AUSTIN, TX — If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re ready for the weekend and you’re looking for ideas to plan for some fun and relaxation. We’ve got you covered. This weekend’s featured events offer great (mostly FREE) activities for all to enjoy. Go ahead and check out what’s going on near you.
FRIDAY, FEB. 23
Free-Time Play at BabyEarth: BabyEarth Round Rock Store, a baby products retailer and specialty store, will host its Free-Time Play on Friday, Feb. 23 from 10 AM – 11 AM. Held every Friday at BabyEarth, this FREE event sets up a play area with toys and blocks for your little one(s) to enjoy. BabyEarth Round Rock Store, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Suite D100, Round Rock, TX 78664Kids Kitchen Parents Night Out: Parents, are you looking for a chance to go out and enjoy a date night? The Kitchen House, an event venue on the edge of North Austin and Cedar Park specializing in cooking classes for adults and children, will host its Kids Kitchen Parents Night Out on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6 PM – 9:30 PM. Your children will have fun making their own pizza, cupcake decorating, enjoying craft time, and will finish the evening with a movie and popcorn. Juice and water will be provided. Event is for kids ages 5 and up. For details and to register, click HERE. $30 Cost. The Kitchen House, 1514 Dandridge, Cedar Park, TX 78613Johnny Cash Birthday Bash: Come out and enjoy a celebration commemorating Johnny Cash on Friday, Feb. 23 beginning at 7 PM. The Band in Black will be playing and Stubb’s Bar-B-Q at Mean Eyed Cat will serve up some amazing Mean Nachos. There will be very limited edition birthday shirts, get there early to get yours! No cover. 21+. Mean Eyed Cat, 1621 West 5th Street, Austin, TX 78703The Night of Games!: Art for the People will host a fun Night of Games on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 PM. Come enjoy a great evening checking out the new exhibition, Art of Celebration, shop for items in the artisan market, sip on kombucha cocktails, and play games! Special entertainment will be provided by The Traveling Pianist. For more details, click HERE. FREE Event. Art for the People, 1711 South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704Gloria: The Austin Community College Drama Department invites you to the play, Gloria, to be held on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 PM. Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Directed by Marcus McQuirter, this funny, trenchant, and powerful play follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. But when an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever. Tickets $8. Austin Playhouse, 6001 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78752
SATURDAY, FEB. 24 & SUNDAY, FEB. 25
PeaceBox Half-Day and Full-Day Silent Retreat on Lake Travis: PeaceBox, a designated "pop-up" mobile venue offering on-site education, training, and guided practice in mindfulness and meditation as well as therapeutic techniques for stress-reduction and overall wellness, will host a half-day and full-day Silent Retreat on Saturday, Feb. 24 beginning at 8:30 AM. Event will be held on a secluded 2-acre lake front private property on Lake Travis, 30 minutes from downtown Austin. Saturday morning begins with a short tour of the property followed by a group silent meditation. During the approximately 3.5 hours of silence (half day) or 7 hours (full day), participants are invited to spend time in nature, enjoy a silent walking meditation, listen to nature from many our outside decks, enjoy warmth of outdoor and indoor fires, or kayak across the secluded Cove. Stress-relief coloring and yoga mats provided for self-directed yoga.We end the 1/2-day retreat with a silent mindful lunch followed by communication in circle.We end the full day with communication in circle. For more details and ticket prices, click HERE. Lake Travis, Austin, TX 78734Native Plant Society Spring Symposium: The Native Plant Society of Texas will host its Spring Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 24 beginning at 8:45 AM. Presenters will be at the event to discuss various topics relating to native plants and plant habitats of Texas and more. A light breakfast, box lunch and full access to the Wildflower Center gardens is included. Doors open at 8 AM. Please register online. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $60 person ($50 for members). Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739Culture Day Potluck: Great Promise for American Indians will host a Culture Day Potluck on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 12:30 PM – 4 PM. All are welcome to learn to Drum & Sing native American powwow style and traditional shawl making. Attendees are invited a dish to share. FREE Event. For more details, click HERE. Austin Community College South Austin Campus, 1820 West Stassney Lane, RM 1205, Austin, TX 78745Black History Project vol.3: Human Influence and Brown State of Mind present Black History Project on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 PM. This event is a great opportunity to discover new up-and-coming black artists in Texas. All are welcome to come out and enjoy an evening listening to incredible Texas artists. For a complete lineup of performances, click HERE. SHED Barber & Supply, 2400 East Cesar Chavez Street, Suite 312, Austin, TX 78702 Flame Fest Part I: Flame Fest Part I is an event featuring incredible activities and live performances and will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 beginning at 8:30 PM. Event will feature an incredible 150+ foot high zip line, professional fire dancers, and attendees will enjoy Silent Disco headphones broadcast by 3 DJ’s until 2:30 AM. For more details and for ticket information, click HERE. Stunt Ranch, 13317 Fitzhugh Road, Austin, TX 787372018 Vintage Mini Market: The 3rd Annual Vintage Mini Market will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1 PM – 5 PM. Vintage lovers will delight with all the great vendors and items available at this fun and popular event. Local businesses will feature vintage home goods, jewelry, clothing and more. This event is FREE and family-friendly. The Paper + Craft Pantry, 2511 East 6th Street, Unit A, Building 4, Austin, TX 78704The Weird Homes Book Signing and Launch Party: The creators of the Weird Homes Tour have written a book and the BookPeople invite you to come out to their Book Signing and Launch Party on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 PM. The beautiful book features photos taken by Thanin Viriyaki that showcases the unique homes found in Austin’s Weird Homes Tour. David J. Neff, Thanin Viriyaki, and Chelle Neff will be at the book signing at BookPeople and the after party at Mean Eyed Cat. BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78703Sensory Storytime at the Library: The Round Rock Public Library presents Sensory Storytime on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 PM. This event is held on the last Sunday of each month. The program is ideal for children with sensory integration challenges, difficulty sitting still, difficulty in large groups, or children who have autism spectrum disorders. Sensory Storytime is open to all children with an accompanying parent/guardian. Attendance is limited to 12 families and pre-registration is required. To register, click HERE. Round Rock Public Library, 216 East Main Avenue, Round Rock, TX 78664Luna Llena ATX – February: Luna Llena ATX, an event series and traveling cultural space, will host its event celebrating creativity on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 PM. Each month Luna Llena ATX hosts a collaboration of crafters/maker, foodies, DJ’s, live artists, healers, and workshop presenters. For more details and a detailed list of performers and workshops, and to register, click HERE. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701Take In The Good Group Meditation: Wellfull will host a 45-minute guided meditation on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 5 PM. The guided meditation will help you dig deeper and move past what’s holding you back and allow you to make room for all the good. Throughout the meditation, you’ll explore: judgment, envy and the expectation of perfection; the practice of being present; noticing and aligning with the good all around you. This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited, please RSVP HERE. wellful, 2503 East MLK Jr. Boulevard, Austin, TX 78702