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    Austin Shakespeare will bring the romance, comedy and dramatic clashes of The Merchant of Venice to the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater in May.
    Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 35th year, Shakespeare’s famous play will be performed under the stars from May 9 to May 26 on Thursdays to Sundays at 8 p.m., with a preview performance on Wednesday, May 8.
    The audience is encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs, and a picnic to enjoy their evening on the grassy hillside. Some chairs are available. The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Zilker Hillside Theater is accessible to all audience members. Alcohol and glass containers are prohibited in all City of Austin parks.

    KUTX Live at Mueller

    When: Friday, May 6, at 7 pm

    Where: Mueller Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin

    Enjoy free live music with the family-friendly Jarbear kicking off the show for kids at 7 pm. The Octopus Project for adults happens at 8 pm.

    Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth

    When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, at 8 pm

    Where: Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin

    The City of Austin, in coordination with Austin Shakespeare, presents William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Join us for our 32nd year of Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park for a military-themed version of Shakespeare’s supernatural story of ambition gone awry.


    When: Saturday, May 7, from 10 am – 3 pm

    Where: Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th Street, Austin

    Kids of all ages can play on a wide variety of vehicles while learning about how they help serve their communities. There will also be live music, food trucks, and a Kid Zone complete with a petting zoo, face painting, barrel-train rides and much more. All proceeds benefit

    Fiddlestick Bow Shop Concert for Kids

    When: Saturday, 10:30-11:30 am

    Where: Fiddlestick Bow Shop, 801 Tillery Street, Austin

    Bring the family out to enjoy live music, breakfast tacos and friends! Bring your picnic blanket or folding chair and have some fun with your little ones. $5 per adult and free for kids.

    Umlauf Family Day

    When: Sunday, May 8, from noon – 8 pm

    Where: Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road

    Family Days offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children, 4-10 years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the Umlauf while engaging in creative activities. Listen to stories, do yoga in the garden, watch sculpture demos, enjoy live music and more. FREE!

    Still undecided on how to spend Mother’s Day? Check out Things to do on Mother’s Day in Austin.


    Luckily for us it seems that Austin offers something free to do almost everyday. You can find free movies, free yoga, and this month, a free Shakespeare play.


    The Austin Shakespeare company will premier its 30th season of ‘Free Shakespeare In The Park’ tonight with Shakespeare’s romantic comedy ‘As You Like It.’

    I’d recommend packing a picnic and a blanket/chairs to enjoy the play.

    Admission: Free

    When: Thursdays – Sundays in May  (through May 25th)

    Time: 8-10pm

    Zilker Hillside Theatre
    2201 Barton Springs Road
    Austin, Texas

    This is some of the best weather we’ll have all year. It would be a crime not to spend some time enjoying it, and some Shakespeare at Zilker Hillside Theatre sounds like a perfect excuse to head outdoors. This year Austin Shakespeare is doing a production of A Winter’s Tale, so it should be pretty entertaining.


    It’s a great free show and something the whole family will enjoy. Don’t forget to bring chairs or blankets to sit on, and plastic coolers or picnic baskets are also a good idea. If you forget food or drinks, you can purchase concessions on site.

    Cost: Free, donations welcome.

    When: Thursday – Sunday’s now – May 26h

    Time: 8 p.m.

    Zilker Hillside Theatre
    (next to Barton Springs Pool)
    2301 Barton Springs Road
    Austin, Texas 78746

    It’s time for some free Shakespeare in the park! It’s been really pleasant, which makes for the perfect weather to catch this outdoor treat.

    This weekend and next weekend the Something for Nothing Theater will be putting on one of Shakespeare’s earliest works, The Comedy of Errors. This comedy follows the story of two sets of twins separated at birth and reunited through happenstance.

    This show will be a thrill for all audiences and give you a chance to experience the talent of Shakespeare in a fun outdoor setting.

    Admission: free

    When: Today, June 22th – tomorrow, June 23th
    June 29th and June 30th

    Time: 8 p.m.

    Ramsey Park Pavilion
    4301 N. Rosedale Avenue
    Austin, Texas 78756

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