What’s Up? Weekly: November 19-23, 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!

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Harry Ransom Center Free Daily Exhibition Tours
Monday through Friday, November 19-23 | at 12 p.m. | Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.
Experience the Harry Ransom Center with free daily exhibition tours. Visitors have the opportunity to see some of the Ransom Center’s renowned holdings in literature, art, photography, film, and the performing arts. In addition to these holdings, the current exhibition “Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance” gives an unprecedented look into the creative process of Ed Ruscha, one of today’s most influential artists. Always on view are the Center’s rare, complete copy of the Gutenberg Bible and the Niepce Heliograph, one of the earliest photographs taken in a camera. Tours meet daily at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. No reservations required. Check website to confirm holiday schedule.

Mozart’s Annual Light Show
Monday through Friday, November 19-23  (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) | from 6 to 11 p.m. |
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
The 9th Annual Joyous Mozart’s Christmas Light Show is here and better than ever! This year is an on-going experience with over one million LED lights, a giant coffee mug, and more. New this year is the Cobalt Blue Piano that will be played by pianist all season long. They also have a German Market in the parking lot serving warm treats as you walk in. Whether you’ve been before or not, this is the year to add the Mozart’s Light Show to your calendar!


Storybook Dance Making (Ages 1- 5)
Monday, November 19 | from 10:30 to 11 a.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Dance with your family to live music, play games, and enjoy a storybook reading. Storybook Dance Making classes include a warm up, check-in activity, game, storybook reading, and dance making activity. Each lesson is aligned with the National Core Standards for Dance Education and taught by a Dance Waterloo artist. This class is best for families with children ages 1-5. Stick around afterwards to snack, sip, or shop at one of the many local businesses in Mueller’s vibrant community!

Tween Time: Oreo Taste Test
Monday, November 19 | at 4 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
Tween Time: Oreo Taste Test – Monday, November 19th at 4pm – Kids ages 8 to 12 will be challenged to correctly identify Oreo flavors for a chance to win a fun Oreo prize! This program is limited to 30 participants and sign-ups will begin at 3:30pm.

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To Infinity and Beyond: Moon Landing
Tuesday, November 20 | at 2:30 p.m. | Belmont Village Senior Living, 4310 Bee Cave Rd.
Join Belmont Village for its free educational speaker series featuring topics related to outer space and the universe. The mission commanders who will be leading the presentations are Rachel Zabierek, a physics and astronomy expert and former science professor; Damien Temperly, co-owner and instructor at Aging Is Cool; and Mike Albrecht. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP to the concierge at 512-347-1700.

Pfestive Pfarmers Market (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, November 20 | from 3 to 7 p.m. | Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd., Pflugerville
Visit the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market for extra shopping for your holiday meals and gifts. The market brings fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community. Vendors sell a variety of produce, artisan baked goods, free-range meats, jarred salsas, crafts and more. Remember, when you shop at the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market, you are supporting local farms and small businesses.

Family Board Game Night
Tuesday, November 20 | from 5:30 to 8 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez Rd.
Do you love playing board games? Then head to the Tuesday Family Board Game Night!Play modern and traditional family board games, including Quirkle, Battleship, Feed the Woozle, and Jenga! Test your skills with family and friends. Snacks provided. Program open to kids of all ages.

White Christmas Gingerbread Village
Tuesday, November 20 | open 24 hours | Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd
Featuring 11 traditional meets modern houses named after some of Austin’s historic neighborhoods, the 2018 gingerbread village will boast a “White Christmas” theme. The 100 percent edible village will be centered around a house that resembles the architecture of City Hall. Scheduled to debut on Tuesday, November 20, the free holiday activity will be open 24 hours a day through December 25.

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Austin: Night Before Family Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 21 | from 2 to 8 p.m. | Infinite Monkey Theorem, 121 Pickle Rd. #110
To celebrate the season of giving, The Infinite Monkey Theorem has partnered with some of Austin’s top award-winning restaurants for a “Night Before Thanksgiving” event. An assortment of sides will be available for purchase with 100% of sales benefitting SAFE. Additionally, The Infinite Monkey Theorem will be paying it forward with 20% of sales from its suggested wine pairings and 10% of all on-site sales donated to SAFE as well. This event is family-friendly as the evening will include hand turkey crafts for kids and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” screening.

Texas Radio Live – Cale & The 45’s and Torino Black
Wednesday, November 21 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Guero’s, 1412 S. Congress Ave.
Texas Radio Live at Guero’s Taco Bar for live Texas music in the Guero’s Oak Garden! Musical guests Cale and the 45’s and Torino Black. Suggested $10 donation to the Sun Radio Foundation at the gate when you enter.

Wednesday Farmers’ Market at Mueller
Wednesday, November 21 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller, 4209 Airport Blvd. at the Browning Hangar
Make Mueller on Wednesdays your fave hang spot with friends or the fam. Perfect for an after work or after school wind down, TFM Mueller on Wed features 50 local food artisans, sustainable farmers and ranchers and craft beverages. Pack a blanket and picnic lakeside! Sip and stroll along Mueller Lake park under the shady trees beside the historic Browning Hangar. Take the kiddos for independent play in our play area, pony rides and other great family fun.

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Thanksgiving Day Yoga Asana and Relaxation
Thursday, November 22 | from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Yoga Meditation Group, 13740 Research Blvd., Bldg. T, Unit 3
Enjoy a relaxing Yoga Asana class on Thanksgiving Day.  Gentle, effective exercises suitable for all levels, including breathing, alignment, balance, strengthening, stretching, relaxation, and meditation. Bring a mat; a towel/blanket/rug; and some water. RSVP ahead by email, text, or phone: [email protected] or (512) 774-4964.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving and Potluck
Thursday, November 22 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Yoga Meditation Group, 13740 Research Blvd., Bldg. T, Unit 3
Join or the annual Vegetarian Potluck Dinner & Meditation. No need to harm animals to feed ourselves and enjoy each other’s company! The dinner starts at 6pm, and you can bring a vegetarian dish if you like (no meat, fish, eggs, gelatin, or lard; milk products are fine). Please also bring your own eating utensils and dishes if you can, just to save on paper and plastic, but no problem if you can’t. Then relax with our Deep Peace Meditation class at 7pm. Families with children are welcome! RSVP ahead by email, text, or phone: [email protected] or (512) 774-4964.

Craftsman Thanksgiving Marshmallow Roast
Thursday, November 22 | at 8 p.m. | Craftsman, 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St.
After eating all the turkey and stuffing you’ve been waiting for all year, top it off with a light and fluffy roasted marshmallow paired with a digestif cocktail. Craftsman invites guests to gather round the fire pit for a sweet treat and specialty drink to cap off the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Bring your friends and family along to hang out and keep warm by the fire. Admission is free.

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Black Furiday at Austin Animal Center
Friday, November 23 | from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop
Adopt ’til you drop this Thanksgiving weekend at our Black FURiday adoption event! Adoption fees will be waived November 23-25 for ALL animals at the shelter and we’ll be open early on Black Friday– at 9am! So get your holiday shopping done early, then swing by Austin Animal Center to bring home a new furry friend! RSVP here.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Friday, November 23 | from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd.
Open Annually Black Friday through Christmas Eve! FREE admission and parking.

Santa on the Terrace
Friday, November 23 | at 10 a.m. | Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
Santa on the Terrace is weather permitting (fingers crossed!). Pictures will take place from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis—being in line is no guarantee of getting your picture taken, so plan to arrive early to be sure you get that favorite picture of Santa with the kids! (Santa has a lot of prep work to do, after all…). No tickets needed for this FREE event

Annual Lighting of the Square (Georgetown)
Friday, November 23 | 5:30 p.m. | Georgetown Square, 710 S. Main Street, Georgetown
Experience the magic as they kick-off the holiday season with the annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at 5:30 p.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving! Sing along with the Austin Carolers to your favorite holiday tunes! Join Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross as we help Santa countdown and flip on the holiday lights on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas! The downtown shops will be open late, so plan to get in some unique holiday shopping. This is a free event. Also, stop by The Williamson Museum and let the children make a free craft! You can have your photo taken with Santa inside the courthouse from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (photo fee proceeds benefit Brown Santa Program).

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 23 | from 6 to 9 p.m.  | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
Join Hill Country Galleria for the annual Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival event on Black Friday, November 23. For Black Friday, the Galleria will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guests may shop for Black Friday specials at various retailers throughout the day and then join for the special event. Camp Gladiator will be hosting a free post-Thanksgiving workout in the Central Plaza at 9 a.m. for patrons that would like to get to the Galleria early. The fun starts at 6 p.m. in the outdoor Central Plaza where families can see Santa, help light the holiday tree and enjoy live music by Echosmith starting at 7 p.m.

Winter Wonderland at the Circuit
Friday, November 23 | from 6 to 11 p.m. | Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin
Admission: $16 (children 5 and under FREE). The 2nd annual Winter Wonderland will transport guests of all ages to a world of wonder, offering a completely new, immersive and captivating experience that includes the Chinese Lantern Festival. The world-renowned Chinese Lantern Festival will brighten up guests’ holiday season by allowing them to experience the wonders of illumination and travel through a extraordinary cultural experience. Traditionally held on the 15th day of the first lunar month, this colorful and lively Chinese celebration includes interactive entertainment, immersing guests with the culture, music, arts and life of authentic China.

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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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