Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: March 30 – April 1, 2018

Spring has arrived which means the events going on around town keep getting better and better! Here are the top 10 FREE events happening in and around Austin this weekend.


A big thanks to this week’s sponsor, Neill Cochran House. This Sunday, they’re featuring a program titled Getting the Message: The telegraph and the crystal radio. In or around 1900, the Cochran Family had telephone service installed at their house. Austin’s telephone network only required three-digit dialing at the time. In imagining how much their lives changed once they could make a phone call from their home, we can also think about how much our lives are shaped by how easy it is to communicate at a distance using words, images, data, and sound. Their telegraph station will have the ability to communicate by radio, mimicking the advent of radiotelegraphy (wireless telegraph). Will wireless be better than cable? Let’s find out! Learn more about the event here.

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: March 30 – April 1, 2018

  1. Free Easter Photos at Austin ER
    Friday, March 30
    | from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Various Locations
    Visit with the Easter Bunny and get your Easter pictures FREE at Austin ER. Happening at three locations: South Lamar from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Far West from 1 to 3 p.m., and 183 from 4 to 6 p.m. See our calendar listings for location details.
  2. DOCTOR STRANGE Live Magic Show at The Community Cinema at Community First! Village
    Friday, March 30 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
    Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Doctor Strage, complete with a magic show. Get there as early as 6:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
  3. Friday Night Flix
    Friday, March 30 | at 8 p.m. | Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.
    Enjoy beautiful spring evenings at Lone Star Court’s lush lawn pavilion area during the property’s Friday Night Flix series. These screenings of classic movies are free and open to the public and take place on last Friday of each month at 8 p.m. All are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a night out on the lawn. The restaurant on-site, The Water Trough, will also offer happy hour prices all night. The series will kick off with an all-time favorite: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!
  4. Easter Egg Festival
    Saturday, March 31 | from 9:30 to 11 a.m. | Texas State Capitol, West Lawn, Colorado and 12th St.
    First United Methodist Church will host its annual Easter Egg Festival on the Capitol Grounds at Colorado and 12th Street. This event is free and open to the public, so you may bring your friends and non-perishable food donations for Caritas of Austin. Join on the Capitol lawn for face painting, crafts, games, preschool egg hunts and elementary school egg roll races! A visit from the Easter Bunny is a special tradition. Breakfast tacos, hot dogs, and sausage will be available for sale.
  5. Egg-streme Blast (Dripping Springs)
    Saturday, March 31
    | at 10 a.m. | Headwaters, 708 Headwaters Blvd., Dripping Springs 
    Hop on down to Headwaters during the Headwaters’ Farmers Market for an Egg Hunt! BYO Basket Egg Hunt starting at 10 a.m. sharp with 6,000 Easter eggs. Take your photo with the Easter Bunny. Make new friends at the petting zoo and dance to live music. The Headwater’s Farmer’s Market is free and open to the public, so head on over to get a taste of fresh, local produce and the lifestyle at Headwaters. Enjoy live music, delicious food, one-of-a-kind Hill Country views, activities for the kids and much, much more!
  6. Kitten Shower
    Saturday, March 31
    | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop
    Hickory dickory dock, there’s about to be new kittens on the block! Join the Austin Animal Center for a Kitten Shower! Each spring and summer, Austin is flooded with kittens and just like human babies, they need lots of supplies. Help stock the nursery and welcome these fuzzy bundles of joy into the world! Head to the Kitten Shower and bring items you’d like to donate, learn what “kitten season” is all about and how to become a foster for these tiny babies. In exchange they’ll have cookies, fun decorations and, of course… kittens! For their Amazon wish list of the items needed most, click here.
  7. Abloom at Domain NORTHSIDE
    Saturday, March 31 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Domain NORTHSIDE, Rock Rose Ave.
    One of Domain NORTHSIDE’s most beloved events ends on March 31 with a special performance from The Austin Symphony at the NORTHSIDE lawn.  Guests will also be able to enjoy a variety of complimentary activities, sales, and promotions in the community.
  8. Getting the Message: The Telegraph and the Crystal Radio
    Sunday, April 1 | from 1 to 4 p.m. |
    Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St.
    This Sunday, the Neill-Cochran House is featuring a FREE program titled Getting the Message: The telegraph and the crystal radio. In or around 1900, the Cochran Family had telephone service installed at their house. Austin’s telephone network only required three-digit dialing at the time. In imagining how much their lives changed once they could make a phone call from their home, we can also think about how much our lives are shaped by how easy it is to communicate at a distance using words, images, data, and sound. Their telegraph station will have the ability to communicate by radio, mimicking the advent of radiotelegraphy (wireless telegraph). Will wireless be better than cable? Let’s find out! Learn more about the event here.
  9. The Austin Flea at Jester King Brewery
    Sunday, April 1 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Jester King Brewery, 13005 Fitzhugh Rd.
    Join for the first Sundays series of The Austin Flea at one of the city’s most amazing breweries – Jester King Brewery. The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion including jewelry, bath/body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more. Support Local! Entrance to the event is FREE and open to all ages.
  10. Easter Day Deep Peace Meditation
    Sunday, April 1 | from 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Haven House, 11200 Powder Mill Trail
    Experience the deeply calming effects of Yoga Meditation. No need to bring anything. Dress comfortably. Seating is provided (floor chairs and sofas). Refreshments will also be provided. Families with children are welcome! There is never a charge for any of our meditation classes. Donations are gratefully accepted. RSVPs are appreciated! Namaste.

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Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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