Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It may prove to be another rainy one, so make sure to double check for cancellations on any outdoor activities before heading out. In case there’s too much wet weather to play outside, check out our list of Indoor Play Places in Austin
Happening All Weekend:
Close Assault: 1944- Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day with this stirring look back at World War II. Close Assault 1944 honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans by focusing on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during World War II. The free program, now in its eighth year, features members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American GI in the European Theater of the Second World War, as well as those of his German opponent. In addition, the two-day event will provide guests the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations of the most famous U.S. and German small arms of World War II, as well as see everything from tents and radio equipment to GI baseball gloves and mess kits and operational vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps. FREE! Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th Street.
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.
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.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Live Music at Central Market North- 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the patio from the Bellfuries. FREE! Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.
Friday Night Storytime- 7 p.m., Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon and Charlie Plays Ball by Ree Drummond and Diane deGroat. FREE! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, Round Rock.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Freedom Fest (Round Rock)- The 46th Annual Fiesta Amistad “Freedom Fest” invites visitors to partake in the delicious food, games, arts and crafts, and a variety of entertainment for the entire family. Some of the area’s most dynamic musicians will be performing throughout the day! Headliners include Little Joe y La Familia, Stampede, Dale Watson, The Carson Alexander Band, Son de Rey, Whitestone, Ballet Folklorico, and the Texas K.G.B. New this year is a 5K Race and Obstacle Event starting at 8am. Veteran’s Recognition will begin at 11:00am. Admission is FREE until 3PM. Then, the follwing prices apply: $15.00 adult (18+), $10.00 (Veterans (with military ID) and young adults 15 to 18), Children 14 and under accompanied by an adult are free. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.
Austin Bakes for Nepal- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Austin Bakes is a group of bloggers, foodies, and local businesses based in Austin, Texas, who are raising money for relief efforts in Nepal following the devastating earthquake that occurred on April 25, 2015. A city-wide bake sale will occur on Saturday, May 23, with the option to donate online for those who are unable to attend. 100% of all funds raised from the sale and online giving will be donated to the AmeriCares relief efforts in Nepal. For more information about the sale, please visit: AustinBakes.com.
Cenicienta at ZACH Theatre- Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 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.
Craft Time for Kids: Memorial Day Flag- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Bring the kids to get crafty. The crafts change weekly and usually are themed for particular holidays or seasons. FREE!! Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Batty for BookKids Storytime- 11:30 a.m. We love nothing more than going to see the bats fly out from underneath the Congress Bridge at dusk. So we’ve decided to have a storytime devoted to our winged, bug eating, nocturnal friends. We’ll read Bats at the Library along with other batty tales just for fun. Plus, we’ll be making our very own bat wings! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Saturday Night Concert Series: Two Tons of Steel- 7 p.m., 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! Arrive early to ensure you get a free SWAG bag filled with fun items and discounts from the Hill Country Galleria merchants & sponsors! Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater., 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Mr Will at Cherrywood Coffeehouse- 10-11:30 a.m. Kids and adults can enjoy FREE music with “Mr.Will” Dupry while eating brunch! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1401 East 38th 1/2 Street.
Robotics Class (RSVP)- 2 – 3:30 p.m., The American Robotics Academy of Austin will be at the library for an intro robotics class for kids ages 8-12. Registration required. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.
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. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue.
Memorial Day– Monday, May 25, 2015
Free Admission to the LBJ Library – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy FREE admission on Memorial Day! The LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin.
Veterans Park Grand Opening and Veterans Monument Dedication (Round Rock)- noon to 2 p.m., Hotdogs and refreshments will be served starting at noon with the Veterans Monument Ceremony and Park Grand Opening to follow at 1pm. The dedication will honor past and present Veterans throughout Central Texas. FREE and open to the public. Veterans Park, 611 Pecan Drive, Round Rock.