What’s Up? Weekly: May 23-27, 2016

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

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, May 23 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to create abstract art in the style of Kandinsky. You’ll construct art made of Jell-O, sponge paint Concentric Circles, and create art with chemical reactions. Miss Ariel will lead a sing-along at 10:30 a.m. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 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.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Monday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Crafternoon – Monday, May 23 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Damien Jurado In-Store Performance – Monday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the release of the American indie rock singer/songwriter’s new album Visions of Us On The Land. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Monday, May 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Tuesday

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, May 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Things That Go Storytime – Tuesday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m. Who can resist the allure of a brand-new tractor sparkling in the morning sun or an endless string of shiny train cars stretching as far as the eye can see? If you’re nodding in agreement, then you’ll want to come read I Stink!, along with other stories about all the different kinds of miraculous machines that rumble and rattle and go. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, May 24 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Family Flicks – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Tuesday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m. Bring your blankets and pillows and the library will provide the popcorn. Rated PG-13. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Whataburger Oh Whata Night – Tuesday, May 24 from 5-8:00 p.m. Show your support for the McCallum High School band by enjoying your favorite menu items and 20 percent of Whataburger’s sales will be donated to the band. There will also be giveaways, activities, and a “Whataburger for a Year” drawing, where one customer’s name will be drawn to win the prize – a free Whataburger each week for an entire year. To add to the fun, the first 100 attendees will receive a Whataburger prize. Whataburger – North Lamar, 6205 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m. A storytime for night owls of all ages. Get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and enjoy the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Bliss Kid Yoga Storytime – Wednesday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. Join Bliss Kid Yoga on a magical storytime adventure. Reach for the stars, swim in the sea, fly with a bird, climb up a tree. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, May 25 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! Board Games – Wednesday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m. Elementary aged kids are invited to play a variety of board games with their friends. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

The Wine Down – Wednesday, May 25 from 5-8:00 p.m. Crú Wine Bar will be on-site providing food samples. Music by Migrant Kids + Daniel Eyes & The Vibes. Check out a pop-up shop from Rae Cosmetics and merchandise giveaways from retailers around the 2nd Street neighborhood. FREE! 3TEN Austin City Limits Live, 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd, Ste 1A, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, May 25 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, May 25 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, The Night Owls and Emily Bell perform. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Music on Main Street (Round Rock) – Wednesday, May 25 from 6-8:00 p.m. Colin Huntley Band performs. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. Food vendors will be on site. FREE! Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Design and Technology Workshop for High School Students (RSVP) – Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Students in 8th-12th grade will have the opportunity to learn the basics of design thinking, which is a core competency for any career in the technology industry. There will also be a talk on technology jobs and careers in Austin, plus participants can meet the team behind Austin Spark League and learn more about their startup-style summer program. FREE with RSVP. Fibercove, 1700 S Lamar Blvd #338, Austin.

Library Live: Christina Carter – Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. Christina Carter plays avant garde psychedelic-inspired music and has developed her own vein of art-as-music with voice, guitar (both electric and acoustic) and piano. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock) – Wednesday, May 25 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 Tacoma Rainiers. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Blues on the Green – Wednesday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m. KGSR’s Blues on the Green returns to Zilker Park with FREE, live music. Take your blankets or lawn chairs and join in the fun. This week, it’s an Antone’s celebration featuring Mike Flanigin’s The Drifter, Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughan, Charlie Sexton, and The Peterson Brothers. Zilker Park (east end where Lou Neff Road wraps around), 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, May 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Sign Language Story Time – Thursday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy kids’ tales told in American Sign Language and spoken in English. Learn some basic signs while enjoying classic songs and stories. All ages welcome. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, May 26 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a Cool Jazz concert by the Rich Harney TrioFREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, May 26 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Lego Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Minecraft Club – Thursday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m. Bring your own laptop, tablet, or mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded for two hours of Minecraft free play. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Mobile River’s 1st Birthday Party – Thursday, May 26 from 4-7:00 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, water conservation games, and tours of the Mobile River and the Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education. Family friendly and FREE! Redbud Center, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin. Update: this event is canceled due to weather.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, May 26 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz and Rock by Boogaloo. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, May 26 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz and Groove by Longoria Jazz Project. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Jai Malano – Thursday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m. Join KGSR every Thursday for 24 consecutive weeks at the iconic Shady Grove for one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. All ages welcome. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park: Macbeth – Thursday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m. This is 32nd year of FREE Shakespeare in Zilker Park, returning with a military-themed version of Shakespeare’s supernatural story of ambition gone awry. Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics. Admission is FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Friday

Downtown Street Fair – Friday, May 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join the Downtown Austin Alliance every Friday through June 3 for a festival including food vendors, retailers, entertainers, artists, and more. FREE! 9th and Congress, Austin.

Art After Six – Friday, May 27 from 6-8:00 p.m. Stop by The People’s Gallery at City Hall for extended gallery hours and talks by artists from the 2016 exhibition. Artist talks begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Boards & Commissions room. The gallery will be open for self-guided tours of artworks on display on the first three floors. Pick up a gallery guide on the first floor. Featured artists: Cindy Debold, Kat Kohl, Scott Rolfe. FREE! Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, May 27 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Vocal Jazz by Sarah Arenella. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, May 27 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Cajun music by the Gulf Coast Playboys. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park: Macbeth – Friday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m. This is 32nd year of FREE Shakespeare in Zilker Park, returning with a military-themed version of Shakespeare’s supernatural story of ambition gone awry. Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics. Admission is FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Star Party (Cedar Park) – Friday, May 27 from 8-10:00 p.m. Star gaze on a state-of-the art computer guided telescope. View through the telescope, take telescope assisted photos with your smartphone, and learn major stars and constellation positions along with the planets and moons. Learn how to read a star map, and much more. FREE! Weather permitting. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Dr, Cedar Park.

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

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