Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: January 4-6, 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 to help you ring in the new year!! 

Weekend Top 10 FREE Austin Events: January 4-6, 2019

  1. Heartsong Music Demonstration Classes
    Friday, January 4 & Saturday, January 5 | various times | Heartsong Music, 2700 West Anderson Ln, Ste 320
    It’s the last Heartsong Music Demo Days of the winter break! Try out a Music Together for Babies (8 months and younger) demo class or a Music Together Mixed Ages (birth to 5 years old) demo class at Heartsong Music for FREE! Sing up to attend a session here.
  2. Red River Cultural District Present Free Week 
    Friday, January 4 – Sunday, January 6 | various times | various locations – Red River Cultural District
    Get your free music fix for the year by checking out a ton of local lineups during the annual expo of Austin talent, all for free!
  3. Mario Kart 8 Wii U Tournament
    Friday, January 4 & Saturday, January 5 | various times | various locations
    Something for the whole family! The game is rated E for Everyone by ESRB and recommended for ages 6 and up. Adults are welcome to compete. Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to start time. The first 32 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot to play. Controllers will be provided but you may also bring your own. TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE: Friday, 1/4, 2 p.m., Twin Oaks Branch | Saturday, 1/5, 2 p.m. Wildcard and Grand Championship: Central Library | Sunday, 1/13, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  4. Heart, Rain, and Whimsy Art Exhibit — Artists’ Reception
    Friday, January 4  | from 5  to 7 p.m. | Old Bakery & Emporium, 1006 Congress Ave
    Heart, Rain and Whimsy with Lesley Bradstreet photographer of the awe inspiring tiniest details, E.M. Sutherland an artist with the love of rural Texas and small towns, and Michelle Martinez has a whimsical view of the world in her multi-media art work. The combination of art is both intimate and inspiring, it will be a charming emphasis to start the year. The exhibit runs through January 30th. Our hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We have free parking off 10th Street.
  5. Disney’s FROZEN Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, January 4 | from 6:30 to 9:30 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 and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made electronically when RSVPing to this event or via donation bucket at the venue. We encourage you to support our Community Grille rather than bringing outside food and drinks. Dress in weather-appropriate clothing and don’t forget your flashlights and bug spray. We also recommend wearing closed-toe shoes. Dogs on leashes are welcome at Community Cinema movie nights! Movies begin at full dark and/or ~an hour after event start time, depending on the season.
  6. New Year’s Clothes Swap
    Saturday, January 5 | from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. |
    Crestview United Methodist Church, 1300 Morrow St.
    1. “Out with the Old” and Gently Used: Bring infant, youth to adult clothing in good condition.
    2. “In with the Like-New”: Take whatever items you need. There is ALWAYS enough for everyone.
    3. Leftover items will be generously donated to FreeStore Austin:http://www.freestoreaustin.org
    Please pre-sort items to swap by type/size. When you arrive, clothes will be distributed to marked tables, then you can “shop.” This is a free event, no money is exchanged! Remember to bring your own bags.
  7. Saturday Morning Drawing Salons
    Saturday, January 5 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th
    Come join us again for our beloved weekly Drawing Salons every Saturday morning in January from 10 am to noon! Elisabet Ney’s magnificent sculptural works can be your models, in her own historic artist studio! Each session is hosted by our Museum Educators, and all of the required materials will be provided. Participation is free and open to everyone, regardless of age or level of experience! No RSVP is required!
  8. Yoga for Kids & Parents
    Saturday, January 5 | from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. | APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd
    Yoga for Kids (ages 4 and up) and their parents! Traditional yoga exercises with fun and imagination. Classes include breathing, awareness, balance, strengthening, stretching, relaxation, and meditation. Bring a mat or towel. Meets the first Saturday of the month. RSVP ahead if you can by text, phone, or email: (512) 774-4964 or [email protected]
  9. Austin Java’s Manchaca Grand Opening Party
    Saturday, January 5 | from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Austin Java, 5404 Manchaca
    Did you really think we were gonna open our fifth location without throwing a proper celebration?! Join us on Saturday, January 5, as we throw an ALL DAY grand opening party at our brand new spot on Manchaca! In the spirit of the new year, we’ll be focusing on wellness and reaching those 2019 goals – all while having a great time! The event will include live music by Aubrey Hays Band, RESTART CBD pop-up where guests will have the option to add extra health benefits to their coffee, complimentary bites, smoothie samples and so much more! We’ll also have games and an interactive “Resolution Wall” where you’ll be invited to write and share your 2019 resolutions.
  10. Organic Gardening 101
    Saturday, January 5 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd
    Linda Wall presents “Organic Veggie Gardening 101” — Start the New Year right by learning how to grow your own delicious and nutritious food! Join us for our ever-popular, free class on the basics of veggie gardening, covering topics from soil prep, to raised beds, to planting in the right season. The basics are always covered, but each class is different — you’ll learn something new even if you’ve taken the class multiple times times already. Saturday’s instructor, Linda grows much of her own food at her home in Spicewood on land that has been in her family for 4 generations – over 100 years!

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About the Author

Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku
As a long time Austin resident, Laurie is a big fan of dive bars, the Spurs, and low-key celebrity stalking. She's also a UT grad with a master's in New Media Journalism, and has never met a pug that she didn't like.
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