Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: May 3-5, 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.

Weekend Top 10 FREE Austin Events: May 3-5, 2019

  1. KUTX Rock the Park
    Friday, May 3 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
    Mueller and KUTX are excited to rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park again this year with another round of free, family-friendly concerts curated by KUTX and our Sunday-evening kids’ show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. Come a little early to grab your spot on the lawn (blankets are cool, but chairs aren’t) and grab your dinner from a food truck. We’ll have rock-and-roll face-painting for the kids by Faces By Juliet (no charge, but tips for the painters are welcomed.) We’ll also have coloring for the kids at the Mueller tent (where you can enter our #colorKUTX Instagram giveaway), additional activities from our sponsors, and cold beverages for the grown-ups.
  2. Aquaman Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, May 3 | from 7:30 to 10:30 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. They’ll be welcoming Austin’s Office of Police Oversight (ATX Police Oversight) as our Community Partners on this event. They’re excited to share about their mission with you all before the film begins. 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.
  3. Violet Crown Festival
    Saturday, May 4 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Brentwood Park, 6710 Arroyo Seco, access from Yates
    Springtime means the Violet Crown Festival is on the horizon! This art-filled festival is literally a walk in the park, with plenty of stops for music, food, shopping, and tons of free kids’ activities. Admission is free.
  4. Pecan Street Festival
    Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5 | from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday & 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday | Downtown Austin, 6th Street
    Featuring 300 artisan vendors, 30 food concessions, 50 bands on (3) stages, family friendly rides section and street performers, the Pecan Street Festival is the largest FREE arts / crafts Festival in Central Texas.
  5. Rolling Roadshow presents THE LAST JEDI on Star Wars Day
    Saturday, May 4 | from 6:30 to 10 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
    Rolling Road Show is putting on a free event for all you beautiful nerf herders out there (we’d never call you “scruffy-looking”) to celebrate that most holy of holidays: Star Wars Day. And what better way to do it than with THE LAST JEDI, the latest chapter in the Skywalker saga that broke all the rules and launched the series into uncharted territory. So hop in your speeder and cruise on over to Republic Square on May the 4th, where we’ll have food trucks and cash bars set up for you. It’ll sort of be like the cantina on Tatooine, only it’ll be outdoors, way cleaner, and no one’s arms will get chopped off. This event is free but bring a chair or blanket to sit on. They’ll have some of Austin’s favorite food trucks and cash bars onsite for everyone to enjoy. No outside alcohol.  The screening will start at dark (around 8 p.m.) but come out early to enjoy Republic Square, food trucks, and pre-show activities!
  6. Public Open House Fiesta!
    Saturday, May 4 | from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Palm Elementary School, 7601 Dixie Dr.
    Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 4! The City of Austin Corridor Mobility Program is hosting a fiesta-themed Public Open House from 11am-1pm at Palm Elementary. Join us for a family-friendly event to learn more about the mobility, safety, and connectivity improvements coming to William Cannon Drive and Slaughter Lane. This event is free and open to the public. Families will have the opportunity to enjoy free food, face painting for the kids, and music performed by Crockett High School’s Mariachi de Oro!
  7. Lone Star Saber Academy – May the 4th Presentation (Round Rock)
    Saturday, May 4 | from 4 to 5:30 p.m. | Main Street Plaza, 221 East Main St., Round Rock
    Lone Star Saber Academy will “take the stage” at Main Street Plaza in Round Rock across from the Library between 4pm and 530 p.m. They will be doing brief demos, and teaching anyone (ages 7 and up) in the area who is interested in learning stage saber combat and learning about what we do for the community. Come learn or test your skills against our Knights. Costumes are encouraged. Sabers will be provided.
  8.  H-E-B Free First Sunday
    Sunday, May 5 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
    Celebrate the colorful season of spring with free creative activities! Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state.
  9.  Start Up Kids Market
    Sunday, May 5 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
    Come out and support Austin’s young entrepreneurs at the Start-Up Kid’s Market, where students from across the city will be debuting their businesses! With a wide assortment of booths, you won’t leave empty handed. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful things our future leaders are capable of. So come support small business and enjoy music, food, and family fun. Parking will be available on site. And yes—your favorite four legged friends are welcome. For additional information, please email [email protected] Rain or Shine. This event is free and open to the public. Entrepreneurs are charge a small fee for space rental.
  10. Let’s Go On Safari
    Sunday, May 5 | from 2 to 5 p.m. | Bookpeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd.
    What happens when Austin native Kate Gilman Williams , an 8-year-old girl, meets Michelle Campbell, a professional guide, while on safari in South Africa? They turn cross-continental emails into a book about their real-life experience, encouraging a young generation to advocate for animals! Both authors will be present to sign and discuss the book.

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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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