The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, March 16-18, 2012

Music by the Slice 2012 – Friday, March 16 at Home Slice Pizza on South Congress. The party is FREE (no RSVP, no badge required) and Home Slice will donate ALL of the proceeds from concession sales to charity! The charity for 2012 is Urban Roots – a sustainable farming program for young Austinites. Go here to see the lineup.

Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo- Live music, cook-offs, rodeo competitions, a carnival, pig races and more- it’s all part of Rodeo Austin! The rodeo will go through March 24th. For a complete schedule of events,  click here. Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane.

Friday Night Storytime- Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with two great Irish tales: King Puck by Michael Garland and Finn McCool and The Great Fish by Eve Bunting and Zachary Pullen. Don’t forget to wear green! FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Gospel at the Carver – Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, from 6 – 9 p.m.  FREE music at George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.  On Saturday, March 17 there will also be a Holy Hip-Hop Symposium & Concert from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

SX San Jose – March 14-18.  Music starts at noon. A 5-day community event with live music, local vendors, cold beer and good times in the Hotel San Jose/Jo’s Coffee parking lot. Always and forever FREE to attend. 1300 South Congress Avenue, Austin.

Christian Music LIVE at the Station -Friday, March 16, from 6 – 9 p.m. and March 17, from 6 – 9 p.m. Presented by Mission:Possible! Austin. LIVE at The Station, an outdoor music venue at Mission: Possible! Austin, will be kicking off during SXSW with FREE live music. 1818 E. 12th Street.

Mexican American Experience and The Pan Americana Festival – Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17.  Four evenings of FREE music at the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC). Please note that there is no parking at the MACC, but guests can park at Sanchez Elementary or Martin Middle School and take a free shuttle. For more information about the event and the free shuttles, please visit the Mexican American Experience or The Pan Americana Festival websites. 600 River Street.

Central Market North LamarLive 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:
  • Wiretree and Little Brave- This double bill features Little Brave (6:30-8 pm), an incredible live performer with heavy lyrics and intense voice. Little Brave’s “Wound and Will” is, without a doubt, a great CD. Wiretree (8:00-9 pm) is an American indie pop/indie rock band from Austin. Initially a solo recording project of singer-songwriter Kevin Peroni, Wiretree now currently includes Joshua Kaplan on guitar, Rachel Peroni on bass and Daniel Blanchard on drums. Their music draws influence from British rock, indie, singer-songwriter and jazz. The band released the album “Make Up” in late 2011. Friday, 6:30- 9:30pm
  • St. Paddy’s Day Ceili- Join us as we welcome the Irish Dance Central of Austin for a special St Paddy’s Day ceili. The Irish Dance Center repeatedly has sent top-caliber Texas Irish dancers to compete in Ireland. Dance instructor Eimir Donnell is a well-respected and renowned dance teacher who will showcase and form Irish champion dancers in group and solo setting. Don’t miss the Magic and Awe of Irish Dancing (6:00 to 7:30 pm). Presented by the Irish Dance Center. Live Music by Sarah Dinan (8:00 to 9 pm) Often compared to Mary Black and Sinead O’Connor, Dinan’s clear alto voice is perfect for the lilting songs and haunting ballads she sings. Dinan and her band are a Celtic tour de force that performs a repertoire of engaging songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Saturday, 6:00- 9:00pm.
  • 5th Annual Nowruz Festival and Persian New Year Celebration- Nowruz (meaning “New Day” in Persian) is the old celebration of the beginning of spring. Today it is celebrated primarily in Iran and in a few cultures surrounding the Iranian plateau, as well as in parts of Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia. For this unique celebration, Central Market will have a special Nowruz menu in the cafe. Here’s the lineup: Bereket (4:30-5:30 pm) Ravaan Dance Company(5:30-6 pm) Ojalá (6:30-7:30 pm) Atash (8-9 pm). Sunday, 4:30- 9:00pm.

Arthur Turns Green Storytime- Energized by a newfound environmental consciousness, Arthur searches for ways that he can help make our planet a better place to live but hunting for energy saving projects. Come meet Arthur and learn some energy saving tips as well. Craft afterwards. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd. in the Arboretum.

The Wizard of Oz –  A cherished family favorite, don’t miss your chance to see Auntie Em, Toto, Dorothy, the Wicked Witch and the rest on the BIG screen in a stunning new 4K digital presentation! 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, 10:40am. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin. Please be sure to check showtime before heading to the movies as they may change.

Disney Trivia Game & Dance Party – Kids will test their Disney knowledge and play fun dance games. FREE!! All participants receive a prize. Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. The Disney Store, 11200 Lakestop Blvd.

Children’s Chess Open Play- Learn the basics of how to play chess, or just meet up with other chess fans to play a few games. All ages and abilities welcome. FREE!! Saturday, 1:30- 3:00pm.  Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.
AdvertisementPenguin young Reader Character of the Month Storytime- Today, we’ll be reading a book that belongs on every child’s book shelf. The Very Hungry Caterpillar! We’ll be reading several stories from the brilliant mind of Eric Carle and then making some colorful caterpillars and butterflies of our own! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

St Patrick’s Day Festival- Live music, dancing and activities for kids! $10 adults, $3 children under 13. Saturday, noon- 10:00pm. Two locations: Cover -3, 2700 Anderson Lane and Lion and Rose Pub, 701 S. Cap. Tx. Hwy in Westlake Shopping Center.

Texas Music Roadtrip -Celebrate the opening of the special exhibit with FREE Family activities and live music! Legendary Texas band, The Texas Tornados will perform a FREE concert on the Lone Star Plaza. Saturday, 1:00- 5:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Craft Time for Kids:Lucky Shamrock Rainbow Ribbon- Kids design a colorful St. Patrick’s Day streamer they’ll love to wave and twirl! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

How to Train Your Dragon – Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. 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, 1:00pm. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane.

Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a free book and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.

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

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Things Celtic- Live music by local Austin musicians! FREE!! The shows are family friendly and all  ages are welcome. Saturday, 11:00am- 4:00pm. Things Celtic, 1806 West 35th Street.

Food-Free Family Storytime- Enjoy 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, 10:30am. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: Mr. Schave and Reilly- Bring the entire family for a FREE show with live music! Sunday, 10:30am.  Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.

Whole Foods Kids Club- Love music? Love crafts? Get in the music festival spirit by create your very own musical instruments. We will be using recycled materials and making music together. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 3:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

The Hey Lollies Kids Show- Come out for coffee and FREE live music for the kids on Sunday at 10:30 am. Cherrywood Coffee Shop, 1400 E.381/2 Street.

Moms ROCK! – Texas M.I.L.K (Moms I’d Like to Know) presents a showcase celebrating motherhood and music. Come out for a FREE family-friendly day of music featuring mom musicians as well as indie-pop (and mom-managed) band Charlie Belle. Sunday, 11:00am- 5:00pm. Happy Salon and Spa, 1605 W. 6th.

Peelander Family Jamboree – Springdale Farm is sharing their incredible spot for a big rock n’ roll rumpus with Peelander-Z and Friends! Shade and lots of it, giant octopus balloons, clean toilets, space bowling, coloring with Toy Joy, water, chickens to look at and eat, tigers, horns, food trucks. The lineup includes Peelander-Z, Mother Falcon and Anthropos Arts Allstars. Sunday, 1:00- 5:00pm. The show is FREE but donations will be taken to benefit Anthropos Arts. Springdale Farm Austin, 755 Springdale Road.

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

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