What’s Up? Weekly: July 1-5, 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.


Art Smart Painting Space
Monday, July 1 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Willie Mae Kirk Branch – Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.

Let’s Paint Space (Tween Program ages 9-12) Younger Ages are Welcome! Explore use of pastels or chalk by creating your own colorful Aurora Borealis or Nebula.

Tech Playground – 5 to 10 Years (Pflugerville)
Monday, July 1 | from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Spend the evening indoors working on a different project every week.  Everyone gets his or her own craft. Supplies are limited.  Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program start time. For families with children 5 and up.

Family Craft Night
Monday, July 1
| from 6 to 6:45 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Spend the evening indoors working on a different project every week.  Everyone gets his or her own craft. Supplies are limited.  Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program start time. For families with children 5 and up.


Summer Kids Series at Austin Humane Society
Tuesday, July 2| from 10 to 11 a.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane
Keeping our animals happy and healthy, has never been more fun! The kids will get crafty as they work on making toys that will actually be used by our animals at the shelter! These toys help keep the dogs and cats active and engaged while they wait to find their forever home. Once they make them, they’ll get to see the toys in action. You’ll meet some furry friends along the way. Plus, we’ve got some surprises in store! This session is recommended for children 8 and younger.

Art Literature Insect Architects
Tuesday, July 2| from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | The Contemporary Austin at The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.
Kids and their grown-ups are invited to gather in the galleries for a special storytime at the museum! Hear Roberto the Insect Architect’s buzzy tale, presented by one of APL’s amazing librarians, then stick around to make a fly work of art inspired by the book. Kick off your summer reading with The Contemporary! Recommended for ages 3-5.

Bernadette Nason Storyteller – Summer Reading Program Event
Tuesday, July 2| from 2 to 3 p.m. | APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Captivating tales about the power of thankfulness! A generous fairy helps a cranky old lady who lives in a vinegar bottle. Things are looking up, but can the lady learn to be grateful? Conversely, the kindhearted peddler appreciates everything. When he dreams of hearing “good news” in London, he sets out. The news isn’t what he expects, but his positivity turns it into the journey of a lifetime! Recommended for ages 5-9. All Library events are free and open to the public.


Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park
Wednesday, July 3 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Austin Central Library
, 710 W Cesar Chavez St.
If you’re looking for something cool and exciting and FREE to do with you little ones this summer, the Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park has you covered! After hitting the refresh button last season, we will continue to present our summer fun in our brand new exciting location! We will have all the exciting activities and musical guest as before, but in a cool (literally) setting. That’s not all! We will have three encore performances at three different locations: Gustavo “Gus” Garcia Recreation Center, Old Quarry Branch and Milwood Branch Libraries! Come join your Austin Symphony Orchestra and Master of Ceremonies, Bernadette Nason, this summer!

High Noon Talks: Trammel’s Trace
Wednesday, July 3| from 12 to 1 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Casual lunchtime lecture about Trammel’s Trace, the first route from the U.S. into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas. Author Gary Pinkerton discusses his book Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas From the North.

Kids Club (5-8 Years Old)
Wednesday, July 3| from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville

Children 5 to 8  will enjoy a series of fun workshops this summer. This program is recommended for children 5 to 8 years old with a parent/caregiver. Materials are provided while supplies last.


St. Elmo and Soursop July 4th Hot Doggin’ Party
Thursday, July 4| from 12 to 6 p.m. | St. Elmo Brewing Co.
, 440 St. Elmo Rd.
Try the new release of St Elmo’s collaboration with Fairweather Cider Co, Hot Doggin’. The cider/beer hybrid Double IPA will help wash down all the Soursop Chili Dogs made with St Elmo Beef.  Do your best Joey Chestnut impression with a Hot Dog Eating Contest. Family and pet friendly.

Ain’t Wastin Time – A Tribute to The Allman Brothers
Thursday, July 4| from 4 to 6 p.m. | Oskar Blues Brewery

FREE SHOW! Come celebrate 4th of July with Ain’t Wastin Time-A Tribute to The Allman Brothers. Music is from 4 to 6 p.m. Kid friendly and pet friendly out on the patio.

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
Thursday, July 4| from 4 to 9:30 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

The Austin and Bee Cave communities are invited to celebrate America’s freedom at Hill Country Galleria’s annual Independence Day Festival. The event includes fair rides and games for the whole family, live music by Austin’sSchool of Rock, Eve & The Exiles, The Derailers, KP & The Boom Boom and Vallejo, face painting and more for the kids, an art fair with 75 arts, crafts, and visual artisan vendor booths, barbecue, festival food, and a spectacular fireworks show to end the evening. Guests are also welcome to dine in or order from the Galleria’s restaurant and food options, and are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy live music beginning at 4 p.m. on the Central Plaza lawn. Kids can also cool off and enjoy the splash pad, adjacent to the Central Plaza lawn. The event is produced in partnership with Special Events Live, the group behind Austin’s beloved Pecan Street Festival. Pets are welcome, and admission and parking are free.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 4 | 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 Groova Roo
Friday, July 5 | from 10:30 to 11:30 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).

Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, July 5 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown

Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.

Dumbo Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, July 5 | 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.

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

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