What’s Up? Weekly: November 20-24, 2017

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

Mozart’s Christmas Light Show
Mon-Fri, Nov. 20-24 from 6 to 10 p.m. | Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Thousands of dazzling lights have been sculpted into giant iconic objects, custom-made in Greece, that evoke Austin’s culture and the Christmas season, including a dozen guitars, the State Capitol, and a tree filled with presents, plus, an audio-activated wall of lights. Thousands of other lights will be imaginatively strung in the trees, facades, and rooflines. All will be placed around Mozart’s lakeside deck. For refreshment, Mozart’s acclaimed coffee and hot chocolate can be purchased inside the coffee house and at kiosks outdoors. Special holiday goodies from Mozart’s bakery will also be available. High Points of the Show/Timing: The exhilarating high points of the show, super light-ups and live choral singing, will be spaced throughout the entire evening. Families can relax and arrive at any time to get their over-the-top dose of Christmas magic. Show is FREE!


Fandom Flicks: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Ages 13-18)
Monday, November 20 | at 2 p.m. | APL – New Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St
Come geek out with fellow fans over the latest movies in the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and DC universes during Thanksgiving break! Enjoy a free movie along with an easy DIY take-home craft. 13 – 18 years only. FREE!

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park)
Monday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m. | Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park
Kids in grades K-3 are invited to read to a certified Bow Wow Reading Dog. Practice your reading skills with Tex and read to him for 10-15 minutes. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the program. FREE!

Game On!
Monday, Nov. 20 | at 4:30 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd
Play board games at the library! They’ll have some of the hottest new board games as well as the classics. Go head-to-head or try one of our cooperative games with new friends! FREE!

Fall Family Craft Night (Pflugerville)
Monday, Nov. 20 | at 6 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville
This evening families with children, age 5 and up, will decorate a fall leaf wind chime. Materials available while supplies last. FREE!

Monday Night Jazz
Monday, November 20 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd
Enjoy Jazz on the porch! Marco Antonio Santos (guitar), Don Gozzard (Drums), and Will Baroni (Upright Bass) are part of Project_Trio. All members are current students at the UT Jazz Program. The trio presents original music and rearrangements of Jazz standards in a contemporary vision. Improvisation, grooves, interaction, jazz, rock, Samba, guitar effects, and a lot of energy: all are part of Project_Trio. FREE!

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Whole Foods Kids Club
Tuesday, Nov. 21 | at 9:30 a.m. | Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr
Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE!

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria
Tuesday, November 21 | from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime
Tuesday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m. | Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd
Please welcome the wonderful Armstrong Community Music School to storytime! One of their talented Early Childhood Development faculty members will engage your young reader with music and movement. Plus, they’ll share some of their favorite stories! FREE!

Sensory Storytime
Tuesday, November 21 | at 11:15 a.m. | APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St
Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement, and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE!

Fandom Flicks: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Ages 13-18)
Tuesday, November 21 | at 2 p.m. | APL – New Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St
Come geek out with fellow fans over the latest movies in the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and DC universes during Thanksgiving break! Enjoy a free movie along with an easy DIY take-home craft. 13 – 18 years only. FREE!

Literature Live: The Elves and the Shoemaker
Tuesday, November 21 | at 4:30 p.m. | APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 West Rundberg Ln
A cold, lonely winter seems the fate of a poor shoemaker and his wife until the magic of the season intervenes. Join the Austin Public Library’s Literature Live! for happy surprises and fun in this traditional puppet show. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE!

Family Night: Laughter Yoga
Tuesday, November 21 at 6 p.m. | Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr
Unlike other physical forms of yoga that use still or slow yoga postures, Laughter Yoga is like kindergarten recess for adults, with lots of eye contact, high energy, movement, and an atmosphere filled with child-like playfulness. Bring joy to the body through lots of laughter, silliness, and deep inhalation and exhalation, which increase the net supply of oxygen to our body and our brain. Participants of all ages will leave with a few techniques they can begin using immediately to feel energetic, more relaxed, and able to transform frustrations into happy, endorphin filled meditative experiences through Laughter Yoga. Wear clothes that you can move in and that don’t restrict your abdomen. No mats or props needed! FREE!

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Kids Club
Wednesday, November 15 at 9:30 a.m. | Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd
Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE!

Kids Eat FREE at Freebirds!
Wednesday, November 22 | from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. | All Austin Freebirds Locations
As families are prepping for Thanksgiving company or traveling for the holidays, Freebirds is here to make life easy and affordable by offering one FREE kid size entrée for children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult entrée. The kid’s menu features a choice of a hearty burrito or quesadilla and includes chips and a beverage.

Bilingual Boogie Storytime
Wednesday, November 22 | at 10:30 a.m. | Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd
Good morning! Buenos dias! It’s another session of Bilingual Boogie, which teaches kids key preschool vocabulary such as colors, animals, counting, body parts, and the alphabet in both Spanish and English. They use singing, dancing, and games to engage children in ways that they learn best. Bring your workout clothes, because you’re guaranteed to break a sweat! FREE!

All Ages Holiday Fun Times (Cedar Park)
Wednesday, Nov. 22 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park
Staying home for the holiday? Swing by the library for a come and go event featuring board games, coloring and crafts! FREE!

Fandom Flicks: Wonder Woman (Ages 13-18)
Wednesday, November 22 | at 2 p.m. | APL – New Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St
Come geek out with fellow fans over the latest movies in the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and DC universes during Thanksgiving break! Enjoy a free movie along with an easy DIY take-home craft. 13 – 18 years only. FREE!

Community Night at The Thinkery
Wednesday, November 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. | The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave
Make and do together at Community Night. Every Wednesday, The Thinkery stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Enjoy the exhibits and educational programs facilitated by staff. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation.

Pajama Storytime
Wednesday, November 22 | at 6 p.m. | APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr
Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE!

Texas Radio Live
Wednesday, November 22 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave
Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week hear performances from Flyin’ A’s and Manzy Lowry. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here.

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Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!

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Santa on the Terrace!
Friday, Nov. 24 | from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr
Bring the kids for a FREE photo with Santa overlooking the best view in Austin! Enjoy some holiday treats with all sorts of fun entertainment. Activities will be planned for the whole family, so bring everyone. And, in true Black Friday fashion, they’ll have some of our best deals of the year available!

5th Annual Holiday Model Train Show: Opening Day! (Round Rock)
Friday, Nov. 24 | from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock
Visit a dynamic train display replete with a Harry Potter scene, a 1950s city with a trolley weaving through its downtown that is filled with vintage cars, a farm, amusement park, mountain range where Boy Scouts are on an outing, an old train depot, and even a water tower, just like Round Rock! For a donation to the Tinplate Trackers, you can be a “junior engineer” and operate the train controls, many of which have different speeds and audio components (bells, engineer’s commands, etc). Additionally, raffle tickets are available for purchase to enter to win a Thomas the Train set. To add an interactive component for children and families, they are also offering “ArtSpace Activity Booklets,” containing the ever popular scavenger hunt. FREE!

Selfies with Santa at The Grove
Friday, Nov. 24 | from noon to 3 p.m. AND 6 to 9 p.m. | Southpark Meadows Shopping Center, 9500 South IH-35 Frontage Rd

Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Friday, Nov. 24 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Domain NORTHSIDE, 11700 Domain Blvd
Get in the holiday spirit with a FREE horse-drawn carriage ride at Domain NORTHSIDE! Carriage pickup and drop off queue will be by Culinary Dropout.

Annual Lighting of the Square (Georgetown)
Friday, Nov. 24 | at 5:30 p.m. | Georgetown Town Square, 103 W 7th St, Georgetown
During the Lighting of the Square on November 24, revelers join Mayor Dale Ross and Santa in the countdown as they flip the switch on thousands of lights across the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” at 5:30 p.m. The Austin Carolers will perform classic holiday songs and Santa will be on-site for photos. Event attendees can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and merchants remain open later than usual. The Downtown holiday lights will remain on after the lighting through New Year’s Day. This event is FREE!

Santa’s Arrival w/ Live Music by All Time Low
Friday, November 24 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd
The fun starts at 6 p.m. in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor Central Plaza with children’s activities like face painting and flash tattoos. The program will begin at 7 p.m. where you can see Santa, watch fireworks, and enjoy live music by All Time Low! Emceed by Mix 94.7. FREE!

Friday Night Flix: The Addams Family
Friday, Nov. 24 | at 7 p.m. | Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr
Come early and enjoy a classic burger with fries and a soft drink for just $5 in the Water Trough Bar! RSVP for a chance to win some great prizes, including a complimentary stay at Lone Star Court, a $50 tab at the Water Trough, or a $25 tab at the Water Trough. HAPPY HOUR prices until 11 p.m. in the Water Trough Bar. You and the kids can hop around on the Smart Trampoline, from Springfree Trampoline Austin! Test jumps start at 6 p.m. The Betty Soo Duo will be performing live in the Water Trough at 9 p.m., following the movie. FREE!

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



About the Author

Jaelyn Penner
Jaelyn was born and raised in Kansas, but she got to Texas as soon as she could! After a few years of youthful fun in Dallas, Jaelyn decided to make her passion her career and headed to west Texas to make it happen. There, she honed her musical chops while studying Commercial Music, and then headed straight for Austin to help keep it weird. Once here, she unexpectedly found her soul mate, and loves that her husband and two boys are now her biggest fans! Besides being a musician, Jaelyn also works as a corporate event planner, is a self-proclaimed “celebratory expert” and a long-time foodie. She doesn’t feel complete unless she is keeping up with all the cool stuff Austin has to offer.
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