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Another fantastic weekend is here, packed full of fun stuff! Here are the top 10 FREE events happening in and around Austin this weekend.


Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: May 18-20, 2018
  1. KUTX & Mueller Present: Rock the Park, Riders Against The Storm
    Friday, May 18 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Mueller Austin, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
    Mueller and KUTX are excited to rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park this spring with another round of family friendly concerts curated by KUTX and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with a kid-friendly act, followed by rock and roll for the grown-ups. Food trucks, fun, and live music on the lake! Face painting runs from 6:30 through 8:30 p.m.
  2. Paddington 2 Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, May 18 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
    Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Paddington 2. Get there as early as 6:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
  3. 2018 Austin Open
    Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20 | All Day | Krieg Fields, 517 South Pleasant Valley Rd.
    The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. The 2018 Austin Open will be made up of 16 Main Draw teams for men and women- 10 auto entries, two wild cards, four qualifier teams. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.
  4. Summer Reading Splash
    Saturday, May 19 | from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Austin IDS Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.
    A collaboration between the Austin ISD Libraries, BookPeople, and the Austin Public Library, the 2018 Summer Reading Splash will feature author panels, hands-on activities, book signings, and more for readers in grades 3-6.  Dive into summer reading with Kate DiCamillo, the multiple Newbery Medal winning, bestselling author of Raymie Nightingale, Because of Winn Dixie, Flora & Ulysses, The Tale of Despereaux, the Mercy Watson series and more. Other authors include Max Brallier, (The Last Kids on Earth series), Xavier Garza (Maximilian and the ​Mystery of the Guardian Angel), Lauren Tarshis (I Survived series), Judd Winick (Hilo series), Diana López (Coco: A Story About Music, ​Shoes, and Family), and more!
  5. 2nd Annual Festival of Good
    Saturday, May 19 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Goodnight Ranch, Blaze Dr.
    Bring a friend and your dog to the Goodnight neighborhood in southeast Austin for the 2nd Annual Festival of Good – a fun, block party-style event celebrating the “good” things of Austin. The family-friendly event will feature over 10 local vendors, offering everything from handmade leather goods to apothecary products to purchase, to dog adoptions and face painting. Attendees can also enjoy local food trucks, visit the Austin Public Library’s Bookmobile, play yard games and listen to live music – all manifesting the live, work, play aspects of the Goodnight community. This family-friendly gathering is free and open to the public and sure to be a fun way to spend a Saturday.
  6. Royal Tea Party (Pflugerville)
    Saturday, May 19 | from 1 to 2:30 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Plugger St. W., Pflugerville
    Celebrate the royal wedding with an all-ages tea party. Dress in your finest attire and enjoy a royal story time at 1 pm, followed by tea, a craft, and refreshments. Supplies for DIY fascinators will be provided while supplies last. They’ll have green screen up so you can take photos in front of Buckingham Palace and other English landmarks. All ages are welcome to attend.
  7. Renegade Craft Austin
    Sunday, May 20 | from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Fair Market, 1100 E. 5th St.
    Renegade Craft Austin is rounding out their Spring Tour with good vibes, great food, and exceptional independent design at the iconic Fair Market! Renegade Austin brings together a curated roster of local and national Maker talent alongside food trucks, DJ sets, craft cocktails, delightful photo ops, and all-around good times. Always free & all are welcome
  8. Band of the Hills 20th Anniversary Contest Event (Cedar Park)
    Sunday, May 20 | from 3 to 4 p.m. | Vista Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park
    While Austin has the title “Live Music Capital of the World,” Band of the Hills brings the joy of live music to Cedar Park and the surrounding area. They perform traditional varieties of music from marches to classical, show tunes to big band and patriotic to seasonal favorites along with other types of music. Join as they celebrate 20 years of music and community.
  9. Storybook Dance Making at Easton Park
    Sunday, May 20 | from 3 to 4 p.m. | Easton Park, 7000 Cardinal Bloom Loop
    Dance Waterloo is proud to host a six-week Storybook Dance Making program in Easton Park. Children ages 5-10 can join Dance Waterloo in the park for 60 minutes of dancing with mom, dad, grandma, and more. Each class is inspired by a storybook. Dance Waterloo designs each class to incorporate elements of social-emotional learning (SEL) through story time and dance making activities that are fun for both children and adults! Storybook Dance Making is a family dance education program. Guardians are required to participate with children.
  10. Anthropos Arts 20th Real World Music Showcase
    Sunday, May 20 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Antone’s, 305 E 5th St.
    Anthropos Arts is celebrating 20 years of connecting low-income youth with professional musicians and cultivating confidence, integrity and life skills through musical education and mentorship. To celebrate, the organization is hosting its annual musical extravaganza, the Real World Music Showcase, featuring students alongside their mentors – some of the best and most noted musicians in Austin. Joining for an evening of music will also be Anthropos alumni from the last two decades who have moved on to become successful in the music industry. This year’s showcase will include tunes from across the globe including selections from Cuba, Iran, Nigeria, Mexico, India and the US. Admission is free at the door but donations are welcome. All proceeds will benefit Anthropos Arts students.
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  • Old Town Street Festival (Leander)
    Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Old Town Leander, 100 N. Brushy St., Leander
    The Old Town Street Festival, one of Central Texas’ most popular events, is a fun festival held each spring in downtown Leander’s charming Old Town District. On the third weekend of May, the streets of Old Town Leander fill with local and national artisans offering handcrafted creations. Texas bands and artists bring the stage to life, and family-friendly activities delight both adults and children. Food vendors provide both healthy and indulgent choices, and local and regional wineries and breweries bring a special flair to Old Town.
  • Raptors of Central Texas (Lockhart)
    Friday, May 18 | from 7 to 8 p.m. | Lockart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
    Explore the raptors of Central Texas with local wildlife rehabilitator, Sallie Delahoussaye. Learn about these amazing animals, and meet a few up close! All ages welcome. No registration required. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).
  • Gifts from the Trees Hike (Lockhart)
    Saturday, May 19 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
    Discover the secrets of your backyard trees in this fun walk! Join a Master Naturalist to hear about the fascinating trees and history of Lockhart State Park! All ages welcome. No registration required. Meet your guide at the Creekview Trailhead. If driving from park headquarters, take your first left-hand turn, pass the campgrounds, and park along the paved loop. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult and free for children 12 & under).
  • Superior Snakes (Lockhart)
    Sunday, May 19 | from 2 to 3 p.m. |Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
    Join a Park Ranger to discover local snakes and their amazing adaptations! All ages welcome. No registration required. Meet in the Lockhart State Park Picnic Area. Bring water, it’ll be hot! Please wear close-toed shoes as we will be hiking along the creek looking for snakes.
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Needing a day or night out without the kids? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the best FREE date ideas in Austin this week.

Tuesday, May 15

Republic Square Free Fitness Class: Circuit Training by Ro Fitness
Tuesday, May 15 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Astronomy on Tap ATX #44
Tuesday, May 15 | from 7:30 to 10 p.m. | The North Door. 501 Brushy St.
This May, there will be talks on evolved binary stars, our satellite galaxies, and more! Dr. Fabiola Campos will talk about evolved binary stars in globular clusters, and how to use it to study the internal structure of the cluster. Rebecca Tippens will share with you about the satellite galaxies of our Milky Way, and how they form under the influence of dark matter and dark energy. In addition, AoTATX44 will feature astronomy news, trivia, and AoTATX merchandise. Finally, they will have telescopes on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting)!

Wednesday, May 16

Republic Square Free Fitness Class: Beyond the Barre
Wednesday, May 16 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Date Night @ the DAC: CUMBIA! 
Wednesday, May 16 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Originally a courtship dance practiced along the coasts of Columbia and Panama, Cumbia has transformed over the centuries into one of the most popular genres to emerge from Latin America. Celebrate heart thumping club beats provided by Chulita Vinyl Club along with playful dance instruction from professional Latin dance instructor Melissa Corpus of MeliSamba.

Thursday, May 17

Triple Z Luau
Thursday, May 17 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Triple Z Threadz, 1606 S. Congress Ave.
Get Leid! at the Triple Z Luau. They will be launching the latest Triple Z summer embroidery designs and celebrating with all things tropical! Sip on Austin Eastciders Dulce Vida Tequila while listening to beachy tunes. There will also be some smoking hot giveaways!

Republic Square Free Fitness Class: Strength Training by Orange Theory Fitness
Thurssday, May 17 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, May 17 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join 93.3 KGSR in celebrating 25 YEARS of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend.

Friday, May 18

2018 AUSTIN OPEN
Friday, May 18 | All day | Krieg Fields, 517 Pleasant Valley Rd.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.

KUTX and Mueller Present: Rock the Park, Riders Against the Storm
Friday, May 18 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Mueller and KUTX are excited to rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park this spring with another round of family friendly concerts curated by KUTX and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with a kid-friendly act, followed by rock and roll for the grown-ups. Food trucks, fun, and live music on the lake! Adelbert’s Brewery will be providing beer at the event.

Saturday, May 19

2018 AUSTIN OPEN
Saturday, May 19 | All day | Krieg Fields, 517 Pleasant Valley Rd.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.

Easton Park’s Parkapalooza
Saturday, May 19 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Easton Park, 7000 Cardinal Bloom Loop
At Easton Park’s third annual Parkapalooza, nosh on delicious eats and treats from Austin’s favorite food trucks, and enjoy local cold brews and live music in Bryant Park. They’ll also have an agility course for your furry friends, along with lawn games, activities for the kids and a whole lot more.

2nd Annual Festival of Good
Saturday, May 19 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Goodnight Ranch, Blaze Dr.
Bring a friend and your dog to the Goodnight neighborhood in southeast Austin for the 2nd Annual Festival of Good – a fun, block party-style event celebrating the “good” things of Austin. The family-friendly event will feature over 10 local vendors, offering everything from handmade leather goods to apothecary products to purchase, to dog adoptions and face painting. Attendees can also enjoy local food trucks, visit the Austin Public Library’s Bookmobile, play yard games and listen to live music – all manifesting the live, work, play aspects of the Goodnight community. This family-friendly gathering is free and open to the public and sure to be a fun way to spend a Saturday.

Let the Wookie win: A Star Wars Theme Quiz
Saturday, May 19 | from 2 to 4:30 p.m. | Brass Tap Domain, 10910 Domain Dr. Ste 120
Bust out your lightsaber and your pencil and get ready for a Star Wars quiz at Brass Tap-Domain. $5 per player and teams of up to 6 for a cash prize. No pre-registration required for this theme quiz.

Sunday, May 20

2018 AUSTIN OPEN
Sunday, May 20 | All day | Krieg Fields, 517 Pleasant Valley Rd.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.

Band of the Hills 20th Anniversary Contest Event (Cedar Park)
Sunday, May 20 | from 3 to 4 p.m. | Vista Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park
While Austin has the title “Live Music Capital of the World”, Band of the Hills brings the joy of live music to Cedar Park and the surrounding area. They perform traditional varieties of music from marches to classical, show tunes to big band and patriotic to seasonal favorites along with other types of music. Join as they celebrate 20 years of music and community.

Monday, May 21

Republic Square Free Fitness Class: Yoga by Wild Heart Yoga
Wednesday, May 16 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

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Fun Arts Exhibit (Cedar Park)
Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18 | All Day | Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
Somewhere between the noble realm of Fine Art and the mighty realm of Illustration, lies a curious little field that is coming to be known as Fun Art. Cedar Park Public Library hosts this Fun Arts Exhibit, proudly sponsored by FunArtsWorld.com and Texas Cartoonists – National Cartoonists Society Texas Chapter.

Faces of Barton Springs: An Interactive Installation Curated by Karen Kocher and Lauren Jaben
Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | The Historic Barton Springs Bathhouse, 2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Barton Springs Conservancy is pleased to announce the multi-media Faces of Barton Springs. This interactive installation celebrates the many communities who swim at the Springs. It features a photo montage of Barton Springs swimmers from all walks of life ranging from artists and athletes to scientists and spiritual seekers. Visitors are invited to create their own Barton Springs poems on our wall-size magnetic poetry tree, share a personal reflection or memory about Barton Springs on the community kiosk, and pose for a selfie with a life-sized vintage swimmer cut-out. The installation will also feature listening stations showcasing poetry, music, and other Springs-related lore.

Monday

Kids Eat Free
Monday, May 14 | from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Café Meuller by HEB, 1801 E. 51st St.
Treat the kids without breaking the bank! Receive one free kids meal per $8 adult entrée. Excludes alcohol. Dine-in only.

Dancers Shape Hosts Free Fitness Series Pilates in the Park
Monday, May 14 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Dancers Shape, 13742 Bee Cave Pkwy.
With the arrival of warmer weather, it’s the perfect time to take your workout outside with Dancers Shape’s free four-week fitness series, Pilates in the Park. Beginning Monday, April 30 and taking place weekly, the studio will host a free mat Pilates class at Bee Cave Central Park next door to their new studio at Hill Country Indoor. Come for one class or all four full body, power-packed classes combining traditional elements of pilates, yoga, and barre into a quick paced flow on the mat.  The classes will focus on functional movement to build strength throughout the core while sculpting the most difficult trouble areas just in time for summer. Guests should bring their own mat, water, and full length towel. The group will meet under the pavilion at the park.

Rooftop Pints & Poses at Hyatt Regency Austin
Monday, May 14 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd.
Hyatt Regency Austin has announced its first outdoor “Pints & Poses” class.  The event will take on the top floor of the hotel’s parking garage, which features spanning views of downtown Austin.  It will include complimentary yoga hosted by Ferny Barcelo, lead class instructor, with assistant instructor Zuzu Perkal. Guests are encouraged to bring their own mats. Following the class, participants will receive a coupon for a complimentary beer.  The coupon can be redeemed at a pop-up bar which will be stationed on the top floor of the parking garage.  Additionally, event attendees will receive validated parking.

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Tuesday

Read With a Ranger
Tuesday, May 15 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Zilker Caretaker Cottage, 2105 Andrew Zilker Rd.
You and your children are invited to story time with the Park Rangers. A Ranger will read a nature-based story and follow it up with a hands-on lesson about Leave No Trace and Responsible Recreation! The event will be held indoors if raining, or in the outdoor classroom if it is clear.

Board with Books – Youth Edition
Tuesday, May 15 | from 2:30 to 4:30 a.m. | Yarborough Branch, Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr.
Do you love playing board games? Then come to Board with Books! A wide range of modern and traditional board games are available to play. Come and learn something new or bring a personal favorite and teach someone else how to play!

Republic Square Free Fitness Classes: Circuit Training by Ro Fitness
Tuesday, May 15 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Free Zumbini! Classes
Tuesday, May 15 | from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. | Balance Dance Studios, 4544 S Lamar Blvd. #200
Welcome to Zumbini! Please wear comfortable clothes, feel free to bring water and snacks as needed for the little ones, and come to dance, sing, have fun and play! A Welcome Package will be provided to you along with the Volume I will be teaching for Spring Session: “Kalino Finds the Music”! Spring Session classes run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. They run for six weeks, skipping Memorial Day week (there will be no classes on May 29 and 31). Participants are welcomed to join for a free first class!

Family Night
Tuesday, May 15 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Chick-Fil-A North Mopac & Parmer Lane, 12501 N. Mopac Exp.
Great food, crafts, entertainment, family fun every Tuesday!

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Wednesday

Early Literacy Playgroup/ Storytime
Wednesday, May 16 | at 11 a.m. | Willie Mae Kirk Branch- Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Playing is learning! Play is a great way to help develop and reinforce early literacy skills. This come-and-go program is designed to give caregivers and their children time to explore together. Toys, board books, and a weekly craft will be provided. Recommended for children ages 2-5.

Music Together Musical Beginnings
Wednesday, May 16 | from 4 to 4:45 p.m. | Tango Tribe Dance School, 5446 W HWY 290 Service Rd., Suite 105
There’s nothing like a satisfying music experience for you and your child to brighten your day – and warm your heart. Join up this spring and throw caution to the wind – sing loud, dance with joy, make new friends, and create lasting memories with your little one in our special community of musical families. Schedule a FREE Demo class!

SLAB BBQ family night!
Wednesday, May 16 | from 4 to 9 p.m.| SLAB BBQ, 7101 TX 71 W., Ste. E1
Every Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. kids under 12 eat free at Slab BBQ!

Republic Square Free Fitness Classes: Beyond the Barre by barre3
Wednesday, May 16 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Literary Leaders: from Pune to Austin
Wednesday, May 16 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Aldrich Street, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Hailing from Pune, India, author Manjiri Dhamankar joins local authors Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Ire’ne Lara Silva, Dr. Helena Woodard and Saryu Parikh for a lively panel discussion moderated by KEYE news anchor Hema Mullur about how literature connects communities. Join us for an opening mixer at 7 p.m., followed by the panel from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This event is part of a series of events launching the Austin-Pune Sister Cities Initiative.

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Thursday

2018 Austin Open
Thursday, May 17 | All Day | Krieg Fields, 517 South Pleasant Valley Rd.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. The 2018 Austin Open will be made up of 16 Main Draw teams for men and women- 10 auto entries, two wild cards, four qualifier teams. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.

Free Zumbini! Classes
Thursday, May 17 | from 10 to 10:45 a.m. | Dance By Carly, 1500 W Anderson Ln.
Welcome to Zumbini! Please wear comfortable clothes, feel free to bring water and snacks as needed for the little ones, and come to dance, sing, have fun and play! A Welcome Package will be provided to you along with the Volume I will be teaching for Spring Session: “Kalino Finds the Music”! Spring Session classes run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. They run for six weeks, skipping Memorial Day week (there will be no classes on May 29 and 31). Participants are welcomed to join for a free first class!

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, May 17 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join 93.3 KGSR in celebrating 25 YEARS of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend.

Republic Square Free Fitness Classes: Strength Training by Orangetheory Fitness
Thursday, May 17 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Cry It Out
Thursday, May 17 | at 8 p.m. | ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Rd.
Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. Cry It Out will be presented on ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage for a three-week run of 11 performances, beginning May 4. Accessible art is completely free but donations are accepted.

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Friday

2018 Austin Open
Friday, May 18 | All Day | Krieg Fields, 517 South Pleasant Valley Rd.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. The 2018 Austin Open will be made up of 16 Main Draw teams for men and women- 10 auto entries, two wild cards, four qualifier teams. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.

Old Town Street Festival (Leander)
Friday, May 18 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Old Town Leander, 100 N. Brushy St., Leander
The Old Town Street Festival, one of Central Texas’ most popular events, is a fun festival held each spring in downtown Leander’s charming Old Town District. On the third weekend of May, the streets of Old Town Leander fill with local and national artisans offering handcrafted creations. Texas bands and artists bring the stage to life, and family-friendly activities delight both adults and children. Food vendors provide both healthy and indulgent choices, and local and regional wineries and breweries bring a special flair to Old Town.

Raptors of Central Texas (Lockhart)
Friday, May 18 | from 7 to 8 p.m. | Lockart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Explore the raptors of Central Texas with local wildlife rehabilitator, Sallie Delahoussaye. Learn about these amazing animals, and meet a few up close! All ages welcome. No registration required. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

KUTX & Mueller Present: Rock the Park, Riders Against The Storm
Friday, May 18 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Lockart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Mueller and KUTX are excited to rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park this spring with another round of family friendly concerts curated by KUTX and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with a kid-friendly act, followed by rock and roll for the grown-ups. Food trucks, fun, and live music on the lake! Face painting runs from 6:3 through 8:30 p.m.

Cry It Out
Friday, May 18 | at 8 p.m. | ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Rd.
Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. Cry It Out will be presented on ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage for a three-week run of 11 performances, beginning May 4. Accessible art is completely free but donations are accepted.

Padington 2 Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, May 18 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Paddington 2. Get there as early as 6:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.

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It’s almost time for Pflugerville’s most pfun event of the year — the 43rd Annual Deutschen Pfest!

The pfestival lasts all weekend and is full of the same fun that you’ve come to expect from the previous 42 years of this beloved event. There’s the parade on Saturday, May 19 at 10:45 a.m., followed by the children’s parade at 11:30 a.m. The 5K Pfun Run is on Sunday, May 20 at 8 a.m., followed by the untimed Kid’s K at 9 a.m. Then of course there’s the carnival that runs the entire weekend with $20 unlimited rides (you can’t beat that!), shopping booths, and a special children’s area on Saturday (12 to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (12 to 5 p.m.).

You also can’t beat the price for this festival — just $5 on Friday and Sunday, $7 on Saturday, and children 6 and under are FREE. Those tickets are available at the gate and are cash only, and the best part of that all of the festival proceeds support Pflugerville park projects, which means it goes right back into the community!

There are a few things to keep in mind as you’re planning your weekend at the pfest. There is no on-site parking, so hop on a FREE shuttle! There are also no pets or outside coolers/food and drink allowed. And make sure you have a pfest wristband or shirt on if you’re walking inside the gated areas.

For more information about the events, visit the Deutschen Pfest website.

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Alright parents, listen up. Every now and then we get the goods and today we’ve really got something great for y’all. Camp Fun Brain, a popular reading enrichment camp taught by certified teachers for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade, has teamed up with Free Fun In Austin to give away one whole week of camp to one lucky kiddo — a $250 value!

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Camp Fun Brain immerses children in projects that enhance literacy and problem solving skills while solidifying a life-long love of reading for fun, not just because a parent or teacher said so. Started by a local Austin teacher who was fed up with the so-called “summer slide” while paying Austin teachers WELL to work their magic in a relaxed summer setting. (I mean, could we have a more perfect give away during teacher appreciation week?!?)

While at Camp Fun Brain, your kids will spend their mornings building their reading comprehension skills and meeting new books and characters to love. Afternoons are all about applying their skills with a hands on challenge. Teamwork and reading with purpose all rolled into one! Your kids will come home tired and happy, and you will rest easy knowing that you’re giving them a leg up for the coming school year.

Camp Fun Brain has three locations- South, Central, and Cedar Park. Regular day is 9 – 3 and early drop off and late pick up are available.

So, about that free week of Camp Fun Brain for your kiddo… Enter using the contest form below, and make sure to go through the whole list of entries so you can maximize your chances. Good luck, parents!

Camp Fun Brain giveaway

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Another fantastic weekend is here, packed full of fun stuff! Here are the top 10 FREE events happening in and around Austin this weekend.


Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: May 11-13, 2018
  1. Movie on the Trail – The Incredibles
    Friday, May 11 | at 7:45 p.m. | Hope Lutheran Church, 6414 North Hampton Dr.
    Watch The Incredibles and enjoy FREE hotdogs. Popcorn and drinks available. Bring lawn chairs and blanket and enjoy the movie.
  2. Pixar’s Up Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, May 11 | from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
    Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of  The Greatest Showman. Get there as early as 6:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
  3. Waller Creek Conservancy Field Day
    Saturday, May 12 | from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. | Palm Park, 711 E 3rd St.
    Waller Creek Conservancy, (WCC) a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and maintain a chain of urban parks around a restored Waller Creek, will host its first annual Field Day! This family-fun event will feature health-focused activities and games for people of all ages at Palm Park. With Field Day, WCC aims to demonstrate how parks play a vital role in the health of individuals and communities while raising awareness of Waller Creek’s continual transformation.
  4. Tech Connect Week: Sound Studio
    Saturday, May 12 | at 10:30 p.m. | Austin Public Library – Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.
    Participants will learn how to create beats and foley, record and edit sounds, and turn their computer keyboard into a sound mixing board. Tech Connect is a week of programs aimed at introducing people of all ages and walks of life to new digital technology and skills. Free and open to the public.
  5. Perler Beads Saturdays
    Saturday, May 12 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
    At this program , you’ll use Perler Beads to create mosaics and designs that can be transformed into pop art, pictures, coasters, magnets, and more. With a little bit of creativity, patience, and a regular household iron, Perler Beads are a fun way to get creative. They supply the beads and iron, you bring your patience for placing tiny beads on a template!
  6. Free LEGO Fun Day
    Saturday, May 12 | from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Circle C Community Center, 7817 La Crosse Ave.
    Children and parents are encouraged to come for a fun-filled day of LEGO building and discovery! The LEGO Robotics Fun days allow kids ages 4-104 to build and create different projects at any of the many LEGO fun activity stations.
  7. West at the Ney 2018!
    Saturday, May 12 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Elizabeth Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St.
    For 2018, the museum will feature “The Silent City’s Sound and Light Bath,” an extraordinary “Immersive Experience” installed in the museum’s Visiting Artists’ Gallery. Participants of all ages will be able to interact with hand-wired musical consoles to alter the experience of the room, in sound and light, emanating from hand-cast illuminated resin lamps hung from the ceiling. A truly unique exhibition experience, it will open on the afternoon of Friday May 11 and close on Sunday June 24. There will be a reception on Saturday May 12 from 4 to 6PM. This is the fifth in a series of intermedia installations by artists Lauren Gurgiolo, Wendy Mitchell, and Lindsay Greene, and it’s supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
  8. UMLAUF Family Day
    Sunday, May 13 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd.
    Join for Family Day at the UMLAUF! Bring your whole family and enjoy a full day of fun activities. This event is free and open to the public.
  9. Mother’s Day Chocolate Tasting and Mimosa Bar
    Sunday, May 13 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Delysia Chocolatier, 2000 Windy Ter., Ste 2C
    Mother’s Day is all about spoiling the most important women in our lives. Join Delysia Chocolatier for a special day of complimentary chocolate tastings and give molded chocolate roses to mothers. They’ll also host a complimentary mimosa bar to help moms relax and enjoy some chocolate.
  10. Storybook Dance Making at Easton Park
    Sunday, May 13 | from 3 to 4 p.m. | Easton Park, 7000 Cardinal Bloom Loop
    Dance Waterloo is proud to host a six-week Storybook Dance Making program in Easton Park. Children ages 5-10 can join Dance Waterloo in the park for 60 minutes of dancing with mom, dad, grandma, and more. Each class is inspired by a storybook. Dance Waterloo designs each class to incorporate elements of social-emotional learning (SEL) through story time and dance making activities that are fun for both children and adults! Storybook Dance Making is a family dance education program. Guardians are required to participate with children.
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  • Dripping Springs Race to Brunch 5K and Festival (Dripping Springs)
    Saturday, May 12 | from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Caliterra, 26025 Ranch Rd. 12, Dripping Springs
    The 5k trail run will take place on the beautiful trails in the Caliterra community where you’ll run along the scenic Onion Creek! All participants will receive an event shirt and a VIP swag bag! You’ll be welcomed to the finish line with a toast thanks to event partners Twisted X Brewing Company! Food vendors include Tryst Food Truck, Raza’s, The Big Drip, and others. They’ll have culinary and mixology demos happening throughout the day and live music by The Reverent Few! The festival is FREE.
  • Art Squared Art Market (San Marcos)
    Saturday, May 12 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Downtown Square San Marcos, 150 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos
    The Art Squared Arts Market is a juried fine arts and fine crafts event that happens every second Saturday, from March through December, in San Marcos, Texas.  This open air art market features all handmade, original artwork shown by the artists themselves. In addition to all the great art there is live music, free yoga/tai-chi, free kid’s arts and crafts, featured non-profit organizations, and a farmer’s market adjacent to the art market.  Art Squared is produced by the San Marcos Art League and is sponsored by the San Marcos Arts Commission.
  • Nature Day at Baker Sanctuary (Leander)
    Saturday, May 12 | from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Baker Sanctuary, 12308 Lime Creek Rd., Leander
    Free and open to the public for one day. Enjoy a rare glimpse of the beautiful wildlife sanctuary at this fun event for the whole family! Join guided tours featuring Golden-cheeked Warblers, native plants, butterflies, and insects. Kids can take part in a variety of activities such as nest box building, bird identification, bird bean bag toss, and making a pine cone bird feeder. Picnicking welcome! Trail snacks, water, and gatorade will be available. Please bring your own water bottle that can be refilled on site.
  • Gifts from the Trees Hike (Lockhart)
    Saturday, May 12 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
    Discover the secrets of your backyard trees in this fun walk! Join a Master Naturalist to hear about the fascinating trees and history of Lockhart State Park! All ages welcome. No registration required. Meet your guide at the Creekview Trailhead. If driving from park headquarters, take your first left-hand turn, pass the campgrounds, and park along the paved loop. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult and free for children 12 & under).
  • Mother’s Day Walk (Lockhart)
    Sunday, May 13 | from 2 to 3 p.m. |Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
    Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special program at Lockhart State Park! Join Ranger Reagan and her mother on a walk to enjoy the beauty of Lockhart State Park and discuss beneficial plants. Then, plant your own beneficial plants to take home! All ages welcome. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).
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Every Austinite has his or her little way to beat traffic. Maybe it’s taking a surface street when the highway is normally clogged, hitching a ride on a Capital Metro bus, or driving in extra early for work. A few Austinites have ditched motorized transportation altogether by biking to work. With local governments building more and more bike lanes, it gets easier every year to commute by bicycle. Now, if someone could just do something about that summer heat!

Bike Austin is Austin’s largest bicycling advocacy group. The organization is gearing up — pun intended — for its eighth annual Bike to Work Day (B2WD) on Friday, May 18. This event is a celebration of local residents who bike to work and an opportunity to educate the community about cycling safety and about commuting by bicycle.

“Over the past seven years, Bike to Work Day has united the community through an activity that is central to life in Austin,” Bike Austin Executive Director Katie Deolloz said. “Over 3,000 local cyclists participated in Bike to Work Day last year and we expect the number to grow. We suggest that even those who have not bicycled in the past try it for the day and consider biking to work even once a week moving forward.”

Bike Austin has teamed up with a slew of local businesses that will serve as official “fueling stations” for cyclists to visit during their morning commute. Between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., fueling stations throughout Austin will give free drinks and snacks such as water, coffee, breakfast tacos, and donuts. The only stipulation is you need to participate in the day’s cycling commute.

Fueling stations participating in B2WD this year include:

  • Alliance Transportation Group
  • Austin Beerworks
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • B-Cycle
  • Bennu Coffee
  • Bouldin Creek Cafe
  • C3 Presents
  • City Hall
  • Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
  • Crux Climbing Center
  • Cuvee Coffee Bar
  • Dia’s Market
  • Easy Rider Pedicab
  • fibercove
  • Ghisallo
  • Greater Goods Coffee Roasters
  • Houndstooth Coffee
  • LIVESTRONG
  • Monkey Wrench Bicycles
  • Mueller Neighborhood Association
  • Orange Coworking
  • Regions Bank
  • Sayers Advisors
  • Spokesman
  • The Austin Coffee Trailer
  • The Paramount Theatre
  • Townlake YMCA
  • Vital Farms
  • Wells Branch Speedy Stop
  • Wheatsville Food Co-op

You can even make a game of visiting as many fueling stations as possible. Cyclists can pick up a B2WD passport at the first fueling station they visit and collect a stamp at each subsequent visit to a fueling station. The more passport stamps you collect, the better your odds are of winning a door prize at that evening’s after party.

Speaking of the after party, B2WD will cap off with a celebration at Cheer Up Charlies. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy live music by Nichole Wagner and Jonathan Brinkley. There will also be a cash bar, sparkling yerba mate courtesy of CLEAN Cause, and free snacks by EPIC. On top of that, Cheer Up Charlies will donate 10 percent of all bar sales to Bike Austin.

Pull your bike out of the garage, find your helmet, and air up those tires. Thanks to Bike Austin, you have a lot of freebies to snag on your way to the office on Friday.

Featured photo by Brandon Hill, used with permission.

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Broadway in Austin is closing their 2017-2018 season with the acclaimed musical, An American in Paris. This stage production is inspired by the Academy Award winning film of the same name and tells the story of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and a beloved European city after World War II.

With music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin (just try not to sing along to “I Got Rhythm”) and directed and choreographed by Tony-Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, it’s a wonderful way to end the season. The show runs from May 30 to June 3 at Bass Concert Hall, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to opening night!

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Needing a day or night out without the kids? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the best FREE date ideas in Austin this week.

Tuesday, May 8

The Annual Student Art Exhibition (Georgetown)
Tuesday, May 8 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Southwestern University’s Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery, E. Rutersville Rd., Georgetown
The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Studio Art Department is excited to present the Annual Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition is held each year to celebrate the work and achievements of all studio art students. The exhibition will showcase pieces from a variety of mediums that students have produced throughout the academic year. Free and open to the public. Exhibit ends Tuesday, May 8.

Sip & Shop
Tuesday, May 8 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | University of Texas Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr., 7th Floor
The University of Texas Club is transforming into a marketplace for the evening to support small businesses and all they do for the Austin Community. Stop by for some “windowless” shopping, live music, and a cocktail or two! Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase: $3 beers, $5 house wines, and $7 frosé all night.

Wednesday, May 9

Good Fight – Free Comedy
Wednesday, May 9 | from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. | Fallout Theater, 616 Lavaca St.
Get through the middle of your week with a high-energy comedy jolt in downtown Austin’s newest comedy space. Good Fight is a weekly comedy showcase that features top stand-up acts, a high quality improv or sketch group, and a mash-up set featuring your hosts Aaron and David (joined by fresh special guests every week). Always Free. Always BYOB.

Thursday, May 10

Science Under the Stars
Thursday, May 10 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Lab, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.
Scuba Diving Arthropods: How insects (and spiders) make their living underwater. Modern insects and spiders both evolved from terrestrial ancestors, but some have evolved to live on or in the water.  At Science Under the Stars this May, EEB PhD Candidate Robby Deans will discuss some of the challenges of this environment and how aquatic species overcome them. Additionally, he will talk about the diversity of aquatic arthropods and their interactions with humans. Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, May 10 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join 93.3 KGSR in celebrating 25 YEARS of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend.

Cry It Out
Thursday, May 10 | at 8 p.m. | ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Rd.
Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. Cry It Out will be presented on ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage for a three-week run of 11 performances, beginning May 4. Accessible art is completely free but donations are accepted.

Friday, May 11

Cry It Out
Friday, May 11 | at 8 p.m. | ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Rd.
Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. Cry It Out will be presented on ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage for a three-week run of 11 performances, beginning May 4. Accessible art is completely free but donations are accepted.

Saturday, May 12

Waller Creek Conservancy Field Day
Saturday, May 12 | from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. | Palm Park, 711 E 3rd St.
Waller Creek Conservancy, (WCC) a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and maintain a chain of urban parks around a restored Waller Creek, will host its first annual Field Day! This family-fun event will feature health-focused activities and games for people of all ages at Palm Park. With Field Day, WCC aims to demonstrate how parks play a vital role in the health of individuals and communities while raising awareness of Waller Creek’s continual transformation.

Dripping Springs Race to Brunch 5K and Festival (Dripping Springs)
Saturday, May 12 | from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Caliterra, 26025 Ranch Rd. 12, Dripping Springs
The 5k trail run will take place on the beautiful trails in the Caliterra community where you’ll run along the scenic Onion Creek! All participants will receive an event shirt and a VIP swag bag! You’ll be welcomed to the finish line with a toast thanks to event partners Twisted X Brewing Company! Food vendors include Tryst Food Truck, Raza’s, The Big Drip, and others. They’ll have culinary and mixology demos happening throughout the day and live music by The Reverent Few! The festival is FREE.

Creative Reuse Day: West Austin Studio Tour #322
Saturday, May 12 | from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Shiny Objects Studios, 3507 South 1st St.
Join OUTSIDE VOICE for Creative Reuse Day! This West Austin Studio Tour stop will feature a gallery show of upcycled wonders from Austin artists and a pop art show with Dawson Elementary students. There will be hands-on activities, including a large-scale dome building collaboration from recycled materials, performances and more. This event is FREE and family friendly!

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day Chocolate Tasting and Mimosa Bar
Sunday, May 13 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Delysia Chocolatier, 2000 Windy Ter., Ste 2C
Mother’s Day is all about spoiling the most important women in our lives. Join Delysia Chocolatier for a special day of complimentary chocolate tastings and give molded chocolate roses to mothers. They’ll also host a complimentary mimosa bar to help moms relax and enjoy some chocolate.

Mother’s Day Walk (Lockhart)
Sunday, May 13 | from 2 to 3 p.m. |Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special program at Lockhart State Park! Join Ranger Reagan and her mother on a walk to enjoy the beauty of Lockhart State Park and discuss beneficial plants. Then, plant your own beneficial plants to take home! All ages welcome. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

Monday, May 14

Trivia Night at Gabriela’s 
Monday, May 14 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Gabriela’s Downtown, 900 E. 7th St.
Every Monday you can join us for Who Wants A Dollar? Free to Play. Plenty of Prizes. Tons of Fun. Free Parking in the Lot.

Monday Night Social Club
Monday, May 14 | at 10:30 p.m. | The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport Blvd.
Monday Night Social Club at the Skylark Lounge with Brian Scartocci. Brian will be jamming some soul, originals, classics and anything else the night brings! Happy hour all night. No Cover.

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Fun Arts Exhibit (Cedar Park)
Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11 | All Day | Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
Somewhere between the noble realm of Fine Art and the mighty realm of Illustration, lies a curious little field that is coming to be known as Fun Art. Cedar Park Public Library hosts this Fun Arts Exhibit, proudly sponsored by FunArtsWorld.com and Texas Cartoonists – National Cartoonists Society Texas Chapter.

Faces of Barton Springs: An Interactive Installation Curated by Karen Kocher and Lauren Jaben
Monday, April 30 to Friday, May 4 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | The Historic Barton Springs Bathhouse, 2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Barton Springs Conservancy is pleased to announce the multi-media Faces of Barton Springs. This interactive installation celebrates the many communities who swim at the Springs. It features a photo montage of Barton Springs swimmers from all walks of life ranging from artists and athletes to scientists and spiritual seekers. Visitors are invited to create their own Barton Springs poems on our wall-size magnetic poetry tree, share a personal reflection or memory about Barton Springs on the community kiosk, and pose for a selfie with a life-sized vintage swimmer cut-out. The installation will also feature listening stations showcasing poetry, music, and other Springs-related lore.

Color Your Way Through Finals
Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11 | from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. | University Co-Op Art Supply, 2234 Guadalupe St.
When you are a big ball of stress, let our crayons handle the rest! Stop by the store all week to breathe and enjoy our coloring table, just for you!

Monday

Kids Eat Free
Monday, May 7 | from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Café Meuller by HEB, 1801 E. 51st St.
Treat the kids without breaking the bank! Receive one free kids meal per $8 adult entrée. Excludes alcohol. Dine-in only.

Dancers Shape Hosts Free Fitness Series Pilates in the Park
Monday, May 7 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Dancers Shape, 13742 Bee Cave Pkwy.
With the arrival of warmer weather, it’s the perfect time to take your workout outside with Dancers Shape’s free four-week fitness series, Pilates in the Park. Beginning Monday, April 30 and taking place weekly, the studio will host a free mat Pilates class at Bee Cave Central Park next door to their new studio at Hill Country Indoor. Come for one class or all four full body, power-packed classes combining traditional elements of pilates, yoga, and barre into a quick paced flow on the mat.  The classes will focus on functional movement to build strength throughout the core while sculpting the most difficult trouble areas just in time for summer. Guests should bring their own mat, water, and full length towel. The group will meet under the pavilion at the park.

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Tuesday

Read With a Ranger
Tuesday, May 8 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Zilker Caretaker Cottage, 2105 Andrew Zilker Rd.
You and your children are invited to story time with the Park Rangers. A Ranger will read a nature-based story and follow it up with a hands-on lesson about Leave No Trace and Responsible Recreation! The event will be held indoors if raining, or in the outdoor classroom if it is clear.

Story time with Dru Woods (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, May 8 | from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St. W, Pflugerville
Join Dru Woods, Storyteller Unleashed, and her friends for an interactive story time that incorporates music and puppets. This program will be offered in lieu of Bilingual Story Time today. Partially funded by Texas Commission on the Arts. Free! Space is limited. First come, first served.

Free Zumbini! Classes
Tuesday, May 8 | from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. | Balance Dance Studios, 4544 S Lamar Blvd. #200
Welcome to Zumbini! Please wear comfortable clothes, feel free to bring water and snacks as needed for the little ones, and come to dance, sing, have fun and play! A Welcome Package will be provided to you along with the Volume I will be teaching for Spring Session: “Kalino Finds the Music”! Spring Session classes run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. They run for six weeks, skipping Memorial Day week (there will be no classes on May 29 and 31). Participants are welcomed to join for a free first class!

The Annual Student Art Exhibition (Georgetown)
Tuesday, May 8 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Southwestern University’s Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery, E. Rutersville Rd., Georgetown
The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Studio Art Department is excited to present the Annual Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition is held each year to celebrate the work and achievements of all studio art students. The exhibition will showcase pieces from a variety of mediums that students have produced throughout the academic year. Free and open to the public. Exhibit ends Tuesday, May 8.

Urban Interface Homeschool Program
Tuesday, May 8 | from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd.
Urban Interface will give your child the opportunity to interact with wildlife! This program is tailored to homeschoolers ages 5 to 10, but is open to all.

Family Night
Tuesday, May 8 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Chick-Fil-A North Mopac & Parmer Lane, 12501 N. Mopac Exp.
Great food, crafts, entertainment, family fun every Tuesday!

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Wednesday

Music Together Musical Beginnings
Wednesday, May 9 | from 4 to 4:45 p.m. | Tango Tribe Dance School, 5446 W HWY 290 Service Rd., Suite 105
There’s nothing like a satisfying music experience for you and your child to brighten your day – and warm your heart. Join up this spring and throw caution to the wind – sing loud, dance with joy, make new friends, and create lasting memories with your little one in our special community of musical families. Schedule a FREE Demo class!

SLAB BBQ family night!
Wednesday, May 9 | from 4 to 9 p.m.| SLAB BBQ, 7101 TX 71 W., Ste. E1
Every Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. kids under 12 eat free at Slab BBQ!

Wednesday Night Live: Splash Bash
Wednesday, May 9 | from 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Aldrich Street, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Summer is just around the corner and the temperature outside is heating up! Beat the heat at Wednesday Night Live: Splash Bash. Head to the Aldrich Street Paseo for a super soaker showdown, paint-your-own sun catcher station, popsicles, and live music. Parking is available in the McBee Street Garage for $1/hour.

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Thursday

Free Zumbini! Classes
Thursday, May 10 | from 10 to 10:45 a.m. | Dance By Carly, 1500 W Anderson Ln.
Welcome to Zumbini! Please wear comfortable clothes, feel free to bring water and snacks as needed for the little ones, and come to dance, sing, have fun and play! A Welcome Package will be provided to you along with the Volume I will be teaching for Spring Session: “Kalino Finds the Music”! Spring Session classes run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. They run for six weeks, skipping Memorial Day week (there will be no classes on May 29 and 31). Participants are welcomed to join for a free first class!

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, May 10 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join 93.3 KGSR in celebrating 25 YEARS of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend.

Cry It Out
Thursday, May 10 | at 8 p.m. | ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Rd.
Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. Cry It Out will be presented on ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage for a three-week run of 11 performances, beginning May 4. Accessible art is completely free but donations are accepted.

Movies in the Park – The Emperor’s New Groove
Thursday, May 10 | from 8:45 to 10:45 p.m. | Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Rd.
Get your groove on this summer for Movies in the Park. Join for a unique showing of The Emperor’s New Groove at Dick Nichols Park.  Every summer, Austin Parks Foundation and the Alamo Drafthouse partner up to bring free movies to parks across Austin. Make sure to bring your kids for a fun-filled summer night under the stars!

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Friday

Community Spring Picnic
Friday, May 11 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Pease Park Conservancy, 1100 Kingsbury St.
All are welcome. Bring your family, children, friends and furry friends. They will provide meat on the grill, games and good company! Put on by CrossFit Central, bring a Paleo-ish side dish to share with about 20 people.

Movie on the Trail – The Incredibles
Friday, May 11 | at 7:45 p.m. | Hope Lutheran Church, 6414 North Hampton Dr.
Watch The Incredibles and enjoy FREE hotdogs. Popcorn and drinks available. Bring lawn chairs and blanket and enjoy the movie.

Cry It Out
Friday, May 11 | at 8 p.m. | ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Rd.
Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. Cry It Out will be presented on ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage for a three-week run of 11 performances, beginning May 4. Accessible art is completely free but donations are accepted.

Pixar’s Up Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, May 11 | from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of  The Greatest Showman. Get there as early as 6:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.

The post What’s Up? Weekly: May 7 – 11, 2018 appeared first on Free Fun in Austin.

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