The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, September 28-30, 2012

Fall Concert in the Park- Who sang “She Blinded me with Science”, “Summer of 69” and “Jessie’s Girl”? If you know these answers, dust off your Rubik’s cube, pull on your parachute pants and start crimping your hair because we’re about to go back in time. The City of Cedar Park is bringing the 1980s back in 2012 for a special concert in the park with Radiostar. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets as there will plenty of area available, but don’t get too comfortable in your chair as you will be sure to dance the night away.
Food concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE!! Friday, 7:00- 10:00pm. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.

Friday Night Storytime- Where are Mouse’s special friends? Find out in Very Special Friends by Jane Chapman. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Metz Movies in the Park: Cinderella- Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy a movie under the stars. FREE!! Enjoy free popcorn and drinks. Movie begins on Friday at dusk. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street.

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 Dave Madden- Dave is a talented guy. His songs are catchy, yet fraught with meaning. He moves deftly between the piano and various guitars. He’s got a penchant for writing music that lodges itself into your head.
  • Saturday, 6:30- 9:30pm- Roxy Roca is a funky soul tour de force. It’s all funk, all soul all the time. Funky back beat, thumping bass, guitar licks like a kung fu chop to the soul, and a red hot horn section.

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival – Named one of Central Texas’ Top 10 Food Festivals by the Austin Chronicle, MedFest features music from the Greek band LAAND, shopping in a Mediterranean Bazaar, and face painting, games, and more for kids. And don’t forget the food! Festival-goers can gorge on kefta, kibbee, falafel, souvlaki, gyros, spanakopita, Romanian kabobs, and more, including ethnic coffee, ice cream and libations. Tickets for the festival are available at all Twin Liquors locations for a $5 donation, and once in, tickets for food and activities are available for purchase. Admission is FREE from noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday – great time to bring the kids! :00- 11:00pm and Saturday from Noon- 11:00pm rain or shine! Friday, 6Go here for directions and parking information. St Elias Orthodox Church, 408 E 11th St., Austin.

Melrose and Croc Storytime– The unmistakably odd duo, Melrose (a wiener dog) and Croc (an itty bitty crocodile) are one of BookKids’s favorite friend duos. They are always on the look out to help and cheer up buddies in need and enjoy each other just as they are! We’ll read about a few of their adventures and then do some serious coloring and eat a delicious snack! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar.

Saturday Night Concert at Hill Country Galleria – Hill Country Galleria will host FREE concerts in their outdoor amphitheatre on Saturday nights this fall. Bring a blanket and enjoy this free Saturday Night Concert Series. Susan Arbuckle will perform on Saturday at 7:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Imagination Movers Live! Rock-O-Matic– Catch the Imagination Movers live as they perform that are inspired by their own kids at home. Saturday, doors at 3:00pm and show begins at 4:30pm. Tickets: $41. The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave.

Alamo Kids’ Club: The Time Machine Children age 3 and over will be allowed at all screenings of this show. No infants however, and families with loud children will be asked to leave. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Alamo South Lamar.

Food-Free Family Storytime-The Round Rock Public Library presents Food-Free Family Storytime, a reading activity that welcomes families with children of all ages to a fun environment that’s safe for individuals affected by food allergies.This interactive program includes a variety of activities such as books, fingerplays, music, movies, and puppets. FREE!! Saturday, 10:30- 11:00am. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Baby Earth Events– On Saturday from 10:00- 11:00am, Taste and See Healthy Baby Food presents “Baby Food 101: How to Make the Best for Your Very Best.”
This workshop is absolutely FREE! Whether you’ve never made food for your little one or you consider yourself a seasoned pro, you’re bound to learn something new about introducing baby food – homemade baby food for the first year. GREAT resource for parents! From 1:00-2:00pm, “Beauty from the Inside Out” Facial Party
Come enjoy a fruit mask while learning how nutrition can benefit beautiful skin from the inside out! Enjoy the company of others while pampering yourself.
You will also learn how fruits and vegetables are your best defense against aging and disease. Clinically proven Juice Plus+ helps you bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat, every day. My Fit Foods will be here as well handing out samples of their delectable dishes! RSVP: Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.Advertisement
Accessible Fishing For All Celebration- As part of a fundraiser to build a pier on Lady Bird Lake that is ADA Wheelchair Accessible, there will be a benefit featuring a catch and release catfish tank, fishing related games, basic skills instruction, casting lessons and fish education. FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. Lady Bird Lake at Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman Street.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!– All Princesses and Princes are cordially invited to an enchanting celebration of crafts and imagination. Join us for a Cinderella Craft Event Saturday, September 29 at 10:30am, 11:30am, & 12:30pm. FREE!! Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Call store for more information.  The Disney Store, Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr # F9 , Cedar Park.

Austin Teen Book Festival- ATBF is a festival connecting teens with authors of books for teens. It’s totally FREE, and it’s totally awesome!  Meet your favorite authors, buy some books, and get them signed. No need to register, just show up.  Everyone is welcome.  Students do not need to be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, 9:30am- 5:00pm. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

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.

Hairy Man Festival– The family fun-centered event raises money for many local charities and offers a full day of food, arts & crafts, children’s activities, special performances, and live music all day. Proceeds from the Hairy Man Festival help fund local charities in the community. Also, there is a Hairiest Man contest which normally features a cash prize.Admission to the festival is 2 non-perishable food items or $2 per person to go to local food banks. Saturday, 11:00am- 6:00pm. Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’ Connor Drive, Round Rock.

Light o’ the Moon Float Trip- Beat the heat and enjoy the river in a whole new way! Floating by the light of the moon, you’ll be serenaded under the stars by the nocturnal creatures of the river corridor. Take in the beauty of the sun setting on the Colorado and the cool comfort of the night air as your raft is gently guided down a stretch of tranquil river. Participants must be able to swim. Cost: $50 per person. Ages 7 and up. Saturday, 7:00- 11:00pm. McKinney Roughs Nature Park

Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Avengers Day– Avengers Assemble! Come join us as we celebrate the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Play Avengers Jeopardy and take our quiz to discover your hidden superpowers! Wrap up the day with a screening of the recently released film The Avengers. Saturday, 1-2 p.m. play The Avengers: Jeopardy Game & What’s your Super Power? Quiz and from
2-4 p.m. watch The Avengers movie. FREE!! University Hills Public Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.

Craft Time for Kids: Cornhusk Door Hanger-  Add some fall flair to your door with a cornhusk welcome sign.  FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.At this years Fall Festival we will showcase over 600 artisans and performing artists, plus much, much more!

Day Out with Thomas: The Mystery Tour 2012- Ride on Thomas the Tank Engine and meet SirTopham Hatt, controller of the railway. Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Cost: $18 passengers ages 2 and up. Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St., Burnet.

Old Pecan Street Festival– At this years Fall Festival we will showcase over 600 artisans and performing artists, plus much, much more! Come to 6th and San Jacinto for the Dr. Seuss Art Workshop for Kids — The Secret Art and Illustration Art of Dr. Seuss will be on display and available for purchase. Take pictures with the Cat in the Hat —LIVE— and enter the raffle for a chance to win a Dr. Seuss book set! Fall 2012 headlining music acts:  Shel, Scorpion Child, Oh No Oh My, Mobley. More Kid’s Activities including:            Carnival Rides, Face Painting and a petting zoo! FREE Admission. Saturday, 11:00am- 10:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am- 8:00pm. 6th Street, downtown Austin.

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.

Sunday Storytime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Wonderland-Wonderland is a magical, silly place, chock full of delightful and whimsical characters. Our heroes land there after being swept away from the real world and its boring problems. They meet astounding creatures, dazzling landscapes, and exciting challenges. Our audience helps us discover exactly what kind of world Wonderland is, and what marvelous creatures live there. They even help explore it, as kids (and sometimes their parents!) get to participate in the story as it unfolds, becoming the hero’s brave and daring sidekick, or perhaps a sparkling magical fairy – or anything else we can dream up! Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.

Book Circle: Secret Agent School– Visit the Library for a fun hour of literary activity.  Sometimes we read together, sometimes we play book-based games or make crafts.  Find out what’s in store each month! Recommended for ages 5 to 12. FREE!! Sunday, 3:00pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St.

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