Another fantastic weekend is here, and there are so many great things to do in and around Austin. Here are the top 10 FREE events happening this weekend.
Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: August 24-26, 2018
- Mondo Gallery Presents – Heroes in a Halfshell: A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Celebration
Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
Mondo is stoked to invite TMNT fans to celebrate everyone’s favorite wise-cracking, pizza-obsessed crime fighters and their cast of heroic allies and evil arch enemies in our next gallery show, Heroes in a Half Shell: A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Celebration! Saturday is the final night to view the exhibit.
- Salut to Summer
Friday, August 24 | from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Easton Park, 7000 Cardinal Bloom Loop
Let’s say goodbye to summer with a bang – join Easton Park for a rockin’ night with music by Fair City Fire and tasty sandwhiches from Noble Food Truck and Moojo. Food trucks start at 5:30 pm, the music starts at 6:30 pm, and the party starts when you arrive. Make sure to bring blankets and chairs.
- A Wrinkle in Time Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, August 24 | from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Get there early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
- Back to School STEM Saturday
Saturday, August 25 | from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson Ln.
Kick off the school year at Girlstart’s Back to School STEM Saturday! Get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with hands-on activities for the whole family at the Girlstart STEM Center anytime between 9:30 a.m. and Noon. This event is FREE (RSVP suggested) with labs and activity spaces open with hands-on STEM activities.
- Kiddie Academy Storytime Live (Pflugerville)
Saturday, August 25 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Kiddie Academy of Pflugerville, 2617 Kelly Ln.
You are invited to Storytime LIVE!, where Curious George jumps off the page and visits the classroom in person! This special storytime event at Kiddie Academy of Pflugerville is happening at Kiddie Academy of Pflugerville, an educational child care provider. Pflugerville and Austin area children and their families are invited to a fun, FREE, interactive reading at their annual Storytime LIVE! event.
- Bubbles’ Big Bash (Buda)
Saturday, August 25 | from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | The Learning Experience, 825 Main St.
The Learning Experience Buda is completing two years on August 22. To celebrate this happy date, they will be hosting a bash party with train rides, bouncing house, face painting, food and games. Bubbles, the elephant, will make an appearance. Bring family and friends to join the party. The more, the merrier!
- Austin Summer Musical for Children: Honk!
Saturday & Sunday, August 24 & 25 | at 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m. on Saturday, 2 & 4 p.m. on Sunday| George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St.
Austin Summer Musical for Children is pleased to present HONK!, live on stage this summer! This delightful award-winning musical adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling” is a heartwarming celebration of what makes us special.
- Family Sunday Funday
Sunday, August 26 | from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | backYARD at Waller Creek
backYARD at Waller Creek has just the fun the kids will love! On the last Sunday of every month of summer (May 27 through August 26), join backYARD for Family Sunday Funday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The expansive backYARD lawn space will be transformed into the ultimate playground, complete with a bounce house, YARD games like Jenga, yard tic tac toe and cornhole, a balloon maker, face painter, magician as well as live music from local talent. Tickets to Family Sunday Funday at backYARD at Waller Creek are free for kids ages 12 and under, and $5 for adults with backYARD’s full SundayBrunch menu available to order.
- Come Dance 2018 – Annual Free Day of Dance
Sunday, August 26| from 1 to 5:45 p.m. | Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.
Ballet Austin celebrates dance every day. But on this day each year they make dance FREE just for you! Make plans to attend Ballet Austin’s annual 11th Annual Come Dance! Celebration! 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!
- Princess Party at TOMS
Sunday, August 26 | from 2 to 4 p.m. | TOMS,
Head to TOMS to celebrate the launch of the newest Disney collection! Snow White shoes will be joining the fam and they’re so excited to share them with you. Try on the newest Disney TOMS collection! Meet & Greet with Cinderella & Snow White( pictures are encouraged). Enjoy a braid bar with Path Salon, nail bar with Aveda Institute, Steel City Pops popcicles, pink lemonade for the kiddos and face painting for the whole fam! Raffle for free merch.
Bonus Nearby FREE Fun:
- The Battle of Plum Creek (Lockhart)
Friday, August 24 | from 8 to 9 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd.
Join to hear this exciting (and true) “Cowboys vs. Indians” tale! The Great Comanche Raid and Battle of Plum Creek changed the course of history for Texans in the 1840’s, and this exciting piece of history happened right here in Lockhart! Join us to hear the whole story from the man who literally wrote a book about it, Donaly Brice. All ages welcome. No registration required. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).
- Campfire 101 – Making Campfire S’mores Fun (Lockhart)
Saturday, August 25 | from 8 to 9 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd.
Join 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. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).