The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, August 17-19, 2012

Metz Movies Under the Stars: Batman Returns – Friday, August 17 at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy an outdoor movie! Enjoy FREE popcorn and drinks! Metz Recreation Center, 2704 Canterbury Street, Austin.

Kyle Movies in the Park: Spy Kids – All the Time in the World - Movies begin on Friday, 30 minutes after sunset and are shown at Gregg-Clarke Park. All movies are rated G or PG, and are free to the public. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.

Summer Concert Series- Nick Rogers and Jeremy Martinez- Admission to the concerts is FREE and you are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Coolers are allowed, but no glass. Pets must be on leashes. Friday, 7:00pm.  Sharon Hart Prete Main Street Plaza, Round Rock.

17th Annual Fall Home and Garden Show- The show features creative solutions for homeowners, builders and more with live cooking demonstrations, shop til you drop in our Art, Gift, & Gourmet Center, Go Texan  – featuring arts, gifts & gourmet food, Pet Zone with live pet adoptions courtesy of Austin humane Society and an Interactive Kid’s Zone with Cooking Classes (Sat &Sun). The event is free for children 16 and under and $8 for adults 17 and older. The senior admission fee is $6.00 all weekend. $1 off coupon is available at for general admission. Show hours are 2 pm to 7 pm, Friday, Aug. 17; 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday, Aug.18 and 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday, Aug. 19. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez.

Central Market North Lamar Live music and dancing, oh my!  This is a great spot for parents to enjoy music while letting their kids burn some energy on the playground.  There are also ducks to feed in the nearby pond.  Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment:

  • Friday,  6:30 – 9:00pm Cienfuegos performs a diverse array of latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as Son, Bolero, Guajira, and Cha-Cha.
  • Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm Tameca Jones- Honey glazed renditions of jazz with some classic rock and pop thrown in for wow affect. Band covers anyone from Britney Spears and Nirvana to Sarah Vaughn and Led Zeppelin. Tameca Jones is the mellifluous Tina Turner of jazz.

AISD Back to School Bash – Saturday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Families can learn about Austin Independent School District’s many programs and services that help students have a great school year. Kids can also receive FREE immunizations from Seton (bring shot records), FREE backpacks and booster seats (while supplies last), and more. Free shuttle transportation to the event is available every 30 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the following locations: Reagan High School (7104 Berkman Drive), Austin High School (1715 W. Cesar Chavez St.), One Texas Center (505 Barton Springs Road), and Mendez Middle School (5106 Village Square). Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4, 500 East Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Alamo Kids ClubFREE movies for kids ages 3 and up. No infants will be admitted and families with loud children will be asked to leave. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive early. Show times frequently change, so please click on the links to double check the times before heading out. Alamo Lake Creek: Bridge to Terabithia, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11 a.m. (13729 Research Blvd); Alamo South Lamar: Short Circuit, Friday at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday at 10:20 a.m.; Alamo Slaughter Lane: Despicable Me, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 a.m. (5701 W. Slaughter Lane); Alamo Village: Rio, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 a.m. (2700 W. Anderson Lane).

Austin Pet ExpoSaturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The event is indoors, family friendly, FREE, and pets are welcome. Pets must be on a fixed, non retractable leash and have proof of vaccination. Palmer Events Center, 923 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

The Ecstatic, Easy-Going Extra Special Letter E Storytime –Everybody, lend us your ears and join us for a party celebrating the elegant and elaborate letter “E”. We’ll read Edward the Emu along with other exceedingly expressive and emotive tales that will leave you in an extraordinarily ecstatic mood! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

What’s the Story Steve? – Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present this fully improvised theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show follows Steve through an original tale. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin.Advertisement
Austin Craft Riot Summer Show - Saturday, August 18, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Austin Craft Riot, formerly Etsy Austin, is holding their first annual Summer Show at the Palmer Events Center.  Attendees can browse art, jewelry, clothing, and other unique and funky handmade items from local Austin artists and crafters at this one of a kind, family friendly event. Palmer Events Center, 923 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Lick-ety Split Ice Cream Social - Saturday, August 18, from 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy an Ice Cream Social featuring homemade ice creams from the amazing pastry chef Janina O’Leary at TRACE in the W Hotel. This event is FREE and open to the public – your monetary or school supply donation for SafePlace gets you in!  TRACE Patio, 200 Lavaca Street, Austin.

Craft Time for Kids: Crawly Caterpillar- Children use a little craftiness to create their own tree-climbing caterpillar mid-crawl. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

The Science of Sound with Girlstart at Bob Bullock MuseumSaturday, August 18, from 1 – 3 p.m. What is a sound wave? How do we hear music? What makes one instrument sound different from another? Explore the answers to these and other questions with Girlstart and other local scientists and engineers through demonstrations and hands-on activities.  This event is FREE, but does not include admission to the Museum exhibits. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Kids Show at Ruta Maya: Scotty Roo & ChristiniSunday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. Highly interactive kids’ show with original music, puppets and dance. Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue, Austin.

Back to School Parade - Sunday, August 19, from 1 – 7 p.m.  The festival will provide a limited number of FREE backpacks filled with school supplies. In order to get a backpack, students and parents must line up in Bartholomew Park (5201 Berkman Drive) from 1 – 2:30 p.m. for a wristband.  Then, feel free to enjoy the festival and parade. The parade begins at 3 p.m. at Delco Center (4601 Pecan Brook Dr) and ends at Bartholomew Park. Backpacks will be handed out to wristband holders from 4 – 6 p.m., and then any left over backpacks will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. Visit the frequently asked questions for more information.

Hartman Concerts in the ParkSunday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. In its tenth summer season, these FREE ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings through August 26. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured. This Sunday, it will be Woodwinds. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st St. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

The Flying Theatre Machine: Fairly Silly Tales – Sundays at 2pm at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents kid-oriented improv right here in Austin. The audience will help us with suggestions and sound effects, and a few lucky kids will even get to join us on stage. Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club - Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00pm. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, Austin.

Special thanks to Heidi from Free Fun in Austin for sharing her Top 10 Free Events in Austin with me! You can head over there to find more free events for the family.


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