Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.
Happening All Week
Free Admission to the UMLAUF – Tuesday, August 29 – Thursday, August 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thanks to generous donors from Amplify Austin, admission is FREE through August 31, 2017. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.
Kids Bowl FREE at Punch Bowl Social – Monday, August 28 – Wednesday, August 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Includes one hour of FREE bowling and FREE shoe rental. Must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are recommended. Call (512) 368-9070 for reservations and to check for special event closures. Punch Bowl Social, 11310 Domain Dr, Austin.
Baby Bloomers: Animal Adventures – Monday, August 28 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Lions and tigers and bears—oh my! Embark on an animal adventure with sensory activities and hands-on activities that will make your little one want to ROAR. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore and grow. Austin Humane Society and Music Together Music Forever will join the fun, too. Cost: Members $3 each / Non-Members $5 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Armstrong Community Music School – Monday, August 28 at 12:30 p.m. Children ages 0 – 5 will love this interactive music class, presented by Armstrong Community Music School. Music-making brings children and caregivers together in a fun, creative environment and encourages bonding, brain development, and language acquisition. Sing, dance, and play! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Big Mega Workout (Ages 12+) – Monday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. Attention all boot campers! Leave your weights at home and join Austinites from all over town for a fierce workout utilizing the grounds and architecture of the Long Center. All you need is a mat (or towel), some water, and yourself. If you’ve driven by the Long Center during the week, you’ve probably seen Camp Gladiator members running, jumping, and getting in shape against the best view in Austin. Now is your opportunity to join in on the fun! Ages 12+ only, please. Open to the public and FREE! The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin. Update: rescheduled due to weather.
Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. Guests to this pajama-friendly reading activity will enjoy a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and sometimes a short film or app for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Heartsong Music Together Demo Classes (RSVP) – Tuesday, August 29. Times and locations vary. Support your child’s development with Music Together. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend a free demo class to experience this rich, research-based music and movement program. You will connect with your child, meet new friends, and learn fun ways to support your child’s development with music. View full demo class schedule and reserve your child’s FREE spot here.
Kids Club – Tuesday, August 29 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Heartsong Music Storytime – Tuesday, August 29 at 10:30 a.m. Heartsong Music will be leading a music lesson for kids ages 0-5. Heartsong Music’s mission is to teach music techniques to children from the earliest age to coax children’s inherent music ability as well as encourage their cognitive development. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Family Night: Painting with Natural Paintbrushes – Tuesday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m. Using locally gathered ashe juniper (aka cedar) branches, create an abstract painting and at the same time learn about this amazing and much maligned tree. Our endangered Golden Cheeked Warblers depend on them for nesting material. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Exhibit Opening: Austin at Mid-Century w/Special Night Crafters and Pop-Up Library (Ages 17+)– Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. The Austin History Center staff has cataloged about 50,000 negatives from the Dewey Mears Photograph Archive documenting Central Texas architecture, businesses, people, and events from the 1940s through 1990s. Donated by Mears’ family to the AHC in 2014, the collection has remained completely inaccessible to researchers until now. To celebrate the completion of the grant, the AHC is mounting an exhibit, Austin at Mid-Century: Photographs by Dewey Mears. On display through January 14, the exhibit will showcase more than 20 images illustrating mid-century modern architecture and lifestyle in Austin. You are invited to the informal opening reception. The reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. APL Night Crafters are co-hosting the reception and will teach visitors how to make their own mid-century inspired mobile. Librarians from APL’s pop-up library will have books on mid-century modern art and architecture available to check out. Adults only, please. FREE! Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Kids Club – Wednesday, August 30 at 9:30 a.m. Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Wednesday, August 30 at 9:30 a.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome!) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. FREE with RSVP. The Little Yoga House, 2700 Anderson Lane, Suite 229, Austin.
Modern First Library Storytime – Wednesday, August 30 at 10:30 a.m. The Modern First Library honors books that reflect the diverse society of the 21st century and this storytime celebrates this wonderful initiative. BookPeople will be reading Wemberly Worried, Toot and Puddle, and other titles that help build a thoughtful library. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Heartsong Music – Wednesday, August 30 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your children from birth through age seven for music, movement, and fun with Heartsong Music. Grouping children of a variety of ages fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, and chanting. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, August 30 from 4-8:00 p.m. Make and do together at Community Night. Every Wednesday, The Thinkery stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Enjoy the exhibits and educational programs facilitated by staff. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Discovery! Painting with Natural Paintbrushes – Wednesday, August 30 at 4:30 p.m. Using locally gathered ash juniper (aka cedar) branches, create an abstract painting and at the same time learn about this amazing and much maligned tree. Our endangered Golden Cheeked Warblers depend on them for nesting material. Recommended for ages 5+. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, August 30 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear performances from Rachel Reese and Bob Livingston. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock) – Wednesday, August 30 at 7:05 p.m. Help Strike Out Hunger with the Capital Area Food Bank by bringing two H-E-B branded canned goods in exchange for a FREE lawn ticket to watch the Express take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.
Yoga on the Plaza – Wednesday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. @stretchyogastudio and @wholefoods are partnering to bring you yoga on the rooftop at the Whole Foods North Lamar location. Decompress from your work day with a fun and detoxifying flow. Please bring your own yoga mat. No registration required. FREE! Whole Foods Lamar, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Hola Hola Spanish Camp – Thursday, August 31 at 10:30 a.m. ¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp for All Ages is designed to empower parents to read simple Spanish books at home and foster a love of Spanish language and Hispanic culture through singing, traditional circle games, rhythm instruments, puppets, and stories. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate. All skill levels are welcome. Arrive early or stay after class to enjoy the beautiful playground and picnic area just outside the door and make new amigos. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, August 31 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Broadway tunes from Brianna Smith & Nathan Quiring. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
LEGO Lab – Thursday, August 31 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Thursday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, August 31 at 8:00 p.m. Experience Austin’s longest-running FREE live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Radio Control Airshow – The 2017 “Big Bird” – Friday, September 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join the Austin Radio Control Association for their final and biggest airshow of the year. Pilots will be onsite with some of the most incredible scale radio control airplanes that you will ever see with wingspans ranging from 6-10 feet and beyond. WWI biplanes, massive scale WWII fighters and bombers flying in formation, giant bush planes being lazy in the air, breathtaking aerobatic aircraft, and sleek, modern civilian scale models will all be tearing up the skies. Family friendly and FREE! Austin Radio Control Association – Lester Field, 8705 Lindell Ln, Austin.
Heartsong Music Together Babies Demo Classes (RSVP) – Friday, September 1 at noon. Support your baby’s development with Music Together. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend a free demo class to experience this rich, research-based music and movement program. You will connect with your baby, meet new friends, and learn fun ways to support your baby’s development with music. View full demo class schedule and reserve your child’s FREE spot here. Heartsong Music, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.
LEGO Lab – Friday, September 1 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.
Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival (Kyle) – Friday, September 1 from 6-10:30 p.m.Don’t miss the premiere hot air balloon festival in central Texas! Over 25 hot air balloons will illuminate the sky on Friday and Saturday evenings and will float over the Kyle sky Saturday morning. An “All Things Pie” tent including a pie baking contest, pie eating contest, pie baking demonstration, and more will solidify Kyle’s claim to fame as the “Pie Capital of Texas.” You’ll also be able to enjoy a kid zone, vendors, live music, and other entertainment to make this festival weekend complete. Adults are $5, children under 7 are FREE. Weekend passes are available. Purchase tickets here. Lake Kyle, 700 Lehman Rd, Kyle.
in.gredients Block Party! – Friday, September 1 from 6-9:00 p.m. Summer’s finally winding down… Join in.gredients in welcoming in the fall season at their September Block Party! Batty Jr. will be performing their eclectic tunes, and there will be samples from awesome vendors like Boulanger Fermentations, All We Need Farms, Texas Coffee Traders and the Austin Winery! 1% of the proceeds from the day will go to Workers Defense Project. Show your support for this awesome organization while enjoying some live music, local food and craft beer! Admission and samples are FREE! Additional food and beverages available to purchase. in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.
Community Cinema: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – Friday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of the animated version of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a family favorite on the big screen. Plus, stop by the Community Market to check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that Community First! residents make in the various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Candy, popcorn, water, and sodas will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.
Movies in the Park: Moana (Cedar Park) – Friday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m.Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars. Concessions will not be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.
Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.