Happening All Weekend
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m., For its 7th season, Young Shakespeare, Austin Shakespeare’s teen company, will transform Richard Garriott de Cayeux’s outdoor Curtain Theatre into a magical forest for their production of the romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Featuring auditioned young actors performing Shakespeare’s most beautiful poetry. Tickets: Adult, $17 and youth under 12, $13.50. Richard Garriott de Cayeux’s outdoor Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon Drive.
Juneteenth Rhythm & Ribs Festival (Round Rock) – Friday, June 19 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 20, from 2 p.m. – midnight. On Friday, enjoy a headlining live music performance by DJ Cut Creator. The festivities continue on Saturday with a health fair, moonwalks, clowns, games, food, retail vendors and more! FREE admission and parking. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.
Free Play: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Round Rock) – Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m. Penfold Theatre Company presents a hilarious new stage adaptation The Hound of the Baskervilles. No reservations are necessary, just bring a blanket or low chairs and enjoy the outdoor play. For ages 5 and up. FREE but donations are appreciated. Round Rock Amphitheatre, 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.
Free Play: Henry the Fourth Part 1 - Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m. Shake out your picnic blankets for a night of Shakespeare under the stars. William Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth will be performed with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the rich language of Shakespeare. Performed by a cast of 12 actors, most portraying multiple roles, Henry the Fourth concludes at a brisk two hours. FREE! Check the Facebook page for weather updates. Ramsey Park, 4301 Rosedale Ave, Austin.
Kids’ Shows by The Que Pastas – Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 at 10 a.m. The Que Pastas will perform on Saturday at Strange Brew, Lounge Side (5326 Manchaca Road, Austin) and on Sunday at Cherrywood Coffeehouse (1400 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin). Both shows are FREE!
Friday, June 19, 2015
Gingerfest 2015 – 5-9 p.m. Bird Barbershop marks the opening of its newest shop with a celebration of the redhead. Every ginger who attends – both young and old, natural or colored – will be given a coupon for a free Birds Barbershop haircut at the new shop, and be eligible to enter the “Best Redhead” competition for a chance to win great prizes. Sip complimentary Shiner Ruby Redbird beer and a special-edition GINGERFEST Agua Fresca from The Soup Peddler, while enjoying samples of Amy’s Ice Creams Ruby Red-inspired flavor. Entertainment will be provided by fellow gingers, including beats by DJ Bird Peterson, a workout demo by Erica Nix, opera by Claire Morris and a drag performance by Cupcake. Guests can also pose for free hand-drawn photo strips from the creative Quick Draw Photo Booth’s Ariel the Mermaid. FREE! Birds Barbershop, 13219 N Hwy 183, Austin.
Friday Night Storytime - 7 p.m., Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad by Liz Climo and A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell. FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock.
Music in the Park: Juneteenth Celebration (Pflugerville) – 6:30-9:30 p.m. Celebrate Juneteenth at the summer outdoor concert series kick-off. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and the family and enjoy the music in the shade. FREE! Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.
Friday Night Films at South Shore District: Clueless – 8 p.m. South Shore District, in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse, is excited to announce the 90s-themed Friday Night Films movie series. Food trucks will be on site. Rated PG-13. FREE! Check the Facebook page for weather updates. South Shore District, 1333 Shore District Dr, Austin.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Emancipation Parade and Park Celebration – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of MLK and Comal streets. The route will continue along Chicon and will conclude at Rosewood Park (2300 Rosewood Avenue), where there will be a celebration with entertainment, food and vendors until 8 p.m. FREE!
World Refugee Day – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Commemorate the United Nations’ World Refugee Day at the Bullock Museum with a naturalization ceremony, free samples of world cuisine, live music and performances, and activities for families with kids ages 6 and up. FREE! (Please note that admission to the exhibits is not included.) Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin.
Summer Japanese Festival – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy a special Japanese dance performance by Bon Odori dance with Minyo Group at noon, and a Japanese drum performance by Austin Taiko at 2 p.m. Kids can also play Japanese games, including goldfish scooping (Kingyo sukui), practice Origami, take chopsticks lessons, and more. Japanese food and soft drinks will be available for sale. See the schedule. FREE! John Brooks Williams Science Center at St. Edward’s University, 3001 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Father’s Day Storytime- 11:30 a.m., Here at BookPeople, we think our dads rule, and we bet you do too. So in anticipation of Father’s Day, we are celebrating all the things that make our dads the coolest and most lovable guys around. So this morning we are reading Mighty Dads and other stories all about dads to celebrate our fathers. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Saturday Afternoon Movie: X-Men Days of Future Past – 2 p.m. See a free screening of X-Men Days of Future Past, rated PG-13. The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. FREE! Austin Public Library, University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.
Austin Aztex – 7:30 p.m., Austin’s professional soccer team is playing the Tulsa Roughnecks FC at their new location and will be donating $1 of all ticket sales to flood relief efforts. Ticket: $15-$25 for adults, $10-$20 for children 12 and under along with military and students, children under the age of three are free, and VIP seating is $70 per ticket. Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, 10211 W. Parmer Lane.
Drive-In Movie: Maleficient (Round Rock) – 8:30 p.m., New in Spring 2015 is a series of family-friendly drive-in movies on a 75-foot screen, allowing for 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. 115 E. Bagdad Avenue, Round Rock.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Austin Symphonic Band: Father’s Day in the Park – 7:30-9 p.m. ASB celebrates dads with this annual concert at the Zilker Hillside Theater. Marches, patriotic melodies, and other familiar works are the order of the day – selections that will have Dad’s toe tappin’ (program here). Bring a picnic basket and spread out a blanket under the pecan trees. FREE! Check the Facebook page for weather updates. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” – 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. For Father’s Day, you can enjoy Big Band music (program here). Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE! Check the Facebook page for weather updates. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.
Cool down this weekend with an agua fresca! Check out our list of the best places to find this refreshing drink in the Austin area.
Happy Father’s Day! Read about local Austin dads who share what they really want for Father’s Day here.
Mark your calendars for a Free Family Film at the Bullock Museum next Saturday!