Wondering what’s up around Austin this week? Here are some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar. Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.
Happening All Week
Texas Community Music Festival – Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. The eleventh annual TCMF will feature Texas’s most diverse lineup of musical performers presented this year. Ranging in size from single performers to ensembles of 70 pieces or more, and running the musical gamut from classical to rock to jazz to world beat and everything in between, TCMF11 truly has something for everybody’s musical taste. View full lineup here. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – Monday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back with his popular kids music class. Sing along to old favorites and Mr. Will originals. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.
Recycling Truck Visits Preschool Story Time – Monday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. Learn about recycling at this special story time. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Monday, April 18 at 2:30 p.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.
Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. This pajama-friendly reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, April 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. Sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories for you too. Perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. This program is a partnership with The Signing Connection. Best enjoyed by children ages 1-6 and their caregivers. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, April 19 at 11:15 a.m. This special storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Free Play Gaming – Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy free play gaming using one of the library’s new video game consoles including the PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360 and more. Smash Bros., MarioParty, FIFA, Rocket League are just a few of the games offered. Come make some new friends and enjoy collaborative and competitive gaming at your library. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Movie Matinee: Hotel Transylvania – Tuesday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.
PJ Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Tuesday, April 19 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, then snuggle in for bedtime stories. Bring a furry friend to PJ Story Time (or anytime on April 19th), then tuck them in and say good night. Your friend will have a sleepover at the library. Pick up your stuffed animal the next day before 6pm to find out about its night at the library. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Art Smart: Draw Chibi Art – Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Expand your imagination and artistic creativity in a side-by-side artistic experience for child and parent. Referencing book illustrations, you’ll explore art. All materials provided. For ages 5+ provided. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.
Astronomy on Tap – Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Three awesome talks are lined up: the return of Dr. Steven Finkelstein on the future of telescopes in space, Rebecca Larson on the birth of stars seen in the infrared (featuring the Herschel Space Observatory), and biologists Blake Rolland and Eric Cuellar on terraforming planets for human colonization. Also, Astronomy in the News, trivia, and some brand new giveaways. All ages welcome. FREE! The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin.
Kids Club with Kiely – Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck. Friends from Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will read stories and introduce some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, April 20 from 4-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, April 20 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.
Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, April 20 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Latin at Heart and Stephanie Urbina Jones perform. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Music on Main Street (Round Rock) – Wednesday, April 20 from 6-8:00 p.m. Lady Be Good plays Western Swing and Jazz. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. Food vendors will be on site. FREE! Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.
Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, April 20 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Every Wednesday night while UT is in session, the astronomy department sponsors FREE public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. All ages are welcome, but younger children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.
Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.
Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Sensory Storytime – Thursday, April 21 at 11:15 a.m. This special storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, April 21 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to catch the premiere of Lady Bird Johnson, The Opera. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Llama’s Lúcuma Ice Cream Demo – Thursday, April 21 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. and 5-7:00 p.m. Llama’s Food Trailer (Peruvian Creole) is teaming up with Thom’s Market Riverside for the very first in-store demo of their locally made Lúcuma ice cream. Stop by Thom’s for FREE samples of Lúcuma, Lúcuma with caramel swirl, and Lúcuma with dark chocolate flakes. Thom’s Market Riverside, 160 E Riverside Dr, Austin.
Free Play Gaming – Thursday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy free play gaming using one of the library’s new video game consoles including the PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360 and more. Smash Bros., MarioParty, FIFA, Rocket League are just a few of the games offered. Come make some new friends and enjoy collaborative and competitive gaming at your library. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Book Circle: Straws and Connectors and Games – Thursday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. Settle in for a story or two and some hands-on activities. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.
Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Super Science. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, April 21 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Classic Pop by Brian Kremer. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Unplugged at the Grove: Ian Moore – Thursday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. Join KGSR every Thursday for 24 consecutive weeks at the iconic Shady Grove for one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. All ages welcome. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Movies in the Park: Wall-E – Thursday, April 21 at 8:25 p.m. Movies in the Park is a series of films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Lyft. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and a picnic dinner!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. Rated G. FREE! Wooldridge Park, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin. Due to weather, this showing is rescheduled for May 19.
Wild Basin Earth Day Celebration – Friday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. All day long, stop by the the visitor center before hiking the trails for a photo booth, FREE giveaways, and a kid-friendly scavenger hunt. FREE! Wild Basin Creative Research Center, 805 N Capital of Texas Highway, Austin.
A Day For Children – Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. Circle round the globe with multi-cultural songs and stories from Mexico, Brazil, Africa, Hawaii, and the Native American Northwest and Southwest. This interactive presentation features a folktale book display, colorful costumed storytelling, flannels, song, drumming, rhythm clap, dance movement, a short shadow show, and is followed by easy ethnic pattern hand art. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.
Downtown Street Fair – Friday, April 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join the Downtown Austin Alliance every Friday through June 3 for a festival including food vendors, retailers, entertainers, artists, and more. FREE! 9th and Congress, Austin.
Llama’s Lúcuma Ice Cream Demo – Friday, April 22 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. and 5-7:00 p.m. Llama’s Food Trailer (Peruvian Creole) is teaming up with Thom’s Market Riverside for the very first in-store demo of their locally made Lúcuma ice cream. Stop by Thom’s for FREE samples of Lúcuma, Lúcuma with caramel swirl, and Lúcuma with dark chocolate flakes. Thom’s Market Riverside, 160 E Riverside Dr, Austin.
Blue October In-Store Performance – Friday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Hot Science – Cool Talks: How a Salamander Saved a City – Friday, April 22 from 5:45-8:15 p.m. How are endangered species discovered? How can they save a city? Dr. David Hillis, Professor of Integrative Biology at UT-Austin, will share the history and politics of how the Barton Springs salamander was discovered and recognized as an endangered species. A Community Science Fair precedes Dr. Hillis’s presentation. FREE! Welch Hall (UT-Austin campus), 105 E 24th St, Austin.
Golden Afternoon: Public Art Dedication & Celebration – Friday, April 22 from 6-8:00 p.m. Golden Afternoon, a responsive art installation inspired by Texas wildflowers and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was recently installed in the Seaholm neighborhood. Austin Art in Public Places is hosting a slightly mad Tea Party to celebrate. Enjoy tea and cookies with the artists, Rick Lin and Shagun Singh, and learn more about this exciting new public artwork. Pick up your own packet of Texas wildflower seeds and Alice in Wonderland activity books, courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center. FREE! Seaholm Plaza, 211 Walter Seaholm Dr, Austin.
Red Poppy Festival (Georgetown) – Friday, April 22 from 6-9:00 p.m. The Red Poppy Festival is a time to enjoy family and friends, music, food, and fun. Arrive early and stay late for family-friendly entertainment, including a Kick-off Concert featuring Dysfunkshun Junkshun. View the full event schedule here. Admission is FREE! Georgetown Square.
Totally Cool Totally Art 20th Anniversary Party – Friday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate 20 years of TCTA. The Dougherty will be full of teen artwork and historical documents, art, video, and photography from the 20 years of this amazing youth program. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. FREE! Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
29th Annual Founders Day Festival (Dripping Springs) – Friday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. With a theme of Destination Drippin’, the festival will kick off with a grand parade. Bring a lawn chair and arrive early to find the perfect spot to view the procession as it meanders through downtown. The event will continue all weekend long with live music and entertainment, street dances, the Mighty Thomas Carnival for kids, cook-off competitions, more than 150 arts and crafts vendors and business booths, tasty BBQ, and traditional fair food. In addition, many non-profit and charitable organizations will be represented. View the full event schedule here. Admission is FREE! Historic Mercer Street, Downtown Dripping Springs.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, April 22 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Americana by Silas Lowe. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Saturday Morning Mashup: The Art of Jeroen Huijbregts – Friday, April 22 from 7-10:00 p.m. Jeroen Huijbregts’ iconic illustrations, paintings, and drawings are inspired by his love of comic books, cartoons, and movies from the ‘70s and ‘80s. The gallery show kicks off with a reception with Huijbregts in attendance. Open to the public, family-friendly, and FREE! Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Movies in the Park: Inside Out (Leander) – Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions will be available for purchase. Rated PG. FREE! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.
Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.