What’s Up? Weekly: April 22-26, 2019

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting Austin events featured on our Free Fun Calendar!

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The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.


Bluegrass Night at Radio
Monday, April 22 | at 8 p.m. | Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd.
Weekly gathering of the best pickers currently residing in Central Texas! Every Monday, see Grammy-winning (and nominated!) bluegrass for free! Starts at 8 p.m.! Bring a lawnchair! Dog and kid friendly!

Austin Parks Foundation Earth Day Events 
Monday, April 22 | Various Hours | Various Locations
Celebrate Earth Day and help raise money for Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces! From yoga to SoulCycle to happy hour, get more info on how to give back here.

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Gymboree Open House (Cedar Park)
Tuesday, April 23 | All Day | Gymboree Play and Music, 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite 120, Cedar Park 
Gymboree Play and Music in Cedar Park presents an OPEN HOUSE event! This event is FREE to the public! Join for Art, Music, And Play and Learn Mommy and Me type classes to come see what Gymboree has to offer! Please see online schedule for class times. All classes are broken down into age groups, you may pick any age appropriate classes for your children to attend. Socks are required to get on the play floor. Please bring socks with you to this event.

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Hotel Ella Salon Series
Tuesday, April 23 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande St.
The UMLAUF has teamed up with Hotel Ella to host Katie Robinson Edwards, who will be discussing Mid-Century Modern Art. These take place at Hotel Ella’s Goodall Restaurant. The talks are free to the public but are limited to the first 75 people who RSVP to the event. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the event. For more information regarding the Salon Series, visit https://www.umlaufsculpture.org/hotel-ella-salon-series.

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Picky Eaters Parent’s Workshop – English
Wednesday, April 24 | from 6 to 7 p.m. | Easter Seals Central Texas, 505 Cross Park Dr. Suite 120
Join Easter Seals Central Texas and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at this FREE parent workshop to learn how to work with your picky eater at home. Childcare is provided! Please select a ticket for both you and your child if you plan to bring them along. Please RSVP HERE.

Window Into the Spiritual Realm
Wednesday, April 24 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | SomaVida, 2324 E Cesar Chavez St.
Presenting world-renowned painter and spiritual teacher, Syamarani Didi. Join us for an art presentation and spiritual discourse, followed by an interactive Bhakti-Yoga Kirtan (devotional singing, chanting). Free and open to the public, all are welcome.

Picky Eaters Parent’s Workshop – Spanish
Wednesday, April 24 | from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. | Easter Seals Central Texas, 505 Cross Park Dr. Suite 120
¡Venga y aprenda estrategias para trabajar con su niño/a con alimentación selectiva para comer ! Cuidado de niños se proveraá. Regístrese AQUI.

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2019 UMLAUF Garden Party
Thursday, April 25 | from 6 to 9:30 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Azie Morton Rd.
Join Austin’s iconic UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum for their annual Garden Party on Thursday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. While the beloved event will still include fine wine and decadent bites, the 21st installation will include performers from all over the city to provide entertainment throughout the garden for guests. This year, The UMLAUF is thrilled to partner with Twin Liquors so each bar throughout the garden will have a thoughtful wine pairing. The UMLAUF will also be providing bites from notable restaurants like Juliet Italian Kitchen, Moonshine Grill and more in order to create a memorable, uniquely Austin evening. Early bird tickets go on sale Feb. 5, so be sure to grab yours before they’re gone!

Matrix – UT Fashion Show
Thursday, April 25 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St.
Join at our annual UT Fashion Show: MATRIX, where we will be presenting the Textiles and Apparel Senior Designers stunning garments! The event is free and open to the public! Come out before the show begins to view our Junior Designers garments at the Textiles and Apparel Exhibition Lonestar Room from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This event is put on by the University Fashion Group, with help from the Division of Textiles and Apparel and the School of Human Ecology.

New Monuments for New Cities: Now Orleans Club Revisited
Thursday, April 25 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Symphony Square, 1111 Red River St.
Waller Creek Conservancy has added live music to the three-month, multifaceted event series in conjunction with the public art exhibit, New Monuments for New Cities, on display at the corner of Red River St. and 12th St.through May 31. Two free shows are scheduled at Waller Creek Conservancy’s headquarters at Symphony Square in the heart of downtown Austin. A joint art initiative developed by the High Line Network, the exhibit opened in Austin on March 2 and features the work of 25 artists, five of whom represent Central Texas. Austin is one of five North American cities participating in this collaboration; each city selected five artists, all of whom were asked to reflect on the role monuments have played in shaping cities in the past and how we might reimagine them in the future. Waller Creek Conservancy has developed a range of public programs from artist talks to films and music as part of the three-month showcase. The live music series takes its inspiration from the rich history of the New Orleans Club, a former venue in the Red River Cultural District that featured rock, R&B, and soul music throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s. The building that housed the venue is now part of the Symphony Square complex. All events are free and open to the public and will take place at Symphony Square.

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Friday Movie Matinee
Friday, April 26 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | The Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
The Old Quarry Library is having a free screening of Peter Rabbit from 3:30 pm to 5:30 p.m. This is a free family event, all are welcomed.

27th Annual Sculptfest (Round Rock)
Friday, April 26 | from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock
The Texas Society of Sculptors presents the 27th SculptFest! Happening April 26 through 28. Free admission. SculptFest 2019 will feature over 60 artists from across the United States. There will be artists from 12 states represented, plus 11 top Native American sculptors exhibiting at SculptFest – many of whom were students of renowned Native American sculptor Allan Houser. An extended exhibition on Centennial Plaza in April 2019 will include sculptures created by members of the Indigenous Sculptors Society and, Cliff Fraguaof Jemez Pueblo, N.M., David L. Deming, of Cleveland and Candyce Garrett, of Taos, N.M., who will be featured artists during SculptFest. The festival also will include sculpture demonstrations, stone carving, 3D printing of sculptures, bronze pouring, a children’s art-in-action area, food trucks and music. SculptFest exhibitors will be surrounded by the exhibit of 18 large Allan Houser sculptures. Allan Houser, an American Master (Chiricahua Apache, 1914 – 1994), is the most significant Native American sculptor of the 20th Century.

Sounds N Colors
Friday, April 26 | from 5 to 10 p.m. | Metropolis Apartments, 2200 South Pleasant Valley Rd.
Sounds n Colors is a celebration of all things 2000’s era. Nostalgia, Nintendo, Wii, Style, Movies, Art, Tacos, Booze, and MUSIC! Hot new tracks will be released by Paris Flacko and DJ’s spinning tunes all night. New Releases and Reminiscing. And it’s FREE. Be a part of it!

Pat Green Headlines the 20th Annual Red Poppy Festival (Georgetown)
Friday, April 26 | at 6 p.m. | Georgetown Historic Square, 103 West 7th St.
The “Red Poppy Capital Of Texas,” Georgetown, Texas, will celebrate its 20th Annual Red Poppy Festival April 26 through 28, in honor of red poppy season; it is one of the few locations in the United States where red poppies grow naturally. Georgetown hosts a free, three-day festival to honor the history and beauty of its poppy season. The weekend includes parades, a car show, live music, cooking contest, art, food and family-friendly activities including the Kid’s Fun Zone with a bounce house, obstacle course, toddler playground and more. Country musician and a Lone Star favorite, Pat Green, will headline the festival as it marks its 20th anniversary. Additional concerts will take place Friday and Sunday nights.

CHULA League Presents the 11th Annual Little Artist Big Artist Benefit Art Show
Friday, April 26 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
Grounded in East Austin, Chula League, producers of Cherrywood Art Fair, and Mondo are partnering to present the 11th Annual Little Artist BIG ARTIST Benefit Show. This unique benefit show, hosted by Mondo, will feature works of over 70 artists (Little and BIG) from Chula League’s arts-mentorship program, Little Artist BIG ARTIST. The opening reception is on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Celebrating 11 years of arts-mentorship, guests will dance to music, be merry with drinks and eat some delicious bites during the reception. Attendees will have the option to bid on each of the 41 Little Artists pieces, starting at $50 each, and enjoy music, drinks with light refreshments. The funds raised at this event will go back to each of the six participating East Austin Elementary schools, keeping true to Chula League’s mission in fueling and sustaining the arts in East Austin. In addition to the silent auction, T-shirts and donation opportunities benefit Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST mentorship program. Event is free. Donations accepted.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.

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