What’s Up? Weekly: May 14 – 18, 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

Fun Arts Exhibit (Cedar Park)
Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18 | All Day | Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
Somewhere between the noble realm of Fine Art and the mighty realm of Illustration, lies a curious little field that is coming to be known as Fun Art. Cedar Park Public Library hosts this Fun Arts Exhibit, proudly sponsored by FunArtsWorld.com and Texas Cartoonists – National Cartoonists Society Texas Chapter.

Faces of Barton Springs: An Interactive Installation Curated by Karen Kocher and Lauren Jaben
Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18 | 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.

Monday

Kids Eat Free
Monday, May 14 | from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Café Meuller by HEB, 1801 E. 51st St.

Treat the kids without breaking the bank! Receive one free kids meal per $8 adult entrée. Excludes alcohol. Dine-in only.

Dancers Shape Hosts Free Fitness Series Pilates in the Park
Monday, May 14 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Dancers Shape, 13742 Bee Cave Pkwy.

With the arrival of warmer weather, it’s the perfect time to take your workout outside with Dancers Shape’s free four-week fitness series, Pilates in the Park. Beginning Monday, April 30 and taking place weekly, the studio will host a free mat Pilates class at Bee Cave Central Park next door to their new studio at Hill Country Indoor. Come for one class or all four full body, power-packed classes combining traditional elements of pilates, yoga, and barre into a quick paced flow on the mat.  The classes will focus on functional movement to build strength throughout the core while sculpting the most difficult trouble areas just in time for summer. Guests should bring their own mat, water, and full length towel. The group will meet under the pavilion at the park.

Rooftop Pints & Poses at Hyatt Regency Austin
Monday, May 14 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd.

Hyatt Regency Austin has announced its first outdoor “Pints & Poses” class.  The event will take on the top floor of the hotel’s parking garage, which features spanning views of downtown Austin.  It will include complimentary yoga hosted by Ferny Barcelo, lead class instructor, with assistant instructor Zuzu Perkal. Guests are encouraged to bring their own mats. Following the class, participants will receive a coupon for a complimentary beer.  The coupon can be redeemed at a pop-up bar which will be stationed on the top floor of the parking garage.  Additionally, event attendees will receive validated parking.

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Tuesday

Read With a Ranger
Tuesday, May 15 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Zilker Caretaker Cottage, 2105 Andrew Zilker Rd.

You and your children are invited to story time with the Park Rangers. A Ranger will read a nature-based story and follow it up with a hands-on lesson about Leave No Trace and Responsible Recreation! The event will be held indoors if raining, or in the outdoor classroom if it is clear.

Board with Books – Youth Edition
Tuesday, May 15 | from 2:30 to 4:30 a.m. | Yarborough Branch, Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr.

Do you love playing board games? Then come to Board with Books! A wide range of modern and traditional board games are available to play. Come and learn something new or bring a personal favorite and teach someone else how to play!

Republic Square Free Fitness Classes: Circuit Training by Ro Fitness
Tuesday, May 15 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Free Zumbini! Classes
Tuesday, May 15 | from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. | Balance Dance Studios, 4544 S Lamar Blvd. #200

Welcome to Zumbini! Please wear comfortable clothes, feel free to bring water and snacks as needed for the little ones, and come to dance, sing, have fun and play! A Welcome Package will be provided to you along with the Volume I will be teaching for Spring Session: “Kalino Finds the Music”! Spring Session classes run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. They run for six weeks, skipping Memorial Day week (there will be no classes on May 29 and 31). Participants are welcomed to join for a free first class!

Family Night
Tuesday, May 15 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Chick-Fil-A North Mopac & Parmer Lane, 12501 N. Mopac Exp.

Great food, crafts, entertainment, family fun every Tuesday!

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Wednesday

Early Literacy Playgroup/ Storytime
Wednesday, May 16 | at 11 a.m. | Willie Mae Kirk Branch- Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Playing is learning! Play is a great way to help develop and reinforce early literacy skills. This come-and-go program is designed to give caregivers and their children time to explore together. Toys, board books, and a weekly craft will be provided. Recommended for children ages 2-5.

Music Together Musical Beginnings
Wednesday, May 16 | from 4 to 4:45 p.m. | Tango Tribe Dance School, 5446 W HWY 290 Service Rd., Suite 105
There’s nothing like a satisfying music experience for you and your child to brighten your day – and warm your heart. Join up this spring and throw caution to the wind – sing loud, dance with joy, make new friends, and create lasting memories with your little one in our special community of musical families. Schedule a FREE Demo class!

SLAB BBQ family night!
Wednesday, May 16 | from 4 to 9 p.m.| SLAB BBQ, 7101 TX 71 W., Ste. E1
Every Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. kids under 12 eat free at Slab BBQ!

Republic Square Free Fitness Classes: Beyond the Barre by barre3
Wednesday, May 16 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Literary Leaders: from Pune to Austin
Wednesday, May 16 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Aldrich Street, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Hailing from Pune, India, author Manjiri Dhamankar joins local authors Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Ire’ne Lara Silva, Dr. Helena Woodard and Saryu Parikh for a lively panel discussion moderated by KEYE news anchor Hema Mullur about how literature connects communities. Join us for an opening mixer at 7 p.m., followed by the panel from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This event is part of a series of events launching the Austin-Pune Sister Cities Initiative.

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Thursday

2018 Austin Open
Thursday, May 17 | All Day | Krieg Fields, 517 South Pleasant Valley Rd.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. The 2018 Austin Open will be made up of 16 Main Draw teams for men and women- 10 auto entries, two wild cards, four qualifier teams. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.

Free Zumbini! Classes
Thursday, May 17 | from 10 to 10:45 a.m. | Dance By Carly, 1500 W Anderson Ln.

Welcome to Zumbini! Please wear comfortable clothes, feel free to bring water and snacks as needed for the little ones, and come to dance, sing, have fun and play! A Welcome Package will be provided to you along with the Volume I will be teaching for Spring Session: “Kalino Finds the Music”! Spring Session classes run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. They run for six weeks, skipping Memorial Day week (there will be no classes on May 29 and 31). Participants are welcomed to join for a free first class!

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, May 17 | 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.

Republic Square Free Fitness Classes: Strength Training by Orangetheory Fitness
Thursday, May 17 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Cry It Out
Thursday, May 17 | at 8 p.m. | ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Rd.
Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. Cry It Out will be presented on ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage for a three-week run of 11 performances, beginning May 4. Accessible art is completely free but donations are accepted.

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Friday

2018 Austin Open
Friday, May 18 | All Day | Krieg Fields, 517 South Pleasant Valley Rd.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. The 2018 Austin Open will be made up of 16 Main Draw teams for men and women- 10 auto entries, two wild cards, four qualifier teams. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.

Old Town Street Festival (Leander)
Friday, May 18 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Old Town Leander, 100 N. Brushy St., Leander
The Old Town Street Festival, one of Central Texas’ most popular events, is a fun festival held each spring in downtown Leander’s charming Old Town District. On the third weekend of May, the streets of Old Town Leander fill with local and national artisans offering handcrafted creations. Texas bands and artists bring the stage to life, and family-friendly activities delight both adults and children. Food vendors provide both healthy and indulgent choices, and local and regional wineries and breweries bring a special flair to Old Town.

Raptors of Central Texas (Lockhart)
Friday, May 18 | from 7 to 8 p.m. | Lockart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Explore the raptors of Central Texas with local wildlife rehabilitator, Sallie Delahoussaye. Learn about these amazing animals, and meet a few up close! All ages welcome. No registration required. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

KUTX & Mueller Present: Rock the Park, Riders Against The Storm
Friday, May 18 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Mueller Austin, 4550 Mueller Blv
Mueller and KUTX are excited to rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park this spring with another round of family friendly concerts curated by KUTX and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with a kid-friendly act, followed by rock and roll for the grown-ups. Food trucks, fun, and live music on the lake! Face painting runs from 6:3 through 8:30 p.m.

Cry It Out
Friday, May 18 | at 8 p.m. | ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Rd.
Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. Cry It Out will be presented on ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage for a three-week run of 11 performances, beginning May 4. Accessible art is completely free but donations are accepted.

Paddington 2 Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, May 18 | 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 screening of Paddington 2. Get there as early as 6:30 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.

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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