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.
A big thanks to our sponsor Austin School Expo. Need help finding a school that’s just the right fit for your child? Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 1, 2017. That’s when the third annual Austin School Expo is happening. From infants to high school students, this event will help you explore educational options and opportunities for your child. This year, the FREE Expo will take place at two locations — north and south — and both locations will be full of can’t-miss info for parents and children.
Baby Bloomers: Color Creations – Monday, September 25 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Find yourself somewhere over the rainbow as you create colorful creations all month long. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore and grow. Try something new each week or build on the previous week’s activities. 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.
Crafting for a Cause – Monday, September 25 at 3:30 p.m. Gather to make the world a sweeter and more caring place for people and animals in need. This month, make fleece blankets for dogs and cats at Austin Pets Alive! Recommended for ages 7+. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park) – Monday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. Kids in grades K-3 are invited to read to a certified Bow Wow Reading Dog. Practice your reading skills with Tex and read to him for 10-15 minutes. Registration starts at 3:30 on the day of the program. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Duncan Fellows In-Store Performance – Monday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the release of Duncan Fellows’ debut album, Both Sides of the Ceiling. The FREE all-ages performance is presented by KUTX 98.9. Refreshments by Shiner Beer. Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Ste A, Austin.
Night Crafters (17+) – Monday, September 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, September 25 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.
Kids Club – Tuesday, September 26 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, September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St, Austin.
Banned Books Storytime – Tuesday, September 26 at 10:30 a.m. Can you believe many of your favorite classics, like Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, were challenged all over the country for being inappropriate? BookKids LOVE banned books, so celebrate Banned Books Week with a storytime to honor these fantastic, controversial titles. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Hindi Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, September 26 at 10:30 a.m. This program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Indian culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Hindi. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, September 26 at 11:15 a.m. Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Tuesday, September 26 at 3:30 p.m. The hilarious tale of a wise old woman, a magic pasta pot, and a foolish young man who learns the hard way that sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing. Based on the book by Tomi dePaola. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.
Crafternoon– Tuesday, September 26 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. They’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. They provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. Program length is approximately 1 hour. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, and APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.
Kids Club – Wednesday, September 27 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, September 27 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 Ln, Ste 229, Austin.
Modern First Library Storytime – Wednesday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m. The Modern First Library honors books that reflect the diverse society of the 21st century, and this storytime is all about this awesome initiative. Enjoy readings of stories that build a thoughtful library, including There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Japanese Dual Language Storytime – Wednesday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m. Experience stories, songs, and crafts in Japanese and English. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.
Community Night Spotlight: Hispanic Heritage – Wednesday, September 27 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. During Community Night Spotlight evenings, The Thinkery shines a light on a unique aspect of the rich diversity that makes Austin such an amazing place to live, play and learn with educational activities facilitated by staff and special community presenters. This week, be part of a playful evening in celebration of the histories, cultures, and the artistic and scientific contributions of individuals and families of Hispanic heritage. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Discovery! 3D Bubble Wands – Wednesday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m. Explore how to make a simple 3D bubble wand (a tensile structure), then create your own complex wand. Turn straws into 3D shapes for an activity that’s part science, part fun with bubbles. You’ll be amazed at the fantastic bubbles you will make with your new wand. Recommended for ages 5 & up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog – Wednesday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m. Certified Austin Dog Alliance volunteer teams with trained therapy dogs will be waiting for kids to read stories to them. This program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.
Family Night: Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. Night owls of all ages are invited to get comfy in their favorite pajamas, grab their sleepy toys, and hear the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, September 27 6:00 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, September 27 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 Beat Root Revival and the Peacemakers. 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.
Keep Austin Creating #6: Meet Your Maker – Wednesday, September 27 from 6-9:00 p.m. Keep Austin Creating #6 will feature over 20 artist pop-ups, arts organizations, and creative makers’ businesses. Support and empower the creation of new meaningful work in the ATX community. This event encourages face to face interactions with the people who are actively shaping Austin arts and creative industries. This family-friendly event is open to the public and FREE! Motion Media Arts Center, 2200 Tillery St, Austin.
UMLAUF Insights Gallery Talk (RSVP) – Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. Join artist Bucky Miller and Contemporary Museum of Art Houston Director Bill Arning for a night of conversation in conjunction with UMLAUF Prize 2017 Exhibition Bucky Miller: Grackle Actions. FREE with RSVP. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.
Yoga on the Plaza and Harvey Donation Collection – Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 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.
Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, September 27 from 8-10:00 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 info. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.
¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, September 28 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.
Sign Language Storytime – Thursday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m. Families with kids of all ages are invited to learn sign language through songs and stories with The Signing Connection. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.
Music & Movement – Thursday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. This program focuses on the Sing and Play recommendations for early literacy, which help develop gross motor skills, listening skills, and social skills, while introducing new vocabulary. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.
Sensory Storytime – Thursday, September 28 at 11:15 a.m. Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, September 28 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Rich Harney Trio in a jazz performance. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Thursday, September 28 at 3:30 p.m. The hilarious tale of a wise old woman, a magic pasta pot, and a foolish young man who learns the hard way that sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing. Based on the book by Tomi dePaola. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.
YMCA Mobile Market Grand Opening – Thursday, September 28 from 4-6:00 p.m. All are invited to the grand opening of the Mobile Market at East Communities YMCA. Celebrate with music, Green Gate Farms veggie samples, activities for kids, and giveaways! There will be fresh fruits, veggies, and shelf-stable goods (i.e. pasta, olive oil, canned beans, honey and more!) available for purchase at this convenient location. While you’re there, take a tour of the new Teaching Garden and learn more about new garden programming. Admission is FREE! East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd, Austin.
Hat Creek Burger Buda Grand Opening Party (Buda) – Thursday, September 28 from 4-7:00 p.m. Drop in for good food, good fun, and giving back. Guests are encouraged to bring diapers, wipes, and cash donations for the Austin Diaper Bank, which continues to serve victims of Hurricane Harvey.
For every item donated, Hat Creek will hand out a $5 gift card. They will also match cash donations with a gift card in the donated amount. For example, if you donate $10, you will receive a $10 gift card. There will also be $1 draft beer! Admission is FREE! Hat Creek Burger Buda, 371 Old San Antonio Rd, Buda.
Folk Music with Joe Blanda & Buenger Dickson – Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m. Joe Blanda & Buenger Dickson, of the trio Folkwine, will perform live folk music for your ears. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin.
Birds on Burnet 10th Anniversary Party – Thursday, September 28 from 6-9:00 p.m. It’s Burnet’s 10th birthday, so they’re gonna kick it old school! Guests can sign-up for complimentary 90s-themed hair, makeup, and outfit styling before posing in a Glamour Shots photo booth. Camera shy? Then just enjoy the 90s DJ throwing down classic beats while sipping tasty wine coolers and Independence brews. Other activities include a Skip-It Challenge and Beauty Pageant. The first 50 guests will also receive a free fanny pack and other prizes. Admission is FREE! Birds Barbershop Burnet, 6800 Burnet Rd, Austin.
Cultural Lounge: Black Girl Magic (RSVP) – Thursday, September 28 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cultural Lounge’s aim is to promote an atmosphere for sharing ideas, thoughts, and concerns on issues relevant to the Black Community in Austin. September’s Cultural Lounge Theme is “Black Girl Magic.” Look at what young black women are doing in the community, especially through social media to bring awareness and build community. Also explore the power of social media and what it means to activism and building self-esteem. To RSVP, call (512) 974-4926. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Thursday, September 28 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 Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Family Craft Night – Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. At Family Craft Night, attendees get to explore the different avenues of art by trying their hand at new mediums and exciting projects. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.
Banned Books Week Celebration (15+) – Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate your freedom to read anything and everything. Make a retro-style bookmark featuring your favorite banned or challenged books, craft blackout poetry art with local artist and writer Sukyi McMahon, and more. While you’re there, take a peek at the selection of challenged books and exercise your right to read. Beverages will be provided. Recommended for ages 15 and up. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.
Art After Six: Mixed Bag – Friday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m. You are invited to “Mixed Bag,” a discussion of mixed media artmaking, including its inherent challenges/advantages, and how it differs from working in a single medium. Featuring 2017 People’s Gallery artists Larry Akers, Rehab El Sadek, Jennifer Chenoweth, and Jennifer Beth Guerin. Following the discussion, visitors are invited to tour the People’s Gallery until 8:00 p.m. Family friendly and FREE! Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin.
5th Annual American Indian Heritage Day – Friday, September 29 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Join the Bullock Museum and Great Promise for American Indians in celebrating the 5th Annual American Indian Heritage Day! This FREE public program will honor American Indians of yesterday and today with dancing and drumming performances. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin.
Austin Out Loud: This Party Is (Not) Censored (17+)– Friday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the freedom to read with readings from favorite banned and challenged books by local authors and Library staff, a banned books photo booth, and more. Recommended for ages 17+. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.
Community Cinema: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story + B Sterling Band – Friday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and hear Austin singer/songwriter B. Sterling and his band to play a set before the movie. 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: Beauty and the Beast (Cedar Park) – Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic to enjoy a movie under the stars. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.
Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, September 29 from 8-10:00 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday while UT is in session the Department of Astronomy hosts viewing on the Painter Hall Telescope. Both Friday and Saturday nights are open to the general public. All ages are welcome, but children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. FREE! University of Texas – Painter Hall, 103 W 24th St, Austin.
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