What’s Up? Weekly: August 21-25, 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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Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.

A big thanks to our sponsor, Avery Ranch Dance & Music. Avery Ranch Dance & Music will be offering FREE Demo Classes August 24-26, 2017! Sign up now to enjoy a Music Together® Family Class for children ages 0–5 and their caregivers.

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Southwest Theaters’ Summer Movie Series: Dolphin Tale – Monday, August 21 – Thursday, August 24 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 22 – Friday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thanks to generous donors from Amplify Austin, admission is FREE through August 31, 2017.  UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.

Kids Bowl FREE at Punch Bowl Social – Monday, August 21 – Wednesday, August 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Includes one hour of FREE bowling and FREE shoe rental. Must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are recommended. Call (512) 368-9070 for reservations and to check for special event closures. Punch Bowl Social, 11310 Domain Dr, Austin.

Monday – Don’t Miss the Solar Eclipse!

Baby Bloomers: Animal Adventures with Special Guests April & Amy – Monday, August 21 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. You can also enjoy a special performance by April & Amy, twin sister country duo singing fun-filled, inspirational, silly kids songs in harmony and happiness. 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.

Solar Eclipse Viewing @ University of Texas – Monday, August 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Viewing with the Astronomy Department Heliostat will be in Robert Lee Moore Hall Room # 13.132. This room has limited space, so eclipse glasses will be handed out as people leave the room so you can continue to view the progress of the eclipse outside on your own. Quantities of eclipse glasses are limited. Additional viewing with solar filters on small telescopes will be on the footbridge over Dean Keeton between Robert Lee Moore Hall and ETC. FREE! UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway, Austin.

Solar Eclipse Viewing and Sundial Grand Opening – Monday, August 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Visit the new Human Sundial on the way to planetarium shows featuring the total solar eclipse. Find out how people tracked time in earlier days with the new Human Sundial and learn about how the sun’s travels creates a record of time. Experience a total solar eclipse in utter darkness in a planetarium, then join venture out to the meadow to observe the moon’s shadow crossing the sun. FREE! Austin Science & Nature Center, 2389 Stratford Dr, Austin.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party (Cedar Park) – Monday, August 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eclipse glasses and sno-cones will be provided. FREE! Cedar Park Eye Care, 210 N Lakeline Blvd, Ste 100, Cedar Park.

Solar Eclipse Party (Elgin) – Monday, August 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Solar viewing glasses will be available for use. Take a turn viewing the eclipse and enjoy hanging out with your community. FREE! Veterans’ Memorial Park, 109 Depot St, Elgin.

Solar Eclipse Event (Pflugerville) – Monday, August 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. The Pflugerville library has fun activities scheduled and eclipse viewing glasses will be available courtesy of StarNet. (One pair of glasses will be provided per person age 4 and older.) The event will start with a short informational session on safe viewing. Then, take your glasses outside to view the eclipse (weather permitting). Peak viewing time will be between 1-1:15 pm. A craft will also be available while supplies last. Finish the afternoon with a screening of Wall-E at 2:00 p.m. (Rated G). FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.

Solar Eclipse Afternoon: Make Pinhole Projectors – Monday, August 21 from noon to 2:00 p.m. The library is having a solar eclipse watching party! Make pinhole projectors and watch the sun disappear. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party (Round Rock) – Monday, August 21 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Round Rock Public Library, in partnership with the Space Science Institute, invites you to experience the solar eclipse over Round Rock. The party will be in Prete Plaza while the moon’s shadow moves across the area. There will be a variety of activities to share to increase your enjoyment of the event. Safe, solar viewing glasses will be available. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Project_Trio Jazz @ in.gredients – Monday, August 21 from 7-9:00 p.m. This trio of talented UT music students will be gracing the in.gredients porch this Monday night. The trio presents original music and rearrangements of Jazz standards in a contemporary vision featuring improvisation, grooves, interaction, jazz, rock, Samba, guitar effects, and a lot of energy. Kid-friendly and FREE! in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.


Kids Club – Tuesday, August 22 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: Sing – Tuesday, August 22 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.

Bilingual Boogie Storytime – Tuesday, August 22 at 10:30 a.m. Bilingual Boogie classes teach children key preschool vocabulary such as colors, animals, counting, body parts, the alphabet, and much more in both Spanish and English. They integrate singing, dancing, games, and more to engage children in ways that they learn best. Learn, dance, and boogie! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

LEGO Lab – Tuesday, August 22 at 4:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Civics 101: Your Guide To Local Government – Tuesday, August 22 from 6-8:00 p.m. Local government is important. It’s the level of government that impacts your daily life the most… and yet, many people know nothing about it. Calling all City Hall newbies, this event is for you. They’ll teach you how to figure out who your City Council member is, what they actually do, and how you can get involved in shaping the future of Austin. This is your city. Learn how to get involved and make a difference. Presented in partnership with KUT Austin, YNPN Austin, AIA Austin Emerging Professionals, Young Invincibles, GivingCity, and in.gredients. FREE! in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

Pints & Poses + Fundraiser for Little Helping Hands – Tuesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. Join Hyatt Regency Austin for their FREE one-hour, all levels vinyasa class led by Ferny Barceló. Class is held inside of Texas Ballroom on the second floor. Parking is complimentary inside of the hotel’s parking garage. After yoga, visit the renovated Marker 10 bar for a *complimentary* local draft (21+) or settle on the patio and enjoy the city views. This month’s event will be a fundraiser benefiting Little Helping Hands. Click here to find out how you can help (and win prizes!). All ages welcome. Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Family Flicks: Despicable Me – Tuesday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and a movie. Rated PG. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.


Heartsong Music Together Demo Classes (RSVP) – Wednesday, August 23. Times vary. Support your child’s development with Music Together. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend a free demo class to experience this rich, research-based music and movement program. You will connect with your child, meet new friends, and learn fun ways to support your child’s development with music. View full demo class schedule and reserve your child’s FREE spot here. Heartsong Music, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Kids Club – Wednesday, August 23 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 23 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.

Sugar Mama’s 9th Anniversary – Wednesday, August 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sugar Mama’s is super excited to celebrate their 9 year anniversary this month! They would like to share the love on Free Cupcake Day, so mark your calendars and stop by for a FREE cupcake! (One cupcake per person, please.) Offer good at both locations. Sugar Mama’s Southside, 1905 S 1st St, Austin and Sugar Mama’s Eastside, 2406 Manor Rd, Ste B, Austin.

Luchador Legends Storytime – Wednesday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. KA-POW! BANG! SPLOK! Señoras y señores, BookPeople is celebrating the Mexican lucha libre tradition with some of their favorite related titles, including Yuyi Morales’s Niño Wrestles the World and Cynthia Leonor Garza’s Lucia the Luchadora. You’ll also be making your own luchador masks and learning some new, sweet moves. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, August 23 from 4-8:00 p.m. 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. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, August 23 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 Leeann Atherton and Nichole Wagner. 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.

Wednesday Night Live: Music at Mueller – Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m. Don’t miss the last outdoor concert in Mueller’s summer music series with a live performance by Circling Drones. Grab a blanket and enjoy free live music on the lake. FREE! Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin.


Heartsong Music Together Demo Classes (RSVP) – Thursday, August 24. Times vary. Support your child’s development with Music Together. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend a free demo class to experience this rich, research-based music and movement program. You will connect with your child, meet new friends, and learn fun ways to support your child’s development with music. View full demo class schedule and reserve your child’s FREE spot here. Heartsong Music, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, August 24 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert from Gary Knippa & The Friends. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Cuvee Coffee Bar Three-Year Anniversary Fair – Thursday, August 24 from 6-10:00 p.m. 3 years ago, on the streets of East Austin, the Cuvee Coffee Bar flagship was brought into this world, and that’s a mighty fine reason to celebrate. When Cuvee says celebrate, they mean throw a party so fun, so magical that you’ll still be talking about it at next year’s anniversary bash. If that’s not enough reason to come, here are a few more: a dunk tank, The Mighty Cone food tuck, live music, fair food and games, tasty beer, and more. Kid-friendly. Admission is FREE! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Cuvee Coffee Bar, 2000 E 6th St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, August 24 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.

Night Builders: Family LEGO Lab – Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m. With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with Legos provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Charley Crockett – Thursday, August 24 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.


Sweet Treats at Frost – Lake Travis – Friday, August 25 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Take a break from the heat and grab a sweet treat at the Lake Travis Financial Center. They’ll be serving FREE shaved ice from Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs, compliments of Frost, to everyone who stops by. Lake Travis Financial Center, 12532 RM-2244, Austin.

Art After Six: The Eyes of Texas – Friday, August 25 from 6-8:00 p.m. You are invited to “The Eyes of Texas,” a discussion on the work of photographers who capture different sides of the Lone Star State with 2017 People’s Gallery artists Gerard Juarez, John Lockhart, and Kenny Braun. Following the discussion, visitors are invited to tour the People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall for a special “off-hours” viewing. FREE! The People’s Gallery, 301 W 2nd St, Austin.

Puppy Party at Waterloo Ice House – Friday, August 25 from 6-8:00 p.m. Bring your four-legged friends to this family-friendly Puppy Party on the patio. There will be games and prizes, specialty hot dog and drink menus, face painting and balloon art, dog beer, and more. Admission is FREE! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Austin Pets Alive! Waterloo Ice House, 6203 N Capital of TX Hwy, Austin.

Strength Seminar for Teens – Friday, August 25 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: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – Friday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of the animated version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. 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. Update: canceled due to inclement weather.

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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