Happening All Weekend
Ballet Austin’s Swan Lake- Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. Join us Mother’s Day weekend for the exquisite and iconic classic… Swan Lake. It’s the timeless tale of love and loss on everyone’s “ballet bucket list.” Performing ballets on Mother’s day weekend has become a Ballet Austin tradition, and offers everyone a unique and special way to spend Mother’s day. The Opening Night in Black & White takes place Friday May 8, from 6-11 p.m. Pick a color and show your true nature at the official kick-off to Ballet Austin’s production of the world’s most famous ballet, Swan Lake. Dress in black, or white-or both-and help us celebrate the end of our magical 2014/15 Season! Come early, stay late and get your groove on, as Ballet Austin lights up the Long Center with a live DJ and luscious illuminations on the Terrace, a massive red carpet entry, specialty cocktails and black-and-white theming reminiscent of the iconic swans Odette and Odile.
The Taming of the Shrew- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8 p.m. Presented by The City of Austin in coordination with Austin Shakespeare. FREE Admission! Showing Thursdays through Sundays at 8pm through May 24th. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive.
Cenicienta at ZACH Theatre- Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday at 2 and 4:30 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.
West Austin Studio Tour - Saturday and Sunday. The fourth annual WEST, also known as the West Austin Studio Tour, is happening over the next two weekends, and there is so much good stuff to see, do and attend — most of it kid-friendly and all of it FREE. WEST offers you and your budding artist a chance to explore working artists’ creative spaces, processes and techniques in a hands-on, or at least up-close-and-personal, way. Plan your own self-guided tour of artists’ galleries.
Pollyana Theatre’s The Big Bolt- Saturday, May 9 at 2 and 4 p.m., Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. This production is written and designed specifically to appeal to the developmental and educational needs of very young children ages 3 – 7. The play explores the concept of cause and effect as well as basic pre-math concepts through the story of a little girl named Jimmi. Jimmi discovers what can happen when a seemingly unimportant but very big bolt is taken out of its intended place. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
Ashes, Ashes at Scottish Rite Theater- Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Nini lives in a steampunk world without sun, blue sky, trees or grass. All that was vibrant has been exploited and destroyed leaving behind a blanket of ashes and darkness. In her quest to save the world, Nini journeys into a mysterious underworld of coal mining shafts and caverns where living walls may hold the secret to life. On her adventure, she must summon all of her courage to meet the challenges that lie in front of her, to defeat the darkness and bring light and love back to the world above. Tickets: $12 adult, $8 kids. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Friday Night Storytime (Round Rock)- 7 p.m. Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple and Melissa Sweet and Counting Crows by Kathi Appelt and Rob Dunlavey. FREE! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, Round Rock.
Movies in the Park: Big Hero 6 (Leander) – 7:30 p.m. Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. FREE! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.
Friday Night Family Movie at Ski Shores Cafe- Dusk. Family-friendly movies and free s’mores for the kids! FREE! Ski Shores Cafe, 2905 Pearce Road, Austin.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Dia de los Madres (Round Rock)- 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., The event features a performance by The Biscuit Brothers, Hopewell Middle School mariachi group, the Isaac Sisters and Round Rock Ballet Folklorico. Other activities include: arts and crafts for kids, a chance to take pictures with mom, and free carnations for mothers. The event promises to be full of music and fun for the entire family! FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main Street, Round Rock.
Touch-a-Truck- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Touch-A-Truck is a family friendly event that hosts a wide variety of vehicles for kids of all ages to play on while learning about the automobiles and how they help serve their communities. This year’s Touch-A-Truck will feature — in addition to the vehicles — live music, plenty of food trucks, and a Kid Zone complete with a petting zoo, face painting, barrel-train rides and much more. Touch-A-Truck is a fun way for families to bond as their children explore vehicles they have seen in movies, books, or just driving down the street. But more than that, the event raises funds for essential programs within Austin Children’s Services. Cost: $5 per person. $20 for VIP. Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th Street.
Family Day at Harry Ransom Center- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Visit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart. Participate in writing activities with teaching artists from Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program or engage with Lewis Carroll-inspired math activities with local math literacy organization Math Happens. University of Texas at Austin museum theater students lead visitors through the galleries. Additional activities include docent-led exhibition tours and story times in the theater. Family days are generously supported by a grant from the Austin Community Foundation, with in-kind support provided by Terra Toys. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 West 21st Street
Lakeshore Learning Craft for Kids- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids ages 3 and up can make a Garden Blooms Photo Frame… the perfect gift for mom! FREE! Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Mother’s Day Austin Flea- 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Join us for our second Mother’s Day Flea. Buy a bottle of wine from the shop, then sip and stroll your way thru over 20 vendors’ works. The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for Mother’s Day or any occasion including jewelry, glasswork, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! Entrance to the event is FREE and open to all ages! Handmade. Vintage. Local. East End Wines, 1209 Rosewood Avenue.
28th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off- 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Come celebrate a day of wordplay at the O. Henry Museum. Minor Mishap Marching Band as the live musical act at 11 a.m. Competition runs from noon to 6 p.m. There will be food trucks, a used-book sale, and lots of mind-boggling wit. FREE!O. Henry Museum, 409 East 5th Street.
Maifest- 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Join the German Free School for a family friendly festival celebrating spring with The Don Harms Marionette show (Shows at 1 & 3 pm), Face-painting, Raffles, Kid’s Costume Contests & Parades, Balloons & Games. Children are encouraged to wear a costume & bring their favorite stuffed animal or toy. Children will meet resident house puppets, Merlin & Olgan, who will interview their stuffed companion & give out prizes. Accordion & Vocals by Shirley Johnson, Maypole dances & much more. Serving German Food & Beer including: Frank-Purveyors of Artisan Sausage, Pfeifer’s Bakery, Hofbräu Lager & Maibock, Stiegl Radler & Rieseling wine. Admission: $7 per adult at the gate. Kids 12 & under free. German Free School, 507 East 10th Street.
Whole Foods Kids Club- Noon to 4 p.m. Surprise Mom with a picture for Mother’s Day! Fun for the kids with no clean up and a gift for mom to boot! FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave.
Saturday Night Concert Series- 7-9 p.m., Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with live music, FREE kids activities and great shopping! Sit back, relax, and enjoy this FREE event every Saturday night! Bring your family, friends, and a blanket to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show. Browse the vendors, order to-go food & have it delivered to your spot on the grassy lawn, and enjoy free kids activities like face painting or balloon twisters! Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Afternoon High Tea at Cafe Ruckus- 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. The special tradition of taking afternoon tea continues in the heart of downtown Austin. Tea time happens every Sunday afternoon when Cafe Ruckus transforms into a Victorian tea room. Step back in time as you sip bottomless cups of loose leaf tea, nibble on delicate finger sandwiches and indulge in decadent desserts presented on a three-tiered server. Whether it is a special occasion or simply special time with friends, it will be an afternoon to remember. Cost: Adults, $30; Kids, $17.
Flying Theater Machine: Three Wishes- 2 p.m., Three Wishes uses suggestions from audience members to inspire the story of a group of kids who happen upon a playfully mischievous genie. Will they get what they’ve always wished for or will they discover they had what they wanted all along? Please join us for Three Wishes and see what happens when our wildest dreams come true! In these fully improvised stories, we’ll find many opportunities for the children in the audience (and sometimes their adults!) to participate and guide the story and even play on stage! And really, what more could you wish for? Cost: $5. Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Avenue.
Blanton Museum of Art Drop-in Public Tour, Special Themed Tour: Mother’s Day- 3-4 p.m., This is special-themed tour celebrating Mother’s Day. A designed tour to celebrate motherhood (and grandmotherhood), care-giving, children and family, and more. Free with museum admission.
Music Under the Star- 4-7:30 p.m. Bring your family, a picnic dinner, and a blanket or chairs to the Bullock Texas State History Museum every Sunday in May to enjoy free music concerts presented by the American Federation of Musicians. All concerts are free, family-friendly and highlight local musical talent. Each concert starts at 4 p.m. in the museum rotunda with performances outside in the Lone Star Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. Come claim your spot on the plaza starting at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s day with a FREE concert of strong female musicians. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue.
Mother’s Day at the Capitol- 7-8 p.m.What better way to close out a great day with Mom than by taking her to a free concert at the Texas State Capitol in her honor? The band will perform well-known tunes, including marches and musical numbers, that you and your Mom are sure to enjoy! Get there early to select the best seating… this concert gets more popular every year. Texas State Capitol South Steps, 1100 Congress Avenue.
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