You can catch our top five picks for free weekday fun in Austin every Monday morning on KXAN! Here are some of the exciting events you should put on your calendar this week.
- MLK March, Festival, and Food Drive – Monday, January 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The march will kick off with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. Participants will then march to the south steps of the State Capitol before continuing on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. Everyone is invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. The MLK Community Festival will begin as soon the march arrives on location. It will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever. FREE but marchers are encouraged to bring canned goods or non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Central Texas Food Bank. March: Begins at MLK Statue on UT Campus, East Mall. Festival: Huston-Tillotson University 900 Chicon St, Austin.
- Free Admission to the LBJ Presidential Library – Monday, January 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To ensure President Johnson’s wish for the library to “be available to all,” entrance fees are waived on several days during the year, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. FREE! LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin.
- Astronomy on Tap – Tuesday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. In the first show of 2017, AoTATX27 brings you three exciting talks about planets, life, and the overlap of science and fiction. Prof. Dan Jaffe will talk about the detectability of life on other planets; Dr. Mike Endl will tell us about the discovery of an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to the Sun; Christina Soontornvat will explain how scientists and fiction writers have more in common than they think they do. In addition, there will be Astronomy in the News, trivia, and giveaways. Local artists will have astronomy related art on display and the 5th Dimension Books community book store will be parked outside. Plus, there will be telescopes on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting). All ages welcome. FREE! The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin.
- Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck. Friends from Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will read stories and introduce some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
- Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.
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