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

You’ve heard of Shakespeare In The Park, but Present Company Theatre is bringing Shakespeare to one of our favorite hangouts, Whole Foods!

Whole Foods downtown is currently playing host to Shakespeare At The Market: Love’s Labour’s Lost. Guests are encouraged to come early, get a picnic from Whole Foods and enjoy the show. Bring a blanket or chair to sit in.

If you’re looking for more fun this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free (donations welcome)

When: Friday – Sunday (now – May 10th)

Time: 6:30 pm

Location:
Whole Foods Downtown
525 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703

http://presentcompanytheatre.com

Yesterday we had Movies In The Park and today Mueller Lake Park is brining us Music In The Park! Spring time is full of free fun around town! Tonight pack a picnic and head out for live music from Rich Restaino and The Obits.

Right now the weather looks a little dicey but by this afternoon it looks like it should clear up! That being said, be sure to check the Facebook Event page for updates before heading out!

Free parking in available in the McBee Parking garage behind the Thinkery.

Admission: free

When: today, April 10th

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:
Mueller Lake Park
4550 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78723

https://www.facebook.com/events/364927800365384/

Photo Credit: Music In The Park Facebook Page

Movie In The Park Season is back! Austin loves a movie in the park and it’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy this spring weather. For you best experience, I recommend packing a picnic, grabbing a blanket and sunscreen. Dogs are welcome as well.

Here is a schedule of the upcoming Movies In The Park so you can mark your calendar:

Guardians of the Galaxy
April 9, 8 p.m.
Wooldridge Square Park  

180 Degrees South
April 22, 8 p.m.Wooldridge Square Park

The Little Mermaid
May 7, 8:15 p.m.Republic Square Park  

The Incredibles
May 14, 8:30 p.m., Republic Square Park

Jurassic Park
June 4, 8:30 p.m., Dick Nichols District Park

Cost: free

When: today, April 9th

Time: 8 p.m.

Location:
Wooldridge Square Park
900 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://austinparks.org/moviesinthepark.html

Photo Credit: Visit Austin, Texas

I always say that Austin needs more events to appreciate cars!

Well Top Notch (where some of the classic Dazed and Confused was filmed)  is making it happen tonight with their live music, hot rod, and movie night!

Local car lovers will love checking out all the sweet rides.

Don’t forget to bring a chair. They sell beer but not wine, so you can bring your own wine.

I highly recommend their onion rings and fried chicken, treat yourself!

If you are looking for other fun happening in Austin this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, April 4th

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Top Notch Hamburgers
7525 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757

https://www.facebook.com/events/1566956866899221/ 

Photo Credit: Top Notch Facebook Page

You better get to taking your annual bluebonnet photo before the season is over. There are several spots around town that I enjoy but this one is my favorite. I drove through campus yesterday and there are so many opportunities to stop for pictures, bluebonnets as far as the eye can see.

There’s a hill covered with patches of bluebonnets with downtown in the distance, so that makes for an excellent photo op. I would recommend going early evening, the sun is best around that time.

For more places to check out the Bluebonnets around town visit this list: 5 Best Places To See Bluebonnets in Austin

Location:
St. Edwards University
Corner of St. Edwards & University Loop Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

KGSR has released their line up for the 22nd season of Unplugged at The Grove. This is Austin’s longest running free concert series! It’s a pretty great line-up.

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – September 17th

Time: 8pm

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.kgsr.com/promotions/unplugged-2015

April 9 Jamestown Revival
April 16 Amy Cook
April 23 Dirty River Boys
April 30 The Night Owls
May 7 Carolyn Wonderland
May 14 Alpha Rev
May 21 Alejandro Escovedo
May 28 Charlie Mars
June 4 Dale Watson
June 11 The Oh Hellos
June 18 Quiet Company
June 25 Rocket Boys
July 2 Shiny Ribs
July 9 Mike Barfield
July 16 James McMurtry
July 23 Ray Wylie Hubbard
Aug 6 Uncle Lucius
Aug 20 Suzanna Choffel
Sept 3 Walker Lukens
Sept 17 Jimmy Lafave

 

Bluebonnet season is alive and well in Central Texas! There are so many places to get great photos of you, your loved on or your pet in the state flower. Here are our favorite spots, they offer great scenery and are all not far from Central Austin.


5 Best Places In Austin To See Bluebonnets 2015

By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

Here are the best locations around town to snap photos in the state flower of Texas! 

  • Mopac/Bee Caves Road

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    There is a church right as you exit the Mopac, Park Hills Baptist Church that I parked in. You can get great photos in Bluebonnets and if you walk up a small hill you can get a view of downtown in the background. 

  • St. Edwards University

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    There is a  hill covered with patches of bluebonnets with downtown in the distance. I would recommend going early in the evening, as the sun is best around that time.

  • 360 Bridge

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    There's great parking on the eastern shore of the lake under the 360 bridge, just follow the signs for the boat launch. You can get great views of the bridge in the background of your photos at this location. 

  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    This is great for those who want to take it a step further and immerse themselves in a destination dedicated to wildflowers.  Guided and self-guided tours of the grounds are available, and there are endless opportunities for photos. 

  • Brushy Creek Lake Park

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    The lake in the background adds to the scenery and makes for a great photo. 

Bonus Locations:

45th/Bull Creek
Montopolis Drive
Hwy 71 towards Bastrop
Hwy 71 towards Marble Falls
There’s a small patch at Riverside/35 right next to the Norwood dog park 

The wildflowers have definitely sprung in Central Texas. It seems that everyone’s favorite activity right now is taking photos in the bluebonnets.

If you want to take things a step further, a visit to the Wildflower Center is in order as now is the perfect time of year to visit. The views are absolutely breathtaking and the wildflower center gives you a chance to learn more about them!

They are also having a wonderful Spring Plant Sale, April 11th & 12th, where you can buy plants, take tours of the gardens and more. So make your calendar for that.

Location:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, Texas 78739

http://www.wildflower.org/visit.php

It’s springtime in the Capitol City, and Zilker Botanical Garden is having their annual garden festival to help you get in the mood. It’s a one-stop shop to help you plant the perfect spring garden, with tons of vendors selling all kinds of plants, flowers and vegetables. After our rain storms this week I am sure everything is going to be in full bloom.

They will have everything you can possibility want at a garden festival, including a flower show, gardening talks, arts and crafts, and of course, live music! They also will have plenty of food as well!

When: today, March 29

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission:    Adults $8 Children (age 3-12) $5 
Parking $5

Location:
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 788746

http://www.zilkergarden.org/ZGF/2015/zgf.html

Fried chicken and good music? Sign me up. This is the 5th year for the annual fried chicken revival.

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This is a great option if you want to hear some live music but not head downtown. The have a tent up so you can avoid some of the rain.

They have a great line-up including Ray Wylie Hubbard!

Here is the schedule:

3/21, Saturday
Noon: Harvest Thieves
1 p.m.: The Painted Redstarts
2 p.m.: Jail Guitar Doors, USA Presents The Magnificent 7: A Clash Hoot
3 p.m.: Israel Nash
4 p.m.: Barfield
5 p.m.: Ephraim Owens & Friends
6 p.m.: The Psycho Sisters featuring Susan Cowsill & Vicki Peterson

3/22, Sunday
Noon: Randy Weeks
1 p.m.: Ramsay Midwood
2 p.m.: Kelley Mickwee
3 p.m.: Ice Cold Singles
4 p.m.: Jonny Langford & the Far Forlorn
5 p.m.: Mike and the Moonpies
6 p.m.: Ray Wylie Hubbard

Location:
Lucy’s Fried Chicken
2218 College Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/1019871351373967/