Happening All Weekend
This weekend is opening weekend for Round Rock Express Baseball. Catch a game on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
An Evening at the Ballet- Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Austin City Ballet and The Austin City Youth Ballet will present An Evening at the Ballet under the direction of Carol Feille D’Avila. An Evening at the Ballet features excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Firebird, and Coppelia. En Avant Dance Company debuts a special contemporary performance featuring vocal accompaniment by Voce Divina. Tickets start at $15. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Drive.
Camp Mabry Open House Muster Day- Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Muster Day traces it’s roots back to when Texas was still a republic. In the early days, on an annual basis, the troops were ‘mustered’ or called to report. Over the years, the mustering of the troops became obsolete. However, the Texas Military Forces Museum as part of the Texas Military Forces yearly Open House at Camp Mabry, holds a Muster Day where re-enactors of all periods from the Texas Revolution through current times can display their historical uniforms, weapons and equipment and show them to the general public. In addition there is a large WWII battle reenactment each day at 2 pm. These battles feature 200 Allied and German soldiers recreating a WWII battle using original equipment, tanks, and weapons from the time period. This includes a fly over by AT-6 Texans as part of the battle. As well as the museum events, there will be displays by the Texas Military Forces, helicopter demos, First Reponders, children’s activites, Vietnam Wall Memorial, and much, much more. The Texas Military Forces Museum, 2200 W. 35th Street.
Esprit at The Long Center- Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 18 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. Following the highly successful Esprit! at the Paramount Theatre, this concert once again brings together some of Austin’s finest artists in collaboration with Tapestry in celebration of world spirit and dance! Expect an unforgettable, unparalleled performance. “All of these companies reflect a strong dance history in Austin, and we’re proud to celebrate together in Esprit,” said Acia Gray, co-founder and Artistic Director of Tapestry Dance Company. Artists include Anu Naimpally, Zein Al-Jundi & The Bint El Balad Bellydance Ensemble, The Irish Dance Company, Love of China, The Lannaya African Drum & Dance Ensemble and Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico! Tickets start at $23. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
Texas Community Music Festival- Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tenth annual Texas Community Music Festival (TCMF) will be held April 17-26, 2015, and will feature Texas’s most diverse lineup of musical performers presented this year. Ranging in size from single performers to ensembles of 70 pieces or more, and running the musical gamut from classical to rock to jazz to world beat and everything in between, TCMF X truly has something for everybody’s musical taste.FREE! Family-friendly. Central Market North Lamar, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Friday Family Films: Despicable Me (Bee Cave)- 4 p.m. Join us at Laura’s Library on the third Fridays of the month to watch family-friendly movies. Gru delights in all things wicked. Surrounded by an army of tireless little yellow minions, and armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen, a potential dad. Rated PG. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.
Shakespeare at the Market- Seating at 6:30 p.m., play begins at 7p.m. Present Company Theatre presents Shakespeare at the Market! That’s right! We are bringing back the much enjoyed event this April & May. Join us on the rooftop plaza every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: April 17th – May 10th. You will be able to enjoy beverages and food items for sale on the plaza, and can always bring up items from the store as well! FREE! Whole Foods North Lamar, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Friday Night Storytime (Round Rock)- 7 p.m. Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi and Brendan Wenzel and If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson. FREE! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Village Road, Round Rock.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Bicycle Rodeo (Pflugerville) – Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Spend a fun-filled Saturday with Pflugerville’s finest! The annual Bike Rodeo is sponsored by the Pflugerville Police Department and offers the following: Bicycle Registration, Safety Instructions, Riding Instructions and 8 different challenges, Police, Fire and EMS demonstrations all day, Child ID’s, Displays by Central Texas Law Enforcement Agencies, Pflugerville Fire onsite with truck. FREE! Pflugerville High School Parking Lot, 1301 W. Pecan Street.
Cenicienta at ZACH Theatre- Saturday, 11 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Easily understood in English and Spanish, this bilingual stage-adaptation of Cinderella tackles culture, familia, and the power of language. This production is in collaboration with Teatro Vivo. Tickets start at $12. ZACH Theatre, Whisenhunt Stage, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.
Round Rock Cultural Fest- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department presents the inaugural Round Rock Cultural Fest. The event is FREE for the entire family! This community-wide festival brings all Round Rock cultural and special needs groups together and creates a landmark event that will be celebrated for generations to come. This event provides an avenue for different cultures to share their traditions through music, dance, activities, food, and crafts. Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad Road, Round Rock.
Craft Time for Kids: Whirly Twirly Windmill- 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Enjoy FREE crafts for kids every Saturday at Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Bengali New Year Festival- 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a FREE festival of traditional Bangladeshi ethnic foods, art, clothing, with live music and dance performances of Bangladeshi and international cultures. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia Street.
Party for the Pollinators- Saturday, April 18, noon – 3 p.m. Learn more about the pollinators that bring us many of the foods we rely upon every day! Sample something in each department that wouldn’t be around without these important contributors to the food supply. Kids are invited to plant pollinator-friendly seeds on our patio! FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive.
Teens Create: Get Lost- Noon – 3 p.m. The Contemporary Austin invites area teens to escape the ordinary and find the extraordinary in an afternoon adventure at the museum’s Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. The afternoon includes illusionary musical performances by Room Nine, special guests, picnics, virtual art submissions, DIY lawn games, black-out poetry, mind-bending portals, and more to help teens take over the museum grounds and “get lost.” Special guests include teens from the Thinkery‘s STEAM Squad-who will present an interactive sound experiment and exploration-Creative Action‘s Color Squad-who will conduct an on-site screen-printing demonstration-and The Austin Youth Council-who will host an interactive response wall. FREE! The Contemporary Museum of Art- Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street.
Austin Earth Day Festival- Noon – 6 p.m. The “Historic Browning Hangar” at Mueller will once again host the festival that highlights Austin’s diversity with cultural drumming and dancing with a large variety of global, traditional styles. There will be a special retro, 1970s style “talk show” speaker’s panel, hands-on demonstrations, about 100 nonprofit exhibitors & corporate vendors, a robust Kid’s Zone, local eats from popular food trailers and more! FREE! Mueller ‘s Historic Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Central Drive.
Earth Day 2015- Noon- 4 p.m. The Sheffield Education Center and The American Chemical Society present: Earth Day 2015. Experience the wonders of chemistry. Explore the nature of carbon dioxide. Experiment with ultra violet light. Use science to create bubbles and slime! Fun for the whole family! The Sheffield Education Center, 2201 Barton Springs Road.
11th Annual Nutty Brown Crawfish Boil- 6 p.m. The 11th Annual Nutty Brown Crawfish Boil w/ music by Charles Thibodeaux & The Austin Cajun Aces. We will have a moonbounce for kids! There is no cover charge for the Crawfish Boil w/ The Austin Cajun Aces. You can purchase crawfish at your table ($11.95 per pound including sausage, corn and potatoes). Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 West.
Drive-In Movie: Big Hero 6 (Round Rock)- 8 p.m. New in Spring 2015 is a series of family-friendly drive-in movies at the former lumber yard at 115 E. Bagdad Avenue, on the third Saturday of the month through August. A 75-foot screen allows optimal viewing. Cost is $5 walk in, $20 per car with a $5 donation to Round Rock Junior Police Academy. Movie snacks are on sale on site.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Staci Gray at Cherrywood Coffee House- 10 a.m. Brunch with the family while the kids enjoy a FREE performance by Staci Gray! Cherrywood Coffee House, 1400 East 38th 1/2 Street.
KUTX Live at Uncle Billy’s on Barton Springs- 2-6 p.m. Every Sunday through May 24th, KUTX is bringing live music to the outdoor patio at Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que. DJ Mixer Rogers will be spinning tunes from 2-4 p.m. and local bands will start their sets at 4 p.m. Come socialize with your favorite KUTX DJs and hear some of the best new music Austin has to offer! These events are FREE and open to all ages. Uncle Billy’s Brewery, 1530 Barton Springs Road.
Sunday Family Crafternoon: The Art of the Letter- 3-6 p.m. From the makers of Slow Family Living and The Austin Tinkering School: It’s the Family Crafternoon! Look at old letters from the early 1900s when the art of the letter was a tool for slow connection near and far. Collage, fold, stamp, draw, write and create your own personalized letters, cards and art-envelopes (artvelopes?) to mail to friends and family across the globe. Fold up s simple origami that makes any piece of paper into its own little package. Then fold up a clever vessel to house all your cards and creations. Make your projects as simple or as intricate as you want to be! For kids and adults alike. Cost: $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family suggested. Fun for all ages! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Austin Tinkering School, 1122 Airport Blvd.
ImprovEd Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew- 4:30 p.m. Shakespeare for Kids by Kids! Love or Dominance? One of Shakespeare’s most hotly contested, yet widely performed, stories is brought to life by our troupe of youth players aged 8-13. Filled with girls dressed as boys, boys dressed as girls and slapstick humor, help us determine if Love or Dominance rules the day! Wondering how to introduce Shakespeare to younger children? Join ImprovEd Shakespeare as we present an hour-long and family-friendly adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays: Taming of the Shrew. Using a mix of modern narration and original Shakespeare verse, we help kids understand the story behind the poetics. FREE! APL- Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.