7 fun things to do in Austin this weekend: July 9-11


Catch the opening night of Little shop of horrors

After disappearing last year due to the pandemic, Zilker Theater Productions returns with another summer musical for its 62nd season. Little shop of horrors opens Friday evenings at Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave and runs Thursday through Sunday through August 14. Entrance is always free, but advance reservations are required here. Friday, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave

Take part in a mechanical bull riding tournament

The first bowling alley, bar, bistro, arcade and mechanical bull – Bull & Bowl on West Sixth – is having its big opening night on Friday night. Show off your best rodeo skills and win prizes at their Mechanical Bulls Tournament, which is open to the public and will feature four separate rounds. Not a fan of getting kicked out of a bucking bronco? Karaoke, shuffleboard, pool and bowling are all first come, first served when the doors open at 7 p.m. Riders must register to participate in the tournament here before July 8 at 4 p.m. Friday, 501 W. Sixth St., Ste. 200

Play pickleball, drink for free

Outdoor Voices and Recess, a local pickleball paddle brand, is hosting a mini pickleball clinic Saturday in Bouldin Acres and handing out goody bags to the first 50 guests. Pick up gear from Outdoor Voices’ new sports collection at the pop-up store and stay over to listen to live music from Foxi Moxi at 1:00 PM. Dogs are welcome and drinks are free. Space is limited, so guests must RSVP here. Saturday 2027 S. Lamar Blvd.

Breakdance with DJ Mel

Ready to sweat? While Living Room Dance Party creator DJ Mel spins Brownout tunes, instructor Gabriel Mendez will teach breakdance in this virtual fitness class at Parque Zaragoza. Fitness in the Park is an Austin Parks Foundation summer series that features six unique workouts in some of Austin’s most beloved parks, broadcast live to participants at home. Join the course at 10 a.m. on Youtube or watch it anytime after the premiere date. Saturday, virtual event

Be enlightened at the Austin Metaphysical & Holistic Life Expo

From chiropractors to clairvoyants, body-mind-spirit practitioners at Austin’s Metaphysical and Holistic Life Expo want to teach a spiritual approach to life this weekend. Born out of Austin’s “awakening” community over 45 years ago, Spiritual Life Productions hosts this event every season. Experts will help you explore practices such as meditation, tarot, and astrology, and market vendors will offer books, crystals, jewelry, and other unique gifts. Educational lectures throughout the weekend are free with $ 10 entry per day. Get tickets here. Saturday and Sunday, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 365

Celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Happy Heart Dog Rescue

Tito’s helps Happy Heart Dog Rescue celebrate their third birthday with a party at Luster Pearl East. Along with drink specials, professional dog portraits, vendors, and dog pools will make an afternoon of puppy heaven. There will also be a raffle with prizes and many adoptable dogs to take home. Schedule your 15-minute dog portrait session or purchase a wag bag in advance here. Sunday, 114 Linden St.

Listen to live ensemble music in the park

Relaxing on Sunday has never been easier with an ensemble show in the park, especially if you don’t forget to prepare yourself with blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic. All ages and pets are welcome at the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s free Hartman Foundation concerts in the Park Series, located just outside the Long Center. Sunday, 701 W. Riverside Drive


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