The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, July 11-13, 2014

Happening All Weekend:

Zilker Summer Musical – Oklahoma! – Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13 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. Zilker Summer Musical productions are FREE and open to the public. Bring $5 for parking in Zilker Park. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Pollyana Theatre’s Peter and the Piper Saturday, July 12 at 2:00 (pay what you like performance) and 4:00pm; Sunday, July 13 at 2:00 followed by pay what you like party. This production is best suited for children ages 5 and up. Filled with a modern-day meets fantasy feel to this theatrical world, Peter and the Piper breathes new life into a tale many of us grew up with.  The play picks up the classic Pied Piper story at the moment when the Piper realizes he is not going to be paid for ridding Hamlin of their epic rat problem.  Determined to make good on every word in the contract, The Piper plans to lure away Hamlin’s children.  But Peter doesn’t like the Piper’s music and is suspicious of this adult’s motives. When no one will listen to his concerns, Peter begins to worry about how his friends all think he is “lame”.  When he discovers the one rat left behind from the Piper’s first visit to Hamlin, Peter discovers the plan necessary to save the day.  Tickets are $7.75 for children under 12, $8.75 for students over 12-18, Seniors over 65 & Austin Creative Alliance members, $9.75 for adults. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.


Music Under the Star – Friday, July 11, from 6 – 9 p.m. Bring your camp chairs and blankets (no coolers, please) and dance the evening away. This FREE concert series features a fantastic line-up of Texas musicians who will play from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Bullock Museum’s Lone Star Plaza. On Friday, the Bullock celebrates 1968 with music from Roky Erickson and The Shiva’s Headband Experience. Park for FREE in the Museum garage after 6 p.m. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Movie in the Pool: Lilo and Stitch – Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Bring your whole family to swim under the night sky while watching the movie. The movie event is FREE, however, if you enter the gates before the movie time you will have to pay the daily drop in fee. FREE pool admission after 8 p.m. El Salido Pool, 11500 El Salido Parkway, Austin.

Classic Cartoon Community Cinema – Friday, July 11 at 8:30 p.m. Come be a kid again and enjoy FREE cereal and cartoons! Every other Friday night all summer long, The Fellowship at Scofield Farms with be showing classic cartoons and serving FREE popcorn and cereal on the lawn. Be sure to bring blankets, towels or folding chairs and everyone you know. It’s FREE and open to the public! Seating starts at 8:30 p.m., showing starts at around 9 p.m. Concessions are first come, first served, while supplies last. The Fellowship at Scofield Farms, 12424 Scofield Farms Dr, Austin.


Sabados En Familia- Saturday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m.Leer y Crear: A bilingual Storytime: Dear Primo by Duncan Tonatiuh. FREE! Ages 3+. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult.  It is suggested that participants arrive 30 minutes early to secure a parking pass and fill out proper registration forms. Space is limited. Then, at 1:00 p.m., adults and children ages 5+ can participate in a one day workshop to learn about the beautiful seed mural found in the Mexican town of Tepoztlan. Participants will create their own seed painting using colorful seeds of all shapes and sizes! Cost: $12. Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin.

Second Saturdays are for Families– Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Join us between 11A–3P to see family-friendly performances, meet local artists, and make art to take home. Recommended for ages 2–11. Drop in and create! Ice Cube Art: Cool down from the summer heat by painting with ice cubes! Check out a live ice carving demonstration at 12P, then stick around to make your own colorful painting to take home. Cost: General admission, $10; Member families, $5. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street, Austin.
AdvertisementAlliance Française d’Austin Bastille Day Saturday, July 12, from 6-10 p.m. Dance to the beautiful sounds of Christine Albert, along with the Fanfare Skroks, who’ve come all the way from Angers, France to entertain you. Savor delicious sandwiches, pastries, crêpes, fine wine and beers. Activities for the whole family. Tickets: $10 in advance or $12 at the door; children 12 and under free. French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos, Austin.

Planet Music: Pakistani musician Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami – Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, a master of Classical Indian, Ghazal, Geet, Qawwali, Bhajan, Pakistani Folk and Sufi music, has performed for heads of states and on innumerable radio and television appearances. He brings his soulful music to Austin in this FREE concert presented by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Planet Music Series. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: The Borrowers – Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m.  Wells Branch MUD presents Movies in the Park at Katherine Fleischer Park. Admission is FREE. Ice cream will be available for purchase from Cub Scout Pack 140 and Boy Scout Troop 1409 will be selling drinks. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy these family events. Parking is limited so residents are encouraged to walk or ride a bike. The movie will start at twilight (about 9 p.m.). Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr, Austin.

Deep Eddy Movie Night: Monsters University – Saturday, July 12 at 8:45 p.m.  Head to the pool with your floats and favorite beach towel to enjoy a truly unique movie experience with movies beginning at dusk. Sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse. The movie is FREE with pool admission ($1 – $4). For additional information, please call (512) 472-8546.  Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin.


UMLAUF Family Day – Sunday, July 13, from noon – 4 p.m. Family Days offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children, four to ten years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the UMLAUF while engaging in creative activities. Listen to stories, do yoga in the garden, participate in sculpture demos, hear live music and more! FREE admission. 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.

Splash Mob on 6th Street – Sunday, July 13 at 2:30 p.m. Grab your water balloons, squirt guns, and super soakers and get ready for a water battle on 6th Street! Everyone armed with water weapons at 6th and Trinity will get wet. Squirting unsuspecting bystanders is discouraged. This event is FREE to attend. 6th & Trinity, Austin.

Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park – Sunday, July 13 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, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. This week, you can enjoy 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.

Minor Mishap Midsummer Night’s Boat Parade – Sunday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Minor Mishap Marching Band is having a water parade! Join a huge flotilla out in the middle of Lady Bird Lake and enjoy the music! Rowing Dock is renting boats for this event, if you don’t have your own, and the proceeds will benefit the Texas River School, a children’s river safety education organization. A group paddle will depart from Rowing Dock at 8 p.m. The flotilla will converge in the middle of the lake around 8:30 p.m. Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Dr, Austin.

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