Top 10 FREE Weekend Events in Austin:
- Fruit Tree Giveaway – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. All Austin Energy customers can take home two FREE fruit trees (peaches, plums, pears, persimmons, or figs) to plant at home. First come, first served; there will be approximately 1,000 trees. Be sure to bring your utility bill or drivers license with an Austin address. See a map indicating where the trees will be given away. Near ACC Highland (Previously Highland Mall), 799 E Highland Mall Blvd, Austin.
- Big Don Kid’s Show – Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Award-winning Hip Hop artist Big Don’s music focuses on the positive and inspiring aspect of what kids embrace about life. FREE! Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
- Drawing Salon Series – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Using Ney’s sculptural works as inspiration, participants will develop observational and conceptual skills through unique drawing exercises. The museum will provide all required materials, and trained staff members will be on hand to offer constructive advice and guidance. Participation is FREE and open to all ages. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St, Austin.
- Operation Kidsafe – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Operation Kidsafe is FREE and private for families. Parents take home the only record of the visit (a Bio Document) that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency. Safety tips to start a family safety action plan are also included. No special information is needed, as there is no databasing. Fiat Alfa Romeo of Austin, 13049 N Research Blvd, Austin.
- Summer Camp Fair – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Opportunity for families to visit with various local and overnight Spring Break and summer camps. There will be entertainment, as well as camp giveaways. FREE! Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
- Titan Moon Comics Kids Club (Cedar Park) – Saturday from 12-4:00 p.m. Celebrate all things DC. There will be a special kids coloring page and drawing contest, a DC bookmark craft, and an all ages board game table. Artist Rita Moore will be selling original art prints and doing free quick sketches for the kids. FREE! Titan Moon Comics, 1540 Cypress Creek Rd #108, Cedar Park.
- Mr. Johnny’s Kids Club Music Hour – Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Sing, dance, jump, and shout with Johnny, Sharon, Nick, Amber & the Hoppettes. Shakers, streamers, scarves, rhythm sticks, bubbles, stuffed animals, and a come-to-life story on stage. Coffee, drinks, snacks, and art activities take place before the show at 9:30 a.m. Free Fun in Austin readers can download a pass here for FREE admission to the show, for all members of your family. (Regular admission is $1 per person.)
- Staci Gray Kids Show – Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Staci’s original music gets children to sing, dance, and be just plain silly. Plus, there will be bubbles! FREE! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E 38 1/2 St, Austin.
- Screen Printing Workshop – Sunday from 1-4:00 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to screen print an image designed by Tony Perez of local screen printing studio Ramona Press. Create your own screen printed poster inspired by techniques found in the Obra Gráfica: Selections from the Mexic-Arte Museum Print Collection exhibition. Open to all ages. Admission and materials are provided FREE of charge. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin.
- Octavitas Celebration – Sunday from 2-5:00 p.m. Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) are coming to Austin to celebrate Octavitas. Sing aguinaldos one last time and enjoy PRFDance performances. Bring the kids; the Reyes always bring gifts. FREE! Donations welcome. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St, Austin.
Nearly Free Fun in Austin:
- Austin Bouldering Party ($5) – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Celebrate Austin Bouldering Project’s recent opening with $5 passes all day, food trucks on site (beginning at Noon); a friendly climbing competition and DJ at 5:30 p.m.; and live music by Roxy Roca at 7:30 p.m. Austin Bouldering Project, 979 Springdale Rd #150, Austin.
- Steve Scott 2016: New Year, New Stories – Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Every Saturday, Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present What’s the Story, Steve?, a fully improvised, interactive journey through a story of the audience’s making, starring an improvising poodle named Steve Scott. This January, Steve has some new tricks to share with you. Read Addie’s review. Great for ages three and up. FREE with a suggested donation of $3-$5. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd, Austin.
- PBS Kids at the Alamo: Nature Cat – Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The Alamo Drafthouse and our local PBS station are teaming up for a family screening of PBS KIDS’ latest show, along with themed activities and giveaways. Enjoy three episodes from the new show on the big screen (including a sneak peak at two brand new episodes). This is an all-ages show with Baby Day rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater. Tickets are available for a $1-$3 donation. Alamo Lakeline, 14028 N US Highway 183, Bldg F, Austin.
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.