Family friendly events in Austin, Texas are an ongoing occurrence. There are always great family friendly places and events to attend!

E.T. Phone Home… Austin’s got the perfect Tuesday night for you. Trailer food, live music, and a movie make the perfect trifecta.

Do512 is back at again with the second season of Sound & Cinema at The Long Center. On select Wednesdays this summer they’ll be hosting some of our favorite movies at sunset. They were actually scheduled to show this last week but due to the rain it was postponed until today. Lucky for us, the forecast today looks glorious.

Some of our favorite food trailer’s will be on site to provide snacks and dinner. You’ll find Frank, The Peached Tortilla, Yeti Frozen Custard, Garbo’s Maine Lobster, Whole Foods, Uncle Louie G’s, and Boomerang’s.

Pets unfortunately are not invited to the party.

Today, July 22: E.T.
July 30: The Pink Panther
August 13: Raiders Of The Lost Ark
August 20: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Admission: Free

Food Trailers Open: 6 pm
Sunset Concerts Begin: 7 pm
The Movie Begins: 8 pm

The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

Incase you haven’t got the memo tonight’s Blues on the Green is postponed until August 13th. No worries, there’s still plenty of fun happening in Austin today!

Tonight 101x Summer Cinema is happening at the Central Market. They’ll be showing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Be sure to bring a blanket or a chair. They’ll have food specials from Central Market’s café and $2.50 Blue Moons.

Come hang out they’ll have chances to win $101 dollar gift cards to Central Market, XIP upgrade with better seats, movie popcorn and candy!

If you’re not a big Ferris Bueller fan, tonight is also Sound and Cinema at the Long Center where they’ll be showing E.T.

Upcoming Movie Schedule:
Today: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
July 30th: The Goonies
August 13th” Back to the Future

Admission: free

When: today, July 16

Time: 8:30 pm

Central Market –North Lamar
4001 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas

The only thing cooler than a movie in the park is a movie in the pool. It’s that time of year again when Deep Eddy brings you Splash Movie Nights.

Tonight’s showing, Monsters University.  Plus, a movie on the big screen while submerged in a pool is one of the best ways to stay “cool.”

deep eddy

Deep Eddy is the oldest swimming pool in Texas and the spring fed water makes it a very refreshing little treasure right in Central Austin.

2014 Splash Movie Night Schedule:
July 12 – Monsters University
July 19 – The Lego Movie
August 2 – Despicable Me 2

Admission fees cover both the movie and pool entry for the day:

FREE Infant (under 12 months)
$1.00 Child 1 to 11 years
$2.00 Junior 12 to 17 years
$3.00 Adult 18 to 61 years
$1.00 Senior 62 years +

If you are looking for more fun to do this weekend here are our Weekend Top Picks and here’s a list of 101 Things To Do When It’s 100 Degrees.

Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, Texas78703

Everyone loves bubbles, and the Long Center is having the ultimate bubble event today.

They’ll have kiddie yoga, chalk art, live music and an absurd amount of bubbles.

They’ll be plenty of opportunities for photo ops. It sounds like an amazing and bubble-filled morning for you and the kiddos.

When: Today, June 14th

Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Long Center Terrace
701 West Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

Photo Credit: The Long Center

The city’s longest running free music series is back for its 24th season, and it’s ready to rock out this summer at Zilker Park.

Blues on the Green is a classic Austin summer experience. There’s nothing quite like taking in the sunset and hearing some live music at Zilker Park with downtown as a backdrop. It’s pretty incredible.

Blues on the Green veterans know the drill, but for first time attendees here is the rundown: You can bring in two factory sealed water bottles, blankets, chairs and your dog (must be on a leash at all times).

They’ll have plenty of food vendors set up in case you’re hungry including Freebirds, How Do You Roll, Daily Juice, Southside Flying Pizza, Lambert’s FoodaPalooza, Heros Gyros, Bananarchy, Henri’s, and Amy’s Ice Cream.

If you’re new to Austin, definitely plan to go at least once this summer. It really is a rite of passage for living in this great city.

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Admission: Free

Music Starts: 8pm

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect, relaxing way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. They are one of my favorite things to do to end a summer weekend in Austin.

Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play an array of everything from jazz, light classical, pop selections and film scores.

The city of Austin at sunset is a great background as you listen to live music. Remember to bring a picnic dinner and blanket!

Admission: free

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

2014 Schedule:

June 1 – Brass
June 8 – Woodwinds
June 15 – Big Band
June 22 – Strings

July 13 – Brass
July 20 – Woodwinds
July 27 – Big Band

August 3 – Strings
August 10 – Brass
August 17 – Woodwinds
August 24 – Big Band
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

There’s definitely no shortage of free outdoor activities this summer, and Ballet Under the Stars is a perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy the weather before it gets too hot!

The Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble is putting on their annual show today.

It’s not that often you get to watch ballet under the moonlight, so get out there and enjoy what is a pretty unique opportunity.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on! They’ll have concessions available for purchase.

Admission: free

When: today, May 31st

Time:  8:30 p.m.

Zilker Hillside Theater
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78746


Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope we all take a moment to remember why it’s a holiday, and to thank someone who’s served our country.

This weekend at Camp Mabry, they’ll have Close Assault, an event honoring and remembering the 36th Infantry Division of The Texas National Guard and all of those who served our country during WWII. You’ll learn about the uniforms, weapons and equipment that were used during the war. There will be tanks, jeeps, armored fighting vehicles and other cool stuff as well. This will be a great experience for those interested in American (and Texas) history! The Texas Military Forces Museum will also be open (and free) to tour.

Admission: Free

When: Today, May 24th & tomorrow, May 25

Showtimes: 11am &  2pm

Camp Marby
2200 West 35th Street
Austin, Texas

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you’re spending it with the ones you love.


If you’re lucky enough to have your mom close by, The Austin Symphonic Band is providing the perfect way to wind down the evening. This free concert is on the lawn of the capitol, and they’ll be playing some of your favorite tunes as the sun sets over Austin.  Don’t forget to bring your cameras because between the sunset, the capitol and family time, you’re sure to get a great shot!

Special shout out to my mom, Happy Mother’s Day! I love you so much, and I’m so grateful for all the support, encouragement and love you unconditionally give me. I wish that you were here so that I could give you a hug today.

When: today, May 11th

Time: 7 – 8 pm

The Capitol South Steps
1100 Congress Aveune
Austin, Texas 78701

It’s finally here, the Gelato World Tour! A celebration of all things gelato at Republic Square Park.


Sixteen of the best gelato chefs in the U.S. will compete to create the ‘world’s best gelato flavor.’ Attendees can watch the chefs craft their creations, then sample and vote for their favorites.

While there are free demonstrations and activities in the park, you’ll have to buy a Gelato Ticket to sample the products. Ten bucks will get you two full scoops and three samples.

Here’s a schedule of the weekend’s activities:

The temperatures are warming up, and this is the perfect way to say cool!

Admission: Free

When: Today, May 9th – Sunday, May 11th

Republic Square Park
422 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701