s “Candy Fairy” will make a special appearance at the party from 4-6:00 p.m. A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit Austin Children’s Shelter. FREE! The Candy Jar, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Ste T-110, Bee Cave.
- Thinkery at the Library – Wednesday, October 1 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Youth can create electric circuits, learn to craft with redstone in Minecraft and participate in fun physics activities! The program is recommended for ages 8-14. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
- Stand Up For Safe Families Paddle Parade – Wednesday, October 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force is asking the community to stand up against family and dating violence by joining the fourth annual Paddle Parade. This is a family friendly event and there will be FREE paddle board, canoe, and kayak rentals for attendees. Texas Rowing Center, 1541 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
- Wine Down Wednesday – Wednesday, October 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. Event stations will be set up in four designated locations throughout the shopping center, each serving a different wine selection paired with small bites and live music from local Austin artists. Guests are encouraged to sign in and pick up an event guide at the registration table near Amy’s Ice Creams. FREE! The Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd, Austin.
- ACLTV 40th Anniversary Pop-Up Concert (RSVP) – Thursday, October 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. KLRU-TV, Austin PBS & PBS Arts Fall Festival present Austin City Limits 40th Anniversary Pop-Up Concert. Party during your lunch hour! Dana Falconberry performs at Noon. Snap away in the #PBSArts #ACLTV40 Photobooth. Enter to win a pair of passes to the Sam Smith ACL TV taping later that evening. Enjoy free frozen banana halfsies from Bananarchy. Dock & Roll Diner, Tapas Bravas, and Burro Cheese Kitchen will have food available for purchase. RSVP here. FREE! ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin.
For more than 60 free events happening around town this week, check out What’s Up? Weekly!