Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: September 20 through 22, 2019

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Another wonderful 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.

  1. Southwestern University Musicale (Georgetown)
    Friday, September 20 | from 3 to 5 p.m. | Southwestern University’s Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, Alma Thomas Theater, East Rutersville Road, Georgetown

    The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works. Free and Open to the Public. No ticket reservation needed. Box Office: (512) 863- 1378. 
  2. X-Men Dark Phoenix Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, September 20 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 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. Donations can be made via donation bucket at the venue.
  3. Dog Day – Southern Heights Brewing Company
    Saturday, September 21 | from 12 to 10 p.m. | Southern Heights Brewing Company, 6014 Techni Center Drive, Suite 2-101

    Caricaturist will be starting at 3pm. He’ll be drawing til at least 5pm. Come early to be sure you get drawn with your pup. Ted’s Farm & Southern Heights teamed up on creating spent grain & smoked brisket dog treats. Ted’s will also be giving out free dog scarves. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. As well as serving fancied up hot dogs. Dog Art will be displayed by Eric Miller.
  4. Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Fair
    Saturday, September 21 | from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales Street

    Community fair with 25 organizations providing information. Featuring live music, presentations for families. crafts and refreshments. It will be held at the Parque Zaragosa Recreation Center.
  5. Texas Bamboo Festival and International Day of Peace
    Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22 | from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Zilker Botanical Garden
    , 2220 Barton Springs Road
    Celebrate the 26th Annual Texas Bamboo Festival and the International Day of Peace at Zilker Botanical Garden. The bamboo festival brings bamboo enthusiasts together to share their passion & love of living and working with bamboo! Talk to bamboo experts and learn about growing, controlling, grooming & explore different ways to use bamboo. Free with paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden. Prices here.
  6. Rocketman Free Outdoor Screening
    Saturday, September 21 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 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. Donations can be made via donation bucket at the venue.
  7. Hill Country Galleria Concert Series
    Saturday, September 21
    | 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. 
  8. Austin Museum Day
    Sunday, September 22 | all day | various locations

    Enjoy free access to exhibits and activities at Austin-area museums. Click here for all participating locations. Access our calendar for more highlighted events.
  9. Portraiture in the Park
    Sunday, September 22 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th Street

    Who are you, and how do you tell people? Why do kids draw themselves how they do? What decisions do they make? Do they use props? Come explore the many, many ways to produce portraits–and self-portraits!–using crayons, paint, clay, words, rocks, music, pieces of metal, trash, even data! The Elisabet Ney Museum celebrates Elisabet’s work, and one of her most famous pieces is her own self-portrait! Part of Austin Museum Day, the event is free and will bring all sorts of artists and activities together to help folks playfully find themselves in art! As usual, there will be food trucks, music, and other activities as well.
  10. Identification Day
    Sunday, September 22 | from 1 to 5 p.m. | Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity Street

    Are you curious about a fossil or other natural object you have found? If so, bring your discoveries to Texas Memorial Museum on Identification Day! University scientists and experts from Central Texas will be available to identify fossils, bones, rocks, and prehistoric archaeological materials. You don’t have to have an object for identification to chat with our experts. Come and explore the exhibits! This special event is offered in celebration of Austin Museum Day, an annual community-wide re-discovery of museums in and around Austin.

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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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