The hustle and bustle of Austin never ends. However, there is an exciting burst of energy as the city emerges from the gloomy winter and Austin comes alive again each spring with an array of free activities that cater to every interest and passion. From outdoor concerts, cultural festivals, scenic hikes, art exhibits and workshops, there is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy without breaking the bank. Here is a list of 50 free things to do in Austin this Spring and Summer!

  1. See Legally Blonde, the Musical at Zilker Hillside Theatre
  2. Nature Nights at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  3. Pease Park: visit the treehouse or new Troll installation
  4. Visit local splash pads
  5. BookKids Storytimes
  6. Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park – Austin Symphony Orchestra
  7. The Thinkery Community Hours – every Thursday and Sunday
  8. Second Sundays at Texas Farmers Market Mueller
  9. Live Music on the Patio at Central Market
  10. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden Family Days
  11. Home Depot: Free in-store kids workshops
  12. Austin Nature and Science Center
  13. Austin Public Library Storytime
  14. Picnic at Zilker Park
  15. See bats at South Congress bridge
  16. Self guided tours of Texas State Capitol
  17. Bullock Museum: free first Sunday of each month
  18. Blanton Museum of Art: free every Tuesday or as a member
  19. Tween Code Club: Austin Public Library
  20. Family Clean Creek Camp
  21. Hike the Greenbelt
  22. Visit local playgrounds
  23. Walk the trail around Lady Bird Lake
  24. Austin Mom Walks
  25. Soul Food Festival: free for kids 14 and under
  26. Toddler Yoga at Pease Park
  27. Undersea Discovery at Lakeshore Learning
  28. The next FREE DAY at Zilker Botanical Garden is 7/14 
  29. Visit the Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park: watch skaters or view artwork
  30. June Fun Friday Programming at YWCA for 3rd-6th graders
  31. YWCA No-Cost Summer Programs
  32. Check out all these places where kids eat free!
  33. Blues on the Green
  34. The Drop-In: Free music every Thursday at The Long Center
  35. Free walking tour of Austin
  36. Tejano Walking Trail
  37. Self guided tour of Austin murals
  38. Visit The Contemporary Austin: free daily for kids under 18 and every Tuesday
  39. Hike Mount Bonnell
  40. Visit St. Edward’s Greenbelt
  41. See the peacocks at Mayfield Park
  42. Fly a kite or picnic at Auditorium Shores
  43. Free live music at ABGB
  44. Live music at Guero’s – Oak Garden Stage
  45. Free membership to Round Rock Express Kids Club
  46. For the Love of Parks: Richard Moya Park
  47. Mexic-Arte Museum: free on Sundays
  48. Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry
  49. Hill Country Galleria: Live music on the lawn
  50. Hike to the top of the 360 Pennybacker Bridge Overlook

**Bonus event for a Mom’s Night Out:


Natalie McMahon
Natalie, a proud Louisiana native (Geaux Tigers!), found her second home in Austin over a decade ago. It was here, in 2015, that she serendipitously met her fellow Louisianian husband. Armed with an MBA in Digital Media Management from St. Edward's University, Natalie has excelled in her career as a marketing project manager. Her true passion is raising her two beautiful boys, Emmett and Patrick, and exploring all of Austin's unique experiences. Beyond her professional pursuits, Natalie is deeply committed to sharing Patrick's journey with MCADD, a rare genetic disorder, to provide support and guidance to others facing similar challenges. Follow along with Natalie and her family's adventures at @natalielouise.m as they navigate life's twists and turns with resilience and love.


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