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

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Opening evening from Small horror shop

After Zilker Theater Productions was absent from the pandemic last year, it is returning with another summer musical for its 62nd season. Small horror shop opens Friday evenings at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave and runs every Thursday through Sunday through August 14th. Entry is always free, but prior reservation is required here. Friday, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Apiary

Take part in a mechanical bull riding tournament

The first bowling alley, bar, bistro, arcade and the first mechanical bull meeting point – Bull & Bowl on West Sixth – are holding their big opening party on Friday evening. Show off your best rodeo skills and win prizes during the mechanical bull tournament, which is open to the public and has four separate rounds. Not a fan of getting tossed by a bucking Bronco? Karaoke, shuffleboard, billiards, and duckpin bowling are all first come, first served when doors open at 7:00 p.m. The drivers must register in order to take part in the tournament here until July 8th 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, are hosting a mini pickleball clinic in Bouldin Acres on Saturday and giving away goodie bags to the first 50 guests. Pick up some pieces of equipment from Outdoor Voices’ new sports collection at the pop-up shop and enjoy live music by Foxi Moxi at 1pm. Dogs are welcome – and drinks are free. Space is limited, so guests need to register here. Saturday, 2027 S. Lamar Blvd.

Breakdance with DJ Mel

Ready to work up a sweat? While DJ Mel, creator of the Living Room Dance Party, plays tunes from Brownout, instructor Gabriel Mendez will be teaching breakdance in this virtual fitness class in Parque Zaragoza. Fitness in the Park is a summer series from the Austin Parks Foundation that features six unique workouts in some of Austin’s most popular parks, streamed live for attendees at home. Join the class at 10 a.m. 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, mind-body-mind practitioners aim to teach a spiritual approach to life at the Metaphysical and Holistic Life Expo in Austin this weekend. Spiritual Life Productions was born from Austin’s “awakening” community over 45 years ago and organizes this event every season. Experts will help you explore practices such as meditation, tarot, and astrology, and market vendors offer books, crystals, jewelry, and other unique gifts. Education-based lectures are free all weekend and admission is $ 10 per day. buy tickets here. Saturday and Sunday, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 365

Celebrate Happy Heart Dog Rescue’s 3rd Anniversary

Titos helps Happy Heart Dog Rescue celebrate their third anniversary with a party at Luster Pearl East. Together with specialty drinks, professional doggie portraits, salespeople and dog pools ensure an afternoon in the puppy paradise. There will also be a raffle with prizes and lots of adoptable dogs to take home. Schedule your 15-minute doggie portrait session or purchase a wagbag in advance here. Sunday, 114 Lindenstr.

Listen to live ensemble music in the park

It’s never been easier to relax with an ensemble performance in the park on Sunday – especially when you remember to be prepared with blankets, lounge chairs, and a picnic dinner. All ages and pets are welcome to 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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