Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: August 9-11, 2019

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. Library Groovaroo Dance
    Friday, August 9 | at 10:30 a.m. | APL Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. 5th St.
    Come to Library GroovaRoo Dance, a safe and judgment-free fitness program that fosters love, connectedness and fun for new families. Classes are tailored for prenatal parents and caregivers with babies from pre-birth through “babywearing” years (or as long as the baby is comfortable being worn). Classes are every other Friday from June-December. Please bring your own ergonomic, two-shouldered carrier where baby can face in, heart to heart. Comfortable cool clothing for you and your baby is recommended.
  2. Last Sip of Summer Friday
    Friday, August 9| from 6:30 to 9 p.m.| Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W Dittmar Rd
    Last Sip of Summer is a free event designed to squeeze in a little more fun before school starts. The event will consist of live music, games and craft. Bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Free for all ages!
  3. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, August 9 | 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.
  4. Metz Movie Under The Stars – Ralph Breaks the Internet
    Friday, August 9 | from 8:45 to 11 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.
  5. Back to School Splash
    Saturday, August 10 | from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. | Holy Word Lutheran Church, 10601 Bluff Bend Dr.
    You’re invited to the North Austin Back to School Splash on Saturday at Holy Word. The Splash is a free family fun event that connects neighbors with the relationships and resources that make our community safer, smarter and healthier.This year Holy Word Austin will be giving away free backpacks filled with school supplies (one per child while supplies last). Other activities include a giant inflatable water slide (bring your swimsuit & towel), dunk tank, bounce house, live music and more. Browse indoor and outdoor vendors including Austin fire truck, police car and health services.
  6. Family Saturday Ice Painting
    Saturday, August 10 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St.
    Beat the heat with this cool ice workshop! Experiment with color mixing using ice cubes, then watch a professional ice sculptor create a one-of-a-kind work of art before your eyes. Recommended for ages 2–11. Workshop free with reservation. Reserve your spot on-line beginning August 1.
  7. Sensory Friendly Back to School Fair
    Saturday, August 10 | from 12 to 2 p.m. | East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
    Join Easter Seals for a FREE event for families with children with special needs. There will be backpacks filled with school supplies for students in PreK-12, games and activities, snacks, information on local resources, and more!
  8. Back to School Bash
    Saturday, August 10 | from 2 to 6 p.m. | The Grace Place, 206 East Annie Street
    Free raffle for backpacks, school supplies and gift cards. Drawing begins at 5 p.m. Must be present to win. Bounce House, Shaved Ice, and Hot Dogs.
  9. Family Day
    Sunday, August 11 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, 605 Azie Morton Rd.

    Monthly Family Days are designed for families and friends to explore and create. On the second Sunday of each month, we feature a line-up of activities for families to enjoy. Join for Family Day at the UMLAUF on Sunday, August 11th from 12 PM to 4 PM! Get the whole family together and enjoy a full day of fun activities. This event is free and open to the public!
  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 2nd through August 25th (except July 7th) 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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