Free Fun in Austin

Austin skyline from Lady Bird Lake. (Mark Batchelder/KXAN News)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Here are this week’s top 5 FREE Events from our partners at Free Fun in Austin:

Youth Social and Ballroom Dance Classes – Tuesday, January 13 – Thursday, January 15. FREE trial classes will be held at all three Go Dance studios: North Austin, South Austin and Lakeway.See the schedule. (Go Dance will also host FREE dance workshops for adults. See the schedule.)

Family Movie Night: The Wizard of Oz – Tuesday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. Not rated. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Divided City: Civil War & Reconstruction in Austin – Wednesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. May 2015 marks the end of the Sesquicentennial – the one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary – of the American Civil War. In recognition of this watershed moment, the Austin History Center invites you to the exhibit reception for this exhibit, which explores how this moment in American History impacted our local community. Enjoy refreshments prepared by students at the Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. FREE! Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Historic Guided Walking Tours of Downtown – Thursday, January 15 and Friday, January 16 at 9 a.m. Take a FREE guided walking tour of downtown. The 10-block Congress Avenue and nine-block Sixth Street (Pecan Street) National Register Districts interweave modern skyscrapers with 19th century buildings such as the Old Bakery (1876), Millett Opera House (1878), Driskill Hotel (1886), Walter Tips Building (1876) and Robinson-Rosner Building (1856). Historic structures such as St. Mary’s Cathedral (1874) and St. David’s Church (1854) reflect Old World architecture. The Historic Congress Avenue & Sixth Street tour times are 9 a.m. Tuesday, and Thursday-Saturday; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All tours require a reservation 48 hours in advance.

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, January 15 from Noon to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering FREE admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

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