Free things to do in Austin the week of Jan. 5-11
H-E-B Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum. Beat back the early January boredom by exploring all three floors of the Bullock Museum on a day of free admission. In addition, the Bullock will have three hours of special activities for families. From 12 to 3 p.m., you can sing and dance along to some stylish beats with Groundwork Music Project, among other activities. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
“The Bachelor” Premiere Watch Party. Catch the new season of “The Bachelor” at Irene’s weekly watch parties. Starting at 6 p.m. every Monday, you can snag a table and enjoy some rose-worthy specials and free tastings from the locally based Ethyl Ambrosia. These are vegan Jell-O-like shots. Irene’s also will offer rose-decorated cupcakes each week. 6 to 10 p.m. Monday. 506 West Ave. facebook.com/events/1225497794311909/
Jack Allen’s Kitchen 10th Anniversary Party. The Jack Allen’s Kitchen crew is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first location in Oak Hill. Held on the patio, the party will include happy hour drink specials, complimentary bites and a raffle. A live performance from Duane & the Hipsters will start at 6 p.m. to keep guests dancing all night long. 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. 7720 W. Texas 71. facebook.com/events/456670755033133/
“Drawing Tense” at Lora Reynolds Gallery. For this exhibition of new work by Lucas Simões — the artist's second presentation — angular or curved shapes have been cut into blackened steel plates, essentially turning them into elaborate paperclips that pinch, pull and compress his trademark stacks of tracing paper. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Feb. 1. 360 Nueces St. lorareynolds.com.
Novel Night with Marc Grossberg and Glen Larum at Malvern Books. Malvern’s first Novel Night of the year kicks off with readings by Grossberg and Larum. Grossberg focuses on his book “The Best People,” a legal drama and social satire set in Houston after Enron and before the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Larum introduce his modern western “Waltz Against the Sky.” 7 p.m. Thursday. 613 W. 29th St. malvernbooks.com
Saturday, Jan. 11
Second Saturdays at the Contemporary Austin. Squeeze, squish, swirl: Knead different colors together to concoct your own vibrant clay, then mold it into a new kind of creature during this workshop inspired by Cameron Jamie’s towering totem, hidden on the lower grounds of Laguna Gloria. Reservations are requested for family art-making workshops. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 11. 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org
Live Oak + Real Ale Poinsettia Release Party. Celebrate the release of a collaboration effort from two of Austin's oldest craft breweries, both of which happen to love lagers. Brewed at Real Ale, Poinsettia is a historic lager with deep roots in Mexican and Southwest American culture. 3 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11. Whip In, 1950 S. Interstate. 35. facebook.com/events/455433331832806/