Enjoy the beautiful weekend with free events around town

Austin Kite Festival on the Lawn at Zilker Park. (Photo/Eric Beggs)
Austin Kite Festival on the Lawn at Zilker Park. (Photo/Eric Beggs)

There is something for everyone in this weekend’s edition of Free Fun In Austin.

Flying Balalaika Brothers at Central Market Westgate
Friday, February 28, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. This trio from Russia play beautiful Russian melodies on the Balalaika instruments, while weaving in American bluegrass, thus creating an original innovative music style that is truly unique and wonderful. FREE!! Central Market, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Saturday, March 1 from 9 a.m. – noon. Bring your children to this FREE how-to workshop, designed for ages 5-12, where kids will make a build a Trojan Horse Bank! All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin. All participating The Home Depot locations.

Rodeo Rumble Kids’ 1K Fun Run
Saturday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 12 and under are invited to race around Luedecke Arena. Runners will receive a custom back number for the race, cowbell for finishing the course, plus some yummy Blue Bell ice cream. FREE!! Go here to register. Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin.

Texas Independence Day Parade
Saturday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m. FREE!! The parade will be the best ever! Congress Avenue Bridge, Austin.

Explore UT
Saturday, March 1, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore UT, the biggest open house in Texas, provides an opportunity for visitors to examine the rich and varied programs that are a part of everyday life on this campus. There are 571 events scheduled, ranging from all ages to adults only, plus several special attractions, including a campus scavenger hunt, children’s international festival, and more! FREE and open to the public. Admission to the LBJ Presidential Library will also be FREE on Saturday. University of Texas Campus at Austin (map).

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Storytime
Saturday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m. The Cat in the Hat then exclaimed, “Dr. Seuss is 109!” Without Dr. Seuss none of us would have ever marveled at a Truffula Tree, dodged a tweetle beetle puddle battle, or even heard a Who. So, to celebrate over 100 years of cats in hats and foxes in socks(es), BookPeople is throwing a Seusstastical storytime. Please don your most impressive hat and join the fun! But that is not all. Oh no. That is not all! There will be all kinds of fun with silly activities, a special guest, and more. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

2nd Street Soundcheck
Saturday, March 1 from 1- 7 p.m. Join the 2ND Street District for a full day of music and local food, cold drinks, souvenirs, and sweet treats from more than 20 food vendors, restaurants and brands – all raising awareness and funds for Darrell K Royal Fund for Alzheimer’s Research. FREE!! Open to the public. 2ND Street, between Colorado and San Antonio Streets, Austin.

Zilker Park Kite Festival
Sunday, March 2, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bring a kite to fly or just sit back and marvel at the kites flying in the sky. You can bring a picnic or buy food from vendors. (Bring your own bags to carry out your trash.) There are also kite making workshops, flying demonstrations, and competitions. FREE!! Shuttles are available for $3 per person age 12 and older. Rain date is March 9, 2014. Be sure to check the website for weather updates. Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Check out these historic photos of the kite festival

Free First Sunday at Bullock Museum: Texas Independence Day
Sunday, March 2, from noon – 6 p.m. Enjoy FREE admission all day from 12 to 6 p.m., with FREE family activities from 12 to 3 p.m. Meet Annette Lucksinger, author of Exploring Austin with Kids and make your own binoculars to explore the exhibits and beyond. Discover what maps can tell us about early Texans with special guests from the Texas General Land Office. Make a wearable button, create your own state symbol, and more. Get up close and personal with Texans from the past with drop-in living history performances from 1 to 2 p.m. Children ages 2 to 5 can hear tales about legendary Texans from 2 to 3 p.m. at TEXplorations story time. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave, Austin.

Texas Independence Day Concert
Sunday, March 2, from 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of Texas history and dance at the historical home of Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson! This event will feature live music by the Marshall Ford Swing Band. There will be FREE tours of the Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum, an outdoor dance floor underneath the trees, and historical demonstrations, including firing of a musket in between live music sets. This event is FREE, family friendly, and open to the public. Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum, 411 E 5th Street, Austin.

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