We’re getting pretty excited over here about the start of another year of the East Austin Studio Tour! E.A.S.T. celebrates Austin’s creative community with free, self-guided art events happening over two weekends, Nov. 14-15 & 21-22. Art galleries and various spaces all over east Austin will open up their doors to the public where you can find live music, libations, and tons of great art. You’re invited to see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and explore unique exhibition spaces and local businesses. All free!
E.A.S.T. can be fun for the whole family. But with SO many options, we want to help you out by highlighting a few of our top picks. For the full schedule of events, you can browse the catalog (available at branches of the Austin Public Library while they last), or you can view the big line-up online here.
Special Events & Happenings:
— Community Breakfast @ EAST Group Exhibition space (1500 E 4th St)
Saturday, Nov. 14, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Start your 2015 EAST with food, drinks, and enjoy a preview of artwork you can see on the tour. Food and drinks will be provided by El Chilito, White Mountain Foods, Chameleon Cold Brew, Wunderpilz Kombucha, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Free and open to everyone! The Austin Tinkering School will be on site with activities for all ages! Build and race a car down a 60 ft Nerdy Derby track or make electrical circuits on paper. Take home a light up greeting card, make origami animals come to life, or build a three-dimensional pop up sculpture with working lights.
— Piñata Fest 2015 @ Edward Rendon Sr. Park (2101 Jesse E Segovia St)
Saturday, Nov. 14, 12 – 4 p.m.
Visitors to the East Austin Studio Tour will discover a small herd of massive piñata burros grazing in Edward Rendon Sr. Park. These colorful burros will be the hosts of Austin’s first-ever Piñata Fest, where Austinites will find a plethora of piñatas suspended from trees to destroy to their hearts’ content while they relax and picnic on the lakefront in Austin’ East side. The Las Piñatas art installation is designed to memorialize Jumpolin so that Austinites, both new and old, will discover a shared responsibility in shaping the city’s expansion. Just as the breaking of a piñata is a form of celebration, we are telling the tale of our city through the art of creative destruction.
— Draka the Dragon @ Bolm Studios (5305 Bolm Rd)
Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Originally created in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, in the Chinese year of the metal dragon, Draka the Dragon is a mobile kinetic sculpture built on a truck pulling three trailers. Currently, she operates with two sections in tow, measuring in at approximately 90 feet in length. Learn more about the origins of this giant sculpture here.
— Mobile Library: unbound: sin fronteras @ Various Locations
Saturday, November 14
The Austin Public Library is debuting their first human-powered mobile library fleet, with special pop-up libraries and events during the day. Check it out at one of these stops:
- Dual Language Storytime @ Terrazas Branch, 11 a.m.: Books, rhymes and songs at this special outdoor storytime for children of all ages.
- Pop-Up Library @ Camiba Gallery and Cuvee Coffee, 12:30 p.m.
- Web Programming and Zines @ Carver Branch, 2 p.m.: Learn basic coding for web design. You can bring your own laptop if you have one. While you’re there, stop by the Austin Zine Fest hosted next door to the Library at the Carver Museum.
- Pop-Up Library @ Austin Daily Press & Juiceland, 3 p.m.
— Hands-On Art @ Austin Tinkering School
Both Weekends – Nov. 14, 15, 21, 22 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Stop by this new Maker Space in East Austin that offers classes, camps, workshops, and events for kids and adults. Art and tinkering projects by their students will be on display. A hands-on art-making activity or two for kids (or adults!) to get into will also be available.
— “Little East” @ Blackshear Elementary
Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Why let the adults have all the fun?! Little e.a.s.t. is a collaborative Arts happening at Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy featuring student artwork from around the East Austin area. The 3rd annual “little e.a.s.t.” event is packed full of fun for any art lover. Bring your child for the unveiling of Hatch Workshop’s unique storytelling chair sculpture along with community story tellers, student performances of scenes from Shakespeare, musical performances by S.W.A.N., crafts for young artists, and much more!
— Kealing Student Exhibition @ Kealing Middle School
Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Kealing Visual Arts Program is proud to involve the students in community shows and competitions such as EAST Side Studio Tour, Youth Art Month, and Jr Visual Arts Scholastic Event. Come and join us to celebrate our students’ hard work and to experience what Kealing Visual Arts is all about!
— Community Art Sunday @ Center for Creative Action
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2-5 p.m.
Celebrate the making of art that matters during Creative Action’s Community Art Sunday! Enjoy active workshops, interactive art experiences, and performances by professional artists that celebrate community through dance, music, food, theatre, visual art, and inventing. These free activities are family friendly and open to all.
— Danger Derby @ Blue Genie Art Industries
Sunday, Nov. 22, 5-10 p.m.
The Danger Derby is an annual pinewood derby race where ‘art cars’ battle for victory by racing down a two-story hazard course: The track is 20’ tall, 100’ long, runs alongside the Blue Genie Headquarters and is peppered with a myriad of extreme dangers. The first car to make it out ahead after surviving the numerous hazards wins bragging rights on the East Side and one sweet trophy. Click here for more info & to learn how to participate with your own derby car.
But that’s not all! There is so much to see! Check out the Big Medium website for E.A.S.T for all the details.