Happening All Weekend:
Zilker Summer Musical: Oklahoma! – Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16 at 8:30 p.m. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, this high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful backdrop for Oklahoma!, one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most cherished collaborations. FREE! The City of Austin charges $5.00 per car for parking in Zilker Park. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Fall Great Outdoors Days (Buda)- Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Fall Great Outdoor Days is the kick-off to the Fall Hunting, Fishing and Camping Season with FREE educational seminars and outdoor activities for the whole family. Event highlights include: Catch and Release Fishing Pond, Cabela’s BB Gun Shooting Range, Cabela’s Archery Youth Shoot, and a Clay Throwing Range. We will also have various educational free seminars all weekend long inside the store and interactive displays from local conservation groups. FREE! Cabela’s, 15570 S IH-35, Buda.
Austin Craft Riot- Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Presenting the wares of some of the best local artisans in Austin, in addition to a number of fun activities to keep the whole family entertained, you’re not going to want to miss this signature event! Austin Gelato and Taco Baby food trucks will be outside and there will be a cash bar inside. On stage, Crafty Girl will be running an advanced DIY craft and there will be a video game area. On the ground floor, joining the 70 talented vendors, Wonderlab will be helping older kids with their own fun DIY, and the Austin Craft Riot volunteers will have crafts suitable for the little ones. There will also be fun games for kids to play, including a scavenger hunt (there will be free prizes!). Cost: $2 per person, kids get in FREE! Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces Street,Austin.
AttackonCon – Friday, August 15 from 6-10:00 p.m. A mini anime and manga convention to celebrate all things Attack on Titan. Activities include: Attack on Titan anime viewing (TV-MA); Attack on Titan manga book discussion; costume contest; Titan make-up station; Attack on Titan Junior High skits; Titan photo booth; buttons, crafts, and more. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.
Shark Week Skating Party- Friday, August 15, from 6:30- 9:30 p.m. We’ll have a costume contest (sharks, pirates, mermaids, sailors, and more are welcome), on-ice games, and an oceanful of prizes, plus enough food to fill a Great White! Grab a “bite” and fill up on goodies from the Spice Girls Kitchen, and you’ll need a bigger boat to get outta here! Plus, things will really get scary when we turn out the lights at 8:00! Admission and skate rental $10/age 5-up; $5/age 5-under. Chaparral Ice Center, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin.
Music on the Square Summer Concerts (Georgetown) – Friday, August 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This summer, enjoy live music on the Courthouse Square each Friday night. Pick up dinner at a downtown restaurant or bring your own picnic (no glass please). This week, Escape Band plays classic rock. FREE! Courthouse Square, Georgetown.
Teen Night at El Salido Pool- Friday, August 15, from 8:15- 10:00 p.m. Join Anderson Mill’s lifeguards and aquatic staff for an evening designed for teens only. Create memorable summer fun with AMLD this summer. El Salido Pool will feature music, food, games and a fun pool-side atmosphere to be yourself while hanging out with good friends. Water volleyball, raft races and the like will be held as well as other various contests. Cost: $5. Ages: 12-17. El Salido Pool, 11500 El Salido Pkwy., Austin.
Movie at the Lake (Kyle)- Friday, August 15, 30 minutes after sunset. The City of Kyle Parks and Recreation Department has a movie screen that is 20′ wide by 12’6″ tall and measures 282″ diagonally! This week’s movie: The Lego Movie. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. FREE! Lake Kyle, 700 Lehman Rd., Kyle.
AISD Back to School Bash- Saturday, August 16, from 9:00 a.m.-noon. Learn more about the services and programs that can help students enjoy a safe and successful school year. More than 130 community and district organizations will offer exhibits for AISD families. Austin ISD is also providing free shuttles at locations throughout the city. Presentations on safety and educational best practices will help prepare both students and parents for the first day of school and beyond. Nurses from Dell Children’s/AISD Health Services will provide free vaccinations and Kids Vision for Life Central Texas may be providing free vision exams and eyeglasses. Students will also receive a free backpack filled with school supplies appropriate for their particular grade level. FREE! Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin.
BookKids Storytime- Saturday, August 16 at 11:30 a.m. Huzzah! Today is the first ever national holiday for the BookPeople nation. To kick off our festivities, we are going to be inducting our youngest citizens into our community of readers with a bookish pledge, tokens of honor, special snacks, and — most importantly — a BookPeople puppet show to honor some of our favorite picture books! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
Kidgits Back to School Event- Saturday, August 16, from Noon- 2:00 p.m. Not quite ready to get back to school? Come along on a final summer vacation “Around the World”. Members begin the adventure when you check in at the tourist table and receive your “Passport” to an around the world mall adventure. Get your passport stamped at each country you visit, enjoying cultural activities along the way. Once your passport is filled, get a spin on the wheel for a neat Back-to-School surprise! Cost: $5 annual membership fee. Lakeline Mall, Dillards Women’s Court, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park.
Summer Saturdays at French Legation Museum- Saturday, August 16, tour times are 1:15, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Take a guided tour of the house and then enjoy a 19th century field day! Play Game of Graces, try your hand at Hoops, and challenge your family to a sack race. Cost: $5 per person, 5 and under free. French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.
TRACE Ice Cream Social benefiting SafePlace – Saturday, August 16, 3:00 -5:00 p.m. Sample frozen favorites crafted by Pastry Chef Angel Begaye, including treats like chocolate toffee ice cream sandwiches, peach swirl sorbet push-up pops, and even fido ice cream for your four-legged friends! Guests are encouraged to bring school supply donations for SafePlace‘s back-to-school drive. This is a family and dog-friendly event. FREE! Trace, 200 Lavaca Street, Austin.
6th Annual Back to School Parade – Sunday, August 17, from 1:00- 7:00 p.m. The festival will take place Bartholomew Park and the parade will happen from 3-6pm. Vendors will be onsite and backpacks will be distributed to those who receive a wristband between 1 and 2:30pm at the Park. Donations of backpacks and school supplies are accepted at KT’s Deli and local Capital One bank branches. After the parade, a family-friendly concert will take place featuring gospel rap and Christian bands. FREE! Bartholomew Park, 5201 Berkman Drive, Austin.
Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park – Sunday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. This week, you can enjoy the Woodwinds ensemble. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE parking will be available at One Texas Center, located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st Street. Paid parking will be available at the Palmer Garage for $7. Hartman Concert Park (directions), Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.