things to do in austin this weekend

If you want to see and do the best of Austin, we’ve got your back. Having a social life in this awesome city can often come with high ticket prices and cover fees- unless you plan your weeks with us! We keep up to date on all of the best ways to have fun and still save.

Free and cheap activities in Austin this weekend include Dia de Los Muertos art exhibitions, streaming concerts, outdoor workouts, drive-in movies, farmers markets, and much more.

Check out our weekend guide to Free and Cheap Things to do in Austin:

FRIDAY

37th Annual Day of the Dead Opening
What: Enjoy a day of Mexican culture to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Mexic-Arte Museum is hosting this awesome Day of the Dead Exhibit. Be sure to wear a mask and stay home if you’re sick. You’ll be asked to maintain social distancing protocols while you browse a selection of Dia de Los Muertos-themed art.
When: Friday, September 18, 10 am – 6 pm
Where: 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
How Much: Free Entry

Austin City Limits Live Venue Tours
What: ACL television may be streaming on the air but the venue is open to all! Tickets to tour the venue are just $6 each. Expect to walk and stand for at least an hour- be sure to wear your mask and your most comfortable shoes! Reservations for the tour must be made in advance- no walk-ups.
When: Friday, September 18, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Where: 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
How Much: $6+

San La Muerte Fest 
What: This streaming concert features Ana Curra, The Vanishing, Dystopian Society, and more. This is the original dark punk music festival featuring some of the best Texas-based punk rock bands. Tickets to the show are on sale but prices vary. You can also follow the music festival on Facebook for updates and live streams!
When: Friday, September 18, 2 pm
Where: Online
How Much: Prices Vary

Fear & Loathing Movie Night 
What: Independence Brewing is hosting a film screening of the most psychedelic movie ever! There will be ice-cold craft beer and plenty of seating. Tickets are $8 if you bring your own chair, $24 per vehicle if you want to make it a drive-in.
When: Friday, September 18, 7 pm
Where: 3913 Todd Lane, #607, Austin, TX 78744
How Much: $8+

SATURDAY

Barton Creek Farmers Market 
What: Every Saturday, rain or shine, you can get your fill of fresh produce and local goods! Admission is always free, just wear your mask and bring your shopping bags. They also offer booths just for kids, live music, and more!
When: Saturday, September 19, 9 am – 1 pm
Where: 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746
How Much: Free Entry

Live to Dance 
What: This live, online dance class is great for all ages and abilities. To participate for free, just register through StrongerAustin.org. All you’ll need is your most comfortable workout shoes, a hand towel for sweat, a bottle of water, and room to move around! RSVP for links and updates.
When: Saturday, September 19, 9:30 am
Where: Online
How Much: Free

Austin Tinkering School Sale
What: Need a new DIY project? Austin Tinkering School is shutting down their brick-and-mortar location, so everything must go! They’re having a huge garage sale where you can get materials, tools, and toys to fix, repair, or repurpose. Admission is free, just wear a mask and keep at least 6 feet apart from other groups.
When: Saturday, September 19, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: 1122 Airport Blvd, Suite A, Austin, TX 78702
How Much: Free Entry

Alladin on the Lawn 
What: The Arboretum is hosting a free, outdoor movie series! Bring your own picnic blanket and grab your dinner to go. Alladin will be on the big screen! Kids are welcome, dogs must be on a leash. Get there early for live music. The movie starts at 8:30.
When: Saturday, September 19, 7 pm
Where: 10000 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
How Much: Free

SUNDAY

Come Dance with Austin Ballet
What: Come Dance is a live streaming, virtual event for dancers and total beginners! It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or have never stepped foot inside a studio. The event includes free classes in Ballet, Hip Hop, and more. This free and fun event is open to everyone in Austin and you could win a prize! Be sure to RSVP in advance of the event. 
When: Sunday, September 20, times vary
Where: Online
How Much: Free

Austin Museum Day 
What: This is the 23rd annual Austin Museum Day where you can explore many of Austin’s favorite museums for free! Pay no entrance fee while getting your fill of art, culture, science, and more. This year’s event will be virtual, with a schedule of activities including artist talks, craft projects, museum tours, and more. Some museums are also open for in-person visits. Find out more here.
When: Sunday, September 20, times vary
Where: Locations Vary
How Much: Free

Best Seat in the House
What: Learn about and listen to some of the best Black musicians in Austin’s history! Miss Lavelle White, Ray Prim, Tee-Double, W. C. Clark, Kalu & the Electric Joint, and more will be playing live! This evening concert is free to stream via Facebook Live.
When: Sunday, September 20, 7:30 pm
Where: Facebook Live
How Much: Free

Outdoor Bollywood
What: Monsoon Dance is hosting this free, outdoor fitness class for the community! RSVP online to let them know you’re coming. Only your first class is free, as a trial gift. The adult class is at 9 am, or you can bring kids to learn Bollywood dancing at 4 pm!
When: Sunday, September 20, 9 am
Where: 13376 N Research Blvd, #505, Austin, TX 78750
How Much: Free

 

Are you ready for the weekend? If you like any of these events or want to tell us about more, please do! We’ve set up a comments section below so you can share your thoughts: