What’s Up? Weekly: September 5-9, 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

Happening All Week

TuneBugz! Demo Classes (RSVP) – Tuesday, September 6 – Friday, September 9. Children ages 0-4 and their caregivers are invited to sing, dance, bounce, and play with TuneBugz! View locations, schedule, and reserve your child’s FREE spot here.

Heartsong Music Together Demo Classes (RSVP) – Tuesday, September 6 – Friday, September 9. Parents and caregivers are invited to experience this rich, research-based music and movement program. Connect with your child, meet new friends, and learn fun ways to support your child’s development with music. View class schedule and reserve your FREE spot here. Heartsong Music, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Monday

Free Day of Yoga – All day Monday, September 5. Participating studios across the Austin area will offer FREE classes throughout the day as an opportunity for people of every age and fitness level to try yoga for the first time, experience a new style of yoga, visit a new studio or take a class from a new instructor, share yoga with friends and family, and discover the benefits of yoga. Various times and locations.

Story Time in the Garden: How to Plant Trees and Beanstalks – Monday, September 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Stories are a lovely way to introduce young children to nature and wildlife. Each storytime theme is based on the seasonal happenings found in the garden through the year. After visiting a garden feature and listening to stories, the children will bring the story to life through hands-on activities and a botanical expedition. FREE with Garden admission ($1-$3; kids under 3 are FREE). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Film Family Labor Day – Monday, September 5 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Professionals in the film and entertainment industry of Texas will gather with their families in a celebration of the state’s rich and vibrant film industry. Food and beverages will be provided, but all are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share and enjoy. The public is also invited to attend, meet the Texas film community, and learn about the tools and techniques of film production. Film students are encouraged to attend this event to meet with professionals and businesses who are active and accomplished in film and video production. FREE! Texas State Capitol (southwest grounds), 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.

Labor of Love: a Community-Building Labor Day Event – Monday, September 5 from 3-7:00 p.m. Dozen Street Bar is hosting this opportunity for fun, networking, and community outreach. Families can enjoy a picnic/potluck, kids talent show, games, and face painting. Meet representatives from local organizations, hear spoken word and stump speeches, and register to vote. Make some new friends, sign up to help a good cause, learn a new skill, network, dance, dream big; this is what makes a community. Admission is FREE. Suggested donations of canned goods, school supplies, or cash will be gratefully collected at the door. Dozen Street, 1808 E 12th St, Austin.

Tuesday

Kids Club with Ms. Jodi – Tuesday, September 6 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, September 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Riding Unicorns into Storytime – Tuesday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m. “A long time ago, when the earth was green, there were more kinds of animals than you’ve ever seen,” like UNICORNS! (or so claimed Mr. Shel Silverstein.) Hear a reading of A Unicorn Named Sparkle and other tales of fantastical creatures. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, September 6 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. Come sing, dance, and play. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Chinese Storytime – Tuesday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs will be presented in Mandarin for children of 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Unicorn Princess Storytime – Tuesday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m. Magical storytime with Andrea from A Cat of Impossible Colour. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Sew Happy – Tuesday, September 6 at 5:00 p.m. Each month, participants in this new sewing program will tackle a different small hand-sewn project. From pocket ninjas to embroidered cards to sloths – it will be cuteness overload! You’ll be Sew Happy you joined the fun. All supplies are provided. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Tween and Teen Steam – Tuesday, September 6 at 5:00 p.m. Explore a new science, technology, art, engineering, or math activity each session. Recommended for ages 10 and up. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Family Board Game Night – Tuesday, September 6 at 5:30 p.m. Bring your friends and family for a night of all things board games. Games will be available for a wide variety of ages, from ages 2 through 102. Plenty of classics, but some new games you may not have seen before, including Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and Munchkin. Play the library’s games or bring your own. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

African Safari Program – Tuesday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a trip to Africa through stories, animals, costumes, and music with native African Storyteller Elizabeth Kahura. For ages 0-10. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Family Night: Mindfulness for Families – Tuesday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m. Are your thoughts like butterflies, constantly fluttering through the garden? Our thoughts can be like untrained puppy dogs that keep running off. Learning how to refocus our thoughts takes training. Enjoy some mindfulness exercises followed by making a sweet wool roving butterfly to represents your thoughts. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Awesome Occupations: Biomedical Engineer (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about a different exciting career each month. This month, meet Biomedical Engineer Anum Syed, a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin researching cancer and diagnostic imaging. Ages 10 and up. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.

Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi Speaking & Signing – Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be presenting Tales of the Peculiar, a collection of strange, spectacular short stories. Plus, Tahereh Mafi, author of the Shatter Me series, will be bringing Furthermore, an amazing adventure inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and are available with the purchase of either book. Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Wednesday

A Very Colorful Storytime – Wednesday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m. Austin crayons have had enough. Between sloppy, outside-the-lines coloring, inequitable workloads, and unsatisfactory name awareness (BEIGE!), things have finally gone too far. And now the crayons have QUIT! But wait…there’s more! A whole new set of crayons went missing from Duncan’s box. And now they’ve…come back? This is one storytime you won’t want to miss. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, September 7 at 3:00 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, September 7 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! Austin Reptile Service – Wednesday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m. Meet some live reptiles at this presentation by special guest Austin Reptile Service. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Conspirare In-Store Performance – Wednesday, September 7 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Waller Creek Live – Wednesday, September 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. Do you like music, comedy, and parks? Check out the first Waller Creek Live! Hosted by Roy Lazorwitz and Redd Jefferson of The New Movement theatre, this FREE event is a one-of-a-kind show. Expect laughs, music, special guests, prizes, and a lot of fun. Bring a blanket and enjoy the evening. Palm Park, 711 E 3rd St, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, September 7 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, September 7 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, The Wild Now and MCG 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.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Unicorn Princess Storytime – Thursday, September 8 at 10:30 a.m. Magical storytime with Andrea from A Cat of Impossible Colour. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, September 8 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.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, September 8 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a violin concert by Matthew WeinbergFREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Super Science. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Lego Lab – Thursday, September 8 at 3:30 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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Crafternoon – Thursday, September 8 at 4:00 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk – Thursday, September 8 from 5-9:00 p.m. Get to know the eclectic mix of businesses in the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. This event is open to everyone, so bring your friends, family, groups, or date for a fun way to spend a Thursday evening. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.

Cotton Mather In-Store Performance – Thursday, September 8 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Night Crafters: Ceramic Wind Chimes (17+) – Thursday, September 8 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 – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Science Under the Stars – Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Real Life Pokemon – Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Pokémon Go has encouraged everyone to go outside and catch Pokémon with their phones. Did you know that most Pokémon are based on real animals, many of which you can find right here in Texas? And you can use apps just like Pokémon Go to find them – while helping scientists with their research at the same time. Learn the many ways in which citizen science has helped researchers around the world–and how you can get involved, too. The talk begins at 8:00 p.m. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages. Guided tours of the field lab are available. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. FREE! Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Jonathan Tyler – Thursday, September 8 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.

Friday

Music & Movement – Friday, September 9 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Friday, September 9 at 12:30 p.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. Come sing, dance, and play. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Friday, September 9 at 3:30 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

The Blind Owls In-Store Performance – Friday, September 9 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Shakespeare at the Market: Twelfth Night (RSVP) – Friday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. Present Company, in partnership with Whole Foods Market, presents the third annual Shakespeare at the Market on the rooftop of the downtown Austin Whole Foods Market. Seating begins at 6:30 for a 7:00 p.m. performance. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or short chair, and grab picnic goodies before the show. Promoting the philosophy of “accessible & sustainable art,” Shakespeare at the Market is a FREE event, however a $20 donation is suggested for guests able to support. Reserve your tickets here. Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Music in the Park (Pflugerville) – Friday, September 9 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends, and neighbors for a FREE evening of music, entertainment, and relaxation. This week’s performers are Glen Collins & The Alibis. Food and drinks available for purchase. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.

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

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