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Free Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Aug. 25-27

Written by , published August 24, 2017

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy the end of summer in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun this weekend, head to these events across the state—including the Reunion Lawn Party at Dallas' Reunion Tower, Austin's Quesoff, and LBJ Day festivities at the Texas White House.

Weather Alert

The Texas Gulf Coast is bracing for Tropical Storm Harvey, which has strong potential for becoming a major hurricane. Visit the National Hurricane Center or The Weather Channel for updates. Travel to the coast is discouraged. Many of the weekend's events have been postponed or canceled due to the storm and potential flooding, so double check with organizers before getting on the road.

More Events

Find more exciting things to do using the Texas Highways Events Calendar database.

Reunion Lawn Party

Dallas: Aug. 26 
The summer series is held on the last Saturday of the month at the base of the iconic Reunion Tower. This free family-friendly event features food trucks, a beer garden, lawn games like a bean bag toss and horseshoes, and special lawn takeovers by Dallas pro sports teams: this weekend, the Dallas Mavericks will be back for a third year. Petty Theft, a local cover band featuring Mike Rhyner of Dallas' "The Ticket," will keep the city rocking.

Quesoff

Austin: Aug. 26
An annual food competition of Texas-sized proportions, where the city's best queso-makers come together at The Mohawk to share their best dips and spread the queso love. Entry is free with a donation of two canned goods (or a $2 donation benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank), and bags of chips will be available for $5—or you can bring your own!

Fusion of the Arts

Pearland: Aug. 26 
The free, family-friendly event celebrates art with a juried art show and cultural performances scheduled throughout the day.

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Pride Festival and Parade

Austin: Aug. 26 
The largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas, where dozens of nonprofit organizations and social clubs use the platform to inform and interact with thousands of attendees. The parade kicks off at 8 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol and continues down Congress, through the Warehouse District, ending at Republic Square Park.

Kid Fish

Taylor: Aug. 26 
Free to children age 15 and younger, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and fishing starts at 9 a.m. 

109th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Birthday

Stonewall: Aug. 27 
The public is invited to participate in this free event commemorating LBJ's birthday. Check in at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site's Visitor Center first for information on the day's activities. The LBJ Ranch will host a wreath-laying ceremony at the Johnson family cemetery, and tours of the Texas White House will be free. On Saturday night, LBJ Ranch will host a free movie screening under the stars—just like friends of President LBJ experienced. The LBJ biopic "All the Way" will be shown; guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments.

Together We Ball

Dallas: Aug. 27 
Project Unity's third annual free, family-friendly event is designed to foster unity and relationships between the Dallas community and law enforcement. The highlight of the event is a friendly game of basketball featuring local police officers, pastors, and community leaders.

Free Admission to the Umlauf

Austin: Through Aug. 31
Thanks to generous donors from Amplify Austin, admission is free through the end of August. Plus, kids can participate in a fun, free sculpture safari during your visit. 

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