What’s Up? Weekly: October 30-November 3, 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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Enter the Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest – The entry deadline is this Friday, Nov. 3. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is calling all youth artists between the ages of 5 and 10 years old to create and enter an original drawing of the Zilker Holiday Tree for the Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest. You may use crayons, watercolors, ink, colored paper, pastels, or paint to show your version of Austin’s traditional holiday symbol. The top three selected artwork winners from each age category, Junior Division (5 – 7 years) and Senior Division (8 – 10 years), will be publicly recognized and the winners will help light the Zilker Holiday Tree on Sunday, November 26, 2017!

Looking for Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebrations and Fall Festivals / Halloween Events happening this week?  We’ve got all of the info for you, just click the links!

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Fall on the Farm
Monday, October 30 from 9:00 a.m. to noon | The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin
Fall is finally here! This month, kick off the spookiest, kookiest season of them all with a fall-themed Baby Bloomers. This week, special guest Mi Casa Es Tu Casa offers bi-lingual music sessions for children and their parents to introduce and reinforce Spanish through music, movement, and fun games. No Spanish skills required! Cost: Members $3 each / Non-Members $5 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available.

Trick or Treat @ Ledgestone Senior Living
Monday, October 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. | Ledgestone Senior Living, 13150 Four Star Blvd, Austin
Bring the kids in their costumes to Ledgestone Senior Living for some trick or treating fun! FREE!

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park)
Monday, October 30 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!

Mt. Playmore Trunk or Treat
Monday, October 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. | Mt. Playmore, 13609 N Interstate 35, Austin
Come to Mt. Playmore to fill up on candy at their first Trunk or Treat! It will take place in the Mt. Playmore parking lot. Have your kids come dressed up and then head on in to run off some of that energy. Trunk or Treat is FREE, regular admission applies to indoor play.

Movie Night & Costume Contest
Monday, October 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Crockett Theatre Shows and Events, 5601 Manchaca Rd, Austin
The costume contest begins at 5:30 p.m. Categories include: Cutest, Scariest, Most Creative, Best Group. The movie Hocus Pocus begins at 6:00 p.m. TWO canned food items gets you in the door!

Monday Night Jazz
Monday, October 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. | in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin
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!

Haunted Movie Nights of Terrier: TBD
Monday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. | Yard Bar, 6700 Burnet Rd, Austin
Head to the Yard Bar patio for Movie Mondays! In addition to a full menu, they’ll be featuring popcorn, s’mores (when weather permits), and drink specials. Grab your lawn chairs and meet on the patio! All ages and dogs welcome! FREE Admission. Food and beverages available to purchase.

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Tuesday – Happy Halloween!

Check out our list of Halloween Night Family Fun in Austin, including Trunk-or-Treats and more! Check out even more Halloween fun here or on our calendar!

Whole Foods Kids Club
Tuesday, October 31 at 9:30 a.m. | Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin
Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE!

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria
Tuesday, October 31 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St, Austin
FREE!

Pumpkin Parade!
Tuesday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin
Wear your costume and listen to children’s musician Staci Gray sing spooky songs, then parade around the library at the annual Pumpkin Parade! FREE!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat for Books Storytime!
Tuesday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. | Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
Gather at BookPeople this Halloween for a storytime starring a favorite group of preposterous puppeteers! Storytime will feature stories full of monsters, ghosts, and witches (but none of them will be too scary). Then, after storytime, join the costume parade around the store, which will start on the second floor and end at the front of the store where you’ll get your treat – a FREE book to bring home! This Halloween Party is perfect for witches and wizards ages 7 and under. Have a Spook-tacular Halloween at BookPeople!  FREE!

Sensory Storytime
Tuesday, October 31 at 11:15 a.m. | APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin
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!

Family Night: Pajama Storytime
Tuesday, October 31 at 6 p.m. | Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
A storytime for a parliament of night owls of all ages — along with their night owl caregivers! On the spookiest night of the year, put on your Halloween costume, grab your cuddliest sleepy toy, and join Ms. Kristi to hear the best bedtime stories ever. The milk and cookies are provided! FREE!

Howl-O-Scream
October 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  |  Various
The City of Austin hosts a Howl-O-Scream Halloween event at five district sites: Gus Garcia Recreation Center, Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, Givens Recreation Center, Dove Springs Recreation Center, and Dittmar Recreation Center. All ages are welcome to enjoy treats, carnival games, and a haunted house. Attendance is FREE! Plus, all who attend will receive 10 FREE tickets with the option to buy a $3 wristband for unlimited fun and a snack. Cash only, please!

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Wednesday

Kids Club
Wednesday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m. | Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE!

Ms. Kat’s Music & Movement Storytime: Turducken!
Wednesday, November 1 at 10:30 a.m. | Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
Kick off November storytimes with a super special guest: author Kathleen Brotherton, also known as Ms. Kat! Ms. Kat has been delighting young readers for years with her songs, stories, and musical games, and also hosts the annual Texas Community Music Festival. Today she has a bunch of fun activities planned for you, not to mention a reading of her new book Turducken! Come, and don’t forget your dancing shoes! FREE!

Bow Wow Reading with Aussie
Wednesday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. | APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Avenue
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. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Para niños de todos los niveles de lectura. FREE!

Music & Movement
Wednesday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. | APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Road
Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments! Program length can vary. Focuses on the Sing and Play recommendations for early literacy which helps develops gross motor skills, listening skills, and social skills, while introducing new vocabulary. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE!

Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog
Wednesday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. | APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 West Rundberg Lane
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. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Para niños de todos los niveles de lectura. FREE!

Community Night Spotlight: Native American Heritage Month
Wednesday, November 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. | The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin
During Community Night Spotlight evenings, Thinkery shines a light on a unique aspect of the rich diversity that makes Austin such an amazing place to live, play and learn with educational activities facilitated by staff and special community presenters. On November 1, days before the 26th Annual Austin Powwow & American Indian Heritage Festival, join us for a playful evening in celebration of the histories, cultures, and the artistic and scientific contributions of individuals and families of Native American heritage. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation.

Wednesday Night Live: Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Wednesday, November 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Mueller Austin, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin
It’s a special Wednesday Night Live to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos! The event takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. on the Aldrich Street Paseo near B. D. Riley’s Irish Pub at Mueller. Enjoy a ballet folklorico performance, free face painting, and salsa lessons. FREE!

Krispy Kreme Family Night
Wednesday, November 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin
Kids can decorate one free doughnut each, plus fun activities and surprises. FREE!

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Wednesday, November 1 at 6 p.m. | APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 North Pleasant Valley Road
It’s time for books, stories, and fun with laughing skulls, lively music, and mask-making amidst fluttering butterflies. Come enjoy this family literacy-based art program! Recommended for all ages. Recomendado para todas las edades. FREE!

Pajama Storytime
Wednesday, November 1 at 6 p.m. | APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin
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 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin
Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week hear performances from Susan Gibson and Michael O’Connor. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here.

Wine Down Wednesday
Wednesday, November 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.| The Arboretum at Great Hills, 10000 Research Blvd, Austin
Visit The Arboretum for awesome shopping in a fun, relaxed environment – and at just the right time for happy hour! Invite your friends, family, co-workers, etc to get in on the fun. Event stations will be set up in four designated locations throughout the shopping center, each serving a different wine selection paired with small bites and live music. Sign in and pick up your wristband (worth five food/wine pairings) and event guide at the registration table near Amy’s Ice Cream. FREE! The Arboretum at Great Hills, 10000 Research Blvd, Austin.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT
Wednesday, November 1 from 8 to 10 p.m. | UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway, Austin
Every Wednesday night while UT is in session, the astronomy department sponsors FREE public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. All ages are welcome, but younger children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation info.

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Thursday

Free Admission at The Blanton
Thursday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin
FREE!

¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp
Thursday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m. | Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp for All Ages is designed to empower parents to read simple Spanish books at home and foster a love of Spanish language and Hispanic culture through singing, traditional circle games, rhythm instruments, puppets, and stories. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate. All skill levels are welcome. Arrive early or stay after class to enjoy the beautiful playground and picnic area just outside the door and make new amigos. FREE!

Little Yoga
Thursday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
Youngsters can experience mindfulness, movement, and strength in a calming environment. FREE!

The Contemporary Austin Presents: Glowing Aliens
Thursday, November 2 at 11 a.m. | APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 West Rundberg Lane
Bring your little space cadet to a special literature-based program with the Contemporary Austin. You’ll read Your Alien by Tammi Sauer and then sculpt mini extra-terrestrials that will light up your life! FREE!

Sensory Storytime
Thursday, October 26 at 11:15 a.m. | APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin
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!

Free Noon Concert
Thursday, November 2 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin
Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Fred Springer on guitar. FREE!

Literature Live: The Elves and the Shoemaker
Thursday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m. | North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Avenue
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!

Starry Nights
Thursday, November 2 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. | Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W Anderson Ln. Austin
Girlstart’s STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy. Starry Nights are held the 1st Thursday of every month (except January, June, July and August), with each month featuring a new astronomy experience and related hands-on activities. This month, you can create a solar system in a jar, engineer a device prototype to take soil samples on other planets, design your own satellite dish, and xplore the planets’ path of revolution around the sun. All ages are welcome to stop by any time between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. RSVP is recommended but not required to attend. FREE!

Pajama Storytime
Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. | APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin
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!

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Friday

Lego Lab
Friday, November 3 at 4 p.m. | North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Avenue
With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with Legos provided by the Library! Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE!

Concert & Picnic in West Austin Park
Friday, November 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | West Austin Park, 1317 W 10th St, Austin
Bring a blanket and picnic to the downtown West Austin Park located in the historic Clarksville neighborhood for a FREE concert and picnic, hosted by Old West Austin Neighborhood Association (OWANA). Music by local award winning songwriter, Aimee Bobruk, with additional support from Austin’s House of Songs. The Melting Potluck is a co-host of the event promoting diversity through music. Enjoy a playscape, dog park, and kickball field as well! FREE!

November Block Party @ in.gredients
Friday, November 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. | in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin
Join in.gredients​ for a beautiful moonlit First Friday Block Party! ​Porch favorite Ethan Azarian Music ​is back to ​​sing, yodel and whistle his way into your heart. There will also be samples from some awesome local vendors. Catch some live music, ​craft beer, and ​local food. FREE!

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing
Friday, November 3 from 8 to 10:00 p.m. | University of Texas – Painter Hall, 103 W 24th St, Austin
Every Friday and Saturday while UT is in session the Department of Astronomy hosts viewing on the Painter Hall Telescope. Both Friday and Saturday nights are open to the general public. All ages are welcome, but children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. FREE!

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

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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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