The Weekenders: August 8-10, 2014

Happening All Weekend:

The Sound of Music- Friday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m. The Sound of Music is the 12th annual summer teen musical by the Christian Choral Society of Austin (CCSA).   Kathy Blair directs the 36 member cast and David Martin conducts a 21 piece professional orchestra . Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, and range in price from $9-$15. Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Seussical the Musical Jr.- Friday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 9 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Whoville is in trouble and there is only one elephant for the job, Horton! But Horton has problems of his own. From helping Mayzie la Bird hatch an egg to escaping the Circus McGurkus, this Broadway musical blends many of Dr. Seuss’s most well-loved stories in a jam-packed Seusstastic adventure. Tickets: $10. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin.

Austin Summer Musical for Children: The Wizard of Oz – Saturday, August 9 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Austin Summer Musical for Children presents the live musical theater version of the motion picture The Wizard of Oz. FREE tickets for the play are available at the door 45 minutes before the showtime. Appropriate for all ages. Boyd Vance Theatre, Carver Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

MamaCents Children’s Consignment Sale – Friday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Clothing, gear, furniture, maternity, books and educational supplies, and an amazing boutique area. Why shop retail when you can get the same things for 50-90% less? Admission is FREE! Frank Fickett Center, 12500 N IH 35, Austin.

Zilker Summer Musical: Oklahoma! – Friday, August 8, Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10 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.


Music in the Park (Pflugerville) – Friday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. Cienfuegos performs a diverse array of Latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as Son, Bolero, Guajira, and Cha-Cha. The energetic sounds of exciting salsa will have you up off your feet, dancing to their original compositions and traditional Latin standards. Food will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Pfamily, pfriends, and pfurry pets welcome. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and cash for food — or enjoy your own picnic. There’s even a playground on site for the kids. FREE! Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.

Music on the Square Summer Concerts (Georgetown) – Friday, August 8 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, enjoy Not Past 11 Jazz Band. FREE! Courthouse Square, Georgetown.

Planet Music: American Swing – Friday, August 8 at 7 p.m. This month’s Planet Music event will feature live music by Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies and a dance lesson by Samantha Garfield and Alex Gaw. Beginner dance lesson followed by live music, swing dance demos, and more. FREE and family friendly. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movies at the Pool: Free Willy – Friday, August 8 at 8 p.m. Bring your whole family to lie out on blankets under the night sky. Food trucks available from 6-8 p.m. Pool entry is free starting at 8 p.m. (if you arrive early, you will have to pay to enter the pool). Free Willy begins at dusk. Rated PG. FREE and open to everyone. El Salido Pool, 11500 El Salido Parkway, Austin.

Classic Cartoon Community Cinema: Scooby Doo – Friday, August 8 at 8 p.m. Come be a kid again while enjoying free popcorn, cereal, and cartoons. Be sure to bring blankets, towels, or folding chairs. Seating starts at 8 p.m., showing starts at 8:30 p.m. Concessions are first come, first served, until they run out. FREE! The Fellowship at Scofield Farms, 12424 Scofield Farms Dr, Austin.


24th Annual Lake Travis Flight - Saturday, August 9 at 6 a.m. Arrive early to watch hot air balloons take flight at sunrise.  Check the Central Texas Ballooning Association’s website for estimated launch times. (The balloonists meet at the west end of the dam about 30 minutes before the sun rises, and inflating takes about 15 to 20 minutes.) See a video of this event here.  Mansfield Dam Park, 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Rd., Austin.

Austin Ice Cream Festival- Saturday, August 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Bring yourself, your friends, your family and even your dog to the 8th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival and come scream with us. This event will include lots of games, activities, contests and live entertainment as well as what we all scream for ICE CREAM! Admission: $10 per person, ice cream included. Kids 8 and under are free. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia, Austin.

Art Squared Arts Market- Saturday, August 9, from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Every second Saturday of the month Art Squared holds their monthly Arts Market at the downtown square in San Marcos, Texas. Artists exhibit and sell their local original art such as paintings, jewelry, ceramics and more, while musicians perform during the event. Each month a local non profit organization is featured. FREE! The Square, 150 E. Hopkins Street, San Marcos.

Hands on History- Saturday, August 9, from 10:00 am- 1:00 p.m. Form Follows Function. With the opening of the Form Follows Function: Artisans of Williamson County exhibit at the museum, learn how art can be both beautiful and have purpose.  Children will create their own piece of art that has an everyday use or function in the home. FREE! The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown.

¡SÁBADOS EN FAMILIA!-Saturday, August 9, 10:30 a.m.Leer Y Crear: A Bilingual Family Story Time. What can you do with a paleta? by Carmen Tafolla. FREE! Ages 3+. Then, at 1:00 p.m. Kids ages 5+ and adults can take a one-day workshop where they will learn about monotyping- a type of printmaking where students paint on a smooth surface and then transfer the image onto a sheet of paper using a printing press. To celebrate the summer, participants will create an image of the sun as it is seen in ceramic pieces and paintings all throughout Mexico! Cost: $12. Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin.

Second Saturdays are for Families: Fantastic FilmsSaturday, August 9, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Create clay characters for your own fairy-tale adventure, inspired by Jim Lambie’s fantastical Secret Affair (Gold) sculpture, installed on the grounds of Laguna Gloria. Set your story in motion at our pop-up animation station, hosted by Johnny Villarreal! Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Recommended for ages 2–11. Cost: $10 per family, $5 per member family. AMOA at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th.

Barton Springs Fest- Saturday, August 9, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Enjoy outdoor adventure, snorkeling tours, hikes, and live music on the south hill. There will also be free watermelon, a diving competition, educational speakers and workshops. While the Fest activities are FREE, events that take place within the gates of the pool require that you pay admission to Barton Springs Pool ($1-$4). Also, $5 will be charged to park in Zilker Park, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Barton Springs Pool, Outside Back Gate and South Hill Area, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., Austin.

Flashback Family Night at LBJ Library – Saturday, August 9, from 5 – 11 p.m. Grab a picnic and a lawn chair and come on out to the LBJ Library to enjoy exhibits, live music, and a movie on the lawn: 5 – 7 p.m. – FREE Library admission; tour Sixty from the ’60s exhibit; 7- 8:30 p.m. – Rock to “Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes” on the lawn by the LBJ fountain; 9 p.m. – Sing along with the 1963 classic Bye Bye Birdie. Please, no alcohol or pets. Bring your own blankets and chairs for the movie and music! FREE parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitor parking lot (#38) located at 2313 Red River Street, as well as the parking lots adjacent on either side (lots #37 and 39). The entrance to lot #38 is flanked by Library banners. Overflow parking will be available in nearby garages for a fee of $3 per hour. LBJ Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin.


2014 Texas Football Fan Day – Sunday, August 10 at 9 a.m. UT Athletics invites fans to a 9:30 a.m. open practice at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. This is the first opportunity for fans to get a glimpse of the Longhorns before the season opener vs. North Texas. The stadium opens at 9 a.m.  Practice concludes at approximately noon. Following practice, fans are encouraged to head to the Frank Erwin Center for autographs from players and assistant coaches. For complete details and parking information, visit

Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park – Sunday, August 10 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. This week, you can enjoy music from the Brass 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.

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