Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park: As You Like It

 Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, in coordination with Austin Shakespeare, present William Shakespeare's As You Like It, May 1 – 25, 2014.

In celebration of its 30th Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park, 
Austin Shakespeare will bring new actors and company alumni together in a RenFaire-style production of As You Like It.  Performances will start at 8 p.m. Thursday - Sunday, from May 1 – May 25, with a preview on April 30. 

One of Shakespeare's most delightful romantic comedies, As You Like It is the story of Rosalind, the smartest girl in the world, falling for Orlando, the most handsome boy, both of whom are banished to the forest of Arden. Through the course of the play, Rosalind must disguise herself as a boy, testing the true love of the unsuspecting Orlando. Their journey leads them to encounter a band of merry men, silly shepherds and a melancholy philosopher.

The show culminates with four weddings in a RenFaire fun-fest while everyone sings, "With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino!"

For more information, visit the City of Austin website, the Austin Shakespeare website, or contact info@austinshakespeare.org.
(next to Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park)
2206 William Barton Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

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2014 Dragon Boat Festival


The 16th Annual Dragon Boat Festival and Races return to Austin on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  Head to Festival Beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to watch 40-foot long boats recreate an ancient Chinese tradition on Austin’s beautiful Lady Bird Lake.  Before the races, watch the “Dotting the Eyes of the Dragon” ceremony, a symbolic ceremony to give the “vision” to the dragons, so that they will fly on water.

In addition to the races, this family-friendly, multi-cultural event offers cultural music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, Taiko Drums, Lion Dance, and a “Kids’ Zone” with special activities for children.

Admission to the Festival is free! Asian festival foods and souvenirs will be available for purchase.


For more information, please visit the Asian American Cultural Center website.

Festival Beach
(Parking is limited)
2101 Jesse E. Segovia St
Austin, TX 78702

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Trattoria Lisina in Driftwood



If you are looking for a fun little trip "out of town", I recommend a visit to Trattoria Lisina.

Owned by the Mandola family (who also own Mandola's Italian Market), Trattoria Lisina is located on the grounds of the Mandola Estate in Driftwood, Texas. The drive is beautiful - a two lane road with turns, and hills. It took us about 25 minutes to get there from South Austin.   



The restaurant is a "taste of Tuscany in the hill country." The grounds are impeccably landscaped, and right now everything is in bloom. This is a great spot for photos. My girls loved running along the gravel paths and sniffing the flowers.   











The older children in our group gravitated toward the two bocce ball courts, while our younger children made their way to the shaded play-scape. The play-scape kept our children occupied while we checked the menu. If you have been to Mandola's Italian Market, you will recognize several items on the menu.  





The restaurant has a lovely inside dinning room, but with 9 kids in tow, we opted to eat outside on the picnic tables. We ordered inside and our meal was brought to us outside. The pizzas are fantastic, so we ordered several of them for the kids. I would recommend bringing a few paper plates and napkins.  





If you would rather eat inside, you may want to call head to get a reservation.  It was fairly empty at 11:30 on a Friday, but we were told that the weekends are packed. 





If you enjoy a glass of wine, Duchman Winery is next door to the restaurant. Tasting times and hours vary, so you may want to give them a call at (512) 858-1470. 














Know before you go:
  • I would recommend checking the Trattoria Lisina website to make sure there isn't a special event going on. The restaurant does shut down for private events. 
  • Reservations are recommended if you want to eat in the main dining room.

Hours of Operation

Sunday 11am - 9pm
Monday closed
Tues - Thurs 4pm - 9pm
Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm
13308 FM 150 West
Driftwood, TX 78619
Phone 512.894.3111




Melissa, a former teacher, enjoys finding the humor in her everyday life. Thanks to her three daughters, there is never a dull moment. She has written for MomSense, Scary Mommy, and several local websites. Her blog, Domestic Engineering, helps to keep her sane.  In her "spare" time she dreams of one day becoming a spokesmodel for StarSearch.

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Family-Friendly Hiking at Bright Leaf Preserve

Have you ever had an experience that you enjoyed so intensely you couldn’t wait to tell the world all about it? And then you realized it might be better to keep it to yourself so as not to have to share it with others? Well, I have (somewhat reluctantly) decided to let you in on one of Austin’s best kept secrets: Bright Leaf Preserve. You can thank me later. But first, we should all thank a very savvy and forward-thinking philanthropist named Georgia B. Lucas.


Georgia was the only child of a local pharmacist. Her father passed away while she was a junior at UT, leaving her quite well-off. She lived in downtown Austin most of her adult life, but purchased a piece of land with her mother on which to build a secluded weekend retreat overlooking Lake Austin. Over the next 20 years, via 34 separate real estate transactions, Ms. Lucas' Hill Country property expanded to a total of 216 acres. If you’ve ever looked at a Google satellite view of Mt. Bonnell and wondered about that conspicuous chunk of undeveloped land just to its north, you were looking at Bright Leaf--hidden right before your eyes! When Georgia passed away in 1994, she bequeathed her entire Bright Leaf property to the State of Texas, along with very specific instructions regarding its future use: minimal improvements; no swimming; no overnight camping; and all hikes must be guided hikes. About ten years later, Texas Parks and Wildlife divested Bright Leaf to the Austin Community Foundation, which remains committed to maintaining the Preserve according to Georgia B. Lucas’ wishes today.



The family and I arrived for our first guided Bright Leaf hike a little before 9 on Saturday morning. Scheduled hikes take place the 2nd Saturday and 2nd Sunday of each month, year round, with an additional hike thrown in each Spring and Fall. We were there for the special Springtime Celebration hike. Given that this was a special event, enough docents were on hand to lead three separate hikes--the full-length, 4-mile, 2.5-hour odyssey; a medium-length 1-hour trek; and a quick 30-minute jaunt. The crowd was small for the long hike and nonexistent for the short hike, so we lucked into four docents on our 2-family/7-person adventure! I was told that on a “normal” weekend tour each group would, ideally, have two docents. We were spoiled.
Our medium-length hike was made up of two loop trails, which were well-marked by wooden signs. Visitors are required to stay with their guides at all times, but it was reassuring to feel like I could find my own way out if I had to. Heading out from the parking lot trailhead, we were almost immediately enveloped by a dense canopy of trees. With a few momentary exceptions, almost our entire hike was comfortably shaded. I felt like I’d been transported to a faraway land, like it was impossible for such a lovely surprise to exist within the Austin city limits. I was shocked back to reality for an instant by traffic noise when we ventured near 2222 but, for the most part, the quiet was an absolute delight. The murmurs of Dry Creek (which is spring-fed and undeniably wet) were never far from the trail. We were encouraged to keep our ears piqued for the songs of the elusive Golden-cheeked Warblers who nest in the Preserve before heading back to Mexico in late summer. (Making their chicks native Texans, one docent proudly proclaimed.) We never heard them but it was exciting just to know they were there.

You’ve likely heard of the plight of the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler, but did you know that there are endangered plants too? Neither did I until we encountered a Sycamore Leaf Snowbell growing within a chicken wire cage designed to protect it from munching deer. We also saw an exquisite array of wildflowers--Cedar Sage, Blackfoot Daisy, Allium, Scurfpea, and Fiddle-leaf Tobacco--and were assured that different varieties will continue to bloom well into summer. There were also assorted cactuses and trees, the most common being the ubiquitous and much-maligned Ashe Juniper (aka Cedar). If you suffer from Cedar Fever, be mindful of your allergies when choosing a time of year to visit the Bright Leaf.

Our guide, Sharon, even taught us how the Golden-cheeked Warblers rely on the scraggly bark of the cedar trees to make their nests. Tidbits of information like that one are what made this one of my all-time favorite hikes. Is the scenery better than what you might experience at Wild Basin or Mt. Bonnell? That’s a matter of opinion. But what's invaluable at Bright Leaf is having a guide who can entertain all of your and your kids’ questions along the way. Hikes with my kids inevitably go something like this:

“Hey, Mama, what’s that bird/bug/flower/tree?”


“No idea. Let’s take a picture and we’ll look it up when we get home.”

And then we forget to find the answer. 
But I will never forget learning that the mysterious green orbs in trees that I’ve wondered about for years are called galls. Not only are they a critical part of some insects’ life cycles but they were once mixed with iron sulfate to make the ink used to write the Declaration of Independence. So cool. A Google search for “weird green ball in a tree” sure wouldn’t have gotten me there as efficiently as the Bright Leaf docents did.


Sharon made dozens of stops along our route to point out interesting features we might’ve otherwise overlooked. Most interesting to my boys were the piles of boulders where a quarry used to be and a few antique trash heaps left by settlers and workers on the land prior to Ms. Lucas’ purchase. While the trash was certainly not an attractive feature, it was a stark lesson for the kids that trash--in this case cans, tires, and building materials--doesn’t simply disappear.


As for the trail itself, it was very well maintained. The terrain is quite rocky in parts and there were a few spots with noticeable elevation changes. Our group kept such a relaxed pace, though, that my 7 year-old never complained. My 3 year-old, on the other hand, traveled most of the trail in a hiking pack on his Daddy’s back. Were it not for that pack, there’s no way he would’ve finished the hike on his own two feet. The full-length, 4-mile hike does ascend to Ms. Lucas’ former home, where there are views of Lake Austin and the surrounding Hill Country, so that’s obviously a tougher hike than the one we completed. Even still, I’ve heard that the long climb is gradual and only moderately strenuous. And none of the docents guffawed when I suggested that we might bring the kiddos back next month for the long tour.


Things to know before you go:
  • Guided hikes are open to the public and happen at 9:00 a.m. on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month. (Not necessarily the same weekend.) Check the calendar here.
  • Monthly hikes are usually 4 miles long and last about 2 hours. You may request a hike customized to your crew by contacting Friends of Bright Leaf at 512-459-7269 or FriendsOfBrightLeaf@gmail.com
  • There is no drinking water available at Bright Leaf. Bring your own.
  • No strollers allowed.
  • Wear hiking boots or other sturdy shoes.
  • There is a portapotty in the parking lot but no restroom facilities along the trail.
  • Hikes at Bright Leaf are free but donations to help maintain and improve the Preserve are gratefully accepted.
  • Removing items from the Preserve is prohibited but there is a display case in the parking lot where items can be left for others to see.

Bright Leaf Preserve
Located south of 2222 between Mt. Bonnell Rd and Mopac.
Detailed directions can be found here




In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana--not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.

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Ballet Austin Studio Spotlight: The Sleeping Beauty


Have you ever wanted to watch a professional dance company in action? Up-close, personal, and informal Studio Spotlight events give guests a free, behind-the-scenes look at the choreography and elements of an upcoming Ballet Austin production, while it is still in the works. Dancers perform excerpts from the show while Artistic Director Stephen Mills and Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin lead a brief lecture and Q&A. 



Ballet Austin's 
The Sleeping Beauty Studio Spotlight is coming up on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  You can choose from two time slots: 12 p.m. (with an optional costume viewing and dancer-focused Q&A from 12:30 – 12:45 p.m.) or 6 p.m.

Admission is free, but registration is required. To sign up for a session visit the Ballet Austin website. The Studio Spotlight events are recommended for ages 8 and up.

Ballet Austin 

AustinVentures StudioTheater
501 W 3rd Street
Austin, TX 78701


Image credit: Ballet Austin

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2014 Buda County Fair and Wiener Dog Races

 Monday, April 21, 2014


Did you know that Buda is the Wiener Dog Capital of Texas? This weekend, April 26 and 27, 2014, the Buda Lions Club will host the 17th Annual Buda County Fair and Wiener Dog Races at Buda City Park. Admission is $3 for adults and kids over 12. Kids 12 and under get in free!

Along with wiener dog races, which begin at 10:30 a.m., the fair will have live music, arts and crafts booths, a washer tournament, a cook-off, bake-off, and the Buda Bee spelling bee for elementary school students. Click here for the full schedule


The Buda County Fair will also feature a Kids Zone with inflatable slides, a bounce house, obstacle course, train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, rock climbing, and more. Activities in the Kids Zone will vary in price, or guests can purchase a wristband for $10.

All parking will be at a park-and-ride location on Cabela's Drive in Buda, north of Noah's Ark Storage.

For more information, visit the Buda Lions Club website or the Buda Lions Club Facebook page.

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Peru Fest at Yarborough Branch


Join the Austin Public Library and the City of Austin's Lima, Peru Sister City Committee at the Yarborough Branch for Peru Fest on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  This celebration of Peruvian culture is free and open to the public.

Peru Fest schedule:

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Craft Activity in the Children's Area

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Storytime

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Music

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
Dance Exhibition

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
Peru in film

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Meet The Author - Chasing the Sun, by Natalia Sylvester

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Women Warriors… Artists’ Books
A discussion of the work of Peruvian, Argentinean, and North American women artists, in the form of small format artists’ books with the exhibit's curator Carol Hayman

4 - 5 p.m.
Reception


For more information, read the press release.APL - Yarborough Branch
2200 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756

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2014 Sunset Valley ArtFest

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., enjoy Sunset Valley's annual ArtFest, featuring live music from Joe McDermott, The Biscuit Brothers, and more!


Sunset Valley ArtFest is a free one-day event that is fun for the whole family. Now in its eighth year, the Fest offers a variety of art experiences, from live music and local foods to jewelry, forging, and sculpting.  This year, The Home Depot and Snapology will be on hand with activities for the kids!

Live Music Line-up:

Main Stage


Bowie High School Steel Drum Band 
(9:00-9:45 a.m.)

White Ghost Shivers 
(10:15-11:30 a.m.)

Del Castillo 
(12:00-1:15 p.m.)


Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters
(1:45-3:00 p.m.)

Kid’s Stage


Joe McDermott w/ Band
(10:00-11:00 a.m.)

The Biscuit Brothers
(11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

For more information, visit the Sunset Valley website or the ArtFest Facebook page.  You can also read all about this year's ArtFest in the Sunset Valley newsletter.

Next to the SFC Farmers Market at Sunset Valley
Toney Burger Center
3205 Jones Road
Sunset Valley, TX

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El Mundo Newspaper Children's Festival


El Mundo Newspaper, the leading Spanish newspaper in Central Texas, is hosting a free Children's Festival on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy entertainment for the whole family, music, food, giveaways, drawings, clowns, door prizes, and more!


For more information, visit the El Mundo Newspaper Facebook page.

North Austin Event Center
10601 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

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Big Squeeze Accordion Contest at Bullock Museum


Back for its fifth year on the Bullock Museum's Lone Star Plaza, the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest will host an afternoon of squeezebox greats, young and old. 


On Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 2 - 6 p.m., the public is invited to watch nine finalists compete for three grand prizes in polka, zydeco, and conjunto accordion traditions. 

Following the competition, enjoy an outdoor concert featuring some of the best accordionists from around the state. Dance to the sounds of Grammy-winner Sunny Sauceda, Curtis Poullard & the Creole Zydeco Band, and Austin’s own Fabulous Polkasonics. As always, come early, stay late, and bring your folding chairs and dancing shoes. 

This event is free and open to the public.


For more information, visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum website or the Texas Folklife website.  You can also check out the Facebook event page.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 936-8746

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Texas Military Forces Open House/Muster Day 2014


This weekend, head to Camp Mabry for an Open House and Muster Day. On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, the Texas Military Forces Museum will host reenactors of all periods - from the Texas Revolution through today - to display their historical uniforms, weapons and equipment for the general public. 

Muster Day will also feature a large WWII battle reenactment each day at 2 p.m. These battles feature 200 Allied and German soldiers recreating a WWII battle using original equipment, tanks, and weapons. This includes a fly over by AT-6 Texans as part of the battle. 

The free museum will be open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day and close at 5 p.m. As well as the museum events, there will be displays by the Texas Military Forces, helicopter demos, First Reponders, children’s activities, Vietnam Wall Memorial, a 5K run, and more.  See the poster below for the schedule of events.



Be sure to bring a photo ID along for all adults planning to visit Camp Mabry.

Camp Mabry
2200 W 35th St
Austin, TX 78703

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Weekday Top 5 FREE Events (Apr 21-25, 2014)

 Sunday, April 20, 2014

  1. Recycled Sounds - Monday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Part of the 2014 Fusebox Festival, this performance is FREE and no RSVP is required. Recycled Sounds is a project that creates novel, recycled instruments and installs them in unexpected public places. Following the concert, the instruments will move to the City Hall parking garage for any passerby to play. City Hall Plaza, 301 W 2nd Street, Austin.
  2. Greener Choices Earth Day Festival - Tuesday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join the festivities at this all-day celebration of Mother Earth. You’ll also discover a rich opportunity to learn about renewable energy, electric vehicles, alternative transportation options, sustainability, green building, and more. Live music powered by solar energy. Electric Vehicle Showcase. Workshops including “How to Build an e-Bike.” Keynote Speaker Former Austin Mayor Will Wynn. Yoga. FREE hands-on activities for kids. $5 suggested donation, plus two cans for food bank. Reserve your FREE ticket here. ACC Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove Blvd, Austin.
  3. Meet the Maker @ the Library - Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. Paving the way for the Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 3, the Austin Public Library and the Austin Mini Maker Faire are presenting local makers at various branches. Stop by Wednesday to build robots with Domo Arigato, Making Robotos. FREE! APL - Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
  4. Craft Night with Austin Creative Reuse - Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Join Austin Creative Reuse for a night of crafts and good company. Learn to make fabric banners out of repurposed upholstery scraps. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
  5. SpringFest - Friday, April 25 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. SpringFest has something for everyone. There's a huge KidZone, arts and crafts vendors lining main street, and a boat expo. A Frozen sing-a-long begins at 8:00 p.m. FREE admission and parking. Rides cost extra. The Backyard, 13801 Bee Cave Pkwy, Bee Cave.
For even more fun events happening this week, check out What's Up? Weekly and our Free Fun Calendar!

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What's Up? Weekly (Apr 21 - Apr 25, 2014)


Wondering what's up around Austin this week? Here are some of the exciting events featured our Free Fun Calendar!

Happening All Week


Anne Frank: A History for Today (Georgetown)
- Monday, April 21 - Thursday, April 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This Anne Frank traveling exhibit (presented in both English and Spanish) is open for public viewing during normal library hours. FREE! Georgetown Public Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown.

Earth Day E-Waste Drive Benefiting the Planet & Animals (Pflugerville) - Monday, April 21 - Friday, April 25 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. DogBoy’s Dog Ranch is hosting a week-long Earth Day celebration. Drop off used electronics in the recycling bins provided in their office. They are also accepting new and gently used donations for Austin Pets Alive. View a list of accepted items here. DogBoy's Dog Ranch, 2615 Crystal Bend Dr, Pflugerville.

Monday

Baby Bloomers
- Monday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to celebrate Earth Day by exploring the world of recycling, planting seeds, and engaging with the outdoors. Come ready to play, dig, and create outside in Our Backyard (weather permitting). Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Mommy Monday Demo Class - Monday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m. This is a light movement class, recommended for mommies who are 1-9 months pregnant, that touches on ways to move gently for soothing mommy and baby. Participants will stretch, breath, and feel zen. Supplies you will need: firm pillow or an exercise/ birthing ball; towel or yoga mat; small massage ball (or a baseball, tennis ball, or racketball.) RSVP to Dusty@biscuitbrothers.com if you'd like to join the fun. FREE! Fine Arts Farm, 6036 W US Hwy 290, Austin.

Zumbini Story Time - Monday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. For kids age 0-3 years. Develop your child’s pre-literacy skills in this 30 minute magical musical event. In this story time, participants will explore an age-appropriate book and then sing, dance, and play to build a foundation for a life-long love of the arts. Kiddos and their caregivers will enjoy this bonding and socializing time in a safe atmosphere. FREE but pre-registration is required. The Rhythm Studio, 12129 Ranch Rd 620 North, Ste 310, Austin.

Mr. Will's Music Class for Kids - Monday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will sings classic and original songs just for kids. Check him out upstairs in the Buzz. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.

Signing Storytime at Kaleidoscope Toys (Round Rock) - Monday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. Join the Baby Signing Time revolution. This class is geared for children 0-5 years and their parents. Amy from the Signing Connection will lead this storytime that incorporates classic children's books to help you learn basic American Sign Language signs. RSVP appreciated (but not required) by calling 512-388-5048. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

Storytime with Dr. Candra - Monday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with a variety of stories and related crafts. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.

Lions & Tigers & Toys Storytime - Monday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m. Storytime and games every Monday. All ages welcome. FREE! Lions & Tigers & Toys, 4301 W Wm Cannon Dr, E-220, Austin.

Family Matinee: Planes - Monday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m. Dusty is a cropdusting plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty's not exactly built for racing, and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator, who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty's courage is put to the ultimate test. Rated PG. FREE! APL - Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Free Karate Class (Del Valle) - Monday, April 21. Ages 3-12 years from 6-7:00 p.m.; Ages 12 to adult from 7-8:00 p.m. FREE Karate class with Instructor Frank Selvera, a sixth-degree black belt. Elroy Library, 13512 FM 812, Del Valle.

Game Night at Cafe Ruckus - Monday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. Sorry, Connect 4, Battleship, Fluxx, Ruckus - The Game, and more. Meet a lot of cool people, enjoy a tasty beverage, and play, Play, PLAY. Everyone who wins a board games gets a prize from Toy Joy. Family friendly - all ages welcome! FREE to play. Cafe Ruckus, 409 W 2nd St, Austin.

Rebate Austin! - Monday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. Rebate Austin! is a one-stop shop where you can learn about all the residential rebates and freebies offered. Meet the folks who offer them and learn how to apply. Examples include: free fire alarms; free low flow shower heads and faucet aerators; water-wise landscaping rebates; and smart thermostat rebates. Food, door prizes, freebies, ways to save money and money-back rebates – the City of Austin and the Austin Public Library are here for you. FREE! APL - Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Tuesday

Hula Experience: Parent Edition Demo Class - Tuesday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. This is a great way to introduce your child (age 2-5) to a dance class. It is cultural and meant for any gender as well as just about any age. Since young children will be present, if they get tired they can sit on the side and drum along with the music or just enjoy watching you attempting the hula. RSVP to Dusty@biscuitbrothers.com if you'd like to join in on the fun. FREE! Fine Arts Farm, 6036 W US Hwy 290, Austin.

Greener Choices Earth Day Festival - Tuesday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join the festivities at this all day celebration of Mother Earth. You’ll also discover a rich opportunity to learn about renewable energy, electric vehicles, alternative transportation options, sustainability, green building, and more. Live music powered by solar energy. Electric Vehicle Showcase. Workshops including “How to Build an e-Bike.” Keynote Speaker Former Austin Mayor Will Wynn. Yoga. FREE hands-on activities for kids. $5 suggested donation, plus two cans for food bank. Reserve your free ticket here. ACC Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Spring Stroll & Stretch - Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. Join Austin Kula Yoga for some springtime exercise outside. Mommies, bring your babies in a stroller and plan on a light jog around Johnson Creek. Afterwards, Meredith will lead you and your baby in a light stretch to loosen and relax muscles. Austin Kula Yoga will provide the mats. FREE! Meet at the Johnson Creek restrooms located at Mopac and Stephen F. Austin Dr, Austin.

Armstrong Community School Bilingual Storytime - Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. There is a commonly held belief that learning a second language should ideally begin as early as possible in a child's life. What better way to learn new words and phrases than through song? Armstrong Community School will lead a Canta y Habla sing-along where participants will learn traditional Spanish songs, as well as a few originals. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Free Admission to The Jones Center - Tuesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480.


Warpaint Lunch Hour Performance - Tuesday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. See War Paint in a lovely, intimate setting before their big sold out shows at the Moody Theater opening for The National. There will be pizza, too, so come hungry. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show - Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. Literature LIVE! presents Tiger Woman from the book by Laurence Yep, a Bunraku style puppet show based on a traditional Chinese story. This is the tale of a greedy old woman who will not share her food with a beggar; but when the old man turns out to be a wizard, he teaches her a lesson in generosity. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL - Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Family Flicks: WALL-E - Tuesday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy 
WALL-E and popcorn. Rated G. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Discovery! Legos - Tuesday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more, especially designed for older kids (fourth grade and up). This week, all ages can join the Ultimate Lego Building Experience. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Teen Craft Night - Tuesday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. Make cool stuff! All supplies provided. For ages 10 and up. FREE! APL - Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Texas Community Music Festival - Tuesday, April 22 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Performances by Waking Fable, Austin Banjo Club, and About7. Family friendly and FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Pick Your Flick - Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. The audience will pick from the following three film options: Brave (PG), Yogi Bear (PG), and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two (PG-13). FREE! APL - Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime - Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. Come cuddle at Laura's Library. Kids of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and come for the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday Demo Class - Wednesday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m. My 1st mommy and me class is for pre-crawlers ages 1 day - 4 months old. Gentle stretches, massages, and motions for new mommy. Gentle stretching, massaging, and playing for baby. What you may want to bring: cushion or mat to sit on; blanket or mat for baby; baby oil or calming lotion for baby. RSVP to Dusty@biscuitbrothers.com if you'd like to join the fun. FREE! Fine Arts Farm, 6036 W US Hwy 290, Austin.

Whole Foods Kids Club - Wednesday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon, Austin.

Mommy & Me Lego Class - Wednesday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m. Introduce your 1-3 year old to the fun of learning, building, and playing the Bricks 4 Kidz® way. Watch their eyes light up as kids dig into a pile of brightly colored DUPLO® bricks to create fun, simple sculptures based on the ABCs. Children gain a greater awareness of the world around them as they talk about topics like fish, gardens, keys, and other everyday objects. FREE! 
Stay and play for $3 afterwards. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Ln #101, Austin.

Whole Foods Storytime - Wednesday, April 23 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Enjoy a story reading, an activity, and a snack! All ages are welcome and parents can participate, too. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga - Wednesday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga is a playful, educational, and relaxing time for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Learn new ways to connect with your with your baby through movement, stretching and song. Complimentary juice and coffee served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Ms. Staci Storytime - Wednesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci will be back to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Don't forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Paint Me a Story (Georgetown) - Wednesday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. Community storytelling and art lesson with Miss Melanie and Honey! Ideal for prechoolers and their caregivers. FREE! All Things Kids in Georgetown, 703 S Main St, Georgetown.

Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show - Wednesday, April 23 at Noon. Literature LIVE! presents Tiger Woman from the book by Laurence Yep, a Bunraku style puppet show based on a traditional Chinese story. This is the tale of a greedy old woman who will not share her food with a beggar; but when the old man turns out to be a wizard, he teaches her a lesson in generosity. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Yoga in the Park - Wednesday, April 23 at Noon. Yoga Yoga is proud to offer an all level Hatha Yoga class to participants at Yoga in the Park. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.

Downton Abbey Tea Time - Wednesday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. Gather to watch an episode from season four, drink a cup of tea, and enjoy some good company. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Silhouette Poetry Portraits for Tweens (Round Rock) - Wednesday, April 23 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Tweens (ages 8-12), come get creative and crafty with poetry. Make yourself into a poem using silhouettes, found poetry, and anything else you dream up. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Reading Dog - Wednesday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura's Library to read with kiddoes or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery - Wednesday, April 23 from 5-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the Museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 dollar donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Texas Community Music Festival - Wednesday, April 23 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Performances by Pecan Street Brass, Inside Out Steel Band, and Austin Mandolin Orchestra. Family friendly and FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night - Wednesday, April 23 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

World Book Night Celebration (Cedar Park) - Wednesday, April 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Celebrate books on Shakespeare’s birthday! Enjoy a screening of Bridge to Terabithia (PG) and light refreshments. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Meet the Maker @ the Library - Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. Paving the way for the Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 3, the Austin Public Library and the Austin Mini Maker Faire are presenting local makers at various branches. Stop by Wednesday to build robots with Domo Arigato, Making Robotos. FREE! APL - Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton - Thursday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Play 2 Learn with Sarah (Pflugerville) - Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m. Sing, play, craft, and learn with Sarah K. FREE! Toy Time, 101-B Pecan Street W, Pflugerville.

Story Time with Princess CJ - Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m. Storytime plus general play time before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Free Noon Concert - Thursday, April 24 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Chaski perform music of Latin America. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Yoga in the Park - Thursday, April 24 at Noon. CorePower Yoga strengthens, balances, detoxifies, and exhilarates the body and mind. CorePower Yoga classes will have you moving, breathing, and sweating. No matter your age, strength, or flexibility level, CorePower Yoga meets you where you are. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Wooldridge Park, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Explorers Club: Lego Lab (Cedar Park) - Thursday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week it’s Lego Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Crafternoon - Thursday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. Drop in for some arts-and-crafts time. FREE! APL - Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Yappy Hour on the Patio - Thursday, April 24 from 5-7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music by Ryan Desiato on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Texas Community Music Festival - Thursday, April 24 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Performances by Dixieland Accidentals, The Bare Feat, and House of Rock and Roll, featuring members of the Texas Legislature. Family friendly and FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.


Little Artist BIG ARTIST Art Show Opening Reception - Thursday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. 5th and 6th graders from East Austin schools and their professional artist mentors showcase work at a FREE reception. The event includes snacks and performances by the Maplewood Ukulele Choir, SWAN (featuring students from Blackshear), and the Oak Springs Dolphin Players recorder trio.
“Little Artists” learn how art moves from budding idea to marketplace. “BIG ARTISTS” provide time and professional experience to mentor young artists. Pump Project Art Complex, 702 Shady Ln, Austin.

Nutty Brown Kids Night - Thursday, April 24 from 6-8:00 p.m. Scotty Roo plays kids songs created by a former kid. There's a moonbounce and facepainting too. FREE! Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy 290 W, Austin.


Craft Night with Austin Creative Reuse - Thursday, April 24 from 6-8:00 p.m. Join Austin Creative Reuse for a night of crafts and good company. Learn to make fabric banners out of repurposed upholstery scraps. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Music on Main Street: Patton Sparks (Round Rock) - Thursday, April 24 from 6-8:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family to hear the country sounds of Patton Sparks. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate - Thursday, April 24 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Lost Pines’ music is truly an original blend of heart-wrenching high lonesome and toe-tappin’ Texas country, complete with tight harmonies and searing mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove - Thursday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR's Unplugged at the Grove. Bring the family down to hear Austin rockers Quiet Company. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Friday

Fit Friday Demo Class - Friday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m. Mommy and me movement class recommended for babies who can hold their heads up on their own. Mommy and baby will stretch, then the workout begins. Activities may change often depending on baby's tolerance. The goal is to incorporate play and get a great workout. What you need to bring: yoga mat/ towel for you and baby to lay on. RSVP to Dusty@biscuitbrothers.com if you'd like to join the fun. FREE! Fine Arts Farm, 6036 W US Hwy 290, Austin.

Yoga Story Time - Friday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. Join us for a Story Time Yoga adventure every Friday at 9:30! We will stretch, read and breathe. All ages are welcome. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) - Friday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. (0-18 months) and 10:30 a.m. (19 months - 4 years). Interactive story time gets little ones moving. From hopping around to one story to using scarves to animate another, everyone has a great time. FREE! BabyEarth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd, Ste D100, Round Rock.

Fun Fridays: Staci Gray - Friday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musician Staci Gray. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Spanish Book Reading at Preescolarte - Friday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. Join Ms. Susy and Ms. Aileen for Spanish books, Spanish songs, and some fun art. FREE! Preescolarte, 8305 W Hwy 71, Ste 100, Austin.

Mom and Me Yoga - Friday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. This yoga class is designed for a parent and children (ages 3+ only). Taught by Sat Nam Kaur from Yoga Yoga. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Teddy Bear Picnic - Friday, April 25 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Never fear--this event will be inside! Pack a picnic and have your child bring his or her favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal for a special teddy bear story time, a song, and treat. FREE! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.

Williamson County Courthouse Tours (Georgetown) - Friday, April 25 at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. In celebration of the Williamson Museum’s 10th anniversary, FREE guided tours of the historic county courthouse will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays throughout February. Tours are free, last about 45 minutes and are handicapped accessible. Tours begin at The Williamson Museum, 716 S Austin Ave, Georgetown.

Poetry in Many Voices - Friday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. The Culture and Diversity Committee presents this multi-expression celebration of cultural diversity honoring poetry. Participants will recite, perform, sing, and share as they welcome poetry in many voices. Multilingual presentation is encouraged. All ages welcome. FREE! APL - Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Reading Dog - Friday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. Handler Neel and Dog Joey will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Texas Community Music Festival - Friday, April 25 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Performances by Them Blue Skies, Get It Good, and Candace Bellamy. Family friendly and FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.


SpringFest - Friday, April 25 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. SpringFest has something for everyone. There's a huge KidZone, arts and crafts vendors lining main street, and a boat expo. A Frozen sing-a-long begins at 8:00 p.m. FREE admission and parking. The Backyard, 13801 Bee Cave Pkwy, Bee Cave.


Live Music at Central Market Westgate - Friday, April 25 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Debra Watson & the Smokin Aces play jazzy soulful heart felt blues. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Spring Concert in the Park (Cedar Park) - Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. Listen to the sounds of the past and today as Suede performs. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Food concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.

Movies in the Park: Monsters University (Leander) - Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. FREE! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.




In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana--not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.

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Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (Apr 18-20, 2014)

 Thursday, April 17, 2014

  1. Shakespeare at the Market - Friday, April 18, Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20. Seating at 6:30 p.m.; show at 7 p.m.  Join Present Company for a night of theatre you won't forget. Enjoy Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing on the Whole Foods Rooftop! All ages welcome. Be sure to arrive early for the pre-show. FREE with a $10 suggested donation. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
  2. Family Movie Night at Ski Shores Cafe - Friday, April 18 at dusk. See Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and enjoy FREE s'mores for the kids. FREE!! Read more about Ski Shores Cafe and enter our $50 giveaway here. Ski Shores Cafe, 2905 Pearce Rd, Austin.
  3. Funky Chicken Coop Tour - Saturday, April 19, from 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Austin's DIY backyard farmers! Come to Sunshine Community Gardens for a full day of FREE family and educational activities, including live poultry, children’s chicken story time with Austin Public Library (10:30 a.m. and noon), educational and sponsor booths, and a speaker series. The self-guided tour will include 14 coops. Maps of the coop locations are $12 and can be shared with everyone in your touring party. The coop sites will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tour Headquarters, Sunshine Community Gardens, 4814 Sunshine Dr., Austin.
  4. Bengali New Year Festival - Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy FREE admission and free parking at this Cultural Festival and Showcase of Tradition. The City of Austin sponsored event is organized by the Bangladesh Association of Greater Austin. Traditional Bangladeshi ethnic foods, ethnic dress, indigenous arts and crafts, open air performances of Bengali music and dance, and more. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin.
  5. Healthy Kids Day - Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a fun run to start things off and then kick off your Easter weekend with and Easter egg hunt, bouncy houses, sampler classes and more! FREE and open to public. East Communities YMCA, 5351 Ed Bluestein Blvd., Austin.
  6. Cedar Bark Festival (Cedar Park) - Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Activities for the inaugural Cedar Bark Festival include an ugliest dog contest, photo booth, a costume contest, tricks for a treat, fastest dog races, a dog jog fun run, agility demonstrations, and many more! Vendors and non-profit organizations will be onsite with products and information about taking care of man’s best friend. Food and drinks will also be available for sale. The festival is FREE for the community; however, donations for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter are highly encouraged. Accepted donations are canned or grain-free pet food, bedding, and blankets. Please, no used toys, collars, or leashes. All proceeds from this event will benefit Friends of Cedar Bark Park. Cedar Bark Park at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 2525 W New Hope Dr, Cedar Park.
  7. Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds - Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Environmentally social learning and sing along songs for kids. FREE! Strange Brew, Lounge Side, 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
  8. Craft Time for Kids: Sunny Days Light Catcher - Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bring the kids to get crafty. Brighten up any window with a brilliant masterpiece that captures the sun! FREE! Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin.
  9. Jo's Coffee 15th Annual Pet Parade for Austin Pets Alive - Saturday, April 19, from noon - 6 p.m. This celebration of our favorite four-legged friends benefits Austin Pets Alive! and pays tribute to animal lover Lyndon Lambert. Bring your pet in costume – the crazier the better. The parade begins at noon at Hudson’s Meat Market (1800 S. Congress) and walks down South Congress with a marching band. The costume judging will begin promptly after the parade in the Jo’s lot and top awards for the best dressed pets include a night at the Hotel San Jose, Jo’s Coffee gift cards, trophies, and more! Registration is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the parade. Pets can be registered the day of the event from 10 to 11:30 am. FREE to watch! Jo's Coffee Shop, 1300 S. Congress Ave., Austin.
  10. Staci Gray at Cherrywood Coffeehouse - Sunday, April 20 at 10 a.m. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin.
Bonus Easter events:

  • Hays YMCA Easter Hunt (Buda) - Saturday, April 19, from 9 - 11:30 a.m. The Y is again very happy to be working with the City of Buda, and new this year The Connection Church. Lots of fun for the whole family. Inflatable rides, Rock Wall, Face Painting, Candy-filled Eggs, Trackless Train. Rain or Shine. FREE Community-wide fun for the entire family! BudaSportsplex, 310 Buda Sportsplex Drive, Buda.
  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt (Hutto) - Saturday, April 19 from 9 - 10:15 a.m. Rain or shine, so please be prepared for the weather. Please leave your pets at home during this event. FREE! Fritz Park, 400 Park St., Hutto.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza (Georgetown) - Saturday, April 19, from 9:30 a.m. - noon. Kite flying, kids crafts, Cake Sale, Easter egg dying, petting zoo and pony rides, the story of the Resurrection, and an Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers to elementary! Some activities will have a small charge. Don't forget to bring your Easter baskets and cameras! Wellspring United Methodist Church, 6200 Williams Dr., Georgetown.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza - Saturday, April 19 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This is a FREE community-wide event for children ages birth-5th grade. Enjoy inflatables, petting zoo, free Kona Ice, and 15,000 easter eggs! Riverbend Church, 4214 Capital of Texas Hwy N., Austin.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza at Givens Rec Center - Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Come out and enjoy the family fun event for all ages. FREE! All ages. Givens Recreation Center, 3811 East 12th Street, Austin.
  • Sunrise Easter Eggstravaganza - Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. FREE event for the community featuring egg hunts, prizes, games, petting zoo, bounce house, train rides, games, food and more.  254-702-0826. Sunrise Community Church, 4430 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
  • Easter Extravaganza - Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join a massive egg hunt and Easter Celebration for kids. Invite your family and friends and enjoy the egg hunt, train, bounce house, and more. FREE! First Evangelical Free Church Courtyard, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd, Austin.
  • Helicopter Egg Drop (San Marcos) - Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m. A helicopter will fly overhead and drop thousands of eggs on the San Marcos City Park fields. Once the eggs have settled and the helicopter has flown off hundreds of kids will be released to fill their baskets with 40,000 eggs! There will be a Pre-K egg hunt at 11, followed by one for children from kindergarten to 2nd grade, and ending with an egg hunt for the older kids from 3rd to 5th grade. Walk around to get pictures with the Easter Bunny and the Chick-Fil-A Easter Cow. You won’t want to miss this special event hosted by Eikon Church. FREE! San Marcos City Park, 201 City Park St,  San Marcos.
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Quest ATX - Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Celebrate spring and a new local business. Quest ATX is Austin’s first and only wakeboarding facility. It sits on a private lake in South East Austin on over a hundred green acres sprinkled with wildflowers. The kids will be entertained with an Easter egg hunt starting at 11, kite making and flying, and wakeboarding. Kids 8 and older are welcome to try it out themselves and learn about the kid’s camp that is offered this summer. The adults will have a hunt of their own – which will take place in the water while wakeboarding. FREE hotdogs along with other snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase, but feel free to bring your own picnic. BYO alcohol IS permitted, but cannot be consumed before riding. Quest ATX, 10815 FM 1625, Austin.
  • Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/ Pan American Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m. Join in the fun at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt! FREE! Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 East 3rd Street, Austin.
  • Bethany Lutheran's Children Easter Celebration - Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. - noon. Celebrate Easter with egg hunts, games, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, train rides, bouncy houses, and other great activities. The events are open to little ones up through 4th grade. The egg hunt begins at 10:10 a.m. for the two groups. This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to church. Call 512-292-8778 for more information. Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W. Slaughter Ln., Austin.
  • Easter EGGSTRAVAGANZA at Millie & Mox - Saturday April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon with the Zoofari Animal Adventure from 2 - 5 p.m. Fun events for the whole family including an Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny and Zoofari animal encounters! FREE! Millie and Mox, 5145 5145 N. FM 620, Suite, B-10, Austin.
  • Easter Celebration at Whole Foods Domain - Saturday, April 19, from noon- 3 p.m. Easter is almost here! Stop for store-wide sampling of some  favorite springtime dishes for brunch and dinner. Meet the bunny and enjoy live music, temporary tattoos and kids crafts on the patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive, Austin.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza at The University Co-op - Saturday, April 19, from 2 - 4 p.m. Join the University Co-op for our 3rd annual FREE Easter egg hunt! Search for 1500 hidden eggs around the store and bring your camera for a picture with the Easter Bunny and Cooper. Then, hop outside for a petting zoo, face painting, Quickdraw photo booth, and have lunch at one of our food trailers! FREE parking in the Co-op garage at 2214 San Antonio St., Austin.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza (Cedar Park) - Saturday, April 19, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Fun and FREE activities for families with young children. Easter Egg Hunts, bounce houses, carnival games and kids get candy prizes. HighPoint Fellowship, 600 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park.
  • Helicopter Egg Drop (Pflugerville) - Saturday, April 19 at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and there are limited spots, so be sure to arrive early. To save time onsite, print your registration forms now and bring the completed forms with you. Every child who registers will receive a goody bag with eggs before the hunt. $1 hot dogs will be available for lunch. Northeast Metropolitan Park15500 Sun Light Near Way, Pflugerville.
  • Impact Family Church Kid's Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 19 at 4 p.m. Impact Family Church invites you to a FREE Kid's Easter Egg Hunt at the fields at Clint Small Middle School. We will have egg hunts for 3 different age groups. Infant to 2 Years Old will start at 4:00 p.m. Ages 3 to 5 Years will start at 4:20 p.m. Grades 1st - 5th will start at 4:40 p.m. Each age group will have a chance to find the "Special Egg" with a $100 bill in it.  512-444-5550. Clint Small Middle School, 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd, Austin. 
  • Easter on the Green - Sunday, April 20, from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. An afternoon of FREE fun for the whole family including live bands, an Easter egg hunt, great food, games and an inspiring message by Pastor Kie Bowman. The Quarries, 11400 N. Mopac Expy., Austin.
  • Spring Festival at in.gredients - Sunday, April 20, from 1 - 5 p.m. Celebrate Spring with some fun-filled family time!  Activities and Entertainment include: an interactive photo booth with The Quick Draw Photo Booth, face painting, Arts & Crafts tables (learn to make the "Ojo de Dios", and Mexican paper flowers), Pin-the-tail on the bunny, jellybean guessing game (the winner takes home a Weck jar of jelly beans). Enjoy a performance from local harpist, Linnae Kraemer, say hi to animal friends (everyone loves a petting zoo) from Green Gate Farms! Food and drink samples from Sweet Ritual and Third Coast Coffee Roasting Company. Mingle with the "Debonair Hare" for a yummy Easter treat. FREE! 2610 Manor Road, Austin.
  • Easter at Midtown - Sunday, April 20, from 10 a.m - noon. Join in a Central Austin Easter. Egg Hunt @ 10 a.m. (Infants - 6th Grade in age-groups). Free Family Portraits @ 10:15 a.m. FREE Breakfast Tacos and Anderson's Coffee. Worship Service @ 10:45 a.m. Engaging ministry to children Birth - 5th Grade. Midtown Church, Meets at Bryker Woods Elementary, 3309 Kerbey Lane, Austin.
  • Crossroads Community Church Easter Celebration - Sunday, April 20. Come celebrate Easter Sunday with Crossroads Community Church! There will be two Easter Services: 9 a.m and 10:45 a.m. After the 10:45 a.m. service, there will be a free Easter egg hunt for the kids and BBQ lunch for all! Guests are encouraged to bring a box of diapers (sizes: newborn, 4, 5, 6) to support mothers in crisis. Donations beneļ¬t Austin Life Care, a local pregnancy resource center. FREE! Crossroads Community Church, 9185 Research Blvd., Austin.
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Trattoria Lisina (Driftwood) - Sunday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. There will be two hunts, for age 5 & under and for 5 & up. They will both start at 9:30 a.m. at 2 different spots on the Mandola Estate. FREE! Trattoria Lisina, 13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood.
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Topgolf - Sunday, April 20 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. You're invited to Topgolf for a massive egg hunt. Collect eggs and take pictures with the Easter Bunny! Choose from one of two egg hunt times: 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. This is a FREE event, and RSVPs are not needed. Topgolf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin.
  • LifePointe Fellowship Egg Hunt (Hutto) - Sunday, April 20 at about 11:30 a.m. (following the 10 a.m. service). The Easter bunny will be delivering 1,500 candy and treat filled eggs! Carreras Photography will be onsite to take FREE Family Portraits! FREELifePointe Fellowship, 1451 Carl Stern Dr, Hutto.
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