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.
- Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series (Georgetown)
Friday, July 12 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown
Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.
- Lights for Liberty
Friday, July 12 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.
A Rally/Vigil to end human dentation and family separation of the asylum seekers in our country. Join in solidarity and/ or support the cause by buying a t-shirt. Any donations will be given to the ACLU.
- Aquaman Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, July 12 | 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.
- Keep Austin Playing
Saturday, July 13 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
Interactive games and healthy programs for kids! Informational booths relating to health, wellness and play. Highlights include rock climbing walls, inflatable slides, bike obstacle course, human foosball, and more. Open to the public. Family friendly.
- Schlotzsky’s Celebrates Transition to Austin Eatery
Saturday, July 13 | from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Schlotzsky’s Sunset Valley location, 5601 Brodie Ln., Ste. 1700
Schlotzsky’s will convert each and every restaurant in the Austin area to Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery. The transition marks an exciting evolution of the brand and strikes a balance between satisfying the ever-changing needs of the consumer and its wonderfully weird origins — which started right here in ATX! To celebrate, Schlotzsky’s restaurants across Austin are hosting fun-filled grand re-opening events complete with specials, prizes, and more. All day, Austin residents can enjoy $2.99 small The Original sandwiches — the sandwich that started it all! — and enter to win $100, up to $1,000, by checking into the Schlotzsky’s rewards app. Additionally, there will be FREE sandwich floaties — modeled after our Original sandwich — at the Schlotzsky’s Sunset Valley location (5601 Brodie Ln., Ste. 1700, Sunset Valley, TX) on 7/13, so make sure to come by to snag your free swag.
- Family Saturday: Rip. Cut. Sew.
Saturday, July 13 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St.
Make a colorful fabric painting using artist Sarah Crowner’s playful techniques, then take a walk down the path to see (and sit on!) the artist’s newest interactive sculptures. Workshop free with reservation. Reserve your spot on-line.
- Sing & Shout For Kids (Round Rock)
Saturday, July 13 | from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Calvary Apostolic Church, 2701 Sam Bass Rd., Round Rock
Sing & Shout for KIDS! is a faith-based interactive how/program teaching life lessons and good values through action songs, skits with our loveable (and hilarious) characters, and PUPPETS! Kids ranging in age from toddler to pre-teen will fall in love with Jack and Maggie, Harriet, Gertrude, Rufus Badnasty, Cordelia and the rest of the Sing & Shout squad as they get into all sorts of shenanigans! Adults are sure to have a good time right along with their kiddos! Lots of music and Loads of Laughs with this crazy crew- and you won’t want to miss the blacklight puppet show! You can meet a few of our puppets by clicking the link below. Program length is approximately one hour, followed up with prizes and a cookie and drink or other type of snack. Your kids are sure to ask to come back for the next adventure, which takes place every second Saturday of the month!! This event is free and open to the public.
- Geeky Terrariums
Saturday, July 13 | from 12 to 2 p.m. | University Hills Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
Create your own world! The University Hills Branch Library is offering a workshop for Geeky Terrariums. Use Pop culture figures, materials and a few plants to build a one-of-a-kind terrarium. Largely a self-contained ecosystem, it will only need a bit of maintenance. Materials and plants will be provided. If you have a large mason jar, a fishbowl, an old coffee pot, or other unique, clear, glass container of your own you’d like to use for your terrarium, bring it along! Bring also any interior decorations that fit your ideas for your unique green world!
- Bats: Better Than Batman (Lockhart)
Saturday, July 13 | from 12 to 2 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Learn about the Fantastic Flying Fur-Bearers that call Lockhart home! We admit: Batman’s cool. But compared to the real-life bats that live in Lockhart State Park, he’s a wimp. Can he emit high-frequency sounds and use the echoes to pinpoint the location of food, obstacles, and predators? NO. Can he fly (not just fall dramatically from tall buildings) using the flaps of skin stretched between his elongated fingers? NO. He doesn’t even eat tons of mosquitoes and other insects every year. Our bats make all that look easy. To learn more about them, join a Park Ranger at the Lockhart State Park Headquarters at 8 p.m. We’ll talk about all the REAL superpowers that bats have, then we’ll go for a hike down to the creek to look and listen for our local bats and other wildlife. Please remember to wear close-toed shoes and bring flashlights and water.
- The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, July 14 | 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 at 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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