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Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting Austin events featured on our Free Fun Calendar!

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Monday

Tech Playground – 5 to 10 Years (Pflugerville)
Monday, July 22 | from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Spend the evening indoors working on a different project every week.  Everyone gets his or her own craft. Supplies are limited. Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program start time. For families with children 5 and up.

Thank You, Austin
Monday, July 22 | from 4 to 9 p.m. | Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
The City of Austin welcomed Army Futures Command with open arms, and to thank y’all for your Texas-sized hospitality, we’d like to invite you to Thank You, Austin!

Family Craft Night (Pflugerville)
Monday, July 22 | from 6 to 6:45 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville

Spend the evening indoors working on a different project every week.  Everyone gets his or her own craft. Supplies are limited.  Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program start time. For families with children 5 and up.

Tuesday

Summer Kids Series at Austin Humane SocietyHumane Hero Hour
Tuesday, July 23 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane
Keeping our animals happy and healthy, has never been more fun! The kids will get crafty as they work on making toys that will actually be used by our animals at the shelter! These toys help keep the dogs and cats active and engaged while they wait to find their forever home. Once they make them, they’ll get to see the toys in action. You’ll meet some furry friends along the way. Plus, we’ve got some surprises in store! This session is recommended for children 8 and younger.

Summer Kids Series at Austin Humane SocietyTail Talks
Tuesday, July 23 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane
Why is our cat doing that? How do we get our dog to sit? What baby animals live in Texas? If your child has ever asked any questions along these lines – Tail Talks is for you! Join the fun as we dig a little deeper into the world of dogs, cats and shelter life at the Austin Humane Society. These interactive sessions are best suited for 8-12 year olds and will include special guests each week highlighting topics like Why’s My Cat Doing that: Cat Behavior 101, That’s a Good Pup: Doggy Training Tips, and more!

Rob Duquette Music Show
Tuesday, July 23 | at 2 and 3:30 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville
Everyone is welcome to attend.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Rob Duquette incorporates world musical genres and infuses important lessons about kindness, empathy and environmental responsibility.  He’s got a few songs that are just plain silly too…..  Rob sings his original music accompanying himself on guitar, ukelele, and percussion from around the globe. Space is limited.  Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program starts. This show repeats at 3:30 pm. 

Summer Sunset Series
Tuesday, July 23| from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Join for Summer Sunset Series 2019, presented by Topo Chico and sponsored by Outdoor Voices, in Republic Square. An hour vinyasa flow led by a Wanderlust Yoga Austin instructor and accompanied by a live musician or DJ. We hope to build a connection through the activation of yoga, music and community. This free event will be open to the public and catered to all levels of yoga experience. Every Tuesday this summer.

Wednesday

Playgroup for All Abilities (Ages 0-3)
Wednesday, July 24 | from 9:30 to 11 a.m. | Easter Seals Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr. Suite 120
Bring your little ones to play with us this summer at one of our free Play Group for All Abilities! This play group is designed for children ages 0-3, and we welcome children who have special needs. Plenty of age appropriate toys and activities will be offered. See you there!

Mommy N Me Storytime Gymnastics
Wednesday, July 24 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Astrokids, 13450 N HWY 183 Ste. 106
FREE Mommy N Me Story Time & Gymnastics at AstroKids Gym. Story time, bubbles, music, instruments, puppets and more!

Thursday

Christmas in July Party
Thursday, July 25 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | Terra Toys, 2438 Anderson Ln.
Sit on Santa’s lap! Enjoy COLD AC!! Christmas Music! Instant Snow! Free Hot Cocoa! and much more!!! Parties of 5 or more must call 512-445-4489 to RSVP.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 25 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Movies in the Park – Road to El Dorado
Thursday, July 25 | at 8:45 p.m. | Dick Nichols District Park, 5833 Westminster Dr.
Beat the heat with Austin Parks Foundation at Dick Nichols park for a special Movies in the Park. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the animated adventure-musical film, The Road to El Dorado,  under the stars on Thursday, July 25 at 8:45 p.m. Come hungry, because Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs, Rosarito Atx, and The Mighty Cone food trucks will be on site.

Friday

Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, July 26 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown

Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.

Little Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, July 26 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd

Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

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Another wonderful weekend is here, and there are so many great things to do in and around Austin. Here are the top 10 FREE Austin events happening this weekend.

  1. Make a Toy Workshop
    Friday, July 19 | from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Easter Seals of Central Texas
    , 8505 Cross Park Dr. Suite 120
    Parents of children ages 0-5. Join for a FREE hands-on toy-making workshop! Learn how to make toys out of everyday household materials that are easy and cheap for you and fun and beneficial for your children! LEAVE WITH A READY-TO-PLAY TOY! Childcare is available at no cost. Please register for you and your child at Eventbrite.com and search “Make a Toy” or email parenting@eastersealstx.org.
  2. Lego Lab
    Friday, July 19 | from 2 to 3:30 p.m. | University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.

    With Legos, 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!
  3. Gus Garcia Rec Presents Movie Under the Stars: Zootopia
    Friday, July 19 | from 8:30 to 10 p.m. | Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Ln.

    Join Gus Garcia Recreation Center as we host our annual summer Movie Underneath the Stars. Bring your blanket and chairs, and sit back and relax for a night of movies outside. Free popcorn will be available for everyone in attendance. This summers movie will be Disney’s Zootopia. Arrangements will be made to show the movie with Spanish subtitles. For more information please call Gus Garcia Recreation Center 512-978-2525.
  4. Zombie Apocalypse Hike (Lockhart)
    Saturday, July 20 | from 9 to 10:30 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart

    Have you ever wondered about your ability to survive in the wild?  Test your survival skills, knowledge, and luck in this fun and family friendly program! This 1.5-hour program consists of games, activities, and 3/4-mile hike. Meet your survival expert at the Creekview Trailhead. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).
  5. SOLA Summer Series: Community Workout
    Saturday, July 20 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Little Zilker
    , 2016 Bluebonnet Ln.
    SOLA loves our community and we are proud to be THE gym in the ’04 since 2013. Join the coaches of SOLA for a weekly FREE, FUN COMMUNITY workout Saturday’s at 10 a.m. starting July 6. Meet your neighbors. Grow your community. Change your life.
  6. Packed Pup Party
    Saturday, July 20 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Healthy Pet
    , 211 Walter Seaholm Dr.
    Take your doggie on a date to Healthy Pet for FREE Pet Portraits, customized bandanas, goodie bags, giveaways, and more. We will be meeting outside of Healthy Pet in the Seaholm district to kick-off the party. The first 20 people to arrive will receive FREE DOG WASH coupons provided by Healthy Pet. Don’t forget to treat yourself, too! There will be a Packed Party Pop-Up where you can find products that make every day a party — all designed and created here in Austin. Party Cat will also be on site customizing bandanas for your pet to wear!
  7. Scentsational Science
    Saturday, July 20 | from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. 5th St.
    Twin Oaks Branch Library invites adults & children of all ages to Scentsational Science. Join us as we explore the wonders of chemisty, and experiment with hands on materials to make cool concoctions such as fizzy bath bombs, bubbling face masks, mosaic soap sculptures, ex-foliating face scrubs, & healing lip balms. All ages welcome.
  8. Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow: Summer Kids Festival
    Saturday, July 20 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

    Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow is a celebration of children with entrepreneurial ambitions! We believe kids can be bosses too. We host festivals throughout the Austin area for kids to market and sell their products or services. Come and support our young entrepreneurs ages 3-18 years old, doing what they do best. This is your chance to explore the creations of these young entrepreneurs by visiting their booths set up in the Central Plaza lawn. Enjoy face painting, balloon artist, a trackless train ride, GIANT bubbles, dance it out with our 11 year old DJ and music producer, DJSHAYNEA, listen to our inspiring guest entrepreneur speakers. Don’t miss the fun, where kids run the show for the day.
  9. Cars and Coffee Austin
    Sunday, July 21 | from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. | University Hills Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
    Central Texas’ biggest gathering of auto enthusiasts has found a new home at Circuit of The Americas! CARS & COFFEE AUSTIN is taking over Lot A for a monthly pop-up car show for the entire family. A portion of July’s proceeds will be donated to FunNation to assist their ongoing mission to positively impact students and members of the community by encouraging education, service and raising health awareness that promotes physical and mental well-being. Admission to cars and coffee is FREE.
  10. The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
    Sunday, July 21 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside
    Kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. In its 17th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from June 2nd through August 25th at 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.
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Tuesday, July 16 through Monday, July 22

Summer Bluegrass Series
Tuesday, July 16 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Sour Duck Market, 1814 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Sour Duck Market has launched an ongoing Bluegrass series this summer with The Central Texas Bluegrass Association on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.! Sour Duck Market will welcome duos and trios, and all types of Bluegrass music (progressive, weird, and beyond). There is no cover and this series is family friendly!

Summer Slasher Series at the Secret Bar
Wednesday through Saturday, July 17 through 20 | from 4:30 to 11 p.m. | W Austin, 200 Lavaca St.
Swing by W Austin’s transformed Secret Bar in July for a throwback nod to all of your favorite screen screams from the 80s and 90s. Survive the fear with a killer cocktail and signature bites. You’ll be sure to have flashbacks of summer vacay and those cringe worthy ghost stories.

Date Night at the DAC: Soiree
Wednesday, July 17 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Pull up a chair, take your place at the table, and become a living part of Maura Schaffer’s latest installation, Ensoul (which means to endow with a soul). Turn your dining table into a piece of art with an array of fabrics and materials and share a meal with the artist. You will begin as strangers and leave as friends. Eventbrite registration is required to attend this event. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/date-night-at-the-dac-soiree-tickets-64375107680

Blues on the Green
Wednesday, July 17 | at 8 p.m. | Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin’s favorite summer tradition is back for it’s 29th season! ACL Radio’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 join us for Austin’s largest FREE concert series! This month’s artist is Ben Kweller.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 18 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Cool Summer Nights 2019: Time
Friday, July 19 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

The second Cool Summer Nights of the season highlights the many ways in which the American experience has been impacted by inventions, technologies and cultural movements in conjunction with the exhibition WW1 America. Forget about standing outside in the heat of the summer! Come inside to the Bullock Museum for three FREE evenings celebrating culture, community and Texas history.

Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, July 19 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown

Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.

Zombie Apocalypse Hike (Lockhart)
Saturday, July 20 | from 9 to 10:30 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart

Have you ever wondered about your ability to survive in the wild?  Test your survival skills, knowledge, and luck in this fun and family friendly program! This 1.5-hour program consists of games, activities, and 3/4-mile hike. Meet your survival expert at the Creekview Trailhead. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

Bumble Summer Series
Sunday, July 21 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | East Austin Hotel, 1108 E. 6th St.

Join Bumble at the East Austin Hotel for an epic Summer Swell Sunday, a Bumble Summer Series POOL PARTY! Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with complimentary ice cream from Halo Top Creamery. Hang out poolside and enjoy signature cocktails, snacks, DJ tunes and a live performance by Mélat. Bring your match or mix and mingle! Free to attend, Must show Bumble profile at the door!

The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, July 21 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside

Kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. In its 17th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from June 2nd through August 25th (except July 7th) 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

Adult Coloring
Monday, July 22 | from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | APL – Luiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
Release your stress while enjoying the calming benefits of coloring books.

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Maker Zone: Watercolor Tiles & Rockets
Monday, July 15 | from 2 to 4 p.m. | Austin Public Library Little Walnut Creek, 835 W. Rundberg Ln.
All ages welcome. Step into the Maker Zone, a two-part makerspace series to include a variety of hands-on makerspace activities. Come one day or both to learn, create, build and explore. The choice is yours! Sharpie Watercolor Tile – Find your inner artist and create a collage or a coaster for your favorite drink at this makerspace event. Each tile turns into a unique piece of artwork that looks shockingly good. A great project for all ages! Shot Rockets – Get ready, aim, and launch in this makerspace event. Create “STEMulating,” high-flying fun with the slingshot rocket. Practice taking long shots & high shots. Recommend for ages 7 and up.

Summer Cinema: Thor Ragnarok
Monday, July 15 | from 3 to 5:30 p.m. | University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
Join for a movie screening. Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. Thor is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela, who happens to be his elder sister.

Tech Playground – 5 to 10 Years (Pflugerville)
Monday, July 15 | from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Spend the evening indoors working on a different project every week.  Everyone gets his or her own craft. Supplies are limited. Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program start time. For families with children 5 and up.

Family Craft Night (Pflugerville)
Monday, July 15 | from 6 to 6:45 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville

Spend the evening indoors working on a different project every week.  Everyone gets his or her own craft. Supplies are limited.  Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program start time. For families with children 5 and up.

Tuesday

Summer Kids Series at Austin Humane Society
Tuesday, July 16 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane
Central Texas is brimming with wildlife. Who better to help your kids explore than our friends at the Austin Wildlife Rescue. We’re teaming up to bring the wild to you! Your young explorers will learn all about baby animals, what to do if you see them, and how they live in the wild. Plus, we’ll have a special guest on hand…Tito the Tortoise! This session is recommended for children 8 and younger.

Scratch Coding Game Workshop
Tuesday, July 16 | from 4 to 5:30 p.m. | University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
Come learn how to design a simple video game using free,  drag-and-drop Scratch programming language.  Make a chase game, clicker game, or pong game. Lets learn and create together! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Summer Bluegrass Series
Tuesday, July 16 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Sour Duck Market, 1814 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Sour Duck Market has launched an ongoing Bluegrass series this summer with The Central Texas Bluegrass Association on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.! Sour Duck Market will welcome duos and trios, and all types of Bluegrass music (progressive, weird, and beyond). There is no cover and this series is family friendly!

Summer Sunset Series
Tuesday, July 16| from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Join for Summer Sunset Series 2019, presented by Topo Chico and sponsored by Outdoor Voices, in Republic Square. An hour vinyasa flow led by a Wanderlust Yoga Austin instructor and accompanied by a live musician or DJ. We hope to build a connection through the activation of yoga, music and community. This free event will be open to the public and catered to all levels of yoga experience. Every Tuesday this summer.

Wednesday

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park
Wednesday, July 17 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Austin Central Library
, 710 W Cesar Chavez St.
If you’re looking for something cool and exciting and FREE to do with you little ones this summer, the Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park has you covered! After hitting the refresh button last season, we will continue to present our summer fun in our brand new exciting location! We will have all the exciting activities and musical guest as before, but in a cool (literally) setting. That’s not all! We will have three encore performances at three different locations: Gustavo “Gus” Garcia Recreation Center, Old Quarry Branch and Milwood Branch Libraries! Come join your Austin Symphony Orchestra and Master of Ceremonies, Bernadette Nason, this summer!

Matt Tardy Juggling Show
Wednesday, July 17| at 2 and 3:30 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville

This high-energy show is filled with world-class juggling, amazing feats of strength and flexibility, and hilarious audience interaction. Great for the entire family! With over 24 years of experience, Matt’s professionalism and remarkable ability to engage an audience is a rare find in Central Texas. Space is limited.  Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program starts. There is a repeat of the one at 3:30 pm. Pick your favorite time.

Blues on the Green
Wednesday, July 17 | at 8 p.m. | Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin’s favorite summer tradition is back for it’s 29th season! ACL Radio’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 join us for Austin’s largest FREE concert series! This month’s artist is Ben Kweller.

Thursday

Summer Kids Series at Austin Humane Society: Outdoor Movie Night Sing
Thursday, July 18| from 7:30 to 10 p.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane
Grab your picnic basket and load up your pack for a family-friendly movie night at the Austin Humane Society. These once a month events will feature an animal-themed movie fit for the entire family. Plus, we’ll have concessions, games, and kid’s activities, too. Movie nights will be held outside on the AHS lawn. The movie will start at sundown. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join the fun! (In the event of rain, the movie will be shown inside the AHS Auditorium).

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 18 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Zilker Summer Musical: The Little Mermaid
Thursday, July 18 | at 8:15 p.m. | Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Dr.

This splashy musical adventure is sure to have audiences singing along with their favorite Disney songs! Based on the animated 1989 film of the same name, and the classic by Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, our show is about a mermaid who dreams of living in the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. The 61st Annual Zilker Summer Musical runs through August 18, Thursday through Sunday evenings.

Friday

Cool Summer Nights 2019: Time
Friday, July 19 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

The second Cool Summer Nights of the season highlights the many ways in which the American experience has been impacted by inventions, technologies and cultural movements in conjunction with the exhibition WW1 America. Forget about standing outside in the heat of the summer! Come inside to the Bullock Museum for three FREE evenings celebrating culture, community and Texas history.

Gus Garcia Rec Presents Movie Under the Stars: Zootopia
Friday, July 19 | from 8:30 to 10 p.m. | Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Ln.

Join Gus Garcia Recreation Center as we host our annual summer Movie Underneath the Stars. Bring your blanket and chairs, and sit back and relax for a night of movies outside. Free popcorn will be available for everyone in attendance. This summers movie will be Disney’s Zootopia. Arrangements will be made to show the movie with Spanish subtitles. For more information please call Gus Garcia Recreation Center 512-978-2525

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Another wonderful weekend is here, and there are so many great things to do in and around Austin. Here are the top 10 FREE Austin events happening this weekend.

  1. Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series (Georgetown)
    Friday, July 13 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown

    Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.
  2. Lights for Liberty
    Friday, July 12 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.

    A Rally/Vigil to end human dentation and family separation of the asylum seekers in our country. Join in solidarity and/ or support the cause by buying a t-shirt. Any donations will be given to the ACLU.
  3. Aquaman Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, July 12 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd

    Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
  4. Keep Austin Playing
    Saturday, July 13 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

    Interactive games and healthy programs for kids! Informational booths relating to health, wellness and play. Highlights include rock climbing walls, inflatable slides, bike obstacle course, human foosball, and more. Open to the public. Family friendly.
  5. Schlotzsky’s Celebrates Transition to Austin Eatery
    Saturday, July 13 | from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Schlotzsky’s Sunset Valley location, 5601 Brodie Ln., Ste. 1700

    Schlotzsky’s will convert each and every restaurant in the Austin area to Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery. The transition marks an exciting evolution of the brand and strikes a balance between satisfying the ever-changing needs of the consumer and its wonderfully weird origins — which started right here in ATX! To celebrate, Schlotzsky’s restaurants across Austin are hosting fun-filled grand re-opening events complete with specials, prizes, and more. All day, Austin residents can enjoy $2.99 small The Original sandwiches — the sandwich that started it all! — and enter to win $100, up to $1,000, by checking into the Schlotzsky’s rewards app. Additionally, there will be FREE sandwich floaties — modeled after our Original sandwich — at the Schlotzsky’s Sunset Valley location (5601 Brodie Ln., Ste. 1700, Sunset Valley, TX) on 7/13, so make sure to come by to snag your free swag.
  6. Family Saturday: Rip. Cut. Sew.
    Saturday, July 13 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St.
    Make a colorful fabric painting using artist Sarah Crowner’s playful techniques, then take a walk down the path to see (and sit on!) the artist’s newest interactive sculptures. Workshop free with reservation. Reserve your spot on-line.
  7. Sing & Shout For Kids (Round Rock)
    Saturday, July 13 | from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Calvary Apostolic Church, 2701 Sam Bass Rd., Round Rock

    Sing & Shout for KIDS! is a faith-based interactive how/program teaching life lessons and good values through action songs, skits with our loveable (and hilarious) characters, and PUPPETS! Kids ranging in age from toddler to pre-teen will fall in love with Jack and Maggie, Harriet,  Gertrude, Rufus Badnasty, Cordelia and the rest of the Sing & Shout squad as they get into all sorts of shenanigans! Adults are sure to have a good time right along with their kiddos! Lots of music and Loads of Laughs with this crazy crew- and you won’t want to miss the blacklight puppet show! You can meet a few of our puppets by clicking the link below. Program length is approximately one hour, followed up with prizes and a cookie and drink or other type of snack. Your kids are sure to ask to come back for the next adventure, which takes place every second Saturday of the month!!   This event is free and open to the public.
  8. Geeky Terrariums
    Saturday, July 13 | from 12 to 2 p.m. | University Hills Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
    Create your own world!  The University Hills Branch Library is offering a workshop for Geeky Terrariums. Use Pop culture figures,  materials and a few plants to build a one-of-a-kind terrarium. Largely a self-contained ecosystem, it will only need a bit of maintenance. Materials and plants will be provided. If you have a large mason jar, a fishbowl, an old coffee pot, or other unique, clear, glass container of your own you’d like to use for your terrarium, bring it along! Bring also any interior decorations that fit your ideas for your unique green world!
  9. Bats: Better Than Batman (Lockhart)
    Saturday, July 13 | from 12 to 2 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
    Learn about the Fantastic Flying Fur-Bearers that call Lockhart home! We admit: Batman’s cool. But compared to the real-life bats that live in Lockhart State Park, he’s a wimp. Can he emit high-frequency sounds and use the echoes to pinpoint the location of food, obstacles, and predators? NO. Can he fly (not just fall dramatically from tall buildings) using the flaps of skin stretched between his elongated fingers? NO. He doesn’t even eat tons of mosquitoes and other insects every year. Our bats make all that look easy. To learn more about them, join a Park Ranger at the Lockhart State Park Headquarters at 8 p.m. We’ll talk about all the REAL superpowers that bats have, then we’ll go for a hike down to the creek to look and listen for our local bats and other wildlife. Please remember to wear close-toed shoes and bring flashlights and water.
  10. The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
    Sunday, July 14 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside
    Kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. In its 17th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from June 2nd through August 25th at 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.
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Needing a day or night out without the kids? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the best FREE date ideas in Austin this week.

Tuesday, July 9 through Monday, July 15

Summer Slasher Series at the Secret Bar
Wednesday through Saturday, July 10 through 13 | from 4:30 to 11 p.m. | W Austin, 200 Lavaca St.
Swing by W Austin’s transformed Secret Bar in July for a throwback nod to all of your favorite screen screams from the 80s and 90s. Survive the fear with a killer cocktail and signature bites. You’ll be sure to have flashbacks of summer vacay and those cringe worthy ghost stories.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 11 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Adult Story Hour
Thursday, July 11 | from 7 to 8:30 p.m. | APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St

Adults only — Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered. Listen to and share stories about life, fantasy, or yourself. Enjoy a new theme each time!  The theme can be interpreted however you wish. Get your free ticket here to sign up to speak; spectators do not need tickets. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adult-story-hour-murphys-law-tickets-63005934446?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. ASL Interpreter at Event.

July Wine Walk at Hill Country Galleria
Thursday, July 11 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd

The Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk is held the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5-9pm. Guests can shop a variety of retailers at the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. Walkers and wine enthusiasts will start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map of the Wine Walk, and the map will also serve as a ticket for each wine walk stop. The walk is organized so that the last stop is a restaurant for attendees to then hang out and end the night with dinner. This event is open to everyone, so join friends, family, groups or a date for a fun way to spend Thursday evening.

Inter/Sected And A River Across the East and West Exhibit Reception
Friday, July 12 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.

Photo-based artists get the spotlight at this exhibit reception featuring Austin culture creator Ben Aqua (Instagram: @b3naqua) and San Francisco artistic duo Messrs. Su. Learn from Ben about the process of capturing the essence of identity in portraits. Meet the father-son team Hsuan-Te and Pin-Chih whose intergenerational collaboration generates intriguing images. Light refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.

Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, July 12 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown

Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.

Aquaman Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, July 12 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd

Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Geocaching 101 Class
Saturday, July 13 | from 1 to 2:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd, Lockhart

Join us for a high-tech treasure hunt! Geocaches (hidden treasure containers) can be found all over your neighborhood and the world, including Lockhart State Park! GPS units or smart phone apps are used to find these treasures. Join us to learn the basics of this fun sport and embark on a practice treasure hunt! GPS units will be provided. All ages welcome. Prepare: Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring a bottle of water. Bring your smart phone or GPS unit, if you have one. Feel free to download a Geocaching app to your smart phone prior to the program. Registration not required. Meet: Meet at the park picnic area. When you enter the park, drive past the pool and take a right-hand turn into the playground area parking lot. Fees: Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, July 14 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside

Kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. In its 17th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from June 2nd through August 25th (except July 7th) 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

Adult Coloring
Monday, July 15 | from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | APL – Luiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
Release your stress while enjoying the calming benefits of coloring books.

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

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Mayfield Park and Preserve is a beautiful park located near the heart of the city. Situated on 21 acres, the park is a former estate that was gifted to the city in 1971 and is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

The park itself includes a historic cottage, two acres of gardens, water lilies, and brilliant peacocks who roam the grounds, while the neighboring preserve includes a wildlife habitat and walking trails.

Mayfield Park Information

Address: 3505 W 35th St, Austin TX 78703
Admission: Free
Hours: Open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Parking: Small parking lot
Pets: Not allowed
Restrooms: None inside; portable restrooms are available

One of the major attractions of Mayfield Park is that beautiful peacocks freely roam the grounds. The birds are amazing to look at and are truly a spectacle to enjoy so close to downtown. Tip: Parents of little ones might want to note that peacock cries can be quite loud and to make sure that their children are aware of that ahead of time.

Trails: The short walking trails in the preserve are well marked and shaded. For easy reference, take a picture of the trail map with your phone before you head out.

Picnic Area: The park offers several picnic tables in a shaded area. There are also benches throughout the park.

Educational Fun: The park offers a great page of educational resources including a suggested tour, a printable plant map, and several nature hunt worksheets. Check out the fun educational resources here.

Mayfield Park and Preserve is beautiful gem tucked away in central Austin. With its acres of shaded walking trails, picnic area, tranquil gardens, and brilliant peacocks roaming the grounds, the park is a peaceful way to spend a few hours right in the heart of the city.

For more information, visit the Mayfield Park website.

A big thanks to Hike It Baby for sharing photos of Mayfield Park. Hike it Baby is a parent group focused on getting families outside together, enjoying nature in a safe and supported way. Join the free Hike It Baby Austin Facebook Group, and get to exploring the great outdoors!

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Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting Austin events featured on our Free Fun Calendar!

Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

Tech Playground – 5 to 10 Years (Pflugerville)
Monday, July 8 | from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Spend the evening indoors working on a different project every week.  Everyone gets his or her own craft. Supplies are limited.  Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program start time. For families with children 5 and up.

Family Craft Night (Pflugerville)
Monday, July 8 | from 6 to 6:45 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville

Spend the evening indoors working on a different project every week.  Everyone gets his or her own craft. Supplies are limited.  Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program start time. For families with children 5 and up.

Tuesday

Chalk Drawing in the Courtyard (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, July 9 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Ages 5 to 12.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Let your imagination loose and create.  Chalk will be provided.  In case of rain, we will have board games in the meeting room. This is a come-and-go event.  Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of the event in order to participate. Refreshments will be available while supplies last. First come first served.

Summer Sunset Series
Tuesday, July 9| from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Join for Summer Sunset Series 2019, presented by Topo Chico and sponsored by Outdoor Voices, in Republic Square. An hour vinyasa flow led by a Wanderlust Yoga Austin instructor and accompanied by a live musician or DJ. We hope to build a connection through the activation of yoga, music and community. This free event will be open to the public and catered to all levels of yoga experience. Every Tuesday this summer.

Wednesday

Play Group for All Abilities (Ages 0-3)
Wednesday, July 10 | from 9:30 to 11 a.m. | Easter Seals Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr. Suite 120

If you’re looking for something cool and exciting and FREE to do with you little ones this summer, the Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park has you covered! After hitting the refresh button last season, we will continue to present our summer fun in our brand new exciting location! We will have all the exciting activities and musical guest as before, but in a cool (literally) setting. That’s not all! We will have three encore performances at three different locations: Gustavo “Gus” Garcia Recreation Center, Old Quarry Branch and Milwood Branch Libraries! Come join your Austin Symphony Orchestra and Master of Ceremonies, Bernadette Nason, this summer!

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park
Wednesday, July 10 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Austin Central Library
, 710 W Cesar Chavez St.
If you’re looking for something cool and exciting and FREE to do with you little ones this summer, the Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park has you covered! After hitting the refresh button last season, we will continue to present our summer fun in our brand new exciting location! We will have all the exciting activities and musical guest as before, but in a cool (literally) setting. That’s not all! We will have three encore performances at three different locations: Gustavo “Gus” Garcia Recreation Center, Old Quarry Branch and Milwood Branch Libraries! Come join your Austin Symphony Orchestra and Master of Ceremonies, Bernadette Nason, this summer!

Kids Club (5-8 Years Old)
Wednesday, July 10| from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville

Children 5 to 8  will enjoy a series of fun workshops this summer. This program is recommended for children 5 to 8 years old with a parent/caregiver. Materials are provided while supplies last.

Thursday

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 11 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Movies in the Park: Space Jam
Thursday, July 11| from 8:45 to 10 p.m. | Martin Middle School, 1621 Nash Hernandez Senior Rd.

Movies in the Park is headed to Martin Middle School Fields with a special showing of Space Jam on Thursday, July 11 at 8:45 p.m! Join the Austin Parks Foundation for a free screening of the live-action/animated family film featuring your favorite Looney Tunes Characters. Austinites are encouraged to arrive early with their blanket or lawn chairs for a fun evening under the stars. Mmmpanadas, Garbo’s Lobster Truck ATX, Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs, and The Mighty Cone food trucks will be on site

Friday

Inter/Sected And A River Across the East and West Exhibit Reception
Friday, July 12 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.

Photo-based artists get the spotlight at this exhibit reception featuring Austin culture creator Ben Aqua (Instagram: @b3naqua) and San Francisco artistic duo Messrs. Su. Learn from Ben about the process of capturing the essence of identity in portraits. Meet the father-son team Hsuan-Te and Pin-Chih whose intergenerational collaboration generates intriguing images. Light refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.

Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, July 12 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown

Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.

Aquaman Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, July 12 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd

Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

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Another wonderful weekend is here, and there are so many great things to do in and around Austin. Here are the top 10 FREE Austin events happening this weekend.

  1. Lego Lab
    Friday, July 5 | from 12 to 1:30 p.m. | APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.

    With Legos, 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! Program length can vary, please call branch for details.
  2. Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
    Friday, July 5 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown

    Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.
  3. Vista Brewing Presents Driftwood Nights (Driftwood)
    Friday, July 5 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Vista Brewing, 13551 FM 150, Driftwood

    Vista Brewing Presents: “Driftwood Nights” Friday Night Songwriter Series. Free Show. Rain or Shine. Benefitting Health Alliance for Austin Musicians – HAAM. 10% of draft beer sales during each show will be donated to HAAM. July 5 show features Little Mazarn.
  4. Dumbo Free Outdoor Screening
    Friday, July 5 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd

    Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
  5. 2019 Formula Sun Grand Prix
    Saturday, July 6 | from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Circuit of the Americas
    , 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
    You’re invited to watch the 2019 Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) at Circuit of The Americas! Formula Sun is an annual solar-powered electric car race. In the race, teams from colleges and universities throughout North America design, build, test, and race solar-powered vehicles on-track in three days of “raycing”. The team with the most total laps driven wins. Come out to the FSGP Public Day, and cheer on the teams on their third and final day of raycing! If you arrive as early as 8 a.m., you can see the teams in their charging configuration. During charging, the body of the car with the solar array is pointed towards the sun revealing the chassis underneath. This can also be a great time to meet and greet with the teams as they prepare for the final day of the race. On-track action begins at 9 a.m. The event will be held in the Paddock area of Circuit of The Americas. Parking and entry are free.
  6. SOLA Summer Series – Community Workout
    Saturday, July 6 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Little Zilker, 2016 Bluebonnet Ln.

    We love our community and we are proud to be THE gym in the ’04 since 2013. Join the coaches of SOLA for a weekly FREE, FUN COMMUNITY workout Saturday’s at 10am starting July 6th. Meet your neighbors. Grow your community. Change your life.
  7. Saturday Morning Kids Concert Series
    Saturday, July 6 | from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. | The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Rd.

    Head out EVERY SATURDAY MORNING for Kid’s Morning Music Concert in the Hive’s beautiful backyard with some delicious coffee, brunch menu (RWB’s Chow Bus) and $3 Mimosas! Let the kids get run around and get the wiggles out. They open at 9 and music starts at 10! This week’s tunes provided by Strawbitty Yops.
  8. Women’s World Cup Viewing Party
    Sunday, July 7 | at 10 a.m. | Native Hostel

    Native Hostel has been showing all Women’s World Cup, Copa America, and Gold Cup games. Be there this Sunday when USA competes in the final! Kids are welcome. Drink and food specials available.
  9. First Sundays Yappy Hour
    Sunday, July 7 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | South Congress Hotel, 1603 South Congress Ave.
    There’s no better way to start your day with a (s)bark than on South Congress at First Sunday Yappy Hours! Starting in April, local brands Grocery Pup and Wondercide are cohosting Yappy Hours at South Congress Hotel every first Sunday, through October. Enjoy Juice Society samples, live music by DJ Cassandra and a variety of fun pop ups from other local pup brands while your furry friend chows down on fresh Grocery Pup and is pampered with swag. See you and your pack there!
  10. H-E-B Free First Sunday
    Sunday, July 7 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

    Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state.
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Needing a day or night out without the kids? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the best FREE date ideas in Austin this week.

Tuesday, July 2 through Monday, July 8

The Trivia Factory at Fareground
Tuesday, July 2 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Fareground and One Eleven, 111 Congress Ave.
The Trivia Factory brings the nation’s best live hosted trivia night to Fareground! Join us for Trivia Night! The weekly event is free to play and there will be gift cards for our top teams at the end of the night. Gather your smartest friends and come down. There will be food available from Fareground partners, including TVL, Dai Due Taqueria, Henbit, Italic and Ni-Komé.

Introduction to Genealogy
Wednesday, July 3 | from 7 to 8:45 p.m. | University Hills Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
Are you curious about your family’s story but don’t know where to start? Then join us at the University Hills Library for a presentation by Cynthia Evans, Coordinator of the Carver Genealogy Center, on the basics of genealogical research. We invite you to stay for a workshop, where you will have an opportunity to search for your own family history. Our staff will guide you as you search U.S. Census records, vital records, and other resources. All ages welcome.

St. Elmo and Soursop July 4th Hot Doggin’ Party
Thursday, July 4| from 12 to 6 p.m. | St. Elmo Brewing Co.
, 440 St. Elmo Rd.
Try the new release of St Elmo’s collaboration with Fairweather Cider Co, Hot Doggin’. The cider/beer hybrid Double IPA will help wash down all the Soursop Chili Dogs made with St Elmo Beef.  Do your best Joey Chestnut impression with a Hot Dog Eating Contest. Family and pet friendly.

Ain’t Wastin Time – A Tribute to The Allman Brothers
Thursday, July 4| from 4 to 6 p.m. | Oskar Blues Brewery

FREE SHOW! Come celebrate 4th of July with Ain’t Wastin Time-A Tribute to The Allman Brothers. Music is from 4 to 6 p.m. Kid friendly and pet friendly out on the patio.

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
Thursday, July 4| from 4 to 9:30 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

The Austin and Bee Cave communities are invited to celebrate America’s freedom at Hill Country Galleria’s annual Independence Day Festival. The event includes fair rides and games for the whole family, live music by Austin’sSchool of Rock, Eve & The Exiles, The Derailers, KP & The Boom Boom and Vallejo, face painting and more for the kids, an art fair with 75 arts, crafts, and visual artisan vendor booths, barbecue, festival food, and a spectacular fireworks show to end the evening. Guests are also welcome to dine in or order from the Galleria’s restaurant and food options, and are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy live music beginning at 4 p.m. on the Central Plaza lawn. Kids can also cool off and enjoy the splash pad, adjacent to the Central Plaza lawn. The event is produced in partnership with Special Events Live, the group behind Austin’s beloved Pecan Street Festival. Pets are welcome, and admission and parking are free.

Domo Alley-Gato Ban Ban Eating Contest
Thursday, July 4| from 6 to 9 p.m. | Domo Alley-Gato, 1600 E. 6th St.

Do you have what it takes to reign Top Cat in our Inaugural Ban Ban Dog Eating Contest?! Join the conquest for the grand title every hour on the hour this Thursday, July 4th. The one who devours their Ban Ban Dogs in the fastest time receives their photo forever enshrined upon the wall of Domo Alley-Gato, a gift card valid at all Tatsu-Ya shops, plus a trophy that proves you are indeed the supreme Top Cat of the Ban Ban Dog Eating Contest. Your only obstacles are 5 Ban Ban Dogs, 5 pickles, and the clock. Not ready to commit to the challenge yet? Stop by Domo Alley-Gato for a Fourth of July party you won’t soon forget and cheer on our contenders while they duke (and dunk) it out for that Top Cat title! 

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 4 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, July 5 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown

Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.

Glowed Up: United We Stan
Saturday, July 6 | at 10 p.m. | Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River St.

It’s been a whole year of Glowed Up, and United we Stan.
We’re lighting this summer up with a post-Independence Day mini-ball celebrating us, the vision of true Americana. Categories in: Runway, Vogue, All-American Realness, Cowboy, Beach Bum. Trophies in every category.

H-E-B Free First Sunday
Sunday, July 7 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state.

Adult Coloring
Monday, July 8 | from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | APL – Luiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
Release your stress while enjoying the calming benefits of coloring books.

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

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