It’s hot out there, but there’s plenty of cool weekend fun ahead! See solar-powered cars race, chill out at a children’s play in the Long Center, watch Toy Story as you float in Deep Eddy pool, join a giant water fight at the annual downtown Splash Mob, get some frosty treats at an ice cream social, cool off at free family days at the Bullock Museum & Umlauf Sculpture Garden — and much more!
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— Take the kids to the Circuit of the Americas from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. for the FREE Forumla Sun Grand Prix. See some of the most impressive engineering on the planet as teams from all around the world compete to perfect the ultimate in solar car technology.
— The Horseshoe Bay Resort is hosting the annual Beer By the Bay Music Festival today and tomorrow. Tonight’s show features Dale Watson & Suzy Bogguss. You can also indulge in all-you-can-eat culinary delights and a big variety of Texas microbrews. Admission for a one-day pass starts at $69 (or $39 for kids), and tickets can be purchased online here.
— Swap your kid’s outgrown clothes for some new-to-you duds. Clean out your closets and then stop by North Austin’s 4th Annual Back to School Clothes Swap from 9 a.m. – noon, held at Crestview United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome at this free event. Click here to learn more about how the swap works.
— East Austin’s in.gredients is celebrating their 3rd anniversary and everyone’s invited to the party from 6-9 p.m.! Live music, watermelon ale, raffle prizes, samples galore, live screen printing — and it’s all totally family friendly.
— The Tortoise & Hare is a new children’s play at the Long Center showing at 10 a.m. (You can also see it tomorrow at 2 p.m.) This musical was created by Biscuit Brothers’ Allen Robertson and Damon Brown, and presents an energetic re-imagining of the ancient fable. Tickets are $9 for children (12 & under) and $14 for general admission (ages 13 & up), and can be purchased online here.
— Take a dip at Deep Eddy Pool and enjoy a screening of Toy Story at 8:30 p.m. as part of the Deep Eddy Splash Party Movie Nights. Movie is free with admission, which is $1 – $3. Bring a blanket or a float and enjoy the show!
— Head to the Bullock Texas State History Museum for their monthly Free First Sunday event. Enjoy special family programs from 12-3 p.m. including workshops and drop-in activities that let you discover what art means to Texans. Free admission all day from 12-5 p.m.
— Gather your Super Soakers, fill up your water balloons, get your water squirters ready! The 5th Annual Splash Mob takes place today at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Austin at 6th & Trinity. Put on your swim suits and goggles and be prepared to get WET!
— Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum hosts their monthly Free Family Day today from noon – 4 p.m. This month’s event is all about color! Bring the whole family for yoga, story time, art, music and balloons in the beautiful gardens.
— Bring the whole family out to the TRACE patio at the W Hotel for an Ice Cream Social from 3-5 p.m.! They will have tons of frosty sweets and treats for kids of all ages, plus doggie ice cream for your pups. Admission is free, but you are encouraged to bring school supply donations for SafePlace’s back to school drive. To see the list of supplies needed, please click here.