Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (January 9-10, 2016)

  1. top-10Community Breakfast Studio Crawl
    Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.  |    Canopy, 916 Springdale Rd, Austin
    Join the second Community Breakfast Studio Crawl, a bi-monthly collaborative and community event between Canopy (916 Springdale Rd), Pump Project (702 Shady Ln), and Bolm Studios (5305 Bolm Rd). Complimentary breakfast will be served at Canopy before guests are invited to head out to see current studio work and exhibitions at the three east Austin art complexes. From 9:30-11 a.m., breakfast tacos, coffee, yogurt, granola and a bloody mary bar will be provided by Paco’s Tacos, Sa-Tén Coffee and Eats, KIND Snacks, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Also, the Austin Tinkering School will be hosting a Frankentoys Building Activity! Reassemble broken toys into bizarre, frightening, or hilarious combinations to create a Frankentoy: a new kind of creature the world has never seen before. Studios will be open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. FREE!
  2. Groundwork Music Kids Shows
    Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. |   Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin (Sat) and Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E 38 1/2 St, Austin (Sun)
    Two FREE concerts for kids! Family friendly shows for young and old alike.  Saturday at Strange Brew and Sunday at Cherrywood Coffeehouse.
  3. Drawing Salon Series
    Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.   |   Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St, Austin
    During the month of January, the Elisabet Ney Museum will host a drawing salon every Saturday. By 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.
  4. Second Saturdays are for Families: Home Tweet Home
    Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.   |   Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St., Austin
    Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. See family-friendly performances, meet local artists, and make art to take home. Recommended for ages 2–11. Drop in and create for FREE! Be a good neighbor by designing a modern birdhouse to keep your feathered friends warm this winter. Feeling hospitable? Add more houses to create a whole bird neighborhood. Plus, the interactive foam installation, A retrospective view of the pathway, will turn on at 1 p.m.
  5. Paramount Theatre Storytime
    Saturday at 11:30 a.m.   |    BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
    Paramount Theatre will visit BookPeople for a very special storytime, highlighting the theatre’s upcoming production of Elephant & Piggie! Fans of Gerald and Piggie will be delighted by this exciting performance! FREE!
  6. Boar’s Head Pageant 2016
    Saturday from 3-8 p.m.   |   St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 12041 Bittern Hollow, Austin
    St. Albert the Great Catholic Church proudly presents the 13th annual Boar’s Head Pageant. Join them for the only medieval celebration of the Christmas season and New Year in Austin. Enjoy a family friendly play set in the royal court of Olde England, see elaborate period costumes, a live orchestra, dancing, songs and the arrival of the Magi at a live Nativity scene. Make plans to enjoy this delightful musical presentation. General Admission tickets for open seating are FREE (donations appreciated). Reserved Seats with VIP reception are $20. Tickets are available here or by calling Andy at 512-837-4179. Arrive early and wander around the Medieval Village (weather permitting). From 3-6 p.m., see live demonstrations of medieval life. Blacksmith, carpenter, falconer, ale makers and other will demonstrate the tools and trades of yesteryear.  The theatrical presentation begins at 7 p.m. FREE!
  7. Cars and Coffee
    Sunday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |    The Oasis on Lake Travis, 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin
    Enjoy a low-key display of classic cars. FREE!
  8. Family Day at the Umlauf
    Sunday from 12-4 p.m.   |   Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin
    Family Days offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children, four to ten years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the UMLAUF while engaging in creative activities. Listen to stories, do yoga in the garden, watch sculpture demos, enjoy live music and more. FREE and open to the public. See the schedule.
  9. Ballet Austin’s Free Day of Fitness
    Sunday from 1-4 p.m.   |   Ballet Austin, 501 W 3rd St, Austin
    This is your opportunity to sample conditioning and fitness classes, try Pilates reformers, learn more about living healthy, and have fun! FREE classes! BeWell Talks, fitness demos, FREE health screenings, and healthy food samples. Register to win grand prizes or spin the wheel where everyone wins. Classes are 20 minutes in length and begin on the half hour. Sample as many as your body can take. See the schedule.
  10. Pirates of Penzance Revue and Sing Along
    Sunday at 3 p.m.   |    Genesis Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1507 Wilshire Blvd., Austin
    Start the new year with the classic music of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Hear many of your favorite Pirates songs including “I am the very model of a modern Major-General,” “Hail, Poetry” and “Poor wand’ring one” – and even get the chance to sing along if you like. FREE! Please bring a food or drink contribution for a reception following the performance.

Bonus fun in the ‘burbs:

  • Free Day of Dance (Pflugerville)
    Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.   |   Lonestar Dance, 2606 FM 1825, Ste 119, Pflugerville 
    Kids ages 3-10+ can enjoy FREE 30-minute dance classes, complimentary breakfast, door prizes, registration discounts and more! See the schedule.
  • Hands On History (Georgetown) 
    Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   |   Williamson Museum, 716 S Austin Ave, Georgetown
    The second Saturday of each month, the museum hosts an interactive activity where children can get up close and personal with the history of the county, learning something new and creating their own artifact. This Saturday, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day! FREE for children of all ages.

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