What’s Up? Weekly: June 18 – 22, 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.



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Happening All Week

Family Clean Creek Camp
Monday, June 18 to Thursday, June 21 | from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Varies by Day
Do your kids need more stream time this summer?  Parents, guardians, and youth leaders, join your 9-14 year old children in exploring and beautifying Austin creeks, springs and caves. You’ll hike, paddle, wade, and spelunk all while learning about the plants and critters that inhabit these areas.

Faces of Barton Springs: An Interactive Installation Curated by Karen Kocher and Lauren Jaben
Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22 | 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.

Sunlight, Water and Texas Magic
Tuesday, June 18 to Friday, June 22 | 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. Exhibit runs through July 3.

Monday

Teen Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Release Party
Monday, June 18 | at 2 p.m. | Austin Public Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
They’re letting the dinosaurs loose in anticipation of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie! Extract DNA, get a life-size dinosaur selfie and learn what’s fact and what’s fiction from paleontologist, George Blasing! This program is just for teens ages 13-18.

Mozart’s Monday Christian Music Nights
Monday, June 18 | 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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Tuesday

Little Free Library Story Time (Round Rock)
Tuesday, June 19 | from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. | Little Free Library next to Wernecke Grace House, 710 Bluff Dr., Round Rock

Join for story time at the new Little Free Library next to Wernecke Grace House at 710 Bluff Drive, Round Rock. You will read stories, make crafts, and have snacks. Everyone is also welcome to choose books from the library.

Summer Kids Series
Tuesday, June 19 | at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Ln.

The youngest animal lover in your life has more reason to celebrate this summer, as our Summer Kids Series gets underway. 2018 marks six years for the family favorite that allows kids to get hands on as they learn more about the world of animals and the Austin Humane Society. Summer Kids Series kicks off on June 5th and wraps on August 14th. Today’s session is Austin Wildlife Rescue: All about Wildlife for ages 8 and younger.

Free Baby Play Time at Toybrary Austin
Tuesday, June 19 | from 1 to 3 p.m. | Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Ln.

Join for a FREE baby play time at Toybrary Austin every Tuesday afternoon. Babies must be 1 mo. to 6 mos. to participate.

Feltastic and Filmazing
Tuesday, June 19 | at 2 p.m. | Austin Public Library – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.

Austin ISD Libraries are giving away free books this summer in our neighborhood. This is a free opportunity so they want to see as many children as possible. All children, babies through 18 year olds are welcome to come by. It doesn’t matter what school or district they belong to.

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Wednesday

Tinkergarten Free Summer Class (Georgetown)
Wednesday, June 20 | from 9 to 10:15 a.m. | Berry Springs Park, 1801 Co Rd. 152, Georgetown
Tinkergarten is gearing up for our summer season! Check out a FREE trial class in June and rediscover how fun it can be to play outside. Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all: the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun! I lead in the Georgetown Area, but there are classes all around the Austin area. To find a class near you and to pre-register for a free class, click here.

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park
Wednesday, June 20 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Austin Public Library, 710 West Cesar Chavez St.
For over 30 years, the Austin Symphony has offered these public concerts and arts experiences for families with children. Kids can touch and try to play orchestral instruments at the Instrument Zoo. Then enjoy classic and original children’s tales brought to life through music. Recommended for ages 5-10.

Stop the Summer Slide
Wednesday, June 20 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Barnes & Noble, 10000 Research Blvd.
Don’t let hard-earned reading skills slip just because it’s summer. Chat with nine debut authors whose books are geared to keeping young people engaged, entertained, and inspired while school is on break. Stop the Summer Slide: 6 Books to Entice Young People Away From Screens this Summer.

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Thursday

The Longest Day ($5)
Thursday, June 21 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Belmont Village Senior Living, 4310 Bee Cave Rd.
Join for the Longest Day as you benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. First, stop by the “Linked by Love” table. For a $1 donation receive a paper heart that you can personalize with your message of love to someone with Alzheimer’s. Your heart will be added to the “Linked by Love” heart chain that will hang in our community. Then in the afternoon, join for a marathon bingo game interspersed with trivia, music, magic and prizes – all for a $5 donation per bingo card.
Assorted snacks and beverages will be served.

Magician Cody Fisher
Thursday, June 21 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
With magician Cody Fisher, you can expect a riotous mix of comedy, magic, and science education.

Nature Nights: Outdoor Recreation
Tuesday, June 21 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Nature Nights are free, family-friendly events filled with exciting explorations of native plants, animals and the ecology of Central Texas. Each evening features interactive presentations, hikes with experts in their fields, and nature crafting for kids of all ages.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, June 21 | 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.

101X Summer Cinema: Sixteen Candles
Thursday, June 21 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
101X will be showing movie favorites on a giant inflatable screen in the park. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, pets, families, neighbors, distant cousins and so on for a night on the town! Get there early to get a good seat, grab a Blue Moon (for 21 ), have dinner at the food trucks, and play games with awesome sponsors!

Austin Parks Foundation Presents How to Train Your Dragon
Thursday, June 21 | at 9 p.m. | Patterson Park, 4200 Brookview Rd.
Spread your wings and fly to Patterson Park for a special screening of How to Train your Dragon as part of the the Movies in the Park series. Every summer, Austin Parks Foundation and the Alamo Drafthouse have partnered up to bring free movies in parks all over Austin. Bring a blanket and the whole family for this can’t-miss summer event!

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Friday

Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard
Friday, June 22 | at 12 p.m. | Austin Public Library – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr.
Arrrrrrr is for reading in this seafaring tale! After much tragedy and travail on the high seas, the pirates finally find their fabled treasure, only to discover that the chest holds no gold, no silver, and no jewels! The treasure chest is filled, it turns out, with musty old books! Mutiny and mayhem erupt on board the ship, and Captain Weirdbeard must think quickly to save his own life.

Black Panther Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, June 22 | 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.

Psalm 19 Astronomy Society
Friday, June 22 | from 8:30 to 11:45 p.m. | Pedestrian Bridge – part of the Austin Hike and Bike Trail going over Lady Bird Lake just east of S. Lamar Blvd. near downtown Austin
Psalm 19 Astronomy Society is an educational sidewalk astronomy ministry with the mission to share the beauty and majesty of God’s universe through astronomy. They seek to demonstrate that there can be harmony between God’s World, the universe, and God’s Word, the Bible, since God is the creator of both. Based on Psalm 19:1-2 written by King David about 3000 years ago. In this session, the focus is on the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus.

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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