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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Summer ASL Story Telling
Monday, August 5 | at 10 a.m. | Twin Oaks Public Library, 1800 S. Fifth St.
Join Twin Oaks Public Library with Texas School for the Deaf for a special summer ASL storytelling. This session is geared toward younger kids up to 2nd grade. Feel free to come to whatever session you think fits your child the best. Second session is for kids 2nd grade and older. This session starts at 10:45 a.m.
Summer Kids Series at Austin Humane Society – Story Time
Tuesday, August 6 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane
Each Story Time session focuses on either feline friends or canine companions. Children will learn about the animal through a silly and sweet storybook. Then, new this year, our Rescue Readers will spread out through our shelter to give the animals some love too! This session is recommended for children 8 and younger.
Summer Kids Series at Austin Humane Society – Tail Talks
Tuesday, August 6 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane
Why is our cat doing that? How do we get our dog to sit? What baby animals live in Texas? If your child has ever asked any questions along these lines – Tail Talks is for you! Join the fun as we dig a little deeper into the world of dogs, cats and shelter life at the Austin Humane Society. These interactive sessions are best suited for 8-12 year olds and will include special guests each week highlighting topics like Why’s My Cat Doing that: Cat Behavior 101, That’s a Good Pup: Doggy Training Tips, and more!
Technology, Space & Humanity
Tuesday, August 6 | from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. | Austin Public Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
The Austin Forum on Technology & Society in partnership with Austin Public Library presents Technology, Space & Humanity. The human desire to look up, wonder, and explore is innate, and space is truly a fascinating frontier for our species. It is also a very practical industry since our global telecommunications and imaging systems already depend on satellites, and space tourism is imminent. The space industry is starting to boom, and with it come plans for new industries and dreams of new opportunities for humanity. Come learn from two experts on the technologies and science of spaceflight and the opportunities of future space industries, and dream big with us at this special Austin Forum event on technology, space, and humanity.
Mommy N Me Storytime Gymnastics
Wednesday, August 7 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Astrokids, 13450 N HWY 183 Ste. 106
FREE Mommy N Me Story Time & Gymnastics at AstroKids Gym. Story time, bubbles, music, instruments, puppets and more!
High Noon Talk: History Through Comics
Wednesday, August 7 | from 12 to 1 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
Comic books are more than just entertainment, come see why. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through this casual lunch-time lecture. Josh Abraham Kopin uses popular culture in the United States as a way to research historical questions. Join Kopin, a doctoral student in the American Studies Department at UT for a talk on studying history through comics. His illustrative talk will explore works by an Austin cartoonist named Jack Jackson, who spent years creating underground Texas history comics. His comics pose interesting ideas about how to approach history and the ethics of the field.
Fun Kids Music – Amber with Johnny & Sharon
Wednesday, August 7 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Central Market Austin – Westgate, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd
Bring the kids to Central Market on Kids’ Night for a lively kids music show with Amber, Johnny and Sharon! Show features fun and interactive songs, scarves, shakers, bubbles, drumming, dancing, and kiddie open mic! Parents can enjoy a great meal in the cafe (and kids eat FREE too!).
Thursday, August 8 | at 10:30 a.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
Join Sra. Garrett to learn basic Spanish vocabulary through joyful singing, dancing, games, and more! This fresh take on bilingual story time is perfect for all ages!
Thursday, August 8 | from 11 to 11:30 a.m. | APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln.
Dance your way into a musical Storytime with a reading from NEW children’s book “A Clever Plan to Save the Land”. The story features young Simon, an adventure kid hero who thinks of a clever way to help the King recover something of great value. Music Storytime is lively and interactive with kids and parents singing and playing along with rhythm sticks, bean bag animals, streamers, bubbles, shakers, scarves and more. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, August 8 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.
Library Groovaroo Dance
Friday, August 9 | at 10:30 a.m. | APL Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. 5th St.
Come to Library GroovaRoo Dance, a safe and judgment-free fitness program that fosters love, connectedness and fun for new families. Classes are tailored for prenatal parents and caregivers with babies from pre-birth through “babywearing” years (or as long as the baby is comfortable being worn). Classes are every other Friday from June-December. Please bring your own ergonomic, two-shouldered carrier where baby can face in, heart to heart. Comfortable cool clothing for you and your baby is recommended.
Cool Summer Nights: Space
Friday, August 9 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
Forget about standing outside in the heat of the summer! Come inside to the Bullock Museum for three FREE evenings celebrating culture, community and Texas history. You’re invited to be a part of the second year of this event series. You’re guaranteed some great nights out this summer with one program each month in June, July and August!
Last Sip of Summer Friday
Friday, August 9| from 6:30 to 9 p.m.| Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W Dittmar Rd
Last Sip of Summer is a free event designed to squeeze in a little more fun before school starts. The event will consist of live music, games and craft. Bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Free for all ages!
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, August 9 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made via donation bucket at the venue.
Metz Movies Under the Stars – Ralph Breaks the Internet
Friday, August 9 | from 8:45 to 11 p.m. | Metz Rec Center, 2407 Canterbury St.
FREE outdoor movie at Metz Recreation Center. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Movie begins at dusk (about 8:45ish). Splash pad on until 8pm. Join us at Metz Park for a fun family-friendly evening. FREE popcorn and drink (one per person) at every movie screening.
Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.