What’s Up? Weekly: May 27-31, 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.


Free Admission on Memorial Day
Monday, May 27 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. |LBJ Library and Museum, 2313 Red River St.
In honor of Memorial Day, the LBJ Presidential Library will be offering free admission to all. In addition to our permanent exhibitions, we invite visitors to experience our latest special exhibition—”Motown: The Sound of Young America.” Curated by the GRAMMY Museum, “Motown: The Sound of Young America” is the first major museum exhibition to embrace all facets—music, culture, and politics—of the 1960s biggest sounds in soul. Visit the exhibition at the LBJ Library to explore the evolution of the label, view personal artifacts from some of its biggest artists, and do your take on some of Motown’s biggest hits.

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Summer Sunset Series
Tuesday, May 28 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Join for Summer Sunset Series 2019, presented by Topo Chico and sponsored by Outdoor Voices, in Republic Square. An hour vinyasa flow led by a Wanderlust Yoga Austin instructor and accompanied by a live musician or DJ. We hope to build a connection through the activation of yoga, music and community. This free event will be open to the public and catered to all levels of yoga experience. Every Tuesday this summer.

Open Mic Night at the DAC
Tuesday, May 28 | at 7 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road
Bring your voice, poetry, jokes, ribbon dancing and skating poodles! Show off what you are made of, or sit back and enjoy the entertainment as fellow Austinites take the stage. Coffee bar included. Sign up for performances will begin at 6:45pm, show begins at 7pm and run until there are no more participants.

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Disc Golf With a Ranger
Wednesday, May 29 | from 9 to 11 a.m. | Zilker Park Disc Golf Course, 2450 Andrew Zilker Rd.
Join City of Austin Park Rangers as we play a round of disc golf on one of Austin’s favorite courses! Whether you’re new to the game or a regular player, come to learn something new or just to have fun. This is your chance to come visit Zilker Park, hang out with a Park Ranger, and talk about parks, trails, or anything else that comes to mind. There is no cost to play, but spots will be limited, so sign up now! Two sign ups per email address only, please. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Bow Wow Reading with Quintana Roo
Wednesday, May 29 | from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln.
Recommended for ages 5 and up. Certified Austin Dog Alliance volunteer teams with trained therapy dogs will be waiting for kids to read stories to them. This program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. Open to children of all reading levels.

Mental Health: a Community Conversation Hosted by Gal
Wednesday, May 29 | at 6 p.m. | Dropbox Austin Office, 501 Congress Ave., 5th Floor
Mental health and wellness is something we should be able to freely and safely speak about. However, candid conversations are often rare or hushed due to the stigma surrounding mental health and the seeking of support and services. But we’re here to help change that! Join Girl Advocacy League as we host a panel discussion among four mental health professionals about their diverse approaches to mental health care, the resources that exist in our community, and what it will take to end the silence and stigma. Do you want to learn more about the difference between cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy? Wondering how to find the right counselor or therapist for you? Want to know more about how to best support folks in your life experiencing mental health conditions? Join us! Panelists to be announced and food and drinks to be provided!

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Mother Daughter Tea
Thursday, May 30 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | Chick-fil-A The Village at Westlake, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, L400
Mothers and Daughters, you are invited to a tea party at the Village at Westlake Chick-fil-A. Join us for an evening filled with food, conversation and tea! This evening will include: Dinner at Chick-fil-A, Variety of tea (or drink) options, Paint your own cup craft, Fun photo booth, music and a goody bag. Reservations are limited so book now online to ensure your reservation! The event, activities and craft are FREE to all registered participants. The only cost for your night will be your beverage and food choices.

Nightingale Trio
Thursday, May 30 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 606 West 15th St.
The Nightingale Trio is a women’s vocal trio inspired by traditional folk songs and vocal techniques from the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Their pure vocal stylings have been featured on NPR’s Prairie Home Companionand they have delighted audiences in live performances around the United States. OPEN CLASSICAL ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS THE NIGHTINGALE TRIO: http://openclassical.org/events/Nightingale-Trio-Spring-2019

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Texas 4000 Day Zero
Friday, May 31 | from 8 to 10 a.m. | Robert B Rowling Hall Auditorium, 300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Texas 4000 for Cancer, the nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating student leaders and engaging communities in the fight against cancer, begins its 70-day summer ride from Texas to Alaska on May 31 with an unofficial send-off from the auditorium of Robert B. Rowling Hall at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. The public celebration known as “Day Zero” occurs the day prior to ATLAS Ride, where supporters can ride the first 25 or 50 miles with the Texas 4000 team. Day Zero draws friends, family, volunteers, philanthropists, university and civic leaders to salute the 85 University of Texas at Austin student riders for their leadership work and fundraising efforts, and wish them well as they begin their epic 4,000-plus-mile journey of hope to Anchorage, Alaska.

Family Business Beer Co. Family Reunion (Dripping Springs)
Friday, May 31 | from 3 to 9 p.m. | Family Business Beer Co., 19510 Hamilton Pool Rd., Dripping Springs
You are cordially invited to the First Annual “Family Reunion” festival the weekend of May 31 – June 2! There will be LIVE MUSIC everyday along with TWO daily small batch beer releases. Want food we have you covered on that with, a variety of different food trucks. Want to be outside while enjoying your beer, that’s awesome and we encourage that with plenty of outdoor activities going on that day including corn hole, horseshoes, bocce ball, and outdoor giant jenga. Have kids? Bring them we will have plenty of options for them including face painters on premises, photo booths, and last but not least a GIANT outdoor playground. The celebration starts May 31 at 3 p.m. right when doors open, and it won’t end until June 2 at 9 p.m.

Ballet Under the Stars
Friday, May 31 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr.
The season will close on May 31st and June 1st (Rain Date June 2) as we present our annual event Ballet Under the Stars at the Zilker Hillside Theater. This season’s Ballet Under the Stars will feature the music of Ludwig Minkus. He is most well-known for his ballets Don Quixote, La Bayadère, and Paquita that have defined the art form of classical ballet through their strong and dynamic characters. Enjoy an evening with our artists as they exhibit beautiful artistry and unmatchable virtuosity. We will also be joined by guest artists from Ballet Austin and Ballet San Antonio. Additionally, the audience will also enjoy original debut works created by our artists. Join us just before sunset on May 31 and June 1 at the Zilker Hillside Theater. Beginning just before sundown, this Austin tradition is fun for the whole family and a great way to kick off your summer. Whether it’s your first time at a dance performance or you are a seasoned patron of the arts, you will be amazed at the talent and creativity of our artists. During intermission the bucket is passed for donations and any amount is graciously accepted.

The Secret Life of Pets Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, May 31 | from 8 to 10:30 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hogs 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. 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 and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made electronically when RSVPing to this event or via donation bucket at the venue.

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

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