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
Mozart’s Annual Light Show – Monday, December 19 – Friday, December 23. Starts at 6:00 p.m. each evening and replays at the top of every hour until 11:00 p.m. Enjoy dazzling lights set to music. See photos here. FREE! Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin.
FREE Admission to the Mexic-Arte Museum – Monday, December 19 – Thursday, December 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, December 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is FREE for the entire month of December. Read about the upcoming exhibitions. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin.
Dog Storytime – Monday, December 19 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512-327-3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancelations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Crafternoon – Monday, December 19 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Mario Kart 8 Wii U Tournament – Monday, December 19 at 4:00 p.m. Compete in APL’s annual winter gaming tournament. Doors open for sign-ups 30 minutes before each tournament and the first 32 people to sign up will be assured a spot. Controllers will be provided but you may also bring your own. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Night Crafters (17+) – Monday, December 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Kids Club – Tuesday, December 20 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.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, December 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
The Driskill’s 130th Anniversary Celebration – Tuesday, December 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stop by the hotel for a walk down memory lane, partake in historical tours, and enjoy a taste of The Driskill. Bites of the famous Driskill Cinnamon Roll and signature 1886 Chocolate Cake will be available throughout the day, and historical tours of the hotel will take place at the start of every hour. There will also be photo opportunities to cherish the 130th Anniversary and an archivist will be onsite to record guests’ treasured memories from time spent at The Driskill for posterity. FREE! The Driskill, 604 Brazos St, Austin.
Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. Come 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.
Mrs. Claus Visits Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. Mrs. Claus will share her extensive knowledge of American Sign Language during this special storytime best enjoyed by children ages 3-6 and their caregivers. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Meet Santa – Tuesday, December 20 from 1-3:00 p.m. Meet Santa for cookies and hot chocolate. FREE! Old Bakery & Emporium, 1006 Congress Ave, Austin.
Family Movie Matinee: The BFG – Tuesday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.
Lego Lab – Tuesday, December 20 at 4:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Tween and Teen Steam (10+) – Tuesday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m. Explore a new science, technology, engineering, art, or math activity each session. Recommended for ages 10 and up. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.
Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, December 20 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 Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Ste 229, Austin.
PJ Storytime – Tuesday, December 20 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, then snuggle in for bedtime stories. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, December 20 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.
Astronomy on Tap – Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. This December, Astronomy on Tap ATX brings you three exciting talks: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse! (And exploding stars) by Sarafina Nance; The Biggest Black Holes in the Universe by Prof. Karl Gebhardt; and Making Our Way through the Multiverse by Dr. Brandon Bozek. In addition, AoTATX#26 will feature Astronomy in the News, trivia, giveaways, an astronomy related art display, the 5th Dimension Books community book store on site, and telescopes on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting). All ages welcome. FREE! The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin.
Kids Club – Wednesday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. All ages are welcome. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Winter Landscape Mason Jar Lanterns (5+) – Wednesday, December 21 at 2:30 p.m. Celebrate winter by decorating mason jar lanterns with reindeer, trees, and snowmen. The library is able to guarantee supplies for 50 children, ages 5 & up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, December 21 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.
Minor Mishap’s Winter Solstice Lantern Parade – Wednesday, December 21 at 5:30 p.m. Join in a celebration of light, music, and community on the longest night of the year. Everyone will bring lanterns (flashlight-based, no flames, please) and gather together out in nature, under the dark sky, to celebrate being alive. Won’t that be beautiful? The parade route is extremely short to make it easy for small children and people of all ages to attend. Family-friendly and FREE! Seaholm Power Plant, 300 Bowie St, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, December 21 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.
Festival of Trees (RSVP) – Wednesday, December 21 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Ring in the holiday season with Christmas music, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, and beautiful trees during this evening of seasonal joy. Holiday music will be provided by Keys of Life piano students. FREE with RSVP to 512-974-4926. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.
Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, December 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, December 22 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break for a holiday concert by Pinnacle Brass, one of the area’s finest brass quintets. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Mario Kart 8 Wii U Tournament – Thursday, December 22 at 12:30 p.m. Compete in APL’s annual winter gaming tournament. Doors open for sign-ups 30 minutes before each tournament and the first 32 people to sign up will be assured a spot. Controllers will be provided but you may also bring your own. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch
Movie Matinee: Elf – Thursday, December 22 at 1:00 p.m. Bring a pillow and a blanket. The library will provide the freshly popped popcorn. Rated PG. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, December 22 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Exciting Explorations. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Tuba Christmas – Friday, December 23 at Noon. Austin families are invited to hear memorable Christmas music played by many different forms of tubas and euphoniums. FREE! Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.
The Austin Symphony’s Christmas in the Community: Stardust Big Band – Friday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m. Christmas in the Community is a series of ten concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. FREE! Symphony Square, 1101 Red River St, Austin.
Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.