What’s Up? Weekly: July 10-14, 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: The Iron Giant, Muppets from Space, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, and Trolls. – Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14; each movie has 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: Storks – Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. $1 per ticket. Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The Iron Giant (Round Rock) – Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Movies 8, 2132 N Mays St #800, Round Rock.

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Splash into Summer! – Monday, July 10 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Summer is here, let’s give a big cheer! This month, soak up the sun while exploring all things summer. 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.

Early Literacy Playgroup – Monday, July 10 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Escape the Texas summer heat and stop by the Carver Branch Library to engage in a variety of early literacy based activities. Toys, board books, music, and a weekly craft will be provided. This is a come-and-go program recommended for ages 0-5 with a caregiver. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

ASL Storytime – Monday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. Storytime in American Sign Language for children 18 months – 6 years and their parents presented by Educational Resource Center on Deafness. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Crafternoon: Sand Art – Monday, July 10 at 12:30 p.m. Stop by Laura’s for a creative afternoon. This week, create sand art. For ages 4-8. Supplies will be available for 50 children. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

The Hoots – Monday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. The Hoots play fun and whimsical songs for children that adults enjoy as well, mixing life lessons like, “you don’t have to be famous to be good at what you do,” with buzzing bees and leaping tree frogs. They encourage audience participation, bringing a box of percussion instruments to each of their shows. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Makey Makey Madness – Monday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Create a controller for playing games, making music, or other inventions using Makey Makey and conductive and recycled materials. Say goodbye to the keyboard and put your creativity to work. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Mariachi Amor – Monday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. Fun and festive traditional Mexican folk music played acoustically with violin, trumpet, guitarrón, vihuela, and voice. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Slaid Cleaves FREE In-Store Performance – Monday, July 10 at 5:00 p.m. To celebrate the release of Slaid Cleaves’ new album Ghost on the Car Radio, enjoy a FREE live performance. Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Surapsari: Japanese Mask Dance & Drama – Monday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a showcase of traditional Japanese mask dances and stories based on ancient Japanese myth. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Family Craft Night: Miniature Hot Rods (Pflugerville) – Monday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m. Children ages 5+ and adults will work together on a fun craft project. Materials available while supplies last. Space is limited. First come, first served. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.

Wanderlust Summer at the Springs – Monday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. Wanderlust is proud to present the 3rd Annual Summer at the Springs. Through July 24th, drop by Zilker every Monday at 7:30 p.m. for a FREE vinyasa class followed by FREE snacks and a FREE swim at the springs at 9:00 p.m. Bring your friends and celebrate summer together. All ages welcome. FREE! Zilker Hillside (on North side of the main Barton Springs entrance parking lot), 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Tuesday

Kids Club – Tuesday, July 11 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: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – Tuesday, July 11 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.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Kubo and the Two Strings and Ratchet and Clank – Tuesday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin and Regal Gateway Stadium 16, 9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin.

Storytime with Author Emma Virjan – Tuesday, July 11 at 10:30 a.m. Local author Emma Virján will read her newest Pig in a Wig book, What This Story Needs is a Vroom and a Zoom! Are you ready to zoom off on a cross-country adventure with Pig and her friends?Meet the author and get a signed copy of this perfect read-aloud. This is a storytime you don’t want to miss! To get a book signed, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

7-Eleven Day: Free Slurpee! – Tuesday, July 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visit a participating 7-Eleven store between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and receive one FREE small Slurpee to commemorate Slurpee’s 50th anniversary. Find your nearest store here.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, July 11 at 11:15 a.m. 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. Please talk with presenter prior to program to if you have any questions regarding your child’s needs. Program length can vary. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Wire Wearables – Tuesday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Light up your wardrobe with conductive thread, circuitry, and LEDs. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament – Tuesday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. Are you ready to smash? Compete in the annual Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Summer tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship finals at the Yarborough Branch on August 12. Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to start time; the first 32 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot to play. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Bernadette Nason Presents: Stone Soup – Tuesday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. Stone Soup is a powerful, uplifting tale about a hungry soldier who passes through a village in the hope of a good meal, but the villagers claim they have nothing to eat. However, with the soldier’s ingenuity and positive spirit, the villagers come together to make “stone soup” and learn a lesson in generosity and the power of unity. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Tween STEAM: littleBits Theme Park – Tuesday, July 11 at 3:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Participants will create a carnival theme ride using littleBits gizmos and gadgets, recyclables, and more. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

You Are the Artist: Watercolor and Scratch Art – Tuesday, July 11 at 3:00 p.m. Explore the medium of watercolor with a variety of crafts and scratch the black paper to find a rainbow of possibilities. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Surapsari: Japanese Mask Dance & Drama – Tuesday, July 11 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a showcase of traditional Japanese mask dances and stories based on ancient Japanese myth. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Moana – Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Rhythm on Stage: Brazilian Dance Night (RSVP) – Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. Join Rebekah and Live Drummers for a fun night of FREE Brazilian Dance. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and Brazilian Dance instruction begins at 7:30 p.m. Dance until 8:45 p.m. – it’s come and go, so stay the entire time and dance, or just as long as you’d like. Reserve your spot here. FREE! The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park: April & Amy – Wednesday, July 12 at 9:30 a.m. This exciting summer program features local musicians, dancers, storytellers, magicians, mimes, and crafts people. Youngsters can visit the Instrument Zoo (where they can see, touch, and try to play the instruments), talk to symphony musicians and hear them play their instruments, sing and clap along with the star of the show, and try their hands at different art projects under the Art Tent. This year, Austin favorite Bernadette Nason will act as Emcee and Storyteller. This week, enjoy a performance by April & Amy. Admission is 50¢ per child; adults are FREE. Symphony Square Amphitheater, 1101 Red River St, Austin.

Kids Club – Wednesday, July 12 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.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Kubo and the Two Strings and Ratchet and Clank  – Wednesday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin and Regal Gateway Stadium 16, 9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin.

Down on the Farm Storytime – Wednesday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. It’s summertime and the days at the farm are loooong and hot. It’s a lot of hard work, which means at the end of the day you need to unwind with some good music. At this storytime, you’ll rock in the barn with Cow, Pig, Goat, and Chicken in Punk Farm and read more awesome stories about farm animals. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Staci Gray Performance – Wednesday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. Staci Gray is an Austin-based children’s performer who has mesmerized children all over Texas. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Surapsari: Japanese Mask Dance & Drama – Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a showcase of traditional Japanese mask dances and stories based on ancient Japanese myth. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

The Hoots – Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. The Hoots play fun and whimsical songs for children that adults enjoy as well, mixing life lessons like, “you don’t have to be famous to be good at what you do,” with buzzing bees and leaping tree frogs. They encourage audience participation, bringing a box of percussion instruments to each of their shows. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Family Movie: The Great Gilly Hopkins (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Family Flicks: The LEGO Batman Movie – Wednesday, July 12 at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and a movie. Rated G. FREE! Lake Travis Community Libray, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Tween STEAM: littleBits Theme Park – Wednesday, July 12 at 3:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Participants will create a carnival theme ride using littleBits gizmos and gadgets, recyclables, and more. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents: Wiley and the Hairy Man – Wednesday, July 12 at 3:30 p.m. In this adaptation of a traditional southern folktale, a young Bayou boy named Wiley is challenged to outsmart the Hairy Man, a scary creature who threatens all who come to his swampy home. Literature Live! puppet shows are performed at various Library locations throughout Austin. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, July 12 from 4-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Discovery! All About Mountain Lions – Wednesday, July 12 at 4:30 p.m. A mountain lion has many names – panther, cougar, and puma. This big cat is beautiful, powerful, and an important predator, although very shy. Learn how high it can jump and listen to the whistles and chirps it makes. Then, using an actual cast of a mountain lion print, you will make a plaster-cast paw print for you to keep. Supplies guaranteed for 30 children. Recommended for ages 5 & up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Dr. Seuss Cartooning Show (RSVP) – Wednesday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m. Magic, cartooning, puppets, and fun from the incredible imagination of Dr. Seuss. Presented by Mr. Pitts. Reserve your FREE! spot here. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, July 12 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 Scrappy Jud Newcomb and Wiretree. 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.

Blues on the Green: Shinyribs with Jackie Venson – Wednesday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m. Austin’s favorite summer tradition is back! 93.3 KGSR’s Blues on the Green invites music lovers out to Zilker Park to enjoy a family and pet friendly night of homegrown music in a relaxed atmosphere. Grab your family, friends, dogs, and blankets, and come to Austin’s largest FREE concert series. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

101X Summer Cinema: Guardians of the Galaxy – Wednesday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m. 101X Summer Cinema has a new home at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphiteather. Movie starts at dark, but get there early to stake out a spot! Bring blankets, folding chairs, and your party pants. Please, no outside food or drinks, alcohol, or pets. Street parking is free after 6:00 p.m. Rated PG-13. FREE! Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River St, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission to the Museum every Thursday. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Dinosaur George – Thursday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because the chicken hadn’t even evolved yet!  “Dinosaur George” Blasing, a self-taught paleontologist and animal behaviorist with more than 35 years of experience, will bring ancient fossils from Texas and around the world. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, July 13 at 11:15 a.m. 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. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, July 13 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert from Timothy Woolsey on piano. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Wire Wearables – Thursday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Light up your wardrobe with conductive thread, circuitry, and LEDs. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents: Wiley and the Hairy Man – Thursday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. In this adaptation of a traditional southern folktale, a young Bayou boy named Wiley is challenged to outsmart the Hairy Man, a scary creature who threatens all who come to his swampy home. Literature Live! puppet shows are performed at various Library locations throughout Austin.  FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Makey Makey Madness – Thursday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Create a controller for playing games, making music, or other inventions using Makey Makey and conductive and recycled materials. Say goodbye to the keyboard and put your creativity to work. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

The Hoots – Thursday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. The Hoots play fun and whimsical songs for children that adults enjoy as well, mixing life lessons like, “you don’t have to be famous to be good at what you do,” with buzzing bees and leaping tree frogs. They encourage audience participation, bringing a box of percussion instruments to each of their shows. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Surapsari: Japanese Mask Dance & Drama – Thursday, July 13 at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy a showcase of traditional Japanese mask dances and stories based on ancient Japanese myth. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Whiskey Shivers In-Store Performance – Thursday, July 13 at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy a FREE in-store performance from this Central Texas favorite. Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Night Crafters: Key Chains (17+) – Thursday, July 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Supplies are provided. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Jackie Venson– Thursday, July 13 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.

Zilker Summer Musical: The Wizard of Oz – Thursday, July 13 at 8:15 p.m. For more than a century, The Wizard of Oz has enchanted readers, theatre, and movie goers alike. Now, Zilker Theater Productions will bring this cultural treasure to the historic, outdoor theater at The Zilker Hillside. This summer, the ZTP team looks forward to welcoming over 45,000+ Hillside audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.” The “curtain” goes up right around dusk at 8:15 p.m., but arrive early with your low-backed chairs and blankets to get your spot. FREE but donations are gratefully accepted. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Mighty Ducks – Thursday, July 13 at 9:00 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and don’t forget a picnic!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. FREE! Dick Nichols District Park, 8011 Beckett Rd, Austin.

Friday

Literature Live! Predicts the Forecast: Fantabulous Finger Fun – Friday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m. Impress your friends and family this summer and create a frenzy with fantastic, finger puppets. Literature Live! will demonstrate that even tiny puppets can have a huge personality. The library will supply the materials and you bring your imagination, creativity, and digits. This program is limited to 70 participants. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Little Helpers: Austin Energy – Friday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m. Ages 4-8 are invited to meet community helpers, such as firefighters, police officers, dentists, energy workers, and learn how they can be helpers in their community. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Tween STEAM: littleBits Theme Park – Friday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Participants will create a carnival theme ride using littleBits gizmos and gadgets, recyclables, and more. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – St. John Branch, 7500 Blessing Ave, Austin.

Music Under the Star: Molly Burch with Mother Falcon – Friday, July 14 from 6-9:00 p.m. Experience a free concert under the iconic Bullock Museum Star with complimentary garage parking. Bring the whole family, camp chairs, and blankets to enjoy an incredible lineup of Texas artists. Food, beer, and soda are available for purchase. Non-perishable food item donations for the Central Texas Food Bank are requested. FREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin.

Asian American Resource Center Exhibit Opening Reception: Ramayana Tapestries – Friday, July 14 from 6-8:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., the artist, Sandeep Chandran, will tell the audience the story behind the pieces on display. The Ramayana, an ancient Indian literary work, has greatly influenced art and culture in South and Southeast Asia. The artist was inspired by ancient mural paintings on temple walls in Kerala, India. In his work, Chandran attempts to fuse this traditional style with visionary motifs, using a digital medium. Admission is FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.

Music in the Park Movie Night: Sing (Pflugerville) – Friday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends, and neighbors for an evening of music, entertainment, and relaxation. Food will be available to purchase starting at 6:30 p.m.; movie will begin at dark. FREE! Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.

Community Cinema: I Am Legend – Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of I Am Legend. 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 PG-13. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Purple Martin Party – Friday, July 14 from 8-9:30 p.m. Watch an acrobatic hurricane of birds as hundreds of thousands of purple martins “swirl” in the skies in and around the roosting site each evening. It’s better than the bats! This year, hundreds of thousands of birds will be at Texas Land & Cattle at the junction of I-35/290 around sunset. Please park on Clayton Lane and not the restaurant’s parking lot. Texas Land & Cattle is offering a free appetizer to each party who has dinner and mentions that they are there for the Purple Martins. Habesha, the Ethiopian Restaurant immediately north of Texas Land & Cattle, is offering dessert to each party who dines at their restaurant and specifically mentions that they are there for the Purple Martins. Lawn chairs, picnic blankets, cameras, and hats are highly recommended. Binoculars are optional. Read about Emily’s experience hereFREE! Texas Land & Cattle, 6007 I-35, Austin.

Zilker Summer Musical: The Wizard of Oz – Friday, July 14 at 8:15 p.m. For more than a century, The Wizard of Oz has enchanted readers, theatre, and movie goers alike. Now, Zilker Theater Productions will bring this cultural treasure to the historic, outdoor theater at The Zilker Hillside. This summer, the ZTP team looks forward to welcoming over 45,000+ Hillside audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.” The “curtain” goes up right around dusk at 8:15 p.m., but arrive early with your low-backed chairs and blankets to get your spot. FREE but donations are gratefully accepted. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.

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

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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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