What’s Up? Weekly: August 14-18, 2017

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar! Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

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Alamo Kids Camp Movies: Speed Racer, The Secret Life of Pets, Song of the Sea, and Jumanji – Monday, August 14 – Thursday, August 17; each movie plays various days and showtimes. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$5 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtimes and reserve your tickets here. All ages will be admitted to this show but families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse, various locations.

Southwest Theaters’ Summer Movie Series: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Monday, August 14 – Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. $1 per ticket. Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin.

Free Admission to the UMLAUF – Tuesday, August 15 – Friday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thanks to generous donors from Amplify Austin, admission is FREE through August 31, 2017. Take advantage of this opportunity to check out the current exhibit, Mentoring a Muse: Charles Umlauf and Farrah Fawcett, which runs through August 20. This groundbreaking exploration of the lifelong artistic friendship between Charles Umlauf and his most famous student, Farrah Fawcett, features never-before-seen work made by both artists. Plus, kids can participate in a fun, FREE sculpture safari during your visit. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.


Baby Bloomers: Animal Adventures! – Monday, August 14 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Lions and tigers and bears—oh my! Embark on an animal adventure with sensory activities and hands-on activities that will make your little one want to ROAR. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore and grow. Try something new each week or build on the previous week’s activities. 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. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, August 14 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.


Kids Club – Tuesday, August 15 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Summer Kids Camp: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Tuesday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9:00 a.m. The movie itself will start at 10:00 a.m. in one of the dine-in theaters. FREE! Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N FM 620, Bldg B, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m. Sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories too. This session is perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, August 15 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. There will be fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Ray Wylie Hubbard In-Store Performance – Tuesday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the acclaimed songwriter’s latest release, Tell the Devil I’m Gettin’ There as Fast as I Can. FREE all ages show. Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Trailer Food Tuesdays – Tuesday, August 15 from 5-9:00 p.m. Sample delicious fare from Austin’s wide variety of food trucks and enjoy live music in one convenient location featuring the best view in town. The downtown skyline is the backdrop as 14-16 of the city’s finest food trailers roll on to the Long Center terrace. Admission is FREE! Food and beverages available to purchase. The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, August 15 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, and snuggle in for a bedtime story. All ages are welcome. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Planet Cinema Screening: From Up On A Poppy Hill – Tuesday, August 15 at 6:00 p.m. Planet Cinema is a film series devoted to world cinema, presented by the Museums and Cultural Programs Division of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department presented in partnership with the Austin Oita Sister City Committee, to celebrate Oita, Japan week and provide a cool summer treat for families in the warmest month of our year (it’s hot in Oita, too!) Rated PG. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

13th Annual Amy’s Ice Creams Trick Olympics – Tuesday, August 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. Are you ready for high flying ice cream in the ultimate Ice Cream Trick competition? Join Amy’s Ice Creams and your favorite scoops as they compete to see who has the best tricks in Texas. FREE! Amy’s Ice Creams at The Grove, 9600 S I-35, Bldg C, Ste 400, Austin.


Kids Club – Wednesday, August 16 at 9:30 a.m. Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Wednesday, August 16 at 9:30 a.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome!) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. FREE with RSVP. The Little Yoga House, 2700 Anderson Lane, Suite 229, Austin

Tiny Tails Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, AND stories, then you’re in luck! Friends from Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will be reading stories and introducing some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Movie Screening + Workshop (RSVP) – Wednesday, August 16 from 1-5:00 p.m. Join OUTSIDE VOICE for a FREE family screening and filmmaking workshop at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex. This month they’ll feature the instant family classic Fantastic Mr. Fox. Plus, kids of all ages will learn hands-on how to do stop-frame animation and sound effects for film. There will be drawing games and contests for prizes, too. FREE with RSVP. Donations are appreciated. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St, Austin.

Family Movie Matinee: Beauty and the Beast – Wednesday, August 16 at 4:00 p.m. Join the library for a special showing of the live-action Beauty and the Beast (2017). Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Baby Gym – Wednesday, August 16 at 4:00 p.m. Join Champions Gym for baby gym time! Ages 6 months to 15 months. FREE! Champions Ranch Road 1826 Gymnastics & Cheer, 360 Lotus Circle, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery: LGBTQ Family Pride Evening – Wednesday, August 16 from 4-8:00 p.m. 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. This week, join the Thinkery for a playful evening in celebration of LGBTQ families, as well as LGBTQ adults with children in their lives. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, August 16 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear performances from Josh Field and David Touchton. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Summer Concerts in the Park (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, August 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. Listen to the sounds of the summer with FREE music by Mike Daniels Band. FREE! Sculpture Garden at Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St, Cedar Park.


Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, August 17 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert from Mijung An on piano (Bach, Hayden & Chopin). FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Summer Reading + End of Summer Party at the Fish Gallery – Thursday, August 17 at 3:30 p.m. Head over to the Fish Gallery for an afternoon of stories, touch tanks, crafts, refreshments, and more. All ages welcome. Seating is first come, first serve. Bring a friend or two and escape the Texas summer heat. FREE! The Fish Gallery, 6500 N Lamar Blvd, Austin. Update: This event has been canceled.

AOMA Back to School Bash – Thursday, August 17 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This family event will feature face painting, snacks, free back to school giveaways, and a scavenger hunt for the chance to win a door prize. You can also meet your local pediatric acupuncturists and herbalists. Kids and families will have a chance to experience acupuncture needles, cupping, and sample some herbal remedies. FREE! AOMA Clinics North, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Planet Cinema: When Marnie Was There – Thursday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m. The Elisabet Ney Museum will be screening When Marnie Was There, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, in 2015 for Studio Ghibli. Rated PG. It will be screened either indoors or outdoors, depending on weather. Admission is FREE and kids are welcome. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. 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! APL – Manchaca Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Rhett Miller – Thursday, August 17 at 8:00 p.m. Experience Austin’s longest-running FREE live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.


17th Annual School Resource Fair & School Supply Distribution (Manor) – Friday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for parents and students to learn about resources from the Manor and Austin communities. FREE school supplies will be available for Manor ISD students during the event. Free haircuts will also be available on site. Please support the district by donating 2-3 canned food items to replenish the Manor ISD Food Pantry. Manor New Tech High School Cafeteria, 10323 US Hwy 290 E, Manor.

Sweet Treats at Frost – Cedar Park  (Cedar Park) – Friday, August 18 from 1-3:00 p.m. Take a break from the heat and grab a sweet treat at the Cedar Park Financial Center. Frost Bank will be serving FREE shaved ice to everyone who stops by. Cedar Park Financial Center, 1450 E Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park.

Sweet Treats at Frost – East 7th – Friday, August 18 from 2-4:00 p.m. Take a break from the heat and grab a sweet treat at the Grapevine Financial Center. Frost Bank will be serving FREE snow cones from Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs, compliments of Frost, to everyone who stops by. Grapevine Financial Center, 2421 E 7th St, Austin.

Sweet Treats at Frost – Tech Ridge – Friday, August 18 from 3-5:00 p.m. Take a break from the heat and grab a sweet treat at the Tech Ridge Financial Center. They will be serving FREE shaved ice from Kona Ice, compliments of Frost, to everyone who stops by. Tech Ridge Financial Center, 605 Canyon Ridge Dr, Austin.

Friday Movie Matinee: The Wizard of Oz – Friday, August 18 at 3:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Quiet Company In-Store Performance – Friday, August 18 at 5:00 p.m. FREE all ages show. Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Metz Back to School Bash – Friday, August 18 at 6:00 p.m. Metz family and friends are invited to an evening at the park before school rings into session. They will provide FREE food, games, door prizes, and music for the entire family. Stay after the bash for a free Movie Under the Stars screening of The Sandlot at 8:30 p.m. FREE! Metz Rec Center, 2407 Canterbury St, Austin.

Strength Seminar for Teens – Friday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. Teens (13-19) are invited to a seminar hosted by Austin Parks & Recreation. They will learn about injury prevention, exercises for building strength and muscle, and creating a strength training plan. FREE! Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W Dittmar Rd, Austin.

Community Cinema: Frozen – Friday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of the animated version of Frozen. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a family favorite on the big screen. Plus, stop by the Community Market to check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that Community First! residents make in the various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Candy, popcorn, water, and sodas will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Rated G. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

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



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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