Bring out the inner pirate in you and explore the free events around Austin this weekend

Gear up for this year's Zilker Kite Festival.
Gear up for this year's Zilker Kite Festival.

ABC Consignment Sale
Friday, February 21 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 22, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 – 4 p.m. The ABC Consignment Sale is a unique opportunity to score great deals on quality children’s items at greatly discounted prices. This annual sale serves as a fundraiser for the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group at First Evangelical Free Church. FREE! First Evangelical Free Church, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd, Austin.

Austin’s Free Day of Dance
Saturday, February 22. More than 100 FREE dance classes will be offered in a variety of social and ballroom dance styles including salsa, swing, two step, waltz, tango and more. Dancers and non-dancers alike are invited to give these FREE classes a try! See the full Free Day of Dance Schedule, at 15 locations.

Marathon Kids Finisher Medal Celebration
Saturday, February 22, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Has your child been working toward the goal of running 26.2 miles this school year as part of the Marathon Kids challenge? Elementary school students from around the city are invited to participate in the Marathon Kids Finisher Medal Celebrations on Saturday! AISD schools celebrate from 9 – 11 a.m. All other Austin schools celebrate from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The celebrations are FREE and open to the public. Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones Rd., Austin.

Pirate Party
Saturday, February 22, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join the Pirate Party at Kaleidoscope Toys and meet Captain Jack Sparrow! Play pirate games, get a pirate hat, visit the pirate tattoo parlor for glitter tattoos, and make your own pirate hook. This is a FREE event and no RSVP is required. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

Black History Month Celebrations
St. John Community Center Black History Month Program – Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m. FREE lunch, entertainment, and children’s activities. Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave., Austin.
Black History Celebration at Turner-Roberts Recreation Center – Saturday, February 22, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Witness the 3-D timeline of African American history in Austin and enjoy dance performances by the Turner-Roberts dance groups and Overton drill team. FREE dinner and drinks will be provided. Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr., Austin.
African American Community Heritage Festival – Saturday, February 22, from 1 – 5 p.m. The 15th Annual African American Community Heritage Festival concludes Austin’s celebration of Black History Month. This year’s festival features musical performances, arts and crafts, food, and a health fair. This is a FREE event with activities suitable for all ages. Huston Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin.

Kite Workshop at Northwest Recreation Center
Saturday, February 22, from 1 – 3 p.m. To help you prepare for the Zilker Kite Festival coming up on March 2, The City of Austin Parks and Recreation and The Exchange Club of Austin invite the public to attend a FREE kite workshop. Materials will be provided and organizers will be on hand to help adults and children make kites. The workshop is recommended for ages five and up. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr., Austin.

Free Imagine X2 Conference for Girls
Saturday, February 22, from 1 – 5 p.m. Imagine X2 is a FREE conference for girls in middle and high school. It is centered on the ideas of passionate intellectual development, ethics in the 21st century, and positive self-view. Imagine X2 is providing the speakers, performers, food, and opportunity. Registration is FREE and open through February 22, the day of the event. Lake Travis High School Performing Arts Center, 3324 Ranch Road 620 S, Austin.

Celebrating Urban Birds at Elisabet Ney Museum
Saturday, February 22, from 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy a homing pigeons demonstration and family activities. FREE! Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th Street, Austin.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Saturday, February 22, from 2 – 5 p.m. Students and their parents or educators are invited to UT for an afternoon of engineering fun. Online registration is now closed. On-site registration will be available the day of the event, in the tent next to NOA, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Any participant in the 1st-8th grade who did not pre-register online must register on-site in order to participate in the hands-on activities or to receive a Girl Day giveaway. Participants that do on-site registration are limited to only the activities for “all ages” outdoors and may not participate in the activities for each age group within the buildings, due to limited resources. To expedite on-site registration, please print and fill out the on-site registration form prior to attending Girl Day.

Lunar New Year Open House
Sunday, February 23, from noon – 4 p.m. This FREE event in celebration of the 2014 Year of the Horse will be filled with fun activities for families. All ages will enjoy crafts, puppet shows, lion and dragon dances. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin.

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