What’s Up? Weekly: September 30 through October 4, 2019

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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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Happening All Week

Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection
Monday through Friday, September 30 through October 4 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on Thursday) | Harry Ransom Center, 300 West 21st Street

A rare opportunity to see letters, books, artifacts, and manuscripts by Modernist writers who defined a literary revolution – Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, and others – from the private collection of Annette Campbell-White, a pioneering venture capitalist and rare book collector. Free docent tours every day at noon.


Baby Storytime
Monday, September 30 | from 10:30 to 11 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

A storytime for babies ages 0-12 months old, including songs, stories, and social time. Monday mornings at 10:30am.

Toddler Storytime
Monday, September 30 | from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

A storytime for kids ages 1-3 years, including songs and stories, followed by play time. Mondays at 11:15am and Thursdays at 10:30am.


Spanish Circle Time
Tuesday, October 1| from 10:30 to 11 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

Kids ages 0-3 learn basic concepts and Spanish vocabulary through songs and play, followed by social play time. Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.

Storytime and Craft
Tuesday, October 1 | from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

An evening storytime for families with kids of all ages, followed by a craft. Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 11:00am.

The Trivia Factory
Tuesday, October 1 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Fareground at One Eleven, 111 Congress
The Trivia Factory brings the nation’s best live hosted trivia night to Fareground! Join us for Trivia Night! The weekly event is free to play and there will be gift cards for our top teams at the end of the night. Gather your smartest friends and come down. There will be food available from Fareground partners, including TVL, Dai Due Taqueria, Henbit, Italic and Ni-Komé.


Bike to Work Wednesdays
Wednesday, October 2 | from 7:30 to 9 a.m. | Texas Coffee Traders, 1400 East 4th Street
Everyday is better on a bike! So let’s celebrate your weekly ride to work with some free coffee (if you show up on a bike) at Texas Coffee Traders the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month September through November. Stop by, say hi & learn about: who we are, what we do, volunteering with our BikeStart and Bike Club programs to teach kids how to ride a bike and explore their city, volunteering with our Golden Rollers program getting older adults and seniors out and about on trikes, the new bikeways that the Austin Transportation Department, City of Austin is designing in your neighborhood, how to Earn-a-Bike at Austin’s Yellow Bike Project, joining Team Snacks Cycling, a WTF* cycling club, your local East Austin bike shops, East Side Pedal Pushers and Cycleast, how to get anywhere at anytime by bus, bike or foot with Smart Trips Austin, how to volunteer with Lend Your Legs : Social Cycling Austin and TSBVI, Social Cycling Austin‘s program with Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and lots more!

Donation Based Storytime Yoga
Wednesday, October 2 | from 9:30 to 10 a.m. | Little Yoga House, 2700 W Anderson Lane Suite 229
Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses in this donation based class! If you’ve never visited our studio, this is a great way to get an idea of what kids yoga looks like! *please register online beforehand*

High Noon Talk: Secrets in the Dirt
Wednesday, October 2 | from 12 to 1 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue
Held on the first Wednesday of every month, High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through this casual lunch-time lecture. The Gault archaeological complex, located in Central Texas, is one of the most important and extensive sites in North America. Join author Mary S. Black, for a talk on her book Secrets in the Dirt which explores recent discoveries at the site that suggest that Texas has been a good place for people to live for as many as 20,000 years. After the talk, see Gault artifacts in Becoming Texas, on view at the Bullock Museum. 

Steam Studio
Wednesday, October 2 | from 6 to 7 p.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

Science, technology, engineering, art, and math projects with a creative twist for kids ages 4-12 years. Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Kids Music with Amber, Johnny and Sharon
Wednesday, October 2 | from 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Central Market, 4477 South Lamar Boulevard
Join Amber, Johnny & Sharon for a wild array of streamers, bubbles, flying scarves, hoppin’ Dads, Moms and laughing kids. Energetic crowds of Moms, Dads and kids co-create the show with scarf snowball fights, bug toss games, drumming, dancing, clapping, singing and high-fiving. Includes Amber’s “Conga Line”, “Sock Hop” and the new “Mama-Papa Jam” (Moms and Dads play drums, harmonicas, kazoos, flute etc.) Grab some dinner in the cafe (kids eat Free too!)


Toddler Storytime
Thursday, October 3 | from 10:30 to 11 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

A storytime for kids ages 1-3 years, including songs and stories, followed by play time. Mondays at 11:15am and Thursdays at 10:30am.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Colorful Paper Crafts
Thursday, October 3 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Willie Mae Kirk Branch- Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Drive

Create giant paper flowers and papel picado.


Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Fest
Friday, October 4 | from 5 to 11 p.m. | Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock

The Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Festival is Round Rock area’s largest and most prestigious (and the most fun, in our estimation) festival, attracting over 40,000 people annually to this free event on the first weekend of October. Hosted by the City of Round Rock Arts and Culture, Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Festival is a celebration of the arts, with highlight being visual artists creating beautiful sidewalk murals. Strolling the Chalk Walk affords you the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists who created these temporary pavement masterpieces. Beyond visual arts, the festival is also host to a handpicked roster of vendors, sponsors, local and regional musicians, theatrical performances, foods and drinks, and a children’s creative area with performances by children from a variety of local organizations, including the Round Rock ISD and the School of Rock. The daily live entertainment will also include Friday and Saturday night headliner concerts (announcements forthcoming), all of which will make for a perfect weekend at Dell Diamond!

Fall Into Art: Exhibitions at the AARC
Friday, October 4 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road

The Asian American Resource Center Community Art Exhibit Program is proud to present two solo and two group exhibitions that reflect on community, cultural heritage, and nature in various mediums including oil paintings, ceramics, and found objects. An exhibit opening reception celebrating all participating artists will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6-8pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

Yappy Hour
Friday, October 4 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Stone Hill Dog Park
, 1124 Town Center Drive, Pflugerville
Bring your dogs over to Stone Hill Dog Park from 6-9 p.m for a night of dog-related fun. Meet other dogs, join in on a doggie costume contest and feed your pups a treat from the dog food vendors (Dog Pound and Lucy’s Frozen). Give your dog the night out that they deserve!

Movies at Lake Park
Friday, October 4 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Mueller
Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Boulevard
Join in October for two free, family-friendly events taking place at Mueller’s outdoor amphitheater. The October 4 movie is The Lego Movie.

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

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Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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