Happening All Weekend
Whole Foods Downtown 10 Year Anniversary- Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Stop by and meet (& sample!) over 15 of our LOCAL suppliers! Street Food Fest benefiting Whole Planet Foundation, 12pm-5pm, live music, games, and Street Food! Keepin’ it Wheel! – Parmigiano Reggiano Crack at 2pm, watch our Team Members show off their skills in real time! FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
The Three Little Pigs at ZACH Theatre- Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Take three little piglets, their devoted single-parent mom, and a misunderstood Big Bad Wolf, and you’ve got the perfect “Great Big Little Broadway Show” for audiences ages 3 and up. Filled with humor, this endearing tale will leave you squealing with glee and howling with laughter! Tickets: $15 youth, $20 adults. Get discounted tickets ($13 per person!) for this weekend’s show by calling the box office and giving them the code “LiveMom”. ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. Win Tickets HERE!
STAPLE! 2015- Saturday, 11a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, from 12-6 p.m. Over 150 exhibitors of comics, zines, art, crafts, games & more! Admission: $10/one-day pass, $15/two-day pass, CASH only at the door! Marchesa Hall and Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Zilker Backyard Jam- 5:30-9:00 p.m. The Jam is back! Live music, food vendors, face painting, and more! This is a free family event. Donations are welcome for Zilker’s awesome Music Department! Here are the bands playing: the nuclear chicken wings, Electric Milk ,Bouldin Bobkats, and The Blacklands .This is BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket). There will be a limited amount of folding chairs. This is also BYOP (Bring Your own Picnic) but we will also have the following food vendors: Rockin’ Tomato, Flavorlicious, Taco Bab. Zilker Elementary School, 1900 Bluebonnet Lane.
Amreeka Film Screening – 7:00 p.m. Cannes award-winning film about a proud Palestinian Christian mother and her teenage son in a small Indiana town. Opening remarks by Dr. Susan Mays, LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin. Free popcorn. Additional food and beverage available for purchase. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
It’s My Park Day- 9 a.m. to noon. It’s My Park Day is Austin Parks Foundation’s annual day of volunteering at parks, trails, and green spaces across Austin. Every year thousands of Austinites come together to show their parks a little love and make a big difference. Volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, a burrito card from Chipotle Mexican Grill, and treats provided by KIND Snacks and Wheatsville Co-op. To register to volunteer at a park near you visit: http://austinparks.org/
Community E-Waste Recycling Day- 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Drop off your wide array of unwanted electronic items for tax-deductible responsible recycling at Strange Brew and enjoy The Detentions’ “Rockamole” blend of country, folk and Americana too! FREE! Strange Brew Coffee, 5326 Manchaca Road.
Explore UT- 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Families are invited to attend the annual open house at the University of Texas at Austin, to take part in science and engineering experiments, plus art, history, communication, business, law, and other activities–nearly 400 in all–and expand their horizons about college and careers.
Explore UT is FREE and open to everyone. Activities are designed for all students K-12, including Gifted and Talented, STEM, AVID, and CIS. No registration for individuals is required. Just go to the activities of your choice! Click here for the Schedule of Activities.
Enjoy FREE admission to the following museums thanks to Explore UT.
- Texas Memorial Museum- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be special activities for kids to enjoy. including: Create your own science inspired arts and crafts; Bring your fossil finds to the Paleo Lab for identification by a paleontologist; Learn about the science of paleontology, and how fossils are important for our understanding of biodiversity and environmental change. Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity Street.
- Blanton Museum of Art- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the Museum’s new exhibitions and educational art activities related to themes within the collection for FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (at MLK and Congress).
- LBJ Presidential Library- Activities include: Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! from 11:00 – 11:40 a.m., LBJ Auditorium. Watch a Pollyanna Theater Company performance of the original play by Gregory Perrin exploring the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Set in a history museum, the play’s characters experience key elements of history when iconic images come to life. 11 Super Amazing Career Opportunities Found in Museums from 1:00-2:40 p.m., 2nd floor classrooms. If you enjoy digging around in other people’s stuff, perhaps you may a perfect candidate for a career working in a museum. Discover some of the surprisingly fun and cool jobs people have at the LBJ Library. Exhibits On Display from 11:00 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River Street.
Celebration of Urban Birds- 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the Austin Nature & Science Center for a celebration of urban birds with FREE activities for the entire family, including live bird demonstrations, expert lectures, kids’ bird drawing, hands-on crafts and activities, a bird scavenger hunt and more! Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive.
Holi, Festival of Lights- 2-8 p.m. Celebrate the Festival of Colors, organized by Barsana Dham, with delicious delicacies of India, game booths, prizes, petting zoo, inflatables, cultural dances, Holi Leela performance, Holi bonfire (7 p.m.) and more! FREE! Ticket purchase ($1 per tickets) is required for some activities. Radha Madha Dham, 400 Barsana Road.
Kitten Party- 3-5 p.m. We’re having a kitten party at Counter Culture on Saturday. Come eat lunch, and pet kittens outside after. We’ll make a little kitty art, too, you can keep or put up in the cat cafe when we open! Counter Culture, 2337 E. Cesar Chavez Street.
Cinematic Symphony- 8 p.m. Boldly go(musically) where no man has gone before—performing all your favorite Star Trek music, including “Wrath of Khan,” “Into Darkness,” “Amok Time,” and many more! Join Cinematic Symphony for a FREE concert! Costumes are welcome and encouraged for all ages. There will be photo ops and prizes. Akins Fine Arts Theatre, 10701 S First Street.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
The Groundwork Music Orchestra Kids Show at Cherrywood- 10-11:30 a.m. The Groundwork Music Orchestra records and performs songs that are part of the Groundwork lesson plan. With guest appearances in and out of the studio, The Groundwork Music Orchestra shares the quality of its classroom content with the community at large. See them perform this Sunday for FREE! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street.
Stella, Queen of the Snow- Doors open at 1 p.m. and the show begins at 2 p.m., By the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Canada, best for Pre-K – 3rd Grade. If you’ve loved “The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites,” “Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny” and “Guess How Much I Love You.” Then you don’t want to miss the newest creation from the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia STELLA, QUEEN OF THE SNOW tells the story of Stella and her little brother Sam, as they spend the day playing in the snow. The forest, snowballs, snow angels and the mysterious white stuff itself provide fuel for Sam’s questions and Stella’s answers as they discover the world of winter together. First published in 2000, the book remains a favorite with worldwide fans. This production features whimsical puppets, striking scenic effects and evocative original music. Tickets: $20. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue.
Family Fun Day at the Art Garage: Spring Into Art- 2-4 p.m. Don’t get pinched! We’ll have FREE green tie-dye today! Bring your own (100% cotton) T-shirt to tie-dye. (or we can provide a shirt for $6, that’s $10 off regular price!) We’ll teach you how to tie-dye and also have lots of green dye. Other free Spring crafts will be available and we’ll have specials in the studio, too! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive.
Austin Family Classical Concerts- 5-6 p.m., “A Bit of Bach” featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, and more! Austin Family Classical Concerts is a concert series featuring local professional classical musicians performing some of their favorite music together. AFCC events are open to everyone, including children of all ages. In fact, it is the perfect first classical music concert experience for young children and babies! We will provide a quiet activity for those who may need something to keep hands busy, and will go over concert etiquette for the very young at the beginning of the concert. Concert-goers are always welcome to come up to the stage at the end of the concert to talk with the musicians and see the instruments up close. The AFCC series was created by the musician/mother of a very squirmy, not-very-quiet boy, who wanted to bring her son to concerts without the fear of disrupting the performers and audience. These concerts are designed to give parents a place to “train” their kids to attend classical performances, in a non-judgmental environment. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th Street.
Head Out of Town
Wimberley Market Days- Saturday, March 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wimberley hosts the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state with over 475 booths of everything you can’t live without. Come stroll the tree-shaded paths, listen to live music and shop to your heart’s content. FREE Admission!