Wondering what’s up around Austin this week? Here are some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar. Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.
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MLK March, Festival, and Food Drive – Monday, January 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in Austin. The MLK Community March will kick off with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. Participants will then march to the south steps of the State Capitol for a short program before continuing on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. Everyone is invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. The MLK Community Festival will begin as soon the march arrives on location. It will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever. FREE! Marchers are asked to bring canned goods or non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. March: Begins at MLK Statue on UT Campus, East Mall. Festival: Huston-Tillotson University 900 Chicon St, Austin.
Free Admission to The LBJ Presidential Library – Monday, January 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To ensure President Johnson’s wish for the library to “be available to all,” entrance fees are waived on several days during the year, including MLK Day. FREE! LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St, Austin.
Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – Monday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back with his popular kids music class. Sing along to old favorites and Mr. Will originals. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.
Austin Creative Reuse Day of Service – Monday, January 18 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Austin Creative Reuse is preparing for their first Educator Open House and they’re looking for help from the community. Volunteer activities will be geared for children ages 5-12 and may include stamping business cards for Austin Creative Reuse, cutting paper into strips or hole punching circles, or perhaps putting buttons into bags. FREE! Austin Creative Reuse in Lincoln Village, 6406 N IH 35, Ste #1801, Austin.
Trout Fishing Derby (Round Rock) – Monday, January 18 from 1-4:00 p.m. Rods and reels will be available to borrow if you don’t have your own. Measurement of fish size and quantity caught during the event will be recorded and used for awarding prizes. Requirements for Cub Scouts for the fishing badge and pin will be worked on during the event. Please note: A fishing license is not required for children under 17 in the state of Texas; however, ages 17 and older must have a fishing license. FREE! Shirley McDonald Park Duck Pond, 4390 Brushy Creek Rd, Round Rock.
Randy Rogers Band In-Store Performance – Monday, January 18 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.
Torchy’s Tacos South Congress Opening Party – Monday, January 18 from 6-9:00 p.m. Join Torchy’s for an epic taco party with FREE tacos, snacks, family-friendly entertainment, music from The Lost Pines, and tons of giveaways. Torchy’s Tacos – South Congress, 1822 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, January 19 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a new story each week. After the book, they’ll do crafts related to the story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. Come sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories for you too. Perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Rocksssanne Visits Bilingual Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. Happy birthday, Miss Rocksssanne! Round Rock Public Library’s pet snake is celebrating her 19th birthday with a visit to storytime. This program is a partnership with The Signing Connection, and is best enjoyed by children ages 1-6, along with their caregivers. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, January 19 at 11:15 a.m. This special storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Free Play Gaming – Tuesday, January 19 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy free play gaming using one of the library’s new video game consoles including the PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360 and more. Smash Bros., MarioParty, FIFA, Rocket League are just a few of the games offered. Come make some new friends and enjoy collaborative and competitive gaming at your library. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Interactive Foam Installation – Tuesday, January 19 at 4:00 p.m. Witness the activation of the outdoor, interactive foam installation A retrospective view of the pathway (2008-2015) by Roger Hiorns. Guests are encouraged to wear clothes that can get wet or messy and to bring towels and a change of clothes. Read about Addie’s experience here. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Movie Matinee: Minions – Tuesday, January 19 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.
Lego Lab – Tuesday, January 19 at 4:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
PJ Storytime – Tuesday, January 19 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, then snuggle in for bedtime stories. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.
SX Create Community Meetup: Meet the Makers (RSVP) – Tuesday, January 19 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. SX Create is about creating a community of makers year-round, not just once a year in March. In that spirit, Austin area creatives are invited to join the SXSW Interactive Festival at the Thinkery for Meet the Makers. This 2016 kickoff event is focused on bringing the creative Austin community together for an evening of fun and sharing. Enjoy drinks and a showcase of projects, all set to the exciting beats of the robotic band Pony Trap. And stick around for an introduction to a selection of some of Austin’s most exciting technology events and groups. Just like SX Create itself, this is a FREE and open to the public event, but space is limited so make sure to RSVP. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Astronomy on Tap – Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. 2016 is kicking off with some talks on topics requested by you, the faithful AoTATX audience. Dr. John Jardel will explain what really is dark matter and how do we know it’s there? Dr. Mike Boylan-Kolchin will talk about how scientists are searching for dark matter on Earth and throughout the Universe. Dr. Hayley Gillespie, the founder and director of the Art.Science.Gallery., will be discussing astronomy in art. All ages welcome. FREE! The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin.
Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, January 20 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck. Friends from Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will read stories and introduce some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, January 20 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, January 20 from 4-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Tween Scene (Pflugerville) – Wednesday, January 20 at 4:30 p.m. Tweens ages 8-12 are invited to learn to make their own lip balm. Materials provided while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
Discovery! Tech Camp: Creating My First Website – Wednesday, January 20 at 4:30 p.m. This fun class will introduce kids to website creation. They will learn how to approach creating a website with ease by using drag-and-drop methods using a variety of website creation services for different level users, from beginners to more advanced users who want to learn how to do more. All students will learn how to change themes, add content, and even set up interactive elements, including a store function. By the end of the class all students will have set up a basic website to share with anyone. Kids will need an email address in order to save their website to work on later at home. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, January 20 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.
Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, January 20 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Gurf Morlix and Amilia K. Spicer perform. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, January 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.
Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Parent and Me Yoga Class Preview – Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. Learn, play, and bond with your little. Class is hosted by Bliss Kid Yoga, a nonprofit dedicated to providing wellness programs for children, families, and educators across the Austin area. FREE! The Natural Baby Company, 515 S Congress Ave #200, Austin.
Art Lab for the Littles – Thursday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. Do a playful art project geared towards the littles ages 3-6. There will be paint, glue, and other messy art supplies provided. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Sensory Storytime – Thursday, January 21 at 11:15 a.m. This special storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, January 21 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a piano concert by Joseph Choi. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Thursday Matinee: The Goonies – Thursday, January 21 at 1:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Book Circle: Marble Mazes and Games – Thursday, January 21 at 3:30 p.m. Settle in for a story or two and some hands-on activities geared towards ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.
Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, January 21 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Exciting Explorations. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Pajama Storytime – Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, January 21 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Orchestral Folk by American Dreamer. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, January 21 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Italian and World music by Terra Mia. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Lisa Clark’s Swingin’ Caravan – Friday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m. Live jazz music with vocalist Lisa Clark, drummer Masumi Jones, and Paul Klemperer on the saxophone. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, January 22 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Pop and Southern soul by Wendy Colonna. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, January 22 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Russian/Texan Gypsy music with the Flying Balalaika Brothers. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.