Free Fun in Austin

Heidi Gollub from Free Fun in Austin joined Studio 512 to go over some family friendly free events in Austin for the upcoming weekend.

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Here are some of the events she previewed with us.

  1. Planet Music: American Swing – Friday, August 8 at 7 p.m. This month’s Planet Music event will feature live music by Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies and a dance lesson by Samantha Garfield and Alex Gaw. Beginner dance lesson followed by live music, swing dance demos, and more. FREE and family friendly. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

  2. Movies at the Pool: Free Willy – Friday, August 8 at 8 p.m. Bring your whole family to lie out on blankets under the night sky. Food trucks available from 6-8 p.m. Pool entry is free starting at 8 p.m. (if you arrive early, you will have to pay to enter the pool). Free Willy begins at dusk. Rated PG. FREE and open to everyone. El Salido Pool, 11500 El Salido Parkway, Austin.

  3. Classic Cartoon Community Cinema: Despicable Me 2 – Friday, August 8 at 8 p.m. Come be a kid again while enjoying free popcorn, cereal, and cartoons. Be sure to bring blankets, towels, or folding chairs. Seating starts at 8 p.m., showing starts at 8:30 p.m. Concessions are first come, first served, until they run out. FREE! The Fellowship at Scofield Farms, 12424 Scofield Farms Dr, Austin.

  4. Zilker Summer Musical: Oklahoma! – Friday, August 8, Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10 at 8:30 p.m. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, this high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful backdrop for Oklahoma!, one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most cherished collaborations. FREE! The City of Austin charges $5.00 per car for parking in Zilker Park. Zilker Hillside Theater,‎ 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

  5. 24th Annual Lake Travis Flight – Saturday, August 9 at 6 a.m. Arrive early to watch hot air balloons take flight at sunrise. Check the Central Texas Ballooning Association’s website for estimated launch times. (The balloonists meet at the west end of the dam about 30 minutes before the sun rises, and inflating takes about 15 to 20 minutes.) See a video of this event here. Mansfield Dam Park, 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Rd., Austin.

  6. Barton Springs Fest – Saturday, August 9, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Enjoy outdoor adventure, snorkeling tours, hikes, and live music on the south hill. There will also be free watermelon, a diving competition, educational speakers and workshops. While the Fest activities are FREE, events that take place within the gates of the pool require that you pay admission to Barton Springs Pool ($1-$4). Also, $5 will be charged to park in Zilker Park, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Barton Springs Pool, Outside Back Gate and South Hill Area, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., Austin.

  7. Austin Summer Musical for Children: The Wizard of Oz – Saturday, August 9 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Austin Summer Musical for Children presents the live musical theater version of the motion picture The Wizard of Oz. FREE tickets for the play are available at the door 45 minutes before the showtime. Appropriate for all ages. Boyd Vance Theatre, Carver Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

  8. Flashback Family Night at LBJ Library – Saturday, August 9, from 5 – 11 p.m. Grab a picnic and a lawn chair and come on out to the LBJ Library to enjoy exhibits, live music, and a movie on the lawn: 5 – 7 p.m. – FREE Library admission; tour Sixty from the ’60s exhibit; 7- 8:30 p.m. – Rock to “Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes” on the lawn by the LBJ fountain; 9 p.m. – Sing along with the 1963 classic Bye Bye Birdie. Please, no alcohol or pets. Bring your own blankets and chairs for the movie and music! FREE parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitor parking lot (#38) located at 2313 Red River Street, as well as the parking lots adjacent on either side (lots #37 and 39). The entrance to lot #38 is flanked by Library banners. Overflow parking will be available in nearby garages for a fee of $3 per hour. LBJ Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin.

  9. 2014 Texas Football Fan Day – Sunday, August 10 at 9 a.m. UT Athletics invites fans to a 9:30 a.m. open practice at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. This is the first opportunity for fans to get a glimpse of the Longhorns before the season opener vs. North Texas. The stadium opens at 9 a.m. Practice concludes at approximately noon. Following practice, fans are encouraged to head to the Frank Erwin Center for autographs from players and assistant coaches. For complete details and parking information, visit

  10. Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park – Sunday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center. This week, you can enjoy music from the Brass ensemble. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE parking will be available at One Texas Center, located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st Street. Paid parking will be available at the Palmer Garage for $7. Hartman Concert Park (directions), Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

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