The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, March 14-16, 2014

Rodeo Austin- Through 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.

Free Movies at Alamo Drafthouse – Friday, March 14 – Sunday, March 16. Kids age 3 and up, and their parents, are invited to see The Muppet Movie at at Alamo Slaughter Lane (5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin) or Follow That Bird at Alamo Lakeline (14028 N US Highway 183, Austin)  Pick up your FREE tickets at the Box Office on the morning of the screening. Seating is first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early. See the website for showtimes.

Movie on the Plaza (Round Rock) – Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. Bring your family to a FREE screening of Monsters University. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and pack a picnic or purchase food and drink from one of the vendors at the event! Centennial Plaza, 301 W Bagdad, Round Rock.

Flatstock 43 – Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Presented by Vans and the American Poster Institute (API), Flatstock 43 will display the works of the world’s top gig poster artists. The event is FREE and open to the public. Guests age 13 and up will need free SXSW Guest Passes. In Exhibit Hall 4 of the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin.

Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition – Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, from 12 – 8 p.m. The Fair will feature a curated selection of today’s finest independent Makers along with art installations, workshops, games, music, food trucks, booze, and more. Shoppers will find a variety of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair – ranging from cutting edge jewelry, stationery, clothing and accessories, to posters, housewares and much more. Browse this year’s line up of 185+ talented makers here. Expect a lively atmosphere at the fair, appropriate for all ages. FREE and open to the public. Guests age 13 and up will need free SXSW Guest Passes. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Pan Americana Festival 2014 – Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, from 4 – 11 p.m. The City of Austin and Bellas Artes puts on this FREE show featuring artists from throughout the Americas. Parking will be available at Sanches Elementary School, Martin Middle School and Fiesta Gardens. A shuttle will be running every 20 minutes to pick up and drop off at the MACC. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), 600 River Street, Austin.

SXSW Eco Light Garden – Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 at dark. New installations play with light, sound and geometry. FREE and open to the public. Republic Square, 4th & Guadalupe, Austin.
AdvertisementWhole Lotta Fun: Musicians for Microcredit – Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. A family-friendly showcase featuring Sara Hickman, The Que Pastas and more. Space is extremely limited, so you may want to have a Plan B if this event is too crowded.  FREE and open to the public. Whole Foods at The Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

The Cat in the Hat- Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. and 2 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.

Ginger Leigh’s Love on the Lawn Showcase – Saturday, March 15, from noon – 9 p.m. Central Market on North Lamar will host this FREE showcase, which features local artists such as the Jitterbug Vipers, Wendy Colonna, Patrice Pike, Carolyn Wonderland and more. Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, Austin.

Ramble Creek Recording Studio Day Show –  Saturday, March 15 from noon to 7pm in La Patisserie’s backyard. Hosts encourage you to bring a lawn chair and park on Annie, being considerate of the neighbors and driveways. FREE!! All ages welcome. La Patisserie, 602 Annie Street West.

Holi Celebration – Saturday, March 15, from 2 – 8 p.m. Radha Madhav Dham is pleased to welcome everyone who would like to experience Holi, the Festival of Colors. This year’s festivities will include: food booths offering delicious Indian dishes (chhola bhatura, samosas, pakoras, jalebis), chai (spicy tea); kid games and prizes, zorb balls, inflatables, Bonzo Crunch the clown and petting zoo; presentations on Hinduism 101 and the significance of Holi; Indian dance and other cultural performances on the outdoor stage; in addition to Holi play of colors with a Live Band and a Holi bonfire, that symbolizes new beginnings. At the end, there will be a joyful Holi Kirtan program on the outdoor shrine to conclude the ceremonies. This event is FREE and open to the public. Parking is FREE, and all are welcome. Radha Madhav Dham, 400 Barsana Rd, Austin.

Mad Tiger Fest – Sunday, March 16, from noon – 5 p.m. A FREE family event for kids of all ages with music, art, food, magic and toys at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. RSVP at Do512, although this doesn’t guarantee admission, as there are space constraints. Donations accepted at door to benefit Anthropos Arts, Sim Foundation, and Diverse Arts. Kenny Dorham’s Backyard.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration- Sunday, March 16 from Noon to 5pm. Live music all day long, refreshments, Celtic Fun! FREE!! The shows are family friendly and all  ages are welcome. Things Celtic, 1806 West 35th Street.


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