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

Today is one of the biggest events of the year for Austin bat watchers as it is the Bat Fest.  Living in Austin, hearing about the bats is something that you are probably familiar with but how often do you take the time to go do it? Take today’s event as an excuse to go down there and appreciate it!

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The Congress Bridge will be turned in to a complete bat festival. They will have 2 stages with live music, more than 75 arts & craft vendors, tons of food and drink stands, children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more!

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Those bats are funny as you never know exactly what time they are going to decide to fly, it can be anywhere from 7:00-8:30ish. They have been flying early this year (7:30ish). Once they start emerging from under the bridge it can last up to 30 minutes. Needless to say, don’t forget to grab your camera!

Admission: $10.00 (Cash Only) Children 8 and under free with adult

When: today, August 23rd

Time: 4:00 p.m. – midnight

Location:
Ann Richards Congress Street Bridge
Austin, Texas

http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/

 

 

It’s August so that means movie in the pool season is slowly going to come to an end.

Tonight El Salado Pool is hosting a classic from my childhood, Free Willy.

Movie starts at 8 but they’ll have food trucks from 6 – 8 pm. Greengos, Uncle Louie G’s will be serving up the good stuff.

Entry to event is free but if you show up before the movie you’ll have to pay the drop in fee (adults $5, 17 & under $3).

When: today, August 8th

Time: 8 – 10:30 pm

Location:
El Salado Pool
11500 El Salido Parkway
Austin, Texas 78750

http://www.amld.org/index.cfm?load=event&event=1171

 

There are only a few more Monday’s left for you to enjoy Mooooooovie Monday at Amy’s Ice Cream. Tonight they’re showing Finding Nemo on their projection screen.

Grab a burger from Phil’s Ice House and then finish it off with ice cream. They’ll have themed ice cream flavors to go with the movie!

The mosquitos seem to be in full force lately, so don’t forget your off!

Admission: free

Time: dusk (8:00-ish)

Schedule:

8/4 Finding Nemo
8/11 101 Dalmatians
Season Finale: 8/18 Monsters Inc and Monsters University

Location:
Amy’s Ice Cream –Burnet Road
5624 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78756

http://www.amysicecreams.com/latest-scoop/2014/6/18/moooovie-mondays.html

 

 

I know I’ve already posted about this summer’s musical in the park but the weather we’re having this weekend is fantastic and it just seems like the perfect time to make this a priority!  Plus, it’s free.

Now in its 56th year, Zilker Theatre Productions is proud to bring you Oklahoma the musical. This is one of the most anticipated events in Austin every summer.

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The outdoor venue at Zilker is perfect for an evening under the stars, and once the sun goes down, the weather is much more bearable.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket, a loaded picnic basket, a cooler (no glass), bug spray, and anything else you need for a wonderful evening under the Austin sky. Unfortunately, no pets are allowed.

If you’re worried about rain, call the hotline at (512) 479-9491 and get the updates on the status of the show.

Admission: Free

Parking: $5.00 per car

When: Thursday-Sunday now – August 16th

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.zilker.org

Photo: Zilker Hillside Theatre Facebook page

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!

If you’re looking for more free fun today, check out the free musical at Zilker Hillside Theatre, Oklahoma!

Admission: free

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

2014 Schedule:

July 27 – Big Band

August 3 – Strings
August 10 – Brass
August 17 – Woodwinds
August 24 – Big Band

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

http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/austin-symphony-hartman-foundation-concerts-in-the-park/

The popular Friday night concert series is in its eleventh season. These family friendly concerts on the Lone Star Plaza are a perfect place to spend a Friday evening. Tonight is the last one of the season.

This is a great time to come check out the Bob Bullock Museum as the museum will be open and free during the concert. Don’t forget to grab your blankets, chairs and bug spray as you come enjoy the free show under the star at the Bob Bullock Museum.

It really is a treat to hear some fantastic music and explore the wonders of the Texas History Museum.

For other events happening this weekend check out our Weekend Top Picks.

Admission: free

When: today, July 25th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Location:
Bullock Texas History Museum
1800 Congress Drive
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/plan-your-visit/upcoming-events

 

Photo Credit: http://www.textraveler.com/p/bob-bullock-museum/

 

Let the countdown begin, it’s officially 6 months until Christmas. Where has the year gone? Terra Toys wants to celebrate half Christmas by throwing a Christmas in July event today and tomorrow.

They’ll have holiday music, winter trivia, candy cane giveaways and maybe even an appearance by Santa!

I personally love Terra Toys. Terra Toys was one of the original toy stores in Austin. They used to be located on South Congress, but have since moved to west Anderson and they’re still as Austin as ever.

When: today, July 24th & tomorrow, July 25th

Location:
Terra Toys
2438 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/599054746877347/

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.

Schedule:
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

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

http://thelongcenter.org/event/sounds-cinema/

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

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

http://www.101x.com/promotions/summercinema

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.”

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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.

Location:
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, Texas78703

http://www.deepeddy.org