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Another wonderful Austin weekend is here, and there are so many great things to do in and around town. Here are the top 10 FREE Austin events happening this weekend.
- Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Fest
Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5 | from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday | Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock
The Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Festival is Round Rock area’s largest and most prestigious (and the most fun, in our estimation) festival, attracting over 40,000 people annually to this free event on the first weekend of October. Hosted by the City of Round Rock Arts and Culture, Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Festival is a celebration of the arts, with highlight being visual artists creating beautiful sidewalk murals. Strolling the Chalk Walk affords you the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists who created these temporary pavement masterpieces. Beyond visual arts, the festival is also host to a handpicked roster of vendors, sponsors, local and regional musicians, theatrical performances, foods and drinks, and a children’s creative area with performances by children from a variety of local organizations, including the Round Rock ISD and the School of Rock. The daily live entertainment will also include Friday and Saturday night headliner concerts (announcements forthcoming), all of which will make for a perfect weekend at Dell Diamond!
- Movies at Lake Park
Friday, October 4 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Boulevard
Join in October for two free, family-friendly events taking place at Mueller’s outdoor amphitheater. The October 4 movie is The Lego Movie.
- Men In Black International Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, October 4 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Road
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. We encourage you to support our Community Grille rather than bringing outside food and drinks.
Guided tours of the Village are offered at most public Community Cinema events and will take place between listed event start time and prior to start of the film.
- Blair Woods Family Nature Day
Saturday, October 5 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Blair Woods Sanctuary, 5401 East MLK Jr. Boulevard
Join Travis Audubon for a morning of educational activities at Blair Woods Sanctuary, a natural oasis in east Austin! Snacks and water will be provided. Activities will include guided walks and nature crafts led by our awesome volunteers. Starting at 11:30, we will have a presentation by our friends at Austin Bat Refuge, who will have live bats and discuss their importance in nature! This event is free and open to the public.
- Boo the Flu and Travis Rebel Expo
Saturday, October 5 | from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Travis Early College High School, 1211 East Oltorf
Join us for a showcase, health, wellness, and family fun event! Free flu shots and blood pressure checks, vision screenings, games and crafts, free consultations with immigration, family and accident attorneys, prizes and surprises, free community services from over 50 organizations, hiring information from a variety of career options, free food and drinks.
- Spanish Cinema Saturdays
Saturday, October 5 | from 3 to 5 p.m. | Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove Boulevard
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with a different film each week. Whether presented in Spanish or English, these movie titles will have subtitles and have actors, directors, or plots with Latino roots. Tortilla Soup (PG-13): A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life. English with Spanish Subtitles.
Celebre el mes de la herencia hispana con una película diferente cada semana. Aunque presentada en español o en inglés, estas películas tendrán subtítulos, actores, directores, o tramas con raíces Latinas.
Tortilla Soup: Un maestro de cocina mexicano-estadounidense y padre de tres hijas ha perdido su gusto por la comida, pero no por la vida. En Inglés con Subtítulos en Español.
- Live at the Hive
Saturday, October 5 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road
The Hive will be buzzing, thanks to Jose Pasco Pagaina. Free live family friendly tunes start at 6pm, with $3 mimosas all day. Bring the kids and let them buzz around our beautiful, gated, playscapes. Don’t miss out on the fun, and bee sure to buzz on by The Hive, live music EVERY Saturday!
- Hill Country Galleria Concert Series
Saturday, October 5 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Boulevard
Hill Country Galleria, premier lifestyle center located west of downtown Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, is excited to announce the return of its Saturday Night Concert Series. Kicking off on September 14 with The Peterson Brothers, this music series will be hosted by Austin City Limits Radio and features local favorites such as Charlie Mars, Bob Schneider, and Fastball, and Guy Forsyth and Jeska Bailey Band. The concerts take place in the Central Plaza and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show. Admission is free and dogs are welcome.
- Landmarks Dog Walks
Sunday, October 6| from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Monochrome for Austin – Corner of 24th and Speedway, 100 East 24th Street
Fetch your pooch and come to campus for the fifth annual Landmarks Dog Walk! Landmarks has partnered with Blue Dog Rescue and Austin Pets Alive! to present a docent-led public art dog walk. Dogs and owners will take a leisurely one-hour stroll around The University of Texas at Austin to appreciate some of its most stunning works of outdoor sculpture. Bring your dog, a leash, and plenty of waste bags to Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin on the corner of 24th and Speedway at 11 a.m. on Sunday, 6 October. Don’t have a four-legged friend? We will have some eligible canines looking for art-friendly homes!
- H-E-B Free First Sundays
Sunday, October 6| from 12 to 5 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue
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.
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