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

Trailer food, live music, and a movie make the perfect trifecta.

Do512 is back at again with the third season of Sound & Cinema at The Long Center. Tonight is the last one of the summer!

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You can enjoy dinner from Food Truck favorites including Frank, The Peached Tortilla, Yeti Frozen Custard, Garbo’s Maine Lobster, Whole Foods, Uncle Louie G’s, and Boomerang’s.

Unfortunately, dogs are not invited to the party.

Tonight – The Sandlot featuring The Nightowls

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/sound-cinema/

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. This weekend and next weekend are the last two in this summer’s series. 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.

2015 Schedule:
August 16 – Brass
August 23 – 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/

This week’s 365 Approved trailer takes one of America’s favorite sandwiches, the grilled cheese, to a new level.

The motto at Burro Cheese Kitchen is simple: “We love good cheese. We love good bread. We love to apply fire to good cheese and good bread.” They use great cheese, excellent bread and make their sauces in house, which makes for the ultimate sandwich combination.

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You have two options. You could go with a sandwich already on the menu. It just depends what your mood is because they have several different takes on grilled cheese. Like many things in life, I prefer to go big or go home, so the Croque-Madame is a personal favorite. Sourdough, smoked ham, gouda + pesto aioli- all topped with a fried egg + dulce de leche, makes for sandwich heaven.

If nothing on the menu jumps out at you, you can have it your way by making your own crazy combination. Make your call with the choice of bread, cheese, sauce, meat, and veggies.

Don’t take our word on this grand slam of a sammie. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model and local Austinie, Brooklyn Decker has instagram-ed herself enjoying “the best sandwich she’s ever tasted.”

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Aside from their regular locations, be sure to look for them at ACL, FFF Fest, Trail of Lights, and F1 this fall.

Burro Cheese Kitchen sandwiches are truly an art form. They’re definitely not the Kraft-cheese sandwiches you had as a child, and these masterpieces will change the way you think about grilled cheese.

Location:
1221 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

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Midway Food Park
1905 South Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, Texas 78746

http://www.burrocheesekitchen.com

Austin Footwear Labs (AFL) is a local sustainability-focused company that keeps tires out of landfills by producing high-quality, eco-friendly footwear. Who says you can’t go green and look good at the same time? AFL has found a way to promote and practice sustainability without sacrificing on looks. You may be wondering, just how does AFL do this? Well the answer is technology!

Austin Footwear Labs uses APX®, recycled rubber compound made from scrap tires through a process that transforms the rubber into a new virgin rubber compound substitute. This makes it possible to make a high quality and durable shoe that also promotes conscious living. The sandal outsoles are made of 50% recycled rubber from scrap tires that would have ended up in a landfill or burned!

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The first line of sandals consists of two styles each for men (colors available: Red River, Bat Black, Burnt Orange and Espresso) and women (colors available: Purple Haze, Turquoise, Sand and Onyx). The sandals are uniquely Austin, featuring a laser etched 1921 map of Austin on select sandal straps and a logo that resembles a bat in reference to the city’s largest urban bat population! AFL is hosting their launch party right here in Austin, TX on Tuesday, August 18th! The launch party will be co-hosted by Bat Conservation International (BCI) and will take place at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, located at 79 Rainey Street. Bring the family and your furry friends out to celebrate the launch of a local Austin company that is saving the Earth one pair at a time!

Check out the sandals at austinfootwear.com and be sure and RSVP to the event via Facebook at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1467505140215480/ or at eventbrite using this link: http://bit.ly/1NnKIwa 

 

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This splash mob is definitely the coolest thing happening today! It’s like a flash mob, only wetter. This is the best way to beat the heat all while having fun right in downtown Austin.

The idea is to take 6th Street by storm and have a huge water fight! Grab your squirt guns, super soaker, water balloons, a swim suit, water balloon launcher and anything else that will make this the most epic water fight/flash mob you have ever seen!

The splash mob will last about 30 minutes, so get in, get wet, and enjoy the rest of your day.

Ready, Set, Soak!

If you’re looking for other fun today, don’t miss our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, August 2nd

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location:
6th & Trinity
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/1600882403505535/

Photo Credit: Splash Mob Facebook Page

The third and final Austin Summer Fun Checklist for Kids is here! Can you believe it’s already August? School is starting in just a few weeks. Have your kids had as much summer fun as possible? Whether you’ve been a checklist superstar, completing as many items as humanly possible, or just eyeing it with hopes of marking off lots of items in
the future, you’ll see that there are many more options to keep your family entertained in the month of August.

Some fun indoor activities, cause we know it’s HOT:

– Go bowling
– Tour the UT Tower
– Visit Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City
– Visit the Austin Aquarium
– Ride the Austin Steam Train Association’s Bertram Flyer
– Listen to Mr. Will perform at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
– Create Ice Paintings at Second Saturdays for Families

If you can brave the heat for some outdoor time, we’ve got that covered, too:

– Take a dip in Barton Springs Pool
– Watch Hairspray at Zilker Park
– Ride the Cedar Rock Railroad
– Take a photo in front of the “I Love You So Much” mural
– Sample veggies at HOPE Farmers Market

There are over 40 activities to keep your family busy this month!

When kids complete at least four items on their August Summer Fun Checklist, they can bring the checklist into the sponsor locations for special discounts and free prizes.

Bullock Texas State History Museum: $2 Off Exhibit Admission

Austin Aquarium: Free Animal Food Token

 

Kaleidoscope Toys: Grab Bag

Birds Barbershop: $10 Off Haircuts at their newest location on Hwy. 183

Brilliant Sky Toys and Books: Grab Bag

Painting with a Twist (Cedar Park and Lakeway): $5 off a painting session for kids

Rocket Fizz: Free Candy and a Sticker

HOPE Farmers Market: Free Poster

Austin Steam Train Association: 25% off rides on the Bertram Flyer

Austin-area McDonald’s locations: Free Ice Cream Cones

Download and print your August Summer Fun Checklist here. Note: To download, click on the Download button at the bottom of this image and then print.

We’ll be giving away prizes weekly through the last week of August so be sure to upload photos of your family doing items off the August Summer Fun Checklist for a chance to win. Prizes in August include a gift card to Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock, A family four pack of passes to the Austin Zoo, and a FREE hair cut at Birds Barbershop.

Looking for more details about these fun items on the checklist? Download the Austin Summer Fun Guide for detailed descriptions. It’s FREE!

Because we know August is a tough month to get through, we’re giving away a two-night stay at Tapatio Springs Spa and Resort. Be sure to enter the giveaway by August 11, 2015 for a chance to win. Click here to enter the giveaway.

Of course, you can keep up with the latest news and giveaway announcements on the Austin Summer Fun website and Facebook page.

Tonight is the LAST Splash Movie night of the season at Deep Eddy! The only thing cooler than a movie in the park is a movie in the pool.

A movie on the big screen while submerged in a pool is one of the best ways to stay “cool.”

Movie Showings:
Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Toy Story

Time: dusk (around 8 pm)

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 this weekend, check out the Weekend Top Picks!

Location:
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, Texas 78703

http://www.deepeddy.org

Now in its 57th year, Zilker Theatre Productions is proud to bring you HAIRSPRAY the musical. This is one of the most anticipated events in Austin every summer. There are only three more weekends to catch this year’s play in the park!

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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.

If you’re looking for other fun around town here are our Weekend Top Picks.

Admission: Free

Parking: $5.00 per car

When: Thursday-Sunday – August 15th

Time: 8:15 p.m.

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

http://www.zilker.org

Photo: Flickr user Sanjoy Ghosh, creative commons licensed.

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. There are only two more Slash Movie nights this summer so head out to Deep Eddy Pool either tonight or next Saturday.

A movie on the big screen while submerged in a pool is one of the best ways to stay “cool.”

Movie Showings:
Saturday, July 25, 2015 – Big Hero
Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Toy Story

Time: dusk (around 8 pm)

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 this weekend, check out the Weekend Top Picks! If you’re looking for more movies on the water, check out one of the upcoming showings of JAWS at Texas Ski Ranch. http://texasskiranch.com/events

Location:
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, Texas 78703

http://www.deepeddy.org

Blues on the Green is Austin’s longest running FREE music series. 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). The number one piece of advice I would say, is ride your bike /carpool, uber, lyft, take the bus or walk if you can. Parking and traffic around Zilker tonight can cause quite the headache.

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.

Blues on the Green lovers  — Text “Blues” to 29217 to join the Blues on the Green alert club and get access to exclusive information and contests.

2015 Line-Up:
July 22 – Walker Lukens, Bob Schneider
August 5 – Max Frost, Jamestown Revival
August 12 – Riders Against The Storm, Shakey Graves

Admission: Free

Music Starts: 8pm

Location:
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.kgsr.com/promotions/blues-on-the-green/