Enjoy Free Cultural Attractions from Austin Parks & Recreation Department

Jun 5, 2012 - 11:47 am

Photos of cultural events

Enjoy Free Musical Concerts, Films, Theater, Dance, Art & Historical Exhibits, Nature Centers and Preserves, plus Affordable Classes and Summer Camps.

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Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Where creativity knows no borders.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, 78701, Tel: 512-974-3772, Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 6 pm, Fri. 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat. 10 am - 4 pm, Closed Sun.


Fostering an appreciation of Mexican American, Latino and Indigenous cultures through exhibits, community collaborations, summer camp programs and youth and adult education.


George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

Discover Texas’ African-American heritage, art and culture.

George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, 78702, Tel: 512-974-4926, Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9:30 pm, Fri. 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat. 10 am - 4 pm, Closed Sun.


Featuring, a theater, museums tours and educational programming celebrating theater, visual arts, dance, music and more for all ages.


Dougherty Arts center

Austin's premiere arts center, classes & theater. Discovering local artists for thirty years.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road, 78704, Tel: 512-974-4000,

Facility Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9:30 pm, Fri. 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat. 10 am - 4 pm, Closed Sun.

School Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 9 am - 6 pm, Fri. 9 am - 5:30 pm, Closed Sat. & Sun.


The DAC offers a variety of visual and performing arts experiences for audiences of all ages.  Featuring local theater and Julia C. Butridge Gallery, adult and child classes in visual arts and the most popular summer camps in town.


Zilker Hillside Theater

Experience professional theatrical productions under the stars.

Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive, 78704, Tel: 512-974-4004, Show Hours: Sunset (approximately 8 pm), No Blankets or chairs before 6 pm.


Across from Barton Springs in Zilker Park, experience open air musical theater, Shakespeare in the park, ethnic dance, classical music and more. For all of Austin, every summer.


O. henry Museum

Step back in time to Austin’s 19th century lifestyle & literary history.

O. Henry Museum, 409 East Fifth Street, 78701, Tel: 512-472-1903, Hours: Wed. - Sun. 12 noon – 5 pm, Closed Mon. & Tues.


The famous author, O. Henry’s home while living in Austin.  The museum hosts a permanent exhibit, as well as tours, youth and adult workshops, and the utterly punny Pun-Off World Championships.


Susanna Dickinson Museum

Find Austin’s Alamo connection.

Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum, 411 East Fifth Street, 78701, Tel: 512-974-3830, Hours: Wed. - Sun. 12 noon – 5 pm, Closed Mon. & Tues.


Preserving the home and legacy of Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson. Learn about Texas history through tours, quilting, storytelling, kid’s classes and events.


Ney museum

Discover Austin's hidden jewel in Hyde Park

Elisabet Ney Museum 304 East 44th Street, 78751, Tel: 512-458-2255, Hours: Wed. - Sun. 12 noon – 5 pm, Closed Mon. & Tues.


One of the country’s most significant historic artists’ homes and studios, of cultural icon and sculptor Elisabet Ney. The museum and its restored prairie offer historic, artistic and educational tours and programs as well the largest collection of sculpture by Ney.


Old Bakery and Emporium

Experience a bite of Austin history & arts at The Old Bakery & Emporium

Old Bakery & Emporium 1006 Congress Avenue, 78701, Tel: 512-477-5961 Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 4 pm. Closed Sat. & Sun.


A registered national landmark has graced Congress Avenue since 1876 and was featured in many O. Henry stories. The first floor features local arts & crafts. The second floor features an exhibit of Austin's history & an art gallery.



Austin Nature &Science Center

Explore a natural oasis in the midst of our urban landscape.

Austin Nature & Science Center, 301 Nature Center Drive, 78704, Tel: 512-974-3888, Hours: Mon. - Sat. 9 am – 5 pm, Sun. 12 noon – 5 pm.


With trails, exhibits, wildlife, programs and summer camp, ANSC is a great place to make your own natural connection. Build Your own natural science collection by bringing your own treasures to our workshops.


SPLASH! exhibit

Interactive exhibits explain the secret world of Austin’s Aquifer.

SPLASH! Sheffield Education Center, 2201 Barton Springs Road, 78704, Tel: 512-478-3170 Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 12 noon - 5 pm, Closed  Mon.


A modern multimedia exhibit offers a trip down into the Edwards Aquifer. Interactive and live exhibits for both children and adults. Learn about how Central Texas replenishes its important water resources.


Zilker Botanical Gardens

Discover a designed setting of spectacular natural beauty.

Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, 78704, Tel: 512-477-8672, Daily Hours: 7 am - 5:30 pm, Closed: major holidays and events that close Zilker Park.

$2.00 Entrance Fee

A design of spectacular beauty and tranquility, including the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, The Hartman Prehistoric Garden, the Mabel Davis Garden, and the Escarpment Trail. Enjoy classes, events or just a stroll in the garden.


Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Enjoy an extensive sculpture exhibit in an inspiring, park setting.

UMLAUF Sculpture Gardens & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, 78704, Tel: 512-445-5582, Hours: Wed. - Fri. 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sat. & Sun. 1 pm - 4:30 pm, Closed Mon. & Tues.

Entrance Fee

A serene and natural setting for the work of 20th century sculptor Charles Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors. Sculptured bronzes include both realistic & abstract pieces on a wide variety of subjects.