What’s Up? Weekly: May 30 – June 3, 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


Free Admission to the LBJ Presidential Library – Monday, May 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To ensure President Johnson’s wish that the Library be available to all, the LBJ Presidential Library offers FREE admission on Memorial Day. LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin.

The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.

Memorial Day Ceremony (Georgetown) – Monday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. The program begins with a massing of colors involving color guards from Georgetown High School, Georgetown Fire Department, and Williamson County EMS. The ceremony also includes singing of the national anthem, presentation of wreaths at both Memorial Walls, and sounding of taps. The guest speaker is Texas Governor Greg Abbott and music will be provided by the 36th Infantry Division Band of the Texas Army National Guard. FREE! Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2 Texas Dr, Georgetown.

Memorial Day Service at Texas State Cemetery – Monday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. The festivities will begin with The Austin Symphonic MicroBand playing patriotic music. The ceremony itself will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will honor two American Revolutionary War veterans who are buried at the Texas State Cemetery. Toward the end of the ceremony, reenactors will fire a memorial salute. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Alanna Cook will be the featured speaker. This service is open to all who wish to attend and takes place in the SW section of the cemetery, known as “Republic Hill.” In case of rain, the service will be in the Gallery of the Museum. FREE! Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota St, Austin.

Free Admission for Veterans – Monday, May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All Veterans (active, inactive or retired personnel) receive FREE admission to the aquarium. Please note: free admission does not apply to family members of veterans. Austin Aquarium, 13530 N Hwy 183 #101, Austin.

Memorial Day at the Capitol – Monday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. Artist Ken Pridgeon will present portraits to families of fallen Texans in the Ground Floor Rotunda. At noon, the Pasadena High School Choir will deliver a special patriotic performance in the First Floor Rotunda. FREE! Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.

Spring Family Tour Day (Manor) – Monday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. See the new baby goats, sheep, and llama; take a hayride around the farm; watch a cow milking demo; explore Faeriewood and gardens; and visit with tons of critters. The tour lasts about 90 minutes. Cost: $6 per person ages 3 and up; $3 for 2 year-olds. Children under 2 are FREE! Crowe’s Nest Farm, 10300 Taylor Ln, Manor.


Kids Club with Miss Jodi – Tuesday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and crafts and/or a story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, May 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Bug Out Storytime – Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. This storytime is all about the creepy crawlies that live out in the garden and under the porch–BUGS! It’s true that we don’t always like them in the house, but they make our gardens grow and the world would be a lot worse without them. So in honor of our exoskeletastic friends, enjoy a reading of The Grouchy Ladybug and other tales about these busy springtime critters. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Unicorn Princess Storytime – Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. Special storytime with Andrea from A Cat of Impossible Colour. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 0–5 will love this interactive music class. Music-making brings children and caregivers together in a fun, creative environment and encourages bonding, brain development, and language acquisition. Sing, dance, and play! FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Mindfulness for Families: Know Your Clementine – Tuesday, May 31 at 2:00 p.m. See, touch, smell, hear…how mindful are you when eating? Truly get to know your orange! Join Elizabeth Hoisington as she teaches our families to practice mindfulness through a series of fun exercises for mindful bodies– listening, breathing, and then using all of your senses to mindfully explore a Clementine. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Family RhythmJam – Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. During this group drumming, everyone gets permission to play and make noise to create rhythm, music, and song. A Family RhythmJam™ drum circle helps build self-confidence, self-esteem, expand imagination, and nurture creative thinking. No prior musical experience necessary. Drums and hand percussion will be provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.


Baby Signs Storytime – Wednesday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. Tina Cavanaugh, with the help of BeeBo the Baby Signs Bear, will introduce some ASL signs for colors and share some fun ideas about how to teach your child classification skills using colors. With fun books and songs, you’ll see how signing with your baby can reduce tears and help them share their world with you. All ages welcome. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Tiny Tails to You Storytime – Wednesday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. Meet a menagerie of small and miniature animals from this traveling petting zoo. Get some one-on-one time with these adorable little critters while hearing stories and animal facts. For ages 3 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, June 1 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! Birds of Prey – Wednesday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m. Witness a magical animal demo including an owl, falcon, and a snake by The Urban Interface. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, June 1 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, June 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Amanda Cevallos and Julian Acosta 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, June 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. Jimmy and the Mustangs play Rock-N-Roll. 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.


Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

French Legation Museum Children’s Storytime – Thursday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m. Gather on the French Legation Museum grounds for Children’s Story Time–an exciting 30 minutes of reading and play. Feel free to bring snacks, blankets, and your imagination. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St, Austin.

Cantos y Cuentos – Thursday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. Listen, sing, and move with Bilingual Storyteller and Songwriter Sue Young. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Unicorn Princess Storytime – Thursday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. Special storytime with Andrea from A Cat of Impossible Colour. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Thursday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 0–5 will love this interactive music class. Music-making brings children and caregivers together in a fun, creative environment and encourages bonding, brain development, and language acquisition. Sing, dance, and play. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, June 2 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a flute and clarinet concert by Adah Jones & Vanguel Tangarov. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Thursday Matinee: The Avengers – Thursday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m. Rated PG-13. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Crafty Kids. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Unplugged at the Grove: Carson McHone – Thursday, June 2 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.


APL Bike Crawl – East Side – Friday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m. Bike crawl route will include stops at Terrazas, Carver, Willie Mae Kirk, Cepeda and Ruiz. For a map of the APL branches, click here. Enjoy snacks and drinks, including breakfast tacos, at Terrazas Branch, the starting location and a small party beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Ruiz Branch, the end location, including tables with local bike organizations. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Downtown Street Fair – Friday, June 3 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.

Lego Lab – Friday, June 3 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

in.gredients June First Friday Block Party – Friday, June 3 from 6-9:00 p.m. Join in.gredients for another evening of fun with friends and neighbors at their First Friday Block Party benefitting Workers Defense Project. Get a massage from Devon of One Love Healing Center at the chair massage station, grab a Lone Pint Brewery pitcher or pint while chatting with folks from the brewery, and more. FREE! In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

Music On the Square (Georgetown) – Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. The “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” will be the stage for FREE weekly Friday night concerts featuring regional musicians from June through August. Bring chairs or a blanket and beverages to enjoy the series kick-off with music from the Georgetown Pipes and Drums. Georgetown Square.

Ballet Under the Stars – Friday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m. The beautiful setting of the park will become the backdrop of Les Sylphides, a ballet blanc. Blanc, translated “white,” refers to the wearing of long, white tutus and became a characteristic of Romantic ballets. When explored from different perspectives, the word takes on new meanings. For some it is the absence of something or a fresh start and for others it is a barrier or limit at its most intense. Discover what blanc means to you. Arrive early and share picnics with friends and family under the beautiful evening sky. The dancers will begin warming up an hour before the show and this provides a wonderful opportunity to see the preparations they make to create art with their bodies. Concessions will be available for purchase. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Star Party (Cedar Park) – Friday, June 3 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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