Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (Mar 6-8, 2015)


Daylight savings begins Sunday, March 8 at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to spring forward!

  1. Amreeka Film Screening – Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Cannes award-winning film about a proud Palestinian Christian mother and her teenage son in a small Indiana town. Opening remarks by Dr. Susan Mays, LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin. Rated PG. View the trailer hereFREE popcorn. Additional food and beverage available for purchase. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.
  2. Home Depot Kids Workshop – Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. – noon.  Head to a Home Depot near you to learn how to build a pair of bookends with sports or flowers stickers! This FREE hands-on workshop is designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin, while supplies last. 
  3. Celebration of Urban Birds – Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the Austin Nature & Science Center for a celebration of urban birds with FREE activities for the entire family, including live bird demonstrations, expert lectures, kids’ bird drawing, hands-on crafts and activities, a bird scavenger hunt and more! Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive, Austin.
  4. Explore UT – Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Families are invited to attend the annual open house at the University of Texas at Austin, to take part in science and engineering experiments, plus art, history, communication, business, law, and other activities–nearly 400 in all–and expand their horizons about college and careers. Explore UT is FREE and open to everyone. Activities are designed for all students K-12, including Gifted and Talented, STEM, AVID, and CIS. No registration for individuals is required. Just go to the activities of your choice! Click here for the Schedule of Activities. Plus, enjoy FREE admission to the following museums thanks to Explore UT:
    • Texas Memorial Museum – Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be special activities for kids to enjoy starting at 11 a.m. Create your own science inspired arts and crafts; bring your fossil finds to the Paleo Lab for identification by a paleontologist; learn about the science of paleontology, and how fossils are important for our understanding of biodiversity and environmental change. Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity Street, Austin.
    • Blanton Museum of Art – Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the Museum’s new exhibitions and educational art activities for FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (at MLK and Congress), Austin.
    • LBJ Presidential Library – Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. Watch a Pollyanna Theater Company performance of Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! from 11–11:40 a.m. in the LBJ Auditorium. LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River Street, Austin.
  5. 1st Anniversary of Cross Plants and Produce (Kyle) – Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy cake at 11 a.m. and a Central Texas Disc Dogs demo at 11:30 a.m. During the entirety of the event, customers can go inside the store to sample almost everything you could eat from Cross Plants and Produce (coffee, milk, cream cheese, cheeses from grass fed cows, local veggies, local raw honey, etc.) and kids can make a biodegradable plant pot and plant a seed to take home. There will also be a face painter! Cross Plants and Produce, 705 N Old Highway 81, Kyle.
  6. Holi – Saturday, March 7, from 2-8 p.m. Celebrate the Festival of Colors, organized by Barsana Dham, with delicious delicacies of India, game booths, prizes, petting zoo, inflatables, cultural dances, Holi Leela performance, Holi bonfire (7 p.m.) and more! FREE! Ticket purchase ($1 per ticket) is required for some activities. Radha Madhav Dham, 400 Barsana Road, Austin.
  7. Cinematic Symphony: Star Trek! – Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. Boldly go (musically) where no man has gone before—performing all your favorite Star Trek music, including “Wrath of Khan,” “Into Darkness,” “Amok Time,” and many more! Join Cinematic Symphony for a FREE concert! Costumes are welcome and encouraged for all ages. There will be photo ops and prizes. Akins Fine Arts Theatre, 10701 S First Street, Austin.
  8. The Groundwork Music Orchestra Kids Show at Cherrywood – Sunday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. The Groundwork Music Orchestra records and performs songs that are part of the Groundwork lesson plan. With guest appearances in and out of the studio, The Groundwork Music Orchestra shares the quality of its classroom content with the community at large. See them perform this Sunday for FREE! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin.
  9. Family Fun Day at The Art Garage: Spring Into Art – Sunday, March 8, from 2-4 p.m. Don’t get pinched! The Art Garage will have FREE green tie-dye! Bring your own (100% cotton) t-shirt to tie-dye. (or buy a shirt for $6). Other free spring crafts will be available and there will be specials in the studio, too! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Austin.
  10. Austin Family Classical Concerts – Sunday, March 8, from 5-6 p.m., “A Bit of Bach” featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, and more! Austin Family Classical Concerts is a concert series featuring local professional classical musicians performing some of their favorite music together. AFCC events are open to everyone, including children of all ages. In fact, it is the perfect first classical music concert experience for young children and babies! There will be a quiet activity for those who may need something to keep hands busy. Concert-goers are always welcome to come up to the stage at the end of the concert to talk with the musicians and see the instruments up close. The AFCC series was created by the musician/mother of a very squirmy, not-very-quiet boy, who wanted to bring her son to concerts without the fear of disrupting the performers and audience. These concerts are designed to give parents a place to “train” their kids to attend classical performances, in a non-judgmental environment. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th Street, Austin.

Bonus event that is worth the drive:

  • Wimberley Market Days – Saturday, March 7, from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wimberley hosts the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state with over 475 booths of everything you can’t live without. Come stroll the tree-shaded paths, listen to live music and shop to your heart’s content. FREE Admission! Directions.
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