What’s Up? Weekly: July 2 – 6, 2018

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! Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

Happening All Week

Faces of Barton Springs: An Interactive Installation Curated by Karen Kocher and Lauren Jaben
Monday, July 2 to Friday, July 6 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | The Historic Barton Springs Bathhouse, 2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Barton Springs Conservancy is pleased to announce the multi-media Faces of Barton Springs. This interactive installation celebrates the many communities who swim at the Springs. It features a photo montage of Barton Springs swimmers from all walks of life ranging from artists and athletes to scientists and spiritual seekers. Visitors are invited to create their own Barton Springs poems on our wall-size magnetic poetry tree, share a personal reflection or memory about Barton Springs on the community kiosk, and pose for a selfie with a life-sized vintage swimmer cut-out. The installation will also feature listening stations showcasing poetry, music, and other Springs-related lore.


Summer Family Craft Night (Pflugerville)
Monday, July 2 | from 6 to 6:45 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Families with children, age 5 and up, will work on a different project every week. Materials available while supplies last. First come, first served. July 2 activity is a Craft Sticks Jewelry Box.

Mozart’s Monday Christian Music Nights
Monday, July 2 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Mozart’s, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
Have your spirits lifted by good energy musicians. Advertised on 88.1 The Candle as Austin’s longest standing family friendly residency, Susanna Lee is happy to be back playing with beautiful duo Tully: John Wilson, and Marla Buonodono. Guest musicians: Curtis Wyman bass, Erv Valle percussion & many more! Come for the atmosphere, come for the coffee and desserts, and come for the music! Free Christian Music night on Monday evenings, weather/temperature permitting. Smooth tunes to make your evening spectacular.

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Sunlight, Water and Texas Magic
Tuesday, July 3 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Old Bakery & Emporium, 1006 Congress Ave.
Sunlight, Water and Texas Magic brings together three intense artists. Dwight Casey seeks to capture nature’s magic palette. Michael Smith explores the mystical poetry written by sunlight on water. Bob Coffee will honor us with his bronze art of our beloved Texas animals and wildlife. This is the final day for this exhibit.

Yoga for Tweens and Teens
Tuesday, July 3 | at 3 p.m. | APL Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr.

Tweens and teens ages 8 to 17 should join us to unwind and cool down on Tuesday afternoons with Pure Action Yoga. This class is designed for ages 8-17 only. APL offers yoga and meditation classes for a variety of ages, though. See our calendar listings for yoga and meditation classes to find the best one for you here.

UMLAUF After Dark: Keep the World Dancing Day
Tuesday, July 3 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd.

For this month’s UMLAUF After Dark, Dance Another World will present the inaugural Keep The World Dancing Festival! The evening will feature performances from dance groups across Austin who have choreographed unique pieces inspired by the work of Charles Umlauf. As always, UMLAUF After Dark is free and open to the public.

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Fishing on the 4th (Lockhart)
Wednesday, July 4 | from 9 to 11 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
New to fishing?  No problem!  They will teach you the basics.  No tackle?  No problem!  Tackle will be available to borrow through the free Tackle Loaner Program on a first come first served basis. They’lll even supply the bait!  No fishing license required.  Drop in any time between 9 and 11 a.m.  All ages and abilities are welcome! Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

4th of July Parade (Cedar Park)
Wednesday, July 4 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Along Discovery Blvd. from the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park to the Recreation Center
Free Admission. Show your patriotic pride while watching the Cedar Park’s 4th of July Parade. Afterwards, join for the celebration at Milburn Park at 5 p.m.

Pfirecracker Pfestival (Pflugerville)
Wednesday, July 4 | from 5 to 9:30 p.m. | The Pfield, 105 Swenson Farms Blvd., Pflugerville
Celebrate July 4th at Pfield. Enjoy live music from Suede, kids’ area, food trucks and of course – pfireworks! Food trucks open at 5 p.m. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks at approx. 9 p.m.

4th of July Celebration (Cedar Park)
Wednesday, July 4 | from 5 to 10:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
Free admission. The event will feature live music by Jake Gill, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display.  Fees apply for food concessions, carnival games and carnival rides.

H-E-B Austin Symphony Concert and Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4 | at 8:30 p.m. | Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W, Riverside Dr.
Spend this Independence Day with 100,000 of your closest friends! Central Texans will hurry to claim their grassy spot with the Austin Symphony Orchestra this July 4th for the largest Independence Day Celebration in the state. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading down to Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) this July 4th for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics. The ASO will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. For those that can’t attend, but wish to hear the concert while the fireworks are going off, tune in to Majic 95.5 FM. The event is free and open to the public.

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Silly Sparkles
Thursday, July 5 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
Silly Sparkles will perform with puppets, a little bit of magic, and lots of audience participation! Everyone will go home with a fun twisty balloon animal.

First Thursday at TOMS Austin
Thursday, July 5 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | TOMS Austin, 1401 S. Congress Ave.

Head to SoCo for First Thursday and enjoy all that ATX has to offer on one street.  TOMS Austin will be raffling off prizes, having a sunglass sale, hosting the musical stylings of Buenos Diaz, giving out free Dolce Vida margaritas, and partnering with Austin Makers Collective to sell local artists’ crafts.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 5 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join 93.3 KGSR in celebrating 25 YEARS of KGSR’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.

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First Responders Day at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Friday, July 6 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Galleria, 13376 N. Hwy 183
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Texas is honoring brave firemen and police officers of Austin at its First Responders Day event. This event supports The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s “Heroes at Heart” campaign, featuring exclusive limited-edition coffee & tea blends to raise funds for 100 Club of Central Texas and donations to local first responders. All First responders will receive a free bag of “Heroes at Heart” coffee or tea and personalized messages from the community. Guests will enjoy complimentary cold brew and ice tea, games and raffle prizes, an appearance from Mr. Ice Blended, and the 100 Club of Central Texas will have a firetruck display on site for the family to enjoy. All members of the community are welcome.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, July 6 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screeningGet there early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Movies in the East – The Lion King
Friday, July 6 | at 8 p.m. | Easton Park, 7000 Cardinal Bloom Loop
Take your blankets and lawn chairs to Bryant Park and enjoy a film under the stars during the Movie in the East series. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is free. All movies start at dusk.

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.