The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, August 23-25, 2013

Alamo Kids Club: Nancy Drew – Friday – Sunday at 10 a.m. Double check showtimes before heading out as they frequently change. FREE screening for kids age 3 and up. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane., 5701 W. Slaughter Ln.

Kid Activity at IKEA- Saturday, August 24 1-3pm. FREE face painting and balloon art with KIDZANIA. IKEA, 1 IKEA Way, Round Rock.

Noche de Folklor – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Join Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico de Texas for Noche de Folklor, a FREE show at Zilker Hillside Theater. Bring your own seating and a picnic to enjoy performances by the School of Dance and the Adult Performing Company. Also be sure to have $5 cash along, for parking in Zilker Park. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive, Austin.

Rainbow Loom Party- Saturday, August 24 from 4-5pm. Come and meet other “loomers” and learn from one another how to create cool designs! If you are a beginner, Miss Chelsey will teach you the basics! This class is FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.

What’s the Story Steve presents: The League of Extraordinary Improvisers - Saturday at 10 a.m. Steve Scott, Super Villain Poodle, is determined to create chaos in the universe. Each week, 6 ordinary improvisers find themselves in possession of extraordinary powers, conferred upon them by the audience. Together, these performers and audience volunteers discover how their powers can stop chaos in its tracks. Or at least convince a Poodle to be polite. Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present this fully improvised, theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. Improv is great way to approach collaborative storytelling. This production empowers children to help make the story happen or to just sit back and enjoy the ride! A great, theatrical way to spend a Saturday morning. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle!   Pay what you wish. ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport Blvd., Austin.

18th Annual Austin Home and Garden Show- Friday, August 23rd from 2 – 7:00 pm, Saturday, August 24th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday, August 25th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Hundreds of exhibitors will be showcasing new products, hot trends and classic looks for refreshing, remodeling or simple inspiration as well as educational seminars by remodeling experts.Costco presents an interactive Kids Zone offering coloring and other fun activities. There will also be complimentary kid’s cooking classes by Chef Lori Hinze of Cook, Learn, Grow. New this year, there will also be a book reading area by USBorne Books, face painting and other activities courtesy of Macaroni Kid, and Kids Digital Slot Car Racing by Races2U. Also, the show will feature the crowd-pleasing ‘Birds of Prey’ demonstration. Cost: $9.00 for adults (17+), $6.00 for seniors (65+) all weekend, and free for those 16 and under. There is a $1.00 off general adult admission coupon at www.austinhomeandgardenshow.com. Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival – Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. In the twenty-three years since its inception, what started as a friendly contest between Austin and San Antonio has become one of the largest annual contests in the world, the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. FREE to the public (with a donation of three healthy, non-perishable food items or a cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas), the event draws upwards of 15,000 spectators and more than 350 entries every year. The Hot Sauce Festival will offer a Park ‘N Ride lot available to all Hot Sauce Festival attendees. FREE parking will be available at Saltillo Plaza at the northwest corner of 4th & Waller with FREE shuttle buses running to and from Fiesta Gardens throughout the day. Fiesta Gardens (map), 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin.

Really Really Free Market - Sunday, from 1-3 p.m. Need some back to school clothes? Everything at this market, run by Treasure City Thrift, is FREE! There is also a playground and a splash pad in the park. Chestnut Community Park, 2207 East 16th Street, Austin.

Ballet Austin’s Come Dance! – Sunday, from 1-5 p.m. Come Dance! classes are representative of the broad range of dance styles and levels available through Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School. The free classes will include Ballet, Broadway Dance, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Hula, Jazz Funk, Turbo Kick®, Zumba®, Cardio Blast, Modern, Kids Dance Classes, Brazilian, Bollywood, and West African Dance. Each class will be 40 minutes long with a 20 minute transition time between classes. Come take one class or dance all afternoon! It’s FREE! Kid-friendly dance classes for ages 5-12 will be offered during a few of the time slots. Kids and Families in Motion classes will include Kids Modern, Zumba® Kids, Kids Hip Hop, and Kids Dance Around the World. Schedule here. Attendees will enjoy refreshments provided by Aquasana and KIND Healthy Snacks, discounts, and giveaways. Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, 501 West 3rd Street, Austin.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” - Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Head to Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace on Sunday for the final FREE Concert in the Park with the Austin Symphony. Enjoy a Big Band performance.  Program here.  FREE Parking is available at One Texas Center, located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st Street. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

Bonus back to school events:

Austin ISD Back to School Bash – Saturday, from 9 a.m. – noon. Children who attend the event can get access to FREE booster seats, FREE backpacks, and FREE school supplies, while materials last. FREE immunizations will also be available, with shot record. Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin.

Whole Foods Back to School Bash - Saturday at 10 a.m. Bring the whole family for a fun walk/run around the trails at Arbor Trails. No timers or pressure to finish first, but there will be lots of tasty goodies and a random drawing for everyone that participates. Following the run, stick around for the Annual Back to School Bash at the Shops of Arbor Trails, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be games for the kids, live music, face painting, and raffles with prizes. The Blood Mobile will be on site for donations. The event will also be a diaper drive, challenging the community to “stuff the bus” with diapers for babies and toddlers in need. Later on Saturday, return to Arbor Trails for a FREE screening of Grease. The movie will be showing in the parking lot at 8:45 p.m. Whole Foods at Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr #800, Austin.

Bastrop Back to School Bash - Saturday, from 9-11 a.m.  Pick up FREE school supplies before the event at 8:30 a.m. FREE activities, food, and giveaways. FREE t-shirts for the first 1,000 people.  Event Flyer. BISD Memorial Stadium, 755 Highway 21, Cedar Creek.

Child Safety Fair (Round Rock) – Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. FREE digital fingerprints, FREE health, safety and educational information and FREE treats and refreshments. Round Rock Toyota, 2307 N I-35, Round Rock.

Wolf Ranch Town Center (Georgetown) – Saturday, August 24, from 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the end of summer vacation with family-friendly activities, entertainment, food, giveaways, special retailer offers, and more. The first 100 guests to register their email and phone number at the Wolf Ranch Town Center registration table will get a swag bag filled with goodies, while supplies last. The evening will conclude at 8 p.m. with an alfresco movie showing of Madagascar 3, starting at sundown. The mall will also be providing popcorn during the movie, while supplies last. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and the whole family to celebrate before school starts. This event is FREE and open to the public. Wolf Ranch Town Center – Parking Lot next to Gold’s Gym Express, 1015 West University Avenue, Georgetown.

Bonus budget-friendly events:

Austin Music People’s “United We Jam” – Friday – Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Suggested $5 cover. AMP’s UNITED WE JAM is a two-night music event featuring Austin artists playing at a variety of home-grown live music venues on Red River Street and the East Side. Full schedule of bands and set times.

Batfest - Saturday, from 4 p.m. – midnight. General Admission: $7 at the gate day of show cash only; 10 and under FREE with an adult admission. General Admission gets you access to see 10 bands on two stages, bats, more than 75 arts and crafts booths, children’s area, a bat costume contest, and more. All ages welcome. Ann Richards Congress Ave Bridge, 100 South Congress Ave., Austin.

Many thanks to Heidi from Free Fun in Austin for sharing her list of FREE events this weekend for families.

$1 Admission to Safari Champ (Round Rock) – Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. FREE for children under 12 months; FREE for adults; $1 for kids age 1 and up. 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd # 200, Round Rock.

Italian Festival - Sunday, from 4 – 9 p.m. Admission: $10 per person; FREE for kids under 10. Kids will enjoy face painting, balloon twisters, and bocce games. There will also be live music from Austin Lyric Opera, a FIAT 500 car show, arts & crafts vendors, and more. Laguna Gloria, W. 35 Street, Austin.