Celebrate art, bubbles and a different kind of circus
Ai Weiwei Public Opening and Family Day. Celebrate with Contemporary Austin the arrival of two new sculptures by internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei — “Iron Tree Trunk,” on display in the Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, and “Forever Bicycles,” a grouping of 1,200 bicycles previously seen in different configurations with different names in New York, Washington, Venice, London and elsewhere, now installed at the mouth of Waller Creek at Lady Bird Lake. The loans of the two works — no end dates have been announced — were arranged by the Contemporary Austin and the Waller Creek Conservancy with help from a $1.1 million grant from the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation. Family-friendly activities at the Waller Creek site are free. 10 a.m.-noon June 3. Waller Creek Delta, 74 Trinity Street near the Boathouse. (Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St., will also offer free admission June 3). thecontemporaryaustin.org
“Circus 1903: The Golden Age of Circus.” You can’t see the Ringling Bros. anymore, but you can see this circus that includes animal puppets instead of animals. 7:30 p.m. June 6-8. $29-$89. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
Bubblepalooza. The Long Center’s annual summer celebration of open play welcomes families to spend time on the City Terrace and expansive lawn enjoying live music, trailer food including snow cones from Kona Ice and waffles from Mykonos Waffles — and, of course, a plethora of bubbles. Live music will be provided by Hey Lolly Band, Biscuit Brothers and the Saddle Sores (the side band of the White Ghost Shivers). There will be face painting, toys from Toy Joy, foam pits, a giant graffiti wall and more. 9 a.m. June 3. Free. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
LuluFest. Ritenuto Foundation Inc., in collaboration with the St. Edward’s University Music Department, is proud to announce its first LuluFest, a women-led band festival that features a broad spectrum of music, from jazz to western swing to Latin and Brazilian. The focus of LuluFest, which includes a series of workshops and concerts, will be women bandleaders, both seasoned and up-and-coming, who have committed their lives to music. Noon to 10 p.m. June 3. $15-$50. St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress Ave. lulu-fest.com.
Umlauf After Dark. The monthly event returns this time as a summer social showcasing the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum as an ideal Austin event space for weddings, family occasions and corporate gatherings. Enjoy beverages and light bites while getting to know the Umlauf in a new light. 5:30-8 p.m. June 6. 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org/umlauf-after-dark.