Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (October 2-4, 2015)

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  1. Chalk Walk (Round Rock)FridayOctober 2 from 5–10 p.m. and Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Round Rock Chalk Walk is Round Rock Arts’ version of an Italian street painting festival. Artists are free to create, with chalk pastels, a picture on the pavement. Drawings are created in full view of the public, who are encouraged to interact with the artists as their amazing talents to create beautiful “murals” before their audience’s eyes. Entertainment includes FREE theatrical and musical performances. Chalk walk has been moved to Centennial Plaza, a large plaza where all art, booths, and performances are within easy walking distance. There are two parking garages in the area as well, and plenty of on-street parking. FREE! Centennial Plaza, 301 W Bagdad, Round Rock.
  2. Festival de las Artes Latinoamericanas Friday, October 2 from 6:30–9 p.m. and Saturday, October 3, from 12–9 p.m. The Festival de las Artes Latinoamericanas Austin 2015 will bring a multicultural display of Cinematography, Theater, Literature, Music, Folklore, Graphic Arts (paintings and architecture), and gastronomic sampling from several countries, including México, Perú, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and El Salvador. FREE! Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin.
  3. Movie in the Park: Spy Kids – Friday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a FREE movie in the park! Popcorn will be served at 6:30 with the movie beginning at dusk. FREE Parking is available in the McBee Parking Garage along Simond Ave. Movie-goers are welcome to bring picnics and blankets, but please refrain from bringing lawn chairs.  Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin.
  4. Mad Science Maelstrom – Friday, October 2 from 7-9 p.m. Get caught up in a vortex of MAD science experiments, Minecraft, and creeptastic crafts! Recommended for ages 10 and up. FREE! Austin Public Library, Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr., Austin.
  5. Concert in the Park: The Space Rockers (Cedar Park) – Friday, October 2, from 7-10 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets as there will plenty of area available. Food concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.
  6. Texas French Market – SaturdayOctober 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The 175th Anniversary Celebration will have 50+ local arts and crafts vendors on the grounds of Austin’s oldest home. Shop local and support the French Legation Museum. Live music all day, food vendors, children’s activities, and museum tours. Kid and (leashed) pet-friendly. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.
  7. Home Depot Kids’ Workshop: Build a Firetruck – Saturday, October 3, from 9 a.m. – noon. Kids can build a firetruck and take it home for FREE! Recommended for ages 5-12. Registration requested. Participating Home Depot locations.
  8. Saturday Night Concert Series featuring Carson McHone (Bee Cave) – Saturday, October 3 from 7–9 p.m. Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with live music, FREE kids activities, and great shopping. The music begins at 7 p.m. in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. Arrive early to ensure you get a FREE swag bag filled with fun items and discounts from the Hill Country Galleria merchants and sponsors! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.
  9. Free First Sunday at the Bullock Sunday, October 4 from 12-5 p.m. 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. Special family programs from 12-3 p.m. combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities. It’s the favorite sport of millions of Texans. Discover even more about football through hands-on activities and art-making. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Avenue, Austin.
  10. Piñata Making Workshop – Sunday, October 4 from 1-4 p.m. Using papier-mâché, Mexic-Arte Museum educators will guide the public in the creation of sugar skull piñatas, inspired by the tradition of Calaveras (“skulls”) in Dia de los Muertos, which have been used in Mexico since the 17th Century. During the workshops, artisan Sergio Lejarazu will build a grand sugar skull float to be featured in the Viva la Vida parade. All artwork can be used alongside the sculpture in the Viva la Vida parade, as exhibited in the Piñata Graveyard on festival grounds. Participation is FREE and open to the public. Materials will be provided. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin.

Bonus shopportunties:

  • Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment Event (Round Rock) – Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4. Check here for the schedule. Rhea Lana’s event is families re-selling high quality children’s clothing, toys, furniture, baby equipment, maternity clothing, video game systems, books, DVDs, nursing items, sporting equipment, and more. Admission is FREE. Round Rock Christian Church, 22 Chalice Way, Round Rock.
  • Twice Loved Children’s Consignment Sale – Saturday, October 3 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join Austin Mothers of Multiples (AMOM) to find great deals on everything you need from maternity to high school.  Top quality kids clothing infant to size 16, gear, toys, books, feeding and bathing essentials, bikes, furniture, decor, maternity and more.  All proceeds from the sale support AMOM, a 501(c)(3) non-profit support group for Central Texas parents, expectant parents and guardians of multiples, as well as their amazing non-profit partners benefitting families of all kinds in the Austin area. Admission is $3 from 7-8 a.m. (with FREE coffee); $1 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Use this coupon to get $1 off admission (making admission after 8 a.m. FREE). Austin Sports Center, 425 Woodward St., Austin.

More fun beyond Austin:

  • Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls) – Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 4 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission and parking are FREE; activities have a fee. Cash or check only. Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with corn mazes, a Berry Bounce, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, train rides, ice cream, and lots more. Directions. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.
  • Cross Plants and Produce Storytime (Kyle) – Friday, October 2 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, October 3 at 2 p.m. Stop by the Cross Plant and Produce Pumpkin Patch for storytime! Enjoy some pumpkin stories and then paint some pumpkins, color, and play! Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic and don’t forget your cameras for taking adorable photos of your cuties at the patch! Story time, play and coloring are FREE! $5 for paint-a-pumpkin. 705 North Old Highway 81, Kyle.
  • Wimberley Market Days (Wimberley) – Saturday, October 3 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. Shop more than 475 booths, stroll along tree-shaded paths, and listen to live music! Admission is FREE; bring cash for parking. Directions.
  • Pfamily Pfestival & EXPO (Pflugerville) – Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce hosts its 17th Annual FREE Pfamily Pfestival & EXPO. Door Prizes, Children’s Activities, Merchant Booths, Performers, Public Safety & Pet Adoptions. Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville, 18500 N SH 130 SVRD SB,  Pflugerville.
  • Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt (Elgin) – Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, October 4 from 1–5 p.m. The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt, includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. Pumpkin hunt, maze, firetruck ride, train ride, face painting and more. FREE admission; activities and games cost $2.50 – $5 each. Directions. Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin.
  • Robinson Family Farm (Temple) – Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 from 10 a.m – 6 p.m. Here you will find various games and activities for those of all ages which include: hay rides, duck races, kiddie train, corn maze, hay maze, bounce houses, bean bag toss, football throw, ring toss and pumpkin sand art.  They also offer free activities like horseshoes, corn hole, ladder golf, a corn pit and a large playground  for your little ones to play. Individual and/or family photo mini sessions are available to capture your memories to last a lifetime with many photo sites to explore. Admission is FREE. Tickets for activities cost $1 each. Unlimited fun wristband for $10 (children 3 and under can play FREE with the purchase of an adult wristband).  3780 White Owl Lane, Temple.
  • Silo Christmas Tree Farm (Temple) – Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Here you will find snow cones, train rides, maze, hay rides, bounce house, pumpkin painting, and pony rides. Pumpkins and treats are for sale. You can even make your own scarecrow! FREE, but a canned food or monetary donation for Helping Hands Ministry is appreciated. Activity tickets are $1 (activities require 2-6 tickets). 7617 McGregor Park Rd, Temple.

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