What’s Up? Weekly: July 17-21, 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 17 – Friday, July 21; 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: Hotel Transylvania 2– Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. $1 per ticket. Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Hotel Transylvania 2 (Round Rock) – Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20 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 17 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 17 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Escape the Texas summer heat and 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.

Crafternoon: Jeweled Crowns – Monday, July 17 at 12:30 p.m. Stop by Laura’s for a creative afternoon. This week, create jeweled crowns. For ages 4-8. Supplies will be available for 50 children. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Mariachi Amor – Monday, July 17 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 – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Power Rangers Glow Party – Monday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. Illuminate your inner Power Ranger at this glow-in-the-dark dance party. You can dance, play with glow sticks, make crafts, and rock out to Power Ranger music. Costumes are encouraged. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Wire Wearables – Monday, July 17 at 3:00 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Monday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Family Craft Night: Craft Stick Fairy Doors (Pflugerville) – Monday, July 17 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 17 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 18 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: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Tuesday, July 18 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: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and The Adventures of Tintin – Tuesday, July 18 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.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime– Tuesday, July 18 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 and read some stories. Perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, July 18 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.

Spotlight on Opera Presents: The Coyotes and Rabbits/Los Coyotes y las Conejas – Tuesday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m. Scrawny the coyote loves to read, while his cousin Loco is determined to prove that “real” coyotes don’t need books. Loco’s first lesson in being a “real” coyote is hunting rabbits – but the bunny sisters, Chiquita and Banana, trick him at every turn. Don’t miss this bilingual opera by Hector Armienta, based on a popular Mexican folk tale. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Tween STEAM: littleBits Theme Park – Tuesday, July 18 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Mariachi Amor – Tuesday, July 18 at 3:00 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Pirate and Princess Party – Tuesday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m. Channel your inner princess and pirate: create your very own princess or pirate name, “walk the plank,” and take photos in princess and pirate themed photo booths. Costumes are encouraged. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

PJ Storytime – Tuesday, July 18 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 Rd, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. 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 your body through lots of laughter, silliness, and deep inhalation and exhalation, which increase the net supply of oxygen to your body and your brain. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

World Listening Day 2017 Performances: Teach Yourself to Fly – Tuesday, July 18 from 7-9:00 p.m. On World Listening Day 2017, Phonography Austin will host Teach Yourself to Fly, an evening of performances in memory of composer Pauline Oliveros. Austin-based artists Lisa Cameron, Henna Chou, Brent Fariss, Vanessa Gelvin, Alex Keller, Ken McKenzie-Grant, Sean O’Neill, Steve Parker, Josh Ronsen, and Greg Wildes will perform selections from Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations with the involvement of the audience. Open to the public and FREE! Texas State Capitol – Open Air Rotunda, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.

Wednesday

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park: Mr. Will Music – Wednesday, July 19 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 Mr. Will. Admission is 50¢ per child; adults are FREE. Symphony Square Amphitheater, 1101 Red River St, Austin.

Kids Club – Wednesday, July 19 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: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and The Adventures of Tintin – Wednesday, July 19 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.

Tiny Tails Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, July 19 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. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Joe McDermott Live Performance – Wednesday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. Children’s musician extraordinaire, Joe McDermott, will perform. Recommended for ages 3 & up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Spotlight on Opera Presents: The Coyotes and Rabbits/Los Coyotes y las Conejas – Wednesday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m. Scrawny the coyote loves to read, while his cousin Loco is determined to prove that “real” coyotes don’t need books. Loco’s first lesson in being a “real” coyote is hunting rabbits – but the bunny sisters, Chiquita and Banana, trick him at every turn. Don’t miss this bilingual opera by Hector Armienta, based on a popular Mexican folk tale. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament – Wednesday, July 19 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. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Family Flicks: Moana – Wednesday, July 19 at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and a movie. Rated PG. FREE! Lake Travis Community Libray, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Paper Circuits – Wednesday, July 19 at 3:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Combine creativity and circuitry to make your own artwork that lights up using copper tape, batteries, and LEDs. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Movie Matineee: The LEGO Batman Movie – Wednesday, July 19 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, July 19 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! Critterman – Wednesday, July 19 at 4:30 p.m. Go on a safari with Critterman, who will bring animals from around the world to the library. Recommended for ages 5 & up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Family Craft Night – Wednesday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. At Family Craft Night, attendees get to explore the different avenues of art by trying their hand at new mediums and exciting projects. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Sound & Cinema: Galaxy Quest + The Octopus Project – Wednesday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. Sound & Cinema features unique pairings of classic movies with a diverse array of local musical guests. Each band plays a musical tribute to the night’s movie, followed by a screening of the film on the Alamo’s giant inflatable outdoor screen – all against the backdrop of the Austin skyline. This week, watch Galaxy Quest with music by The Octopus Project. Rated PG. Food trailers will open by 6:00 p.m. with food and beverages available for purchase. The sunset concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The movie will immediately follow (around 9:00 p.m., or right after sunset). FREE! Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, July 19 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 Monte Warden & The Dangerous Few and Two Hoots & A Holler. 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.

Date Night @ The DAC: Rock the DAC! (RSVP) – Wednesday, July 19 from 6-8:00 p.m. Make a date to explore the art exhibits and play with string and percussion instruments. No musical experience is required. Create collaborative harmony with Salvage Vanguard Theatre, led by company members Henna Chou, Alyssa Dillard, and Denim Doves Composer, Erik Secrest. Explore the amazing and mysterious Theremin with Foot Patrol’s very own Aileen Adler. Pound out a rhythm on Surdos and Djembes provided by Austin Samba. You can even bring your own acoustic instruments and start your own jam circle. You’ll leave with a song in your heart and a skip in your step. Adults only, please. Reserve your FREE spot here. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Wednesday Night Live: Music at Mueller – Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. Grab a blanket and enjoy FREE live music on the lake each week through Wednesday, August 23. Arrive early or stay after the show to get dinner or drinks at one of the new eateries on Aldrich Street. This week’s concert will feature the Boss Street Brass Band. Mueller Lake Park Ampitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin.

Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock) – Wednesday, July 19 at 7:05 p.m. Help Strike Out Hunger with the Capital Area Food Bank by bringing two H-E-B branded canned goods in exchange for a FREE lawn ticket to watch the Express take on the New Orleans Baby Cakes. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Thursday

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, July 20 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.

Music & Movement – Thursday, July 20 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. This workshop focuses on the Sing and Play recommendations for early literacy. which help develop gross motor skills, listening skills, and social skills, while introducing new vocabulary. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, July 20 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 20 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert from students of Blue Frog Music School: Lettie Thomas Hastings on piano and flute, and Alison Maass and Mallory Junkker on piano. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Magician Cody Fisher – Thursday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. You won’t believe your eyes! The whole family will enjoy Cody’s unique mix of comedy, magic, and science education with plenty of audience participation. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Crafting for a Cause – Thursday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. Get together to make the world a sweeter and more caring place for people and animals in need. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Mariachi Amor – Thursday, July 20 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 – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Makey Makey Madness – Thursday, July 20 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Magician John O’Bryant– Thursday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. The Reading Magic Show encourages children to read and help them realize that whatever they want to learn can be found in a book all while using magic, music, illusion, and audience participation. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Elephant and Piggie Party – Thursday, July 20 at 3:00 p.m. Celebrate all things Elephant and Piggie. There will be masks, headbands, a photo booth, puppets, and terrible knock-knock jokes. You will walk around with a bird on your head! FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Dog Days of Summer Yappy Hour – Thursday, July 20 from 4-7:00 p.m. Join Ten Thousand Villages with your favorite pup for an evening of food, drinks, and fun. Shop a selection of Fair Trade Pet Products while enjoying complimentary appetizers, beer, wine, and/or a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Adults only, please. FREE! Ten Thousand Villages of Austin, 4803 Burnet Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Kevin Russell – Thursday, July 20 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 20 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.

Friday

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament – Friday, July 21 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 – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Little Helpers: Spike from Round Rock Express – Friday, July 21 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.

Elephant & Piggie Storytime – Friday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a special story time featuring activities, refreshments, and special guests Elephant and Piggie. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Jonas Alvarez Performance – Friday, July 21 at 4:00 p.m. Musician Jonas Alvarez will bring a rhythmic blend of Latin sounds and Americana roots. You won’t want to miss this fun and energetic concert for the whole family. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Matthew Sweet In-Store Performance – Friday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrate Matthew Sweet’s brand new album, Tomorrow Forever with this special, intimate performance. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Music Under the Star: Los Coast & Tameca Jones – Friday, July 21 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.

Community Cinema: The Pursuit of Happyness – Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of The Pursuit of Happyness. 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 21 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 21 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.