Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: September 14-16, 2018

Another fantastic weekend is here, and there are so many great things to do in and around Austin. Here are the top 10 FREE events happening this weekend.

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: September 14-16, 2018

  1. Friday Movie Matinee
    Friday, September 14 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
    Friday Movie Matinee free screening of Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Long Haul (PG). Free and open to the public.
  2. Princess Bride Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, September 14 | from 9 p.m. to 12 a.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 screeningGet there early 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. Perler Bead Saturdays
    Saturday, September 15 | from 12 to 4 p.m.| University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
    At this program you’ll use Perler Beads to create mosaics and designs that can be transformed into pop art, pictures, coasters, magnets, and more. We will also have LED lights, batteries and copper tape available to make your Perler Bead project LIGHT UP!  With a little bit of creativity, patience, and a regular household iron, Perler Beads are a fun way to get creative. They’ll supply the beads and iron, you bring your patience for placing tiny beads on a template! All ages welcome.
  4. Third Annual Arts Kaleidoscope
    Saturday, September 15 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | El Centro de Familia at Southwest Key Programs, 6002 Jain Ln.
    This is a FREE event for the entire community filled with food, fun, and familia. There will be performances, food, arts and crafts.
  5. Hill Country Galleria Hosts Bicycles, Blues & Brews (Bee Cave)
    Saturday, September 15 | from 2 to 7 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria Central Plaza, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave
    Hill Country Galleria is teaming up with the City of Bee Caves Parks & Recreation to host the first ever Bicycles, Blues & Brews event, in celebration of the city’s initiative to create hike and bike trails connecting residential neighborhoods to retailers. Guests can sing along to the blues as they enjoy beer tastings from local breweries and learn about bicycle safety, watch demos and rent bikes courtesy of Bicycle Sport Shop. Bicycle Sport Shop will be giving test rides on their electric bikes and doing a giveaway for a chance to win a bike valued at $450. Austin Bike Zoo will also be offering their butterfly bikes for rides, Pop’topia will be selling popsicles and there will be free face painting for family-friendly fun. The event starts in the Central Plaza at 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. and the blues continues with the Galleria’s Saturday Night Concert Series, happening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a performance by Guy Forsyth Blues Band.
  6. Family Movie: The Pirate Fairy
    Saturday, September 15 | at 2 p.m. | Yarborough Branch Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr.
    Join for an afternoon showing of The Pirate Fairy (2014). The film is rated G and is recommended for ages 5 and up.
  7. Viva Mexico! A Concert Remembering Anthony Ortiz
    Saturday, September 15 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.
    Celebrate family, art, culture, and the musical legacy of the Ortiz Family. Unveiling of the Caminos Saltillo Plaza Mural by master muralist, a mariachi singer, young accordionist, food truck and more. This event coincides with the eve of Mexican Independence Day and is followed by an opening reception in the Sam Z Coronado Gallery!
  8. PBS: Odd Squad ($1-$5)
    Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16 | at 10:30 a.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich St.
    Some very odd things are happening at the Alamo Drafthouse in September, and only the ODD SQUAD can figure it out! Join PBS KIDS favorite Mrs. O and the other Odd Squad Agents as they use math and reasoning skills to get to the bottom of some very strange cases. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-$5, with all ticket sales benefitting local PBS station KLRU. Simply select “Edit Order” in the check out process to choose your ticket amount. This is an all-ages show with Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. Lights will stay a little brighter and the sound will be turned down during the show.
  9. Platform Nine and Teen Quarters
    Sunday, September 16 | from 2 to 3:30 p.m. | Austin Public Library, Central Library Teen Lounge (Third Floor), 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
    Make magic with fellow teen Harry Potterfans! Once a month, teens discuss the latest news from J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Bring an item from your own Potter collection to share with everyone and experience a new activity every month, from games to trivia to crafts and more! This program is reserved for teens aged 13-18.
  10. Waterloo In Store Performance – Mandy Rowden
    Sunday, September 16 | from 5 to 6:30 p.m. | Waterloo Records, 600 N. Lamar Blvd.
    Mandy Rowden has been voted in the Top Ten Musicians of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll and tours the U.S. regularly. Celebrate the vinyl release of  her award-nominated ‘When That Day Comes’ from Howlin’ Dog Records at legendary Waterloo Records! Free beer provided by Shiner Bock. Bring the whole family and get your copy on vinyl or CD.

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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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