The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, April 25-27, 2014

Movie in the Park: Monsters University (Leander) – Friday, April 25 at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. Glass containers are prohibited. Friendly pets are welcomed on a leash. FREE! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.

Shakespeare at the Market - Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27. Seating at 6:30 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. Join Present Company for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on the Whole Foods Rooftop! All ages welcome. Be sure to arrive early for the pre-show. FREE with a $10 suggested donation. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Family Movie Night at Ski Shores Cafe – Friday, April 25 at dusk. See the movie Up and enjoy FREE s’mores for the kids. Ski Shores Cafe, 2905 Pearce Rd, Austin.

YesterFest (Bastrop) – Friday, April 25, from 6 – 10 p.m., Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event celebrates the history of Bastrop. The many events during Yesterfest weekend will include the usual historic re-enactors and demonstrators showing life in pioneer Bastrop. The El Camino Real Music Festival will go throughout the weekend with a live music featuring area Tejano, blues, folk, country and rock musicians. There will be a two-day Juried Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair. Be sure to visit the Kids Korral on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on North Main in downtown Bastrop.

Red Poppy Festival (Georgetown) - Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The festival will kick off on Friday evening with a FREE concert by Dysfunkshun Junkshun and continues all weekend with non-stop family fun. Head to the historic square to enjoy a parade, arts and crafts, a car show, a kids’ area (all FREE!), and more. Admission to the festival is FREE. Historic Georgetown Square, Georgetown.

Founders Day Festival (Dripping Springs) - Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. Families can enjoy live music, a parade, a cook-off, vendors, a carnival and more! Admission to the Founders Day Festival is FREE. Some costs within the festival might include: food, beverages, booth activities, carnival tickets, and parking. Mercer Street, Dripping Springs.

Butterfly Festival (Wimberley) – Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come to the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens for a day of fun. The festival features the live release of butterflies; opening ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial Plaza; displays of butterfly art; carnival games and crafts; concessions; live music; and more. Admission is FREE. Donations are gratefully accepted and concession/game tickets may be purchased.

Dragon Boat Festival - Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Head to Festival Beach to watch 40-foot long boats race on Austin’s beautiful Lady Bird Lake. In addition to the races, this family-friendly, multi-cultural event offers cultural music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, Taiko Drums, Lion Dance, and a Kids’ Zone. Admission to the Festival is FREE! Parking is limited. Festival Beach, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin.

Children’s Festival -  Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  El Mundo Newspaper, the leading Spanish newspaper in Central Texas, is hosting a FREE Children’s Festival. The public is invited to enjoy entertainment for the whole family, music, food, giveaways, drawings, clowns, door prizes, and more! North Austin Event Center, 10601 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day- Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Experience a day of healthy foods, health experts, fun games and activities including bounce houses, face painting, obstacle courses, giant Jenga, Giant Tic-Tac-Toe, super sonic relays and more! FREE!! Please bring 3 cans of food for a donation drive. Northwest Family YMCA, 5807 McNeil Drive, Austin. The following locations will also be holding their Healthy Kids Day on Saturday: Bastrop Y — 10am-4pm, Hays Communities Y — 10am-1pm, Southwest Family Y – 10am-1pm  and North Austin Y – 12pm-5pm.

Peru Fest – Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Join the Austin Public Library and the City of Austin’s Lima, Peru Sister City Committee at the Yarborough Branch for Peru Fest. This celebration of Peruvian culture is FREE and open to the public. APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Pinocchio at ZACH Theatre- Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Step into Geppetto’s workshop for a delightful retelling of an ageless classic! Objects in Geppetto’s carpentry workshop become puppets in this imaginative play about love and family told through puppetry and illusion! Tickets: $16 adults, $14 youth. ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin.(You can read Heidi Okla’s review here).

Buda County Fair and Wiener Dog Races (Buda) – Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Enjoy a pet parade, wiener dog races, kids zone, live music, and arts and crafts. Admission is FREE for kids under 12; $3 at the gate for everyone else. No parking at City Park. All parking will be at a park-and-ride location on Cabela’s Drive in Buda, north of Noah’s Ark Storage. City Park, 204 San Antonio, Buda.

National Day of Puppetry – Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stop by various branches of Austin Public Library to make puppet themed crafts. FREE! 

Easter Seals Ability Fair - Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Easter Seals Central Texas Ability Fair is a fun, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities celebrating every person having equal access and opportunities within the Central Texas community. Admission to the Ability Fair and activities are FREE so all families can enjoy fun activities including inclusive games, food, petting zoo, pony rides and resource fair. The resource fair will feature non-profits and businesses who serve individuals with disabilities and their caregivers. Easter Seals Central Texas HQ, 1611 Headway Circle, Bldg 2, Austin.Advertisement
Mad Science Day (Round Rock)- Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.- 1p.m. Come explore the wonders of science! We will have multiple science projects being conducted throughout the event, including Polymers,  Elephant Toothpaste (say what???), Amazing Energy Stick, The Physics of Toys, and Insta-Snow! (Show every 30 minutes). FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Alamo Kids Camp: Flight of the Navigator – Saturday, April 26 at 11 a.m. This 35mm screening is absolutely FREE! Seating is first come, first served. For children age 3 and up. No children under the age of 3 will be allowed and families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 320 E. 6th Street, Austin.

Texas Community Music Festival – Friday, April 25, from 5:30 – 9 p.m., Saturday, April 26, from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. Enjoy FREE music all weekend long on the Central Market Cafe patio. View the schedule. Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Austin Earth Day Festival - Saturday, April 26, from noon – 6 p.m. Enjoy live music, workshops, and a stellar Kid’s Zone with creative crafts, musicians, magicians and more. FREE! Historic Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin.

Austin Nature Day – Saturday, April 26, from noon – 4 p.m. Celebrate Austin Nature Day at the Austin Nature & Science Center this weekend! Bring the whole family to this fun, outdoor event to celebrate Earth Day and experience nature through hands-on activities. Enjoy a guided hike on the Zilker Preserve, examine insects up close, and visit the resident animals that call the Austin Nature & Science Center home. FREE! Parking and Main Entrance at 2389 Stratford Drive, Austin.

ACE Innovation Day – Saturday, April 26, from noon – 5 p.m. ACE Innovation is an all-ages-oriented, public event celebrating Austin’s community of creative entrepreneurs. With guest speaker presentations and community-led, hands-on educational exhibits, visitors will find an abundance of opportunities to learn in this interactive environment. A showcase of local students’ original inventions and enterprises will also be on display, along with an artisan craft market, and live entertainment. Something for everyone. Admission is FREE. UT Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin.

The Big Squeeze Accordion Concert – Saturday, April 26, from 2 – 6 p.m. Back for its fifth year on the Museum’s Lone Star Plaza, the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest will host an afternoon of squeezebox greats, young and old. Watch nine finalists compete for three grand prizes in polka, zydeco, and conjunto accordion traditions. Following the competition, enjoy a concert featuring some of the best accordionists across the state. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Sunset Valley ArtFest - Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunset Valley ArtFest is a FREE one-day event that is fun for the whole family. Now in its eighth year, the Fest offers a variety of art experiences, from live music and local foods to jewelry, forging, and sculpting. This year, The Home Depot and Snapology will be on hand with activities for the kids! Enjoy live music from Joe McDermott (10 a.m.) and The Biscuit Brothers (11:30 a.m.). Next to the SFC Farmers Market at Sunset Valley, Toney Burger Center, 3205 Jones Road, Sunset Valley.

Music in the Garden (Cedar Park) - Saturday, April 26, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Cedar Park Sculpture Garden will host Music in the Garden. The concert will be FREE and open to the public. Cedar Park Sculpture Garden, 1435 Main Street, Cedar Park.

SpringFest (Bee Cave) - Friday, April 25, from 6 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. SpringFest has something for everyone: a huge KidZone, arts and crafts vendors lining main street, and a boat expo. Don’t miss the Frozen sing-a-long on Friday at 8 p.m. FREE admission (and FREE parking on Friday).  Parking on Saturday is $5. Rides cost extra. The Backyard, 13801 Bee Cave Pkwy, Bee Cave.

Movie in Harper Park – Saturday, April 26 at dusk.  Pre-movie activities start at 5 p.m. See The Wizard of Oz under the stars!  Bring a blanket to sit on. There will be food trucks onsite from 5 – 8 p.m.  There will also be a face painter for the kids!  This event is FREE and open to everyone. 11040 Lake Creek Pkwy, Austin.

Texas Military Forces Open House and Muster Day – Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The FREE museum will be open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. As well as the museum events, there will be displays by the Texas Military Forces, helicopter demos, First Reponders, children’s activities, Vietnam Wall Memorial, and more. Muster Day will feature a large WWII battle reenactment each day at 2 p.m. These battles feature 200 Allied and German soldiers recreating a WWII battle using original equipment, tanks, and weapons. This includes a fly over by AT-6 Texans as part of the battle. FREE! Adults are required to show a photo ID to enter Camp Mabry. Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th St, Austin.

Family Dance Workshop: The Sleeping Beauty- Sunday, April 27, from 2:3- 3:45 p.m. Family Dance Workshops engage children and adults of all ages and levels of dance experience with excerpts from the latest Ballet Austin production. Ballet Austin dancers lead groups in movement exercises to learn short pieces of choreography that build understanding of and appreciation for techniques essential to the production. There’s fun for everyone involved whether you’re moving on the stage or interacting from your seat! Recommended for children 3 to 12 years old and their family members. Cost: All children, Girl Scouts*, and parents - $10 per person.  Girl Scout patches – $3 per patch, purchased online separately from admission. Kids Series season ticket holders** and their families – $5 per person. Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheater, 501 W. 3rd St., Austin.


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