It’s looking to be another warm weekend in Austin, and we’ve got the best family friendly events to do it up right! From a screening of Groundhog Day to a Puppy Bowl to a watch party for the big game on Sunday, these are the top 10 FREE events happening in and around Austin this week.
A big thanks to this week’s sponsor, Neill Cochran House. This Sunday, they’re featuring a History Lab on Multimedia Before the Tablet: Pop Up Books. Long before one could pick up a tablet and conjure up a streaming video at the touch of a finger, the pop-up book was a popular sensation because of the way it engaged the imagination in a way that flat images and text never could. Simple pop-up cards can be made with a few well-placed cuts and folds, glued flaps or accordions, and/or underlays. They’ll have examples of a different ways of creating a pop-up image along with all the materials and decorating supplies you’ll need. Space is available on a first-come, first served basis for this FREE workshop. Learn more info on the event here.
The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: February 2-4, 2018
- Groundhog Day Free Movie Night
Friday, Feb. 2 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at the Community First! Village. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. 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.
- February Crafternoon for Kids (Georgetown)
Friday, Feb. 2 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Bridges to Growth, 805 W University Ave # A, Georgetown
Kids aged 5-12 are invited to craft for a cause! They will make Valentine’s cards to deliver to homebound seniors. Show the community’s elder you care. RSVP to 512-864-3008.
- AHS 11th Annual Puppy Bowl
Saturday, Feb. 3 | from 12 to 3 p.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Ln.
Join AHS for the big party before the big game at the Austin Humane Society’s 11th Annual Puppy Bowl! The fun kicks off with a football-themed, family-friendly tailgate at noon. They’ll have plenty of adorable puppies up for adoption, children’s activities and awesome local vendors. Not looking to adopt? They’ll have puppy players ready to give you all the FREE snuggles you can handle! Plus, be sure to stay for our puppy MVP Battles (Most Valuable Puppies) and the Puppy Player Prediction happening throughout the afternoon.
- Campfire 101: Making Camping S’more Fun for Kids
Saturday, Feb. 3 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd, Lockhart
Head to Lockhart State Park for a fun afternoon 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. Dress for the weather. Bring water and your sweet tooth. No registration required. Meet in the day use area. If driving from park HQ, pass the pool and take your first right-hand turn into the day use area parking lot. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).
- February Block Party
Saturday, Feb. 3 | from 3 to 6 p.m. | In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd.
It’s time for another bumpin’ Block Party at in.gredients. They’ll be hosting three awesome musical guests – Dry Sky & Kyote, Much 2 Much and Nicolas Azlon Menchaca! They’ll also be featuring sales and samples from some favorite local vendors, including mmmpanadas, Texas Saké Co, The AfroGypsy, Boulanger Fermentations and more! As always, 1% of proceeds from the day will go to our Nonprofit Community Partner, Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project. It’s a party for all ages!
- Laugh, Darn It! Comedy Gameshow
Saturday, Feb. 3 | from 4 to 5 p.m. | Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich St, Ste 120
Join Austin’s funniest all-ages live game show! The goofiest, funniest Austin comics try to make contestants laugh – if they can resist, they win prizes. FREE to play and watch! Laugh, Darn It! is inspired by the classic TV game show Make Me Laugh! Host David James drives a rotating panel of talented comics as they do everything they can to make contestants, snapped up from our live audience, laugh. Our laugh judge is Ariel Greenspoon, and she is joined by contestant wrangler Lisa Friedrich. Unless you are one of the show’s longtime fans, you have never seen anything like this before!
- Barton Springs Historic Walking Tour
Sunday, Feb. 4 | from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | 2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Texture the City: Austin History Tours for a FREE historic walking tour of Barton Springs. When most people think of Barton Springs, they think of an enormous crystalline pool, but Barton Springs is actually a complex of five different springs. Learn how Barton Springs has shaped Austin’s history and identity. Tour meets outside SPLASH! Into the Edward’s Aquifer Interactive Exhibit, located next to the main entrance to Barton Springs Pool. NOTE: This tour is being filmed by Big Review TV. By joining us, you are giving Big Review permission to film you.
- Sunday Funday: Pop-up Books
Sunday, Feb. 4 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | Neill Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St.
Long before one could pick up a tablet and conjure up a streaming video at the touch of a finger, the pop-up book was a popular sensation because of the way it engaged the imagination in a way that flat images and text never could. In fact, some of the earliest moving image books were anatomy texts; if a picture is worth a thousand words, pictures that move in 3 dimensions must be even more valuable! By designing and building our own pop ups, we’ll get to think a little bit about the know-how it took to bring these familiar childhood books into our homes and lives – and have fun being creative, too! Throughout the afternoon, the historic house will be open for informal and self-guided tours. For those who wish to look more closely and carefully at some of the details of the architecture and historic furnishings, there will also be a museum seek-and-find guide (age appropriate to 7-11).
- A Diverse Blend: Celebrating Texas Food
Sunday, Feb. 4 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Capitol Visitor’s Center, 112 E 11th St.
From delectable Tex-Mex to savory barbeque, Texas has a world-famous reputation for delicious foods. Although the flavors are widely known, what many people might not know is the roots of Texas food. A Diverse Blend explores how diverse Texas communities have blended unique and traditional ingredients to create a fusion of world-renowned flavors that is Texas food. Explore unique items including Austin’s first published cookbook, home movies, vintage cookware and collectables from many food festivals from across the state.
- Sports At The Cinema: The Super Bowl!
Sunday, Feb. 4 | from 5:30 to 9 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE event at the Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special broadcast of The Super Bowl at the Community First! Village. Get there as early as 5:30 p.m. to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite snacks. Burgers, Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash & cards accepted). The event is FREE, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
Bonus Nearly FREE Fun:
- Stories From Around the World – $5
Sunday, Feb. 4 | from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.
The Hideout Theatre has created a brand new improv show just for kids: Stories From Around the World! Sundays at 11 a.m. in January and February, All Kids are invited to the Hideout to hear stories from around the world and create their own stories! Are stories from different countries different from the stories we all already know? Yes! Each week we’ll have a different story teller from a different country they’ll tell a story while our cast acts it out then we’ll perform some games and make up our own story together. Kids will be invited to join the cast on stage at various points throughout the show.
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