Family friendly events in Austin, Texas are an ongoing occurrence. There are always great family friendly places and events to attend!
In Austin, there truly is a festival for everything! Here’s three days of juggling, workshops, games, vendors, and shows in the heart of the city’s So-Co district.
Celebrating its 24th year, Jugglefest features (you guessed it!) juggling, unicycling, and related circus arts. Everyone is welcome to come on down to pick up the basics, learn some new tricks, meet some crazy people, or just chill out and watch.
When: Today, February 24 – Sunday, February 26th
Time: 5-10 p.m.
Texas School for the Deaf
1102 South Congress Avenue
*TSD has a great gym, plenty of parking spots, and it’s close to a ton of delicious restaurants.
If you live for the smokey stuff, as most of us do in Texas, don’t miss this chance to see and taste some of the best in the state. At BBQ Austin
cities from all over Texas send their Champion BBQ Teams to compete in the Invitational Division for the title of “State of Texas BBQ Grand Champion.” Additionally, all teams compete for the title and purse of “BBQ Austin Grand Champion.”
Of course the best part is that while competing in several contests, all teams provide BBQ to the public for sampling. Many teams will also be setting up elaborate spaces to welcome folks to join in on the fun. The whole family will enjoy the competition along with live music and carnival rides.
Friday, March 3
11:00 a.m. – Gates open
4:00 p.m. – BBQ tasting and carnival opens
6:00 p.m. – Concert by Koe Wetzel
8:20 p.m. – Fireworks
8:30 p.m. – Concert by Charlie Robison
Saturday, March 4
11:00 a.m. – Gates open for BBQ tasting and carnival rides
2:00 p.m. – Concert bt Electric Inferno
4:00 p.m. – Concert by Stephen Dae & the Repeat Offenders
6:00 p.m. – Concert by TBA
8:30 p.m. – Concert by Kyle Park
The Gorilla Run is coming up this weekend, and the weather looks like it’s going to be nothing short of spectacular. Perfect for dressing up in a gorilla or banana suit and running for a cause.
Everyone who takes part wears a full gorilla or banana suit (included with entry fee….yours to keep)! All participants are helping to raise funds for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, the international charity working to save the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorillas.
When: January 24th
Time: 8:30am Most Creative Costume Contest | 9am Race Start at Camp Mabry
Ok, ordinarily we would never say this but, forget the breakfast tacos. You’ll want to save all your calories for this today. Seriously, this one meal is all you could ever want or need …
Hopdoddy is celebrating their one-year anniversary in Round Rock by bringing back the popular CODE 7 Burger in limited-quantity and today is the last day to get one! The CODE 7 burger is named after the code cops use for a coffee and donut run and it’s made with possibly the best thing in the whole wide world: Round Rock Donuts!
When: Today, January 22nd
Time: Open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Hopdoddy Round Rock
2600 Hoppe Trail
Round Rock, TX 78681
This may come as a big surprise to you, but today there is a 100 percent chance of a wintry mix! That’s because the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City is having its second annual Snow Day. The outdoor Science & Art Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with 20 tons of snow.
This is the perfect activity to get the whole family out of the house today. Go for a lovely drive and give the littlest Texans the kind of winter fun they rarely get to have.
Highlights include a live action ice sculpture, ice piano, snowball catapult launches, mini snowman building contest, snowball radar throws, and more.
When: Today, January 14th
Time: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the event or online here. Members get in free.
Hill Country Science Mill
101 S Lady Bird Ln.
Johnson City, Texas 78636
*Visitors are encouraged to bring mittens or gloves to keep their hands warm while playing in the snow.
Tonight is the night! If you don’t have plans for NYE and you aren’t in the mood for total debauchery, the city’s giant celebration at Auditorium Shores is a great bet. Bring in the New Year with a free, fun, and family friendly celebration.
Austin’s New Year will have have three stages, 15 local and regional bands, food trucks, kid’s activities, and multiple art installations.
Check out the full music schedule here.
Capping off the festive evening, the traditional fireworks finale will start at 10 p.m.!
When: Today, December 31st
Time: 3:00-10:30 p.m.
900 W Riverside Dr,
Austin, TX 78704
Mozart’s is one of the best coffee shops in Austin, mostly because they have a phenomenal location on Lake Austin and a great outdoor deck. It’s one of the best places in town to see some spectacular holiday lights.
Each year they take Christmas lights to the extreme with an extravagant display. They have a light show at the top of each hour starting at 6 p.m. One of the songs is Wizards in Winter by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. I love it and of course, the Texas Fight song!
Time: Top of every hour, starting at 6 p.m.
When: now – New Years
3826 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703
Photo: Mozart’s Coffee
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Live Oak Brewing Company are proud to present you with an outdoor screening of Home Alone at The Live Oak Brewery. Bring your fold-out chairs, blankets, and grab a slice of Stony’s Pizza to enjoy a fun night of entertainment. Beer and food available for purchase.
When: Tonight, December 16th
Time: 6:30 pm
Live Oak Brewing Company
1615 Crozier Lane
Austin, TX 78617
It’s gonna be a little chilly tonight, but let’s all cozy up and enjoy the Christmas-y weather while we can. Join Austin Parks Foundation for Movie Night at the Trail! They’re screening two versions of The Grinch on the very last free night at Austin Trail of Lights.
7:30 p.m. – How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 animated)
Run time: 26 min
8:15 p.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 Jim Carrey)
Run time: 1 hr 44 min
When: Today, December 16th
Austin’s Trail of Lights
2400 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas 78746
Barely just one-year-old, the Hotel Van Zandt in the Rainey Street District has become a fixture of Downtown Austin, winning all sorts of awards and offering gorgeous interiors and jaw-dropping sunset views of Lady Bird Lake. Now they are getting in on the holiday happenings in the city by starting their very own tradition: 12 Days of Christmas. From December 12-23, there will be all kinds of free events happening at the hotel, in what they call, “The Living Room.” It’s basically every great holiday activity packed into one place. Plus, each night there will be a roaring fire, vinyl holiday records playing in the background, a hot toddy bar, and light snacks for purchase. Yep, that sounds like a winter wonderland to us.
Throughout the 12 days, families, friends, couples, and pets are invited to come out and get into the spirit. Here’s a complete list of what’s happening each day. (Look at December 18th—that’s our favorite by far!):
December 12: Tree lighting and live music by Kate Priestley Holiday Trio (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
December 13: Movie night – It’s A Wonderful Life (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
December 14: Christmas classics on vinyl (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
December 15: Holiday Trivia with Austin’s favorite host: Taylor Ellison from We Are Austin (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
December 16: Live holiday music by Drew Davis & Ray Prim (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
December 17: Christmas classics on vinyl (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
December 18: Santa Paws – In partnership with Austin Pets Alive!, if you adopt a pet, you receive a two-night staycation for guest and pet at Hotel Van Zandt. Professional photos, $10 donation; iPhone photos, $1 donation (12:00-3:00 p.m.)
December 19: Cookie decoration (5:00-8:00 p.m.) -There will be a contest for a two-night stay on property
December 20: Movie night – Love Actually (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
December 21: Photos with Santa – Professional photos are available for purchase and proceeds will go to charity (5:00-8:00 p.m.)
December 22: Ugly sweater party – There will be a contest for a two-night stay at the hotel (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
December 23: Winter Wonderland on the Pool Deck with Snuggies and Motown Christmas music by The Argyles at Geraldine’s (5:00-10:30 p.m.).
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