The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, May 2-4, 2014

Shakespeare at the Market - Friday, May 2, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4. 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.

William Shakespeare’s As You Like It- Friday, May 2, Saturday, May3 and Sunday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater in coordination with Austin Shakespeare presents William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, a romantic comedy. FREE Admission. Audience in costume welcome! Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive, Austin.

Round Rock the Boat Regatta (Round Rock)- Saturday, May 3. The pits will open at 10:00 a.m. and the races will begin at 11 a.m. Old Settlers Park will be full of spectators waiting to see who will float, sink or swim at Round Rock the Boat Regatta. Contestants make boats out of cardboard and tape and will rely on their inventions to keep them afloat as they race across the lake at Old Settlers Park. FREE! Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Austin Mini Maker Faire- Saturday, May 3, from 10am- 6pm. A DIYer’s dream come true, the Austin Mini Maker Faire brings together hundreds of crafters to teach and be taught. Enjoy arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, and a whole lot of thinking, creating, and sharing. Tickets: Adult, $15; Child (3-18), $10. Parking, $3. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane, Austin.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day- Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Experience a day of healthy foods, health experts, fun games and activities  FREE!! Town Lake YMCA, 1100 West Cesar Chavez, Austin.

Pioneer Day (Round Rock)- Saturday, May 3, from 10am- 3pm.  See how the pioneers lived! Make corn husk dolls, dress in pioneer clothing, dip candles, play pioneer games, and check out the general store. FREE and open to the public. Old Settlers Park, 3300 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

BookPeople Storytime- Saturday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. New York Times-Bestselling Picture Book Creator Michael Hall (My Heart is a Zoo) will be at BookPeople for a really fun & interactive storytime featuring his latest beauty, It’s An Orange Aardvark. It’s a funny and suspenseful story about colors, ants, aardvarks, and rainbows! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Pinocchio at ZACH Theatre- Saturday, May 3 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).

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta (Round Rock) – Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Join a fiesta that will be fun for the whole family! Enjoy a BBQ, pony rides, a moon bounce, a mariachi band, games, and lots of activities such as making maracas! The best part is that all of this is FREE and open to the community! Goddard School, 4076 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock.

Violet Crown Festival- Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There’s no better way to enjoy a spring Saturday than by spending it at the Violet Crown Festival. Admission is FREE! Join White Loft at this great festival featuring local arts and craft vendors, family fun, children’s activities, live music, and refreshments. Parking is limited, so attendees are encouraged to walk. Brentwood Neighborhood Park, 6710 Arroyo Seco, Austin.Advertisement
Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime- Saturday, May 3 at noon. Join us for more Hands-on fun as we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Children ages 4 and up are invited to join us for a special Storytime. This timeless story features how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Crown making afterwards! Space is limited. Please call 512.418.8985 to add your child’s name to the list of attendees. FREE!! Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin.

Second Annual Ney Day- Saturday, May 3, from noon to 5 p.m. Come celebrate Elisabet Ney, her art and her legacy, with music, art, performances, hands on activities and more! Featuring live music from SeVana Marimba, Rosie Flores, Jennifer Cook, Yes Ma’am Brass Band, and Fiddlisa and Friends! Activities include trapeze, hula hoops, clay and limestone sculpting, food trucks, jugglers, hula hoopers, technology activities, bookmaking, and more! A highlight is a spray-paint art performance. Booths from GIrlStart, Girls’ Rock Camp, Austin Bookmakers Guild, The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, The Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata, Amy’s Ice Cream, UT Press, the Asian American Resource Center, the George Washington Carver Center, and more! FREE!  Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street, Austin.

Cinco de Mayo at Fiesta Gardens Park – Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. Admission is FREE with a canned food donation on May 3, from noon – 3 p.m. At all other times, adults are $7; children 12 and under are FREEClick here for the schedule. 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin.
Old Pecan Street Festival- Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Boasting more than 275 artists, artisans, food vendors, and three stages of live music, the large arts and crafts festival will take over the Sixth Street Historic District. FREE admission! Concessions and activities cost. Sixth Street between Brazos Street and IH-35.
Luci and Ian Family Garden Grand Opening- Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Explore a maze made of native shrubs, giant tree stumps for kids to climb on, a Fibonacci spiral, giant birds’ nests made from native grape vines, a grotto with caves and a waterfall, a lawn designed with native turf, a creek with dinosaur footprints and water activities, and much more. Shuttle buses to the center will be available from the parking lot at Bowie High School. Admission: $7 adults, $3 children ages 5-12. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin.
Family First Sundays at Umlauf- Sunday, May 4, noon- 4:00 pm. UMLAUF invites families to explore the sculptures in the garden and museum, while engaging in creative art making including Yoga for all ages (12:30pm), Story Time (1pm), live sculpture demonstration (1:30pm), a performance by Pollyanna Theatre Company, Plus and Minus: The Vacation Adventure (2pm), Ultimate Hopscotch (all day), and Papel Picado(all day)! FREE! UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd., Austin.

La Condesa Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party – Sunday, May 4, from 1 – 9 p.m. Enjoy food and drinks from La Condesa as well as other vendors, and musical performances by CELSIUS, DJ Chicken George, DJ Chorizo Funk, Este Vato, Como las Movies, Bombasta, VITERA, and El Tule. Entry is FREE and there will be activities for the whole family including face painting, balloon making, and dancing! 2nd Street, between Guadalupe and San Antonio, Austin.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration (Pflugerville) – Sunday, May 4, from 3-6 p.m.  Join Plugerville Community Church for an afternoon of family fun! FREE! 1214 Pfennig Lane, Pflugerville.

Live Music Under the Lone Star- Sunday, May 4 at 6 p.m. Bring your family, a picnic dinner and a blanket or chairs to the Bullock Texas State History Museum’s Lone Star Plaza every Sunday in May to enjoy FREE concerts presented by the Austin Federation of Musicians (AFM). The Blues Crawlers and Native Sun will kick off the event this Sunday. Visitors may come early on May 4 for the Bullock Museum’s Free First Sunday, featuring free exhibit admission and family activities between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Lemonade Day Austin- Sunday, May 4. Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Lemonade day is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a FREE, fun, engaging, experiential activity. For a list of locations where you buy get lemonade, click here.

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