Flying Balalaika Brothers at Central Market Westgate – Friday, February 28, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. This trio from Russia play beautiful Russian melodies on the Balalaika instruments, while weaving in American bluegrass, thus creating an original innovative music style that is truly unique and wonderful. FREE!! Central Market, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
Rodeo Austin- Saturday, March 1- March 16. Live music, cook-offs, rodeo competitions, a carnival, pig races and more- it’s all part of Rodeo Austin! For a complete schedule of events, ticket prices and more, click here. Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin.
The Cat in the Hat- Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m. Sally and her brother are stuck home in the rain, when a Cat comes knocking at the window pane! But the Cat has brought friends, Thing One and Thing Two, who make messes and problems and oh, what to do?! Mischief and mayhem and laughter galore, bring the kids—they’ll clamor for more! Recommended for children ages 3 and older. Tickets: $16 adults, $14 youth. ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin.
2nd Street Soundcheck- Saturday, March 1 from 1- 8 p.m. The 2ND Street District is proud to host 2ND Street Soundcheck for its third year! Join us on for a full day of music, and local food, cold drinks, souvenirs, and sweet treats from more than 20 food vendors, restaurants and brands – all raising awareness and funds for Darrell K Royal Fund for Alzheimer’s Research. FREE!! Open to the public. 2ND Street between Colorado and San Antonio Streets.
Military Historical Reenactment- Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be a part of Texas history as the famous Texas Rifles re-enactor group recreates our Lone Star past with muskets and impeccable costumes in a must-see show. History up close, personal. Biggest living history show in Central Texas. Tickets: $8 for adults, and $6 for children. Children 2 and under are free. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.
Family Wildflower Cave Tour- Saturday, March 1 from 9:30- 11:00 a.m. Come explore what’s underneath the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center with your tween (10-14 years old). Enter a small, crawly cave to learn more about the cave environment that is the Edwards Aquifer. Squeeze through a tight passage as you experience the path water follows as it travels underground. Encounter the critters that call the cave home. Helmets, lights and kneepads will be provided. Requirements: Participation requires the ability to crawl and be in confined spaces. One adult required per family. Waiver required to be signed before participating in tour. Please wear close-toed shoes and long pants. Cost: $12/person. Registration includes the entry fee into the Center. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.
Home Depot Kids Workshop- Saturday, March 1 from 9:00am- Noon. Bring your kids to this FREE How-To Workshop for kids ages 5-12 years old where they will build a Trojan Horse Bank! All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. All participating Home Depot Locations.
LEGO Movie Building Event- Saturday, March 1 at Noon. Kids ages 4 and up are invited to join us for another Hand-On Learning LEGO Movie event! Help us as we build a scene from the movie. Stay afterward to play with millions of LEGOs from Snapology Austin! Space is limited. Call store to sign up today! FREE!! Barnes and Noble, Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd.
Texas Independence Day Parade- Saturday, March 1 at 9:30am. FREE!! The parade will be the best ever! Congress Avenue Bridge.
Explore UT- Saturday, March 1, from 11:00am- 5:00pm with some early bird activities taking place at 9:00am. Explore UT, the biggest open house in Texas, provides an opportunity for visitors to examine the rich and varied programs that are a part of everyday life on this campus. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Explore UT: The Biggest Open House in Texas! For those unfamiliar with the program, Explore UT features close to 400 programs across campus including performances, exhibits, lectures and activities for the entire family. FREE!! Open to the public. University of Texas Campus.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Storytime- Saturday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m. The Cat in the Hat then exclaimed, “Dr. Seuss is 109!” Without Dr. Seuss none of us would have ever marveled at a Truffula Tree, dodged a tweetle beetle puddle battle, or even heard a Who. So to celebrate over 100 years of cats in hats and foxes in socks(es), we are throwing a Seusstastical storytime. Please don your most impressive hat and join us! But that is not all. Oh no. That is not all! We will be having all kinds of fun with silly activities, a special guest, and more. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Recycled Reads 5 Year Anniversary- Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 from Noon- 6:00 p.m. Join the Austin Public Library as we celebrate Recycled Reads’ Five Year Anniversary with live music, including Jesse Sublett (he played at the grand opening in 2009), Joe Blanda and Two-Day Suitcase. Paper is the traditional gift for a 5 year anniversary, so we will be offering free paper craft workshops. FREE!! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road.
It’s My Park Day- Saturday, March 1. It’s My Park! Day is an annual community service day focused on improvements to Austin’s park. Individuals and community groups lead projects ranging from simple cleaning and repair to trail building and playground installation. FREE!! Check the website to find out available volunteer opportunities and locations.
Ballet Austin II Hansel and Gretel- Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. Ballet Austin II — Ballet Austin’s second company — revives Hansel and Gretel, in the AustinVentures StudioTheater at Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center. Following a sold out run in 2012, Ballet Austin II’s playful re-imagining of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale with choreography by Nelly van Bommel, is recommended for children ages 3 to 10 years old and their families. Tickets: $15. AustinVentures StudioTheater at Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, 501 West Third Street, Austin.
Free First Sunday at Bullock Museum: Texas Independence Day – Sunday, March 2, from noon – 6 p.m. Enjoy FREE admission all day from 12 to 6 p.m., with FREE family activities from 12 to 3 p.m. Meet Annette Lucksinger, author of Exploring Austin with Kids and make your own binoculars to explore the exhibits and beyond. Discover what maps can tell us about early Texans with special guests from the Texas General Land Office. Make a wearable button, create your own state symbol, and more. Get up close and personal with Texans from the past with drop-in living history performances from 1 to 2 p.m. Children ages 2 to 5 can hear tales about legendary Texans from 2 to 3 p.m. at TEXplorations story time. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave, Austin.
Literature Live! Presents: Tiger Woman- Sunday, March 2 at 12:30 p.m. From the book by Laurence Yep comes a table-top puppet show in the bunraku style, based on a traditional Chinese story. This is the tale of a greedy old woman who will not share her food with a beggar. But when the old man turns out to be a wizard, he teaches her a lesson in generosity. This table-top show is recommended for children ages 5 and up. FREE with library card. The Contemporary Austin- The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.
Texas Independence Day Concert – Sunday, March 2, from 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of Texas history and dance at the historical home of Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson! This event will feature live music by the Marshall Ford Swing Band. There will be FREE tours of the Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum, an outdoor dance floor underneath the trees, and historical demonstrations, including firing of a musket in between live music sets. This event is FREE, family friendly, and open to the public. Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum, 411 E 5th Street, Austin.