This weekend you can get home improvement ideas at the Austin Fall Home & Garden show, see a movie under the stars, catch a free concert from Lucas Miller (the Singing Zoologist), attend a free family-friendly festival in Jonestown, go on a Full Moon Hike in McKinney Falls, see the Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico de Texas perform on the Zilker hillside, try a free dance class at Ballet Austin, run the bases after the Round Rock Express game — and much more!
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— Get inspired to turn your home and garden dreams into a reality at the Austin Fall Home & Garden Show, happening all weekend at the Austin Convention Center. You’ll get plenty of ideas, see landscaping and home displays, meet celebrity experts, check out new products, and more. Plus, kids can craft, color, watch movies and see live animals! The show is open today from 2 – 7 p.m. Click here to visit the website for the full schedule of daily activities and seminars. Tickets for adults are $8.50, and can be purchased online here. Kids are free!
— Watch an outdoor family film at Robin Bledsoe Park in Leander tonight at dusk. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be playing on the screen. Free! Bring blankets and chairs, and enjoy a night out with the kids.
— Take the family to a free, fully-inclusive event that’s open to all! The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development is co-hosting the Back to School Bash at the Austin Rec Center from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. There will be games, prizes, bounce houses, snacks, and music from Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist at 3 p.m.
— Nature-lovers, check out the annual Swift Fest in downtown Jonestown, Texas from 5-10 p.m. Witness hundreds of small birds, Chimney Swifts, arrive in a tornado-like sight! Celebrate this annual phenomenon at a FREE festival with games and activities for kids, nature-themed vendors, live music and bird-watching, of course. Click here to view the music schedule & to learn more.
— Pack a picnic, spread out a blanket and enjoy a free show at the Zilker Hillside Theater at 7:30 p.m. The Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico de Texas presents Noche de Folklor 2015 featuring students from the School of Dance and the Adult Performing Company. Special guests, The Irish Dance Company, will also be performing. Be sure to bring $5 for parking.
— Join a ranger for a nighttime exploration of McKinney Falls State Park! You can go on a Full Moon Hike at 8 p.m. Participants will hunt for scorpions, listen for owls, and search for spiders. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Free with paid admission ($6 per adult, kids 12 and under are free).
— Ballet Austin’s FREE Day of Dance takes place today from 1-5 p.m. Free dance classes will be offered at Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center so you can try out some new dance styles. Click here to RSVP (drop-ins also welcome). And click here to check the schedule of classes.
— It’s Kids Day at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock and also the birthday of the team’s mascot, Spike! Take the kids to cheer on the Round Rock Express game at 6:05 p.m. and stick around so that they can run the bases after the game. If your kids are members of the Jr. Sluggers Kids Club, they will also be able to participate in special activities for Spike’s birthday celebration. Lawn tickets start at $7. You can purchase tickets online here.
Have a fun weekend!