Happy 3-day weekend and 4th of July, y’all! This weekend you can see plenty of fireworks, play with tiny animals, take a train ride through Hill Country or see a live-action graphic novel.
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— The H-E-B Austin Symphony 38th Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks show that is usually held at Auditorium Shores will be at Circuit of the Americas this year due to renovations at the former site. Gates open at 4 pm and there will be activities for the whole family before the concert at 8:30 pm. Fireworks will start around 9:30 pm and the whole thing wraps up around 10 pm. FREE!
— Cedar Park’s 4th of July Celebration will be at Elizabeth Milburn Park from 4 – 10:30 pm. Free to attend, this party will have live music, dancing, bingo, air castles, free watermelon and fireworks. Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, carnival games, hamster balls, super slide and more. You can also cool off in Milburn pool, admission rates will apply.
— The Red, White and Blue Weekend kicks off at Dell Diamond where you can enjoy two nights of Bud Light fireworks after Friday & Saturday’s Round Rock Express games. On Sunday, take advantage of the $25 Picnic Special where you’ll get a ticket for the game, hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments.
— Have an Awesome Animal Morning at Millie & Mox where kids can pet, hold and learn about tiny animals like bunnies, chinchillas, lizards and ducklings, for free! They can also get a free picture of them and their new animal pal. Starts at 10 am.
— Take the Bertram Flyer on the Austin Steam Train and enjoy a 3-hour journey to the town of Bertram. Cross highways, span the South San Gabriel River on the wooden trestle bridge and roll through pastureland. Step off in Bertram for a 15-minute layover and tour the fully restored 1912 train depot. Departs at 10 am, tickets are $20 – $37 and you can buy them here. Save 25 percent with code do512!
— Catch a free screening of “Kung Fu Panda” playing at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline at 10 am. This is part of the free Alamo Kids Camp series. You cannot reserve tickets, they are based on a first-come, first-serve basis, so arrive around 30 minutes early.
— Design and create your own bubble wands and see who can create the biggest bubbles at the Family Fun Saturday at French Legation Museum. Take a tour of the historic house for just $5 and participate in this free activity at 1:15 pm. Tours are free for children 5 and under.
— See the performance of the live-action graphic novel The Intergalactic Nemesis- Robot Planet Rising, at the Long Center at 3 pm. This show started in Austin in 2010 and has since toured the world and even made an appearance on Conan O’Brien. Catch this show before the newest “issue” hits the stage in September 2014. Tickets are $29 and you can buy them here. More info here.
— Free First Sundays at Bullock Texas State History Museum will have special family programming from 12 – 3 pm and free admission all day. This Sunday will focus on energy and kids can learn about magnetism, kinetic energy, join a story time and do special art projects.
— Get fresh produce, locally-sourced meat, cheeses, baked goods specialty foods and more at the Mueller Farmers Market at the Mueller Browning Hangar from 10 am – 2 pm. You can also peruse artisan goods from local vendors, hear some live music and participate in community events, kid’s activities and much more. Free to attend.