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

The carnival is at once a celebration of the art of hand tossed pizza, a 10th birthday party for the restaurant and a charitable endeavor intended to give back to the neighborhood and the community that has made Home Slice one of Austin’s favorite eateries. All proceeds benefit this year’s non-profit recipient: Austin Bat Cave!

The Carnival-O-Pizza promises fun for all ages with:
• carnival-style games with a Home Slice spin
• kid themed offerings including our own invention: Pee Wee Pizzaioli
• A huge raffle featuring amazing prizes from business all over South Congress and Austin including the ability to make a reservation at Home Slice for an entire year
• Entertainment including music, fortune tellers, dancers, mustache painting, hairstyling and more
• Concessions including beer, Italian wines, beverages and of course pizza!
• Their now famous contests including dough tossing, the venerable pizza eating contest and last but not least, hands on an eggplant sub in which contestants vie to be the last person standing with their hand on 3 feet of sandwich for free pizza for a year; in 2010 the contest went on for an incredible 63 hours!

Schedule of Events

12:00 Gates Open
12:00  Fragile Rock
12:20 Raffle Drawing #1
12:50 Raffle Drawing #2
1:00 Big Don
1:20 Raffle Drawing #3
1:40 Parade of H.O.E.S
2:00 Hands on an Eggplant Sub (H.O.E.S) starts
1:50 Raffle Drawing #4
2:00 Pizza dough size competition
2:30 Raffle Drawing #5
2:50  Minor Mishap Marching Band
3:10 Pizza dough speed competition
3:50 Minor Mishap Marching Band
4:00 Raffle Drawing #6
4:15 Blitz Freestyle Breakdancers
5:10 Pizza Eating Contest Begins
5:45 Raffle Drawing #7
6:00 Grand Prize Raffle Drawing (must be present to win)
6:30 Happy Birthday to Slicey

When: today, November 14th

Time: 12 pm – 7 pm

Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

The Paramount Theatre turned 100 this year, making it one of the longest continually operating theaters in the country! That being said, if you’ve never visited this Austin institution, it should definitely be on your bucket list.

This Sunday, they’re featuring ‘Room on the Broom


The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow, and wand. A helpful dog, bird, and frog find the witch’s lost things and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick is not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Join us on this wild adventure! This musical adaptation will celebrate friendship, the fall season, and the wonderful world that author Julia Donaldson has created. Wear your Halloween costumes one more time!

Based on the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Produced by Tall Stories Theatre Co. London, England

This is the perfect Sunday event for the whole family, and a great opportunity to take in the Paramount in all its glory. Tickets are available via the button below:


The Texas BBQ scene is vast. One could spend a lifetime wandering the state in search of a BBQ king. Some of the most amazing meats can be found between Llano and Lockhart, but that’s just a 100 mile stretch of this massive state. From cities as small as Sweetwater to the metropolis landscape of DFW, every Texas community has a spot they claim has the best brisket…. and sausage, and ribs, and sides, and so on…

If you’re about to break out the calendar and begin planning your Texas tour, we have a simpler solution. Clear your schedule this Sunday, November 1st for the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest, held here in Austin at the Long Center.

Sponsored by Texas Monthly, this BBQ extravaganza brings the magazine’s list of “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World!” together under one roof for a day of smoked meat heaven.


From hometown favorites Franklin and La Barbecue to institutions like Llano’s Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que and Spicewood’s Opie’s Barbecue (a personal favorite!), this a veritable taste of Texas that BBQ lovers can’t miss.

Every year, TMBBQ selects a “Newcomer” to join in on the fun. This year, Austin’s own Freedmen’s joins its peers under the Long Center roof. In a city known for its competitive smokehouses, Freedmen’s manages to stand out thanks in part to its creative smoked menu items like jalapeño pimento cheese, and house made sausages. Joining the ranks of recent “Newcomers” including Franklin, Deep Ellum’s Pecan Lodge, and Pearland’s Killen’s, Freedmen’s is an exciting and welcome addition that can’t be missed.


This year has another newcomer—desserts! Treat yourself to a selection of treats from some of Texas’s favorite confectionaries. Choose between donuts from Gourdough’s, gelato from Tèo, Crown Royal Whisky mini-cupcakes, chocolates from Katherine Clapner’s Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and tiny pies from, well, Tiny Pies. Wash it all down with libations provided by sponsors Crown Royal, Don Julio Tequila, and Shiner Beer.

If the food isn’t enough to draw you in, fun activities including giveaways and interactive festivities by sponsors Central Market, Texas A&M University, and YETI Coolers will be there to entertain as well. There will also be live performances by Flaco Jiménez Y Su Conjunto and LaTasha Lee and the Blackties.

Other featured BBQ joints include:

Snow’s BBQ Lexington

Louie Mueller Barbecue Taylor

The Original Willie’s Bar-B-Q

Tyler’s Barbeque Amarillo

John Mueller Meat Co. Austin

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue Austin

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew Austin

Miller’s Smokehouse Belton

Fargo’s Pit BBQ Bryan

Brooks’ Place Cypress

Lockhart Smokehouse Dallas

Austin’s BBQ and Catering Eagle Lake

McMillan’s Bar-B-Q Fannin

Cousin’s Bar-B-Q Fort Worth

Longoria’s BBQ Fort Worth

Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company Fredericksburg

Leon’s World’s Finest In & Out Bar-B-Que Galveston

Meshack’s Bar-B-Que Garland

City Meat Market Giddings

Bartley’s Bar-B-Q Grapevine

Bob’s Bar-B-Que Henderson

Gatlin’s BBQ & Gatlin’s BBQ & Catering Houston

Virgie’s Bar-B-Que Houston

Billy’s Old Fashion BBQ Jasper

Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue Jefferson

Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q Kerrville

Hitch-N-Post BBQ Livingston

Black’s Barbecue Lockhart

Kreuz Market Lockhart

City Market Luling

Whup’s Boomerang Bar-B-Que Marlin

Hutchins BBQ McKinney

Kirby’s Barbeque Mexia

Hashknife on the Chisholm Peadenville

Cowpoke’s Pearsall

Pody’s BBQ Pecos

Hatfields BBQ & Blackjacks Beer Garden Rockport

The Granary ‘Cue and Brew San Antonio

Two Bros. BBQ Market San Antonio

Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering San Marcos

Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ Smithville

Corkscrew BBQ Spring

Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue Tyler

Mumphord’s Place BBQ Victoria

Big Boy’s Bar-B-Que – Sweetwater


Get your tickets at

$80 for general admission, $145 for VIP, and $10 for children 5 and under.

See y’all there!

It’s Texas Book Festival time again! This is an absolutely fantastic event that is fun for the entire family.

This annual book-a-palooza was the brain child of former First Lady, Laura Bush. I think the coolest thing about the festival is that it gets people excited about reading and raises tons of cash for Texas libraries.  Since the fest started they’ve awarded over $2.5 million in grant money to state libraries. That is downright inspiring!

The festival will have everything from book signings, panel discussions, author readings, and more.

Check out the Weekend Top Picks for other events happening this weekend.

Admission: Free

When: today, October 18th

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Capitol
between 10th
 & 11th
Austin, Texas 78701

Photo Credit: Texas Book Festival Facebook Page

It’s not that often that we get to celebrate Austin’s international flavor, and this festival is a fun and delicious way to do just that. This long-running event has been named one of Central Texas’ Top 10 Food Festivals by the Austin Chronicle.


There will be dancing, cocktails and food from all over the Mediterranean, so come hungry for plenty of Gyros, Kibbee and loads of hummus.

They’ll have an Orthodox Bazaar set up where you can find plenty of unique treasures, cool dance demonstrations and tons of games and activities to keep the kids busy.


Admission: $5.00
Free Admission: noon – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday)

When: today, October 16th & tomorrow, October 17th

Time: today, 6 pm – 11 pm
Tomorrow: noon – 11 pm

408 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore The Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3 p.m. combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities.

Today is a special focus on Football! It’s the favorite sport of millions of Texans. Discover even more about football through hands-on activities and art-making.

  • What’s your favorite way to prepare for a football game? Visit with the The Texas Sports Hall of Fame and play a sampling of tailgate games.
  • Bring your toughest queries in front of our “Stump the Referee” panel.
  • Try your hand at football trivia. Correct answers win prizes!
  • Design a new football uniform for your favorite team.
  • Tiny Texans can enjoy story time and an activity especially for them at 2pm.
  • Contribute to our community mascot display, search for your football heroes in Gridiron Glory, and more!

When: today, October 4th

Bullock Texas History Museum
1800 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

All of my childhood fantasies are coming true as The Little Mermaid is at Bass Concert Hall this week!

Theatre Under the Stars - Disney's "The Little Mermaid" at TUTS, September 2015.

Theatre Under the Stars – Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at TUTS, September 2015.

Proclaimed by the Houston Chronicle as “colorful entertainment, wrapped up in an attractive production,” Disney’s The Little Mermaid is sure to charm audiences of all ages!

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid is making its Austin debut. The show features all of the favorite songs like “Under The Sea” and “Part of Your World” as well as new songs written by Oscar-winning Disney composer Alan Menken, the mastermind behind productions such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas.

When: now – October 4th

Bass Concert Hall
2350 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, Texas

It’s a perfect night Austin Symphonic Band’s fall concert. Take this as an opportunity to wind down at the end of the weekend and enjoy a great performance. Some of you may know that they also do a fantastic show for Father’s Day in the park as well.

Make a night of the event. Don’t forget snacks, a blanket or chair and get ready to watch the stars come out to the tune of the Austin Symphonic Band.

Having so much free music is one of the perks of living in the Live Music Capital of the World, and we are one lucky city because of it.

The Pecan Street Festival is also happening today.

For other fun happening around town, here is a list of our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: Free (may have to pay for parking)

When: Tonight, September 27th

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Zilker Hillside Theatre
2100 Barton Spring Roads
Austin, Texas

One of Austin’s oldest and longest running festivals is back! The Pecan Street Festival is one of those classic Austin festivals.

If you’ve never been, it’s a gigantic street fair with music, art, kids activities, jewelry, giant turkey legs, and all kinds of other cool stuff. It’s actually the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people!

They have tons of distinctively Austin attractions, including a facial hair groomer. It’s just a good time and a perfect activity for the kiddos.

Be sure to bring your appetite. They’ll have food vendors all over the place for you to grab a bite.

For other fun happening around town, here is a list of our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, September 26th & tomorrow, September 27th

Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown Austin
6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

For a map visit,

Today is the last day the Dallas Stars are holding Training Camp at the Cedar Park Center. Training Camp is free to attend and open to the public.

When: today, September 22nd

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Morning Skate (Cedar Park Center)
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Practice for Non-Game Team

Cedar Park Center
2100 Ave of the Stars
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Photo Credit: Dallas Stars Facebook Page