This week you'll find lots of family fun activities, some terrific deals for pet owners and spring savings. Enjoy!

Family fun

ACC is hosting its 5th annual Carnival ah! It s a two day outdoor celebration of the Arts and Humanities with 50 events and more than a hundred performers. It takes place at ACC's historic downtown Rio Grande Campus. Experience an eclectic range of live music, dance, drama and performance art, as well as a student art sale, literary readings, philosophy and humanities discussions, open mic sessions, and film screenings, food and more! Get more information here.

Zilker Garden Festival will be held at Zilker Botanical Garden onSaturday, April 6, 2013 and Sunday, April 7, 2013, from 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more informationclick hereor call (512) 974-2550. At the Festival, kids can enjoy fun activities in Kids Corner. To learn about Zilker Garden Festival, click here.Youpurchase advance tickets online to save on admission. Regular admission is$7 for adults and $3 for children (age 5-12). Parking will be $5.

Texas VegFest, Austin s first vegan festival featuring great food, craft beer, speakers, cooking demos, kids activities, sampling, and live music, returns for its second year. The festival takes palce April 6 from 11 AM to 6 PM at the Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. There will be children s yoga and tennis, a kids cooking demo, a seed planting activity, story time, coloring, and a bean bag toss. Or just relax by Lady Bird Lake while the kids romp in the grass. When you re hungry, local food vendors will be hawking falafel, burgers, tacos, funnel cake, curry, ice cream, cupcakes, and more. All the info is here.

The UMLAUF kicks off First Family Sundays this Sunday, April 7th from noon to 4pm. Families are invited to explore the sculptures and creative art. All First Family Sunday events and activities are free with the cost of admission ($0-$3.50). These first Family Sundays run the first Sunday of every month through December.

You ll find a slew of fun family activities taking place this weekend at Free Fun in

Food Deals

Austin Restaurant Week runs April 7-10 and again the 14-17th. This is your chance to get fixed priced menus and some of Austin's best restaurants and to help out the Food Bank. Enjoy two-course pre-fixe menu pricing for lunches from $12-17, three-course pre-fixe dinners at $27 or $37, and brunches at select locations for $17! Meals on Wheels and More has returned as the charity beneficiary this Fall, and every Austin Restaurant Week meal donates $2 directly to Meals on Wheels and More to support their programs. Go here to see the participating restaurants and to make reservations.

Free pet spay and neuter clinic

Georgetown Animal Shelter to host free spay/neuter clinic for outside cats April 6.

Free car seat safety checks

Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare are hosting another series of free child car seat inspections at no cost. Certified technicians will inspect car seats, check for recalls and instruct caregivers on proper installation. Please call for an appointment time.

  • April 9th Seton Medical Center Kyle; 10 a.m. 1p.m.; 6001 Kyle Parkway 78640 - (512) 336-3423
  • April 10th Baby Earth, 10 a.m. 1 p.m. 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock 78664 (512)600-7050
  • April 16th Steiner Ranch Fire Station, 10 a.m. 1p.m.; 3048 Steiner Ranch Blvd., Austin 78726 (512) 336-3423
  • April 17th Granite Shoals Fire Station, 10 a.m. 1 p.m.; 8410 W. FM 1431, Granite Shoals 78654 (830) 693-7277
  • April 18th Luling EMS Station, 3 p.m. 6 p.m.; 685 S. Hackberry St., Luling 78648 - (830) 875-7038
  • April 24th Travis County Fitting Station, 10 a.m. 1 p.m.; Austin (Location to be determined) (512) 336-3423
  • April 25th Old Taylor High School; 1pm 4pm; 3101 N. Main 76574 - Contact Taylor ISD Family Services (512) 352-3910; Ask for John

More savings

Spring is here and there are some great fashion deals happening right now! The deals team here in Austin has put together this week's best deals. Thanks Shermayne for the tips!

J Crew Deal

Up to 75% off + Extra 30% off Sale Items

Expires 4/7/13

Old Navy Deal

Spring Sale starting at $5 + Free Shipping over $50

Expires 4/5/13

6PM Deal

Up to 80% off Spring Styles - Steve Madden, Guess & Dolce Vita + Free Shipping

Expires 4/3/13

Express Deal

Up to 60% off + Extra 20% off Clearance - Semi Annual Sale

Expires 4/13/13

Steve Madden Coupon Code

25% off + Free Shipping

Expires 4/4/13

Bloomingdale's Deal

Up to 65% off Shoes for the Entire Family

Expires 4/6/13

Below is a new list of freebies from our friends at Thanks Jen for the tips!

  • Pinkberry freebie: Free Tasting Session Throughout April, Valid in April for a free full-size serving from 11am-2pm nationwide at participating locations. See offer for details. Expires: 4/30
  • 7 Eleven freebie: Free Medium Slurpee - Mobile Offer, Text SLURP7 to 711711 on your mobile phone to receive offer. Follow directions provided. Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 4/30
  • Honey Dew Donuts coupon: Free Pastry w/ Large Cappuccino Purchase, Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 4/30
  • HP free monitor: Free HP 23 Monitor with Select Desktop PCs, Expires: 4/6
  • Jack In The Box coupon: Free Hot Cinnamon Shake, With the purchase of a Hot Mess Burger. Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 4/10
  • Taco Cabana coupon: Free 20oz Drink & Personal Chips & Queso, With the purchase of 2 Fajita Tacos. Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 4/8
  • Target free gift card: Free $50 Gift Card w/ PlayStation 3 Console Bundle, Expires: 4/6
  • Victoria's Secret coupon code: Free Beach Bag w/ Swim Purchase and code SUNNY, Expires: 4/10
  • White Castle coupon: Free 20 Chicken Rings w/ Craver Case Purchase, Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 4/13

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