Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: May 17-19, 2019

Another fantastic 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 Festival of Good. Festival of Good is a fun, block party-style event celebrating all the “good” things of Austin. This family-friendly, free and open to the public event will feature yard games, fun activities for all ages, food and drink, and cool giveaways. They have a variety of activities including a petting zoo, bounce house, kids craft tables, face painting, and more! The event is happening Saturday in Whitter Park at the corner of Whitter and Charles Merle Drive in the Goodnight neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Weekend Top 10 FREE Austin Events: May 17-19, 2019

  1. Friday Matinee Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
    Friday, May 17 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Austin Public LibraryRuiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
    Watch and discover family friendly films at the Austin Public Library. In Teen Titans Go! a villain’s maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom. Rated PG. All ages welcome.
  2. Ratatouille Free Outdoor Screening with Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
    Friday, May 17 | from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hogs 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. They’re thrilled to welcome Antonelli’s Cheese Shop as our special Community Partner’s on this event! We’re planning to have an Antonelli’s-enhanced menu at the Community Grille, reps from Antonelli’s engaging with the audience, and some other surprises up our sleeves as well. 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 and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
  3. Olympic Day Free Community Event (Manor)
    Saturday, May 18 | from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Central Texas Archery, 5400 E Howard Lane, Manor
    Central Texas Archery is hosting an Olympic Day Event sanctioned by USA Archery. Community members age 8 and older can try archery for free and get a lesson from a USA Archery certified coach. Traditional archery demonstrations will be given throughout the event. There will be other fun and educational activities on site to share with the community the history of the Olympics and the history of archery. Olympic Day is a celebration of the Olympic Movement and the joy of sport by millions of people around the world.  An initiative stemming from the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Day was created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894. On that day, delegates from 12 countries unanimously approved Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s proposal to revive the Olympic Games, and two years later the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896.
  4. Spring Safari (Round Rock)
    Saturday, May 18 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Play for All Abilities Park, 151 North A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock
    Families and children of all abilities are welcome to join Easter Seals Veteran Services Program and Parent Support and Training Program for a fun-filled day at the park! They will have crafts, bubbles, chalk, balloons, face-painting, and more for your little ones!
  5. Fairytale Tea Party
    Saturday, May 18 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Ln. 
    You are hereby summoned to a magical celebration complete with unicorns and princesses. Come dressed in your favorite fairytale attire. Enjoy light refreshments and decorate unicorn horn cones. Play games, make crafts, and take home balloon animals!
  6. Festival of Good at Goodnight Ranch
    Saturday, May 18 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Goodnight Ranch at Whitter Park, 8701 Whitter Dr.
    Join at Whitter Park inside Goodnight Ranch for the third annual Festival of Good, a fun, block party-style event celebrating all the “good” things of Austin. This family-friendly, free and open to the public event will fun activities for all ages, food and drink, and cool giveaways. Fun activities include a Petting Zoo, Bounce House, Kids Craft Tables, Face Painting and more! You may go home with a puppy, or you may find that home is right here at Goodnight!
  7. East Communities Y: Splash Day
    Saturday, May 18 | from 12 to 3 p.m. | YMCA of Austin: East Communities Y, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
    Celebrate the beginning of summer at Splash Day. Splash Day is the annual party celebrating summer and the official opening of our interactive pool, splash pad, and water slides for the season! They will have games, raffles, free snacks (while they last), and other fun activities going on, but the main attraction will be the water slides, water spouts & sprays, waterfalls, and pool! This event is FREE, family friendly, and open to everyone in our community! You don’t have to be a Y member to join, so bring your friends and family! No registration required.
  8. Ney Day
    Saturday, May 18 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Elisabeth Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St.
    Celebrating Women in the Arts, Sciences, and Civic Culture!” REDUX! With Live music from Lissa Hattersley and Trip Trio, Jenny Parrott Shawnee Kilgore and Jana Pochop, Lacie Taylor, and more! Booths from a wide variety of arts and social groups will be present! Lots of activities for everyone in the family. They will also have food! Food trucks, The Kolache Lady (aka Daily Spread!) and Jim Jim’s! Produced in collaboration with The Friends of the Elisabet Ney Museum, and  KUTX 98.9! Yay y’all! Admission is free.
  9. Whimsy and Wonder The Liberty Hill Interactive and Art Experience (Liberty Hill)
    Saturday, May 18 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Downtown Liberty Hill
    At Whimsy & Wonder, downtown Liberty Hill businesses will transform into art galleries hosting works from local artists, live art demonstrations and live music in each gallery. Food and wine will be served in whimsical ways featuring an aerial bartender, living table and a live champagne dress. Festival goers will be able to watch live art demonstrations including a live body painter, sidewalk chalk artists and Austin’s very own Dirty Car Artist, Scott Wade, in action.
  10. Free Spanish Family Yoga
    Sunday, May 19 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Barrington School Park, 400 Cooper Dr.
    Join at Barrington School Park for FREE Spanish Family Yoga! This class is for 4-year-olds and up accompanied by an adult. You can expect a lot of laughter, partner poses, breath practices, and connection time in these 45 minute classes. Please bring along a mat or a blanket to practice on.

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