Things to Do in Austin: Saturday, July 26, to Friday, August 1
There are a lot of reasons to move your feet this week: you’re caught up in a tune during a classic rock opera, you just learned a new step on National Dance Day, or you’ve simply got a grape that needs a good stomping at the Harvest Festival. Elsewhere, you’ll find a free party for kids and a ritual gathering of food trucks. Just don’t forget: you can always check Groupon for more great things to do in Austin.
Zilker | Wednesday–Sunday through August 24
This glowing neon take on the world’s most famous rock opera may not be subtle, but who wants to see a subtle rock opera? Don’t miss the free pinball courtesy of Pinballz Arcade, available before and after the show and during intermission. (ZACH Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd.; $25–$80; buy tickets here)
Downtown | Saturday, July 26
Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School hosts the local celebration of National Dance Day, created by So You Think You Can Dance producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe to promote healthy lifestyles. Try Zumba or ballet in the morning, then stick around to learn special SYTYCD- and Michael Jackson–themed routines later in the day. (501 W. 3rd St.; $10 per class or $28 for the whole day)
Jollyville | Sunday, July 27, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
This drop-in daycare center has only been open a few months, so it’s using free events like this one to get parents in the door. Kids can ride an 18-foot water slide and eat free Kona Ice treats before settling down for a Rio 2 screening. (13343 N. Hwy. 183; free)
Bouldin Creek | Last Tuesday of the month through October 28, 5 p.m.
Each month, food trucks gather around the illuminated columns of the Long Center to dish out dinner and desserts. This week’s lineup includes the Korean-Mexican fusion of Chi’Lantro and smoked brisket from Nutter Buster BBQ & Comfort, not to mention live music by Horse Opera. (701 W. Riverside Dr.; free to enter)
Bryan | Friday, August 1, 7 p.m.
The Messina Hof Winery begins its annual Harvest Festival with an event that’s equal parts farming and feasting. Start by learning the basics of grape picking, then head to the fields to bring in a haul you’ll have the pleasure of stomping yourself. Afterward, the Vintage House Restaurant will serve a buffet of treberwurst sausage and seared salmon. (4545 Old Reliance Rd., Bryan; $85 plus tax and gratuity; buy tickets here)
Image credits: Kirk Tuck courtesy of ZACH Theatre; Wikimedia Commons