Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: August 16-18, 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.

  1. Kids Camp – The Lego Movie ($1-3)
    Friday through Sunday, August 16 through 18 | at 10 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.| Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (10), 14028 North, US-183 & Slaughter Lane (10:45), 5701 W Slaughter Ln.

    All Kids Camp summer screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to these local non-profits: ATX Kids Club, Givens Swims by Forklift Danceworks, Kids in a New Groove, Saint Louise House, Ruby’s Rainbow and Special Olympics Texas. This original animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Everything really is awesome in THE LEGO MOVIE.
  2. Summer Family Playgroup East Communities YMCA
    Friday, August 16 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
    Looking for a fun way to beat the Texas heat this summer? Come play, learn & explore with your child at the Y! Discover our interactive stations at the YMCA two times a month this summer! Come and enjoy our tumbling station, imagination station, puzzle station group circle time and more. Open to families with children up to 6-years-old. Locations in North Austin, East Austin and Downtown Austin!
  3. Friday Movie Matinee Bumblebee
    Friday, August 16 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
    Join for our Friday Movie Matinee on August 16, 2019 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm here at the Old Quarry Library located on 7051 Village Center Dr. Austin, TX 78731, 512-974-8860. Come and enjoy this free family event we will be featuring “Bumblebee” (pg-13).
  4. Pixar’s Up Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, August 16 | from 8 to 11 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.
  5. Metz Movies Under the Stars – Remember the Titans
    Friday, August 16 | from 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. | Metz Rec Center, 2407 Canterbury St.
    FREE outdoor movie at Metz Recreation Center. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Movie begins at dusk (about 8:45ish). Splash pad on until 8pm. Join us at Metz Park for a fun family-friendly evening. FREE popcorn and drink (one per person) at every movie screening
  6. Back-To-School Festival with El Mundo Newspaper
    Saturday, August 17| from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.| Delco Center
    4601 Pecan Dr
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    As part of El Mundo Newspaper’s commitment to our community, the 10th annual Festival de Regreso a Clases/Back to School Festival. The event is free of charge and open to the public in general. They will be giving away over 5,000 backpacks. (While supplies last), as well as school supplies, vision, speech & hearing screenings, booster seat distribution, adult & children health screenings and much more. Families will have the chance to partake in giveaways, contests, drawings and more!
  7. Fans 4 Paws
    Saturday, August 17| from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.| Easy Tiger at the Linc, 6406 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Suite 1100
    Help 12,000 Central Texans (and their pets) survive the summer heat! Join us in the Beer Garden for brunch and activities to benefit Family Eldercare’s Summer Fan Drive for seniors and families who don’t have or can’t afford AC. Bring a fan or monetary donation to help us keep seniors and their pets safe from the heat! Free activities include live music by Central Texas Bluegrass Association, a pet dress-up photo booth by Annie Ray Photography and a special appearance from KXAN News & Kaxan aka City Dog Austin. Come out for plenty of exciting raffle prizes, drink specials and more!
  8. Figment Creative Labs Big and Free Back-To-School Bash
    Saturday, August 17| from 12 to 3 p.m.| Figment Creative Labs, 7809 Brodie Ln.
    Figment Creative Labs will celebrate the end of summer (and their first year at their expanded Brodie Lane campus) with a free Back-to-School Bash Saturday, August 17 from Noon to 3 p.m. Meet up with friends, pack a picnic, or just come to enjoy a free performance by children’s musician Staci Gray and explore Figment’s school-year programs like Toddler Art Play Group, Creative Pre-K Classes, Homeschool Group, Art Birthday Parties and a brand new STEAM-centric After School Program.
  9. Puzzle Exchange
    Sunday, August 11 | from 1:30 to 3 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library
    , 1938 Lohmans Crossing
    Are you tired of putting together the same puzzles? Bring your gently used, 500 to 1,500 piece puzzles and exchange them with other fans. Puzzles must be packaged securely and contain all pieces.
  10. The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
    Sunday, August 11 | 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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