Movie Under the Stars - There are three FREE outdoor screenings – take your pick:
- Movie Night at The Sanctuary: Toy Story – Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a FREE family movie night on the front lawn of The Sanctuary. Concessions will be available for purchase from Hat Creek Burger Co. at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and come join the fun! 2614 Exposition Blvd, Austin.
- Movie Night in Ramsey Park: E.T. – Saturday, September 28 at sundown. Ramsey Park, 4301 N. Rosedale Ave., Austin.
- Movies in the Park: Puss in Boots – Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Rescheduled from last weekend, when it was postponed due to weather. Bring your whole family to sit under the night sky and watch Puss in Boots. This event is FREE and open to everyone. Check online for weather updates. Harper Park, 11040 Lake Creek Pkwy, Austin.
Austin Teen Book Festival - Saturday, September 28, from 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, in partnership with BookPeople, present the 5th annual Austin Teen Book Festival, a one-day event that celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting teens to visit with many popular Young Adult authors. This FREE event—the largest of its kind in the country—is expected to draw more than 5,000 book-lovers. Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin.
Alamo Kid’s Camp & Alamo Kid’s Club – Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. Kids age 3 and up can see FREE movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. On Saturday, FREE screenings include Babe at 10 a.m. at Slaughter Lane (5701 W. Slaughter Lane), How to Train Your Dragon at 10 a.m. Alamo Village (2700 W. Anderson Lane), and The Chipmunk Adventure at 12:45 p.m. at The Ritz (320 E. 6th Street). On Sunday, FREE screenings include Babe at 10 a.m. at Slaughter Lane (5701 W. Slaughter Lane), How to Train Your Dragon at 11 a.m. Alamo Village (2700 W. Anderson Lane), and Despicable Me at 9:35 a.m. at Lakeline (14028 N US Highway 183). All show times are subject to change, so please verify the times before heading out.
Breakfast Bytes – Computer Science Workshop for Teens – Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. – noon. Breakfast Bytes is a FREE Saturday morning program for middle and high school students, and their parents. This week’s topic: Games are More than Just Writing Code. Developing games is a pathway to learning STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) subject matter. It requires systems thinking, creativity, problem solving, artistic aesthetics, communications, and collaboration. These skills can lead to careers in fields such as art, design, and computer programming. This session will serve up some tasty game design activities, and will include a discussion on how learning STEAM can lead to a groovy life. Presented by Paul Toprac, PhD, Associate Director and Senior Lecturer, UT Austin Game Development Program. A light breakfast will be served. See the event flyer. No RSVP necessary. Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin, Gates Dell Complex, 2317 Speedway, Austin.
Rattan Fest – Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The bigger-than-ever Rattan Creek Fall Festival, sponsored by the Rattan Creek Neighborhood Association, will be held at Rattan Creek Park, in far Northwest Austin. The 22nd annual festival will be fun for all ages, and will include a 9 a.m. chip-timed, certified 5K Run benefiting Deerpark Middle School. The event is followed by a pancake breakfast fundraiser served by Boy Scout Troop 164, numerous craft booths and food vendors beginning at 10 a.m., and games for kids, live music, and beer from 1-6 p.m. This year’s musical headliner will be Austin singer-songwriter Colt Landon Baker. This year’s 5K Run will allow dogs on leashes no longer than 6 feet. To register for the run, visit www.rrptiming.com. Admittance to the park is FREE. Rattan Creek Park, 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail, Austin.
Pecan Street Festival - Saturday, September 28, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, September 29, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Pecan Street Fall Festival will take place in the heart of downtown Austin along 6th Street! This FREE, family-friendly event will feature over 275 juried artisans and live music throughout the day on three stages. 24 Blocks on 6th Street, from Brazos to I-35, Austin.
Harry Ransom Center Open House – Saturday, September 28, from noon to 5 p.m. Visit for docent-led tours, gift bags, music, and complimentary Maine Root sodas and KIND bars. The Open House is FREE and open to the public. Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, 21st and Guadalupe Streets, Austin.
Asian American Resource Center Grand Opening – Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The center will be welcomed in grand celebration with an official ceremony and ribbon cutting followed by a lively street festival in the great lawn. The street festival will feature an outdoor music stage headlined by the 512 Band along with community information booths and vendors, children’s activities, and roving performers. In addition, artists Sunyong Chung and Philippe Klinefelter will share information on their outdoor sculpture entitled “The Lotus,” which was commissioned through the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Program. The indoor stage in the grand ballroom will feature a variety of pan-Asian performances along with a fashion show and cultural entertainment. The open house includes self-guided tours of the facility with displays of Asian heritage and cultural exhibits. Delicious food will be available for purchase from local Asian food trailers alongside an outdoor café seating area. Complimentary cake and Asian desserts will be served inside the center. The general public is invited to attend the FREE celebration to experience Austin’s newest cultural destination. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin.
Free Concerts at Zilker Hillside Theater – Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. Bring a blanket and enjoy FREE music in Zilker Park. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., Austin.
- Centroamericanto Fest 2013 – Saturday, September 28, from 4 – 9 p.m. FREE family friendly festival! Music by Rianengo, Friguey, and more.
- Austin Symphonic Band Fall Concert – Sunday, September 29, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Bring a snack and spread your blanket under the pecan trees at the beautiful Hillside Theater. Then, watch the stars come out as the band showcases music as big as the great outdoors.
Big Don at Cherrywood Coffeehouse - Sunday, September 29 at 10 a.m. Big Don, the famous kids’ rap artist, will perform a FREE kids show. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin.
Bonus free fun in the ‘burbs:
Radiostar Concert (Cedar Park) - Friday, September 27, from 7 – 10 p.m. Dress in your ’80s best and get ready to dance the night away. There will be a costume contest, with prizes! 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. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.
SuddenLink Bluegrass Festival (Leander) – Friday, September 27, from 7-10:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 28, from 6-10:30 p.m. This is a FREE event that will feature live music, concessions, children’s activities, and a variety of vendors. The bands will include: Piney Grove Ramblers, The Stray Bullets, Carry Illinois, Four Fights per Pint, The Devin Jake Band,The Show and Tellers, The Bottom Dollar String Band, and the Carper Family. Coolers and alcohol are allowed at the park but glass containers are prohibited. Friendly pets are welcome on a leash. The Robin Bledsoe Water Playscape will be open until 8 p.m. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad, Leander.
Pet Fest (San Marcos) - Saturday, September 28, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Spectacular Kids’ Games, Art and crafts, Jumpy Castles, Pet Products and Demos, Silent Auction, Contests, Pet Costumes, Exhibits, Concert, Vendors, Food and More! The festival is located in the park by the beautiful San Marcos River with events throughout the San Marcos Plaza Pavilion Park. Admission is FREE, but it is requested that attendees bring a donation of dry pet food. Cash donations are also accepted and all contributions are tax-deductible. Pet Fest is a celebration of all pets, large and small, and restrained animals with nice manners are invited. Costumes are encouraged! Bring a pet or come meet dogs and cats from shelters and rescues who are waiting to be adopted. San Marcos Plaza Pavilion Park, 401 East Hopkins Street, San Marcos.
National Hunting & Fishing Day (Round Rock) - Saturday, September 28, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join Round Rock’s Parks and Recreation Department and Kids Outdoor Zone in celebrating the original outdoor challenge – National Hunting and Fishing Day. This FREE family-oriented event will feature fun and educational hands-on activities. See the event flyer. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.
H-E-B Read 3 Cupcake Bake-Off – Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Now in its third year, H-E-B is celebrating Read 3, its early childhood literacy initiative, with literary cupcake bake-offs across the state. Bakery Teams from stores in each region will design a cupcake cake using a children’s book as the theme. Customers are encouraged to donate a new or gently used book and/or donate cash to receive a cupcake. Heidi Gollub from Free Fun in Austin will be helping to judge the event! H-E-B at 1700 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.
Hairy Man Festival (Round Rock) - Saturday, September 28, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission to the festival is two non-perishable food items or $2 per person to go to local food banks. 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. Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’Connor Drive, Round Rock.
Ryan’s Day (Pflugerville) – Saturday, September 28, from noon – 6 p.m. Ryan’s Day is a FREE family-friendly event that will feature 8 local bands, face painting, Home Depot children’s workshop, soccer “trick” clinic by Avila Soccer, volleyball, “Wheelz of Fortune” prize raffle, food & drink specials, celebrity guests and the first annual Wasabi Challenge. Special performance by Ryan “Wheelz” Schmidt. Family-friendly and handicapped friendly. 100% of the proceeds raised (raffle tickets, food specials) will go towards non-profit organization “Inspiration on Wheelz,” devoted to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Hanover’s, 108 E. Main Street, Pflugerville.
WorldFest (Sunset Valley) - Saturday, September 28, from 4 – 8 p.m. The Sunset Valley Arts Commission is hosting a FREE evening of food, dance and music of Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil. Come enjoy this family friendly cultural event, behind the Sunset Valley City Hall. See the music schedule. There will be plenty of parking across the street. 3205 Jones Road, Sunset Valley.
Zumba in Prete Plaza (Round Rock) - Saturday, September 28, from 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the first anniversary of La Boom Fitness with a Carnivale themed party with live DJ in downtown Round Rock! Get festive and come dressed in Carnivale style attire! Dance and party to the tunes of DJ Rapid Ric. Face painting for the kids will be available from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Prete Plaza, 221 East Main Street, Round Rock.
Hill Country Galleria Concert: Hot Texas Swing Band (Bee Cave) - Saturday, September 28, from 7 – 9 p.m. Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.
Here We Grow Again Consignment Sale – Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013, from 12 – 5 p.m. Shop for children’s clothing and gear. Admission is FREE. Gateway Square Shopping Center, 9503 Research Blvd, Austin.
ToysInBox – Saturday, September 28, from 2 – 4 p.m. Kids can buy, sell, or trade toys at this auction. FREE admission for bidders and buyers. Bratton Gym, West Austin Youth Association, 1314 Exposition Blvd., Austin.
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Bonus not free events:
Salt and Pepper at ZACH- Friday, September 27 at 7pm and Saturday, September 28 at 11am and 2pm. This bilingual play celebrates the bonds of family and friendship. Salt is a boy whose family has a secret—his grandfather cannot read or write. When Salt befriends Pepper, her love of books sparks his interest in the world of words. Then, a mysterious box of postcards sheds light on Salt’s family! Recommended for ages 7 and up. Cost: $12 adults, $10 children. ZACH Theater, Whisenhunt stage, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.
Barton Hills Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze- Saturday, September 28 from 10am-10pm and Sunday, September 29 from 10am- 5pm. The activities include a Willie Nelson-themed corn maze, pumpkin patch (extra cost), pumpkin painting, barrel train (extra cost), farm animals, a jumping pillow, a huge sandbox, food and local vendors. Cost: $7 for ages three to 10 and $10 for ages 11 and up, and includes entry into the corn maze. Children two and under are free but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Purchase your tickets online and save $1 on admission. Barton Hill Farm, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Picture-2.png[/author_image] [author_info] Heidi Gollub loves exploring Austin and beyond with her 5 kids. For more local adventures for families, visit FreeFuninAustin.com. [/author_info] [/author]