Wooldridge Square Grand Reopening Celebration - Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14. The Downtown Austin Alliance is planning a weekend of fun family activities to celebrate the reopening of this historic gem. Friday’s festivities include live music with Dale Watson and lunch options from iconic Austin food vendors. Festivities for Saturday include a diversity of family activities and will conclude with a special performance by the Austin Symphony Big Band. Wooldridge Square, 900 Guadalupe, Austin.
Alamo Kid’s Camp - Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. Kids age 3 and up and their parents can see movies for FREE. This weekend, see Babe (Alamo Village), Despicable Me (Slaughter Lane), or How to Train Your Dragon (Alamo Lakeline).
Wee Warhols Open Studio – Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Stop by to check out the space, do a FREE art project, and learn more about fall classes. 606 Terrell Hill Dr., Austin.
The Austin Flea – Saturday, September 14, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion including jewelry, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! The Austin Flea is FREE and open to all ages. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St., Austin.
Harvest Moon Festival - Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy Asian and Pacific Rim cultural performances of music, dance, Taiko Drum, Lion Dance, martial arts and traditional food at the Asian American Cultural Center’s 13th Anniversary Celebration and Harvest Moon Festival. This festival will feature activities for the entire family. Admission is FREE. Asian American Cultural Center, 11713 Jollyville Road, Austin.
Driving to Give Classic Car Show – Saturday, September 14, from noon – 7 p.m. Join Motoreum.com for an old fashioned car show benefiting little Kaelyn DeYoung, who was born with a congenital heart defect. The event is FREE to the public and will feature a classic car show, local vendors, food, live music and silent auction. Galaxy Moviehouse & Eatery parking lot, 8300 N. Farm to Market 620, Austin.
¡Viva México! ¡Viva La Independencia! - Saturday, September 14, from 5 – 10 p.m. Come to this FREE family friendly event to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day at the MACC with performances by Mariachi Corbetas, Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl, Son Armado, and Leticia Rodriguez, special guest speakers, and a contemporary reenactment of ‘Father Hidalgo’s El Grito’ by Proyecto Teatro. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin.
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance International Youth Talent Show – Sunday, September 15, from 2-5 p.m. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance is celebrating their 16th birthday with a gift — an International Youth Talent Show for the community! This year’s talent includes youth singers, dancers, and musicians in heritage performances representing Africa, India, Latino culture, and more! FREE and open to the public. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin.
Family Day at The Art Garage - Sunday, September 15, from 2 – 4 p.m. Visit the studio for FREE and fun art projects. There will also be specials and walk-in offerings. All ages are welcome! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive Suite 202, Austin.
The Prancercise Challenge – Sunday, September 15, from 4:50 – 5:50 p.m. Join the comedic cast of Thinning the Herd as they Prancercise their way across the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge over Lady Bird Lake. Meet up at ZACH Theatre, between the parking lot and Lady Bird Lake, at 4:50 p.m. for a brief warm up and practice session before Prancercising across the bridge. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin.
Bonus fun in the ‘burbs:
Movies in the Park: Back to the Future (Round Rock) - Friday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a FREE movie in the plaza. Round Rock Cafe will be onsite selling sandwiches and beverages. Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock.
Free Fall Music Festival with The Biscuit Brothers (Round Rock) – Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Join Bright Horizons at Round Rock for a live musical performance featuring PBS’ Emmy award-winning talent, The Biscuit Brothers. There will be fun family activities, refreshments, raffles and more! The Biscuit Brothers will be playing from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Bright Horizons at Round Rock, 7210 Wyoming Springs Dr, Round Rock.
Bat Fest (Round Rock) – Saturday, September 14, from noon – 2 p.m. Bats are a key part of Central Texas Wildlife, but what do you know about these mysterious creatures? Come out to the Brushy Creek Community Center Pavilion and Bat Deck for the third annual Bat Fest! Bring the whole family to celebrate our neighborhood bats while enjoying live music, bat games, bat crafts, snacks and learn a little about bat life on a tour of the bat cave! Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Dr, Round Rock.
Hands on History (Georgetown)- Saturday, September 14 from 10am- 2pm. Enjoy hands-on activities and and history lessons for FREE!! Hut, Hut! Take part in welcoming our newest exhibit, Hut, Hut: Football in Williamson County. Map the mascots of Williamson County and create your own football pennant to take home. The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown.
Cave Day (Cedar Park) – Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cave Day is a FREE opportunity for you to get out and enjoy some the cave resources located in the Cedar Park, Texas area. There are over 750 known caves within Williamson County. Visitors will be able to hike several cave preserves, visit and enter Avery Ranch Cave, visit and enter Dies Ranch Treasure Cave and visit a 100 – year old log cabin. In addition, you may also see where the local Indians lived (Dies Ranch Shelter Cave). Join the City of Cedar Park Parks & Recreation for a fun filled day. Information and directions will be available at the Dies Ranch Treasure Cave. To reach the cave, turn off Anderson Mill onto Zeppelin Drive. Go past the Deer Creek Elementary to the intersection of Zeppelin and Rambler Valley Drive, Cedar Park. Park at the cave preserve entrance and walk to the cave.
Bonus budget-friendly fun:
Second Saturdays are for Families at Laguna Gloria – Saturday, September 14, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn how to create cool patterns and designs as you create mini quilt blocks from unusual materials. Check out the new art by Austin artist Erin Curtis, then add to a collaborative weaving installation on the grounds of Laguna Gloria. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Recommended for ages 2–11. $10 per family. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street, Austin.
Children in History: Afternoon in the Garden – Sunday, September 15, from 1 – 4 p.m. Hear the story of American Girl Kirsten, a pioneer settler from Sweden who struggles to find her place in her new home and school. See the Swedish cabin, watch blacksmiths and tour the Esperanza Schoolhouse to learn some new pioneer skills and practice using chalk and chalkboard. This event is FREE with Garden entry, which is $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. Also happening this weekend at Zilker Botanical Garden is the 21st Annual Texas Bamboo Festival. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
Pajama Party- Saturday, September 14 at 10:30am. Don’t get out of your jammies! Come out to Flix Brewhouse in your pajamas and watch Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Cost: $5. All ages welcome. It is recommended to purchase tickets online as they do sell out. Flix Brewhouse,
35th Annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta- Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. Gates open at Noon. Presented by Fiestas Patrias of Austin, celebre and recognize the national holiday of Mexican Independence Day. Enjoy a variety of Tejano and Conjunto bands, Ballet Folklorico dancers, Mexican and Mexican-American culinary delights and more. Admission free before 3 p.m., $8 after. On Sunday, admission is free until 3pm, $8 after until 6pm and then $10 after. Children 12 and younger free with paying adult. Fiesta Gardens, 1901 Bergman Avenue, Austin.
[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 her site FreeFuninAustin.com. [/author_info] [/author]