AUSTIN (KXAN) — Looking for some ideas to spend the weekend here in the Capitol City? Here are some thoughts from our partners at Free Fun in Austin.
- ANSC Fall Festival– Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. See Texas wildlife up close, give back to the animals, relax in the planetarium, and learn how to leave no trace. FREE! Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Dr, Austin.
- Texas Book Festival– Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250 nationally and critically recognized authors, 80 exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers. View the full festival schedule here. FREE! Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.
- The Settlement Home for Children’s 41st Annual Garage and Estate Sale– Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Browse bargain-priced merchandise in 20 different “departments,” such as clothing, shoes, jewelry, toys, furniture, books, linen, art, holiday items, and so much more. 100% of the proceeds go to The Settlement Home for Children. Admission and parking are FREE! (Note: You can also attend the sale on Friday for a $7 admission fee, payable at the door.) Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
- H-E-B Free First Sunday: American Indian Heritage Month Celebration– Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Experience dancing and drumming performances by Great Promise for American Indians in the Museum lobby. Celebrate the traditional and contemporary arts of Texas’s American Indian groups. Hear a story inspired by Comanche Indian folklore about how the bluebonnet came to be, then create your own paper bluebonnet to take home. Special family programs run from 12-3:00 p.m. FREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.
- Sunday Funday: The Telegraph and Crystal Radio– Sunday from 1-4:00 p.m. This Sunday, find out more about how people first started communicating over long distances in real time (the telegraph) and communicating wirelessly (the radio). Make your own telegraph switches and connect them to a network that will be set up inside and outside of the house. Two of the telegraph stations will have the ability to communicate by radio, mimicking the advent of radiotelegraphy (wireless telegraph). Will wireless be better than cable? Find out! FREE! Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin.
Bonus Nearly Free Fun:
- 25th Annual Austin Powwow – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Featuring traditional Native American dances and contests, more than 100 booths with authentic American Indian arts and crafts, and a Food Court with a wide range of authentic American Indian foods. Admission is $5 for adults (12+); children under 12 are FREE. Parking is FREE. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Ln, Austin.