This Wednesday, head to Zilker Park for the kick off of the 2016 Blues on the Green, a series of free live music performances that happens once a month from May through August. One of the biggest outdoor music events in Austin during the summer months, 93.3 KGSR’s Blues on the Green attracts thousands of people, including families with kids of all ages.
The 2016 Lineup:
May 25 – A Special Antone’s Celebration with Mike Flannigin’s the Drifter, Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughn, Charlie Sexton and the Peterson Brothers
June 22 – Wild Child and Max Frost
July 13 – Hayes Carll and Carson McHone
August 3 – Sweet Spirit and The Suffers
– Music starts at 8pm. Plan to arrive at least an hour early to get settled.
– The stage is set up on the northeast corner of Zilker Park, near Lou Neff Point.
– Parking is extremely limited at Zilker Park. Ride a bike, park and ride, take the bus or a pedicab. Find more parking details here.
What to Bring:
- Lawn chairs
- Dogs on leashes
What to Leave at Home:
– Arrive early and take a swim in Barton Springs Pool to cool down in the 69 degree water beforehand. Tip: Use the restroom before you leave Barton Springs to avoid waiting in line for the porta potties. Depending on how much time you plan to spend at the pool, if you arrive early enough, you could snag a close-in spot in Zilker Park.
– Don’t try to sneak in alcohol. Random searches by park police are performed.
– Packing a picnic saves you from standing in line at the food vendors. Restaurant vendors include Black’s BBQ, Raising Cane’s, Cafe Mueller, Shake Shack, Heros Gyros, Freebirds, Table 620, and Amy’s Ice Creams. Get food right away as the lines tend to get longer as the night goes on.
– Take wipes. From melting ice cream to dirt and grass smears, it’s always a great idea to come prepared to clean up the messiest of kids.
Get a sitter and leave the kids at home. VIP in style at Blues on the Green this year. For $100, you’ll receive two drink tickets, parking, shady seating, catering by Shady Grove, cash bar option, cooling stations and…. designated bathrooms. Sounds like a great date night to me! Plus, you’ll feel good knowing that a portion of ticket sales is going to a local non-profit.
Enjoy the sweet sound of music drifting through the air on a Texas summer night at this must-do Austin event.
KUTX Live at Mueller
When: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7 pm
Where: Mueller Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Pack a picnic and bring your blankets for a family-friendly live music concert featuring the much loved Que Pastas. At 7:45, Hard Proof takes stage for the adults to enjoy.
Pflugerville’s 41st Annual Deutschen Fest
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 20-22, 2016
Where: Pfluger Park, City Park Road, Pflugerville
Pflugerville celebrates its German heritage with this annual family-friendly festival that features a carnival, live music, a parade (Saturday morning at 10:45 am), food and drink vendors including German beer and sausages, shopping, a kid’s area and a 5K run. Admission: $5 Friday, $7 Saturday, $5 Sunday. Children 6 and under are free.
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016, from noon – 4 pm
Where: Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th Street
Enjoy live music, crafting, hula hoopers, art and more at this family-friendly event that celebrates Elisabet Ney. FREE!
Kidgits Meet Me at the Market
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10 am – noon
Where: Cedar Park Farmer’s Market, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park
Kidgits is heading outside to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. Kids can make their own canvas art out of vegetables and enjoy a market wide scavenger hunt! Cost: $5 annual membership.
Safe Kids Day
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 10 am – noon
Where: Mueller Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Enjoy activities for kids, information for parents, and giveaways including a new child’s bike & helmet. Activities include a bike rodeo, water safety games, pedestrian safety activities, a fire truck, and more. Free!
Celebrate Elisabet Ney, her art and her legacy at the 4th Annual Ney Day event happening this Saturday, May 21, 2016! The Elisabet Ney Museum is set on lush grounds in Austin and was once the studio of Elisabet Ney, a German classically-trained sculptor who moved to Austin in 1892. Her studio, which was called Formosa, is now home to the museum and houses many items from her collection of work.
This family-friendly event will feature the trapeze artistry of Madi Ward with Elizabeth McQuuen emceeing.
Enjoy live music from:
- Sevana Marimba
- Miss Lavelle White
- Molly Burch
- Nina Diaz of Girl in a Coma
The newest interactive outdoor art sculpture by artist Jenn Hassin will be unveiled and the public is invited to add to it!
- Sculpting and art demos
- Food trucks
- Hula hoopers
- Technology activities
- Clay crafting
- Health screenings
- Bookmaking, and more!
Booths will include Austin Pets Alive!, GenAustin, TreeFolks, Women Printmakers of Austin, Girls Rock, Stitch Lab, Thinkery, and more.
What: 4th Annual Ney Day
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: Noon – 5 pm
Where: Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th Street, Austin
Thanks to The Magellan International School for sponsoring this week’s Top 5! The Magellan International School prepares children to thrive as global citizens of the 21st century with the knowledge, skills and values to make informed and intelligent decisions in an increasingly competitive world and to champion sustainability and understanding. Magellan is a united community of different cultures committed to world-class education and lifelong learning.
Interested in learning more? Be sure to stop in at their Preschool Open House this Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 10 am to noon at their Chimney Corners Campus.
Keep Austin Well
When: Saturday, May 14, from 11 am – 3 pm
Where: The Lawn at Domain II, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza
Keep Austin Well is a free community-wide day of health and wellness, featuring a day of fun and learning about ways to live your healthiest and most active life yet. With health-focused activities taking place throughout the day, Keep Austin Well has something for the entire family. Activities include a children’s play/craft area, free fitness classes, healthy food demonstrations, complimentary medical testing and much more! Bonus: Stop by the Springfree store from 10 am – 2 pm to celebrate a new way to play and be one of the first to try out Springfree featuring tgoma, an all new outdoor digital gaming system. Enjoy free refreshments and free jumping on trampolines!
When: Saturday, May 14, from 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road
Enjoy cultural performances and experiences, a variety of Asian-focused foods, culinary presentations and fun kids’ activities, to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Admission is FREE; food, beverages and merchandise available for purchase. Accessible parking.
West Austin Studio Tour
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, from 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Plan your own self-guided tour of artists’ galleries
The fifth annual WEST, also known as the West Austin Studio Tour, is happening over the next two weekends, and there is so much good stuff to see, do and attend — most of it kid-friendly and all of it FREE. WEST offers you and your budding artist a chance to explore working artists’ creative spaces, processes and techniques in a hands-on, or at least up-close-and-personal, way.
When: Sunday, May 15, from 10 am- 1 pm
Where: Location emailed upon ticket purchase
RE:ACT is a weekend long immersive experience where music, art and technology all collide in one space. On Sunday, Austin families can enjoy a kid-friendly play date with installations including: PsiWorld/ Unicorn Crossing/ Videos as Objects/ Internal Alchemy/ Feedback Loop/ What is Love/ Braingaze/ The Eye. Cost: $5.
Flying Theater Machine: Pirates
When: Sunday, May 15, at 2 pm
Where: The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Avenue
Raise the sails! Our loveable and motley band of pirates is sailing the seas once again. Welcome aboard! While we search the seven seas for treasure we also play games and regale each other with tales of our legendary past adventures–which magically come to life, often with the help of kids and their parents. Kids (and their adults) are highly encouraged to wear their pirate costumes to the show! The more the merrier! Cost: $5.
This June and July, VentureLab will be offering their unique, STEM-based entrepreneurship camps to kids ages 5-13 at the Magellan International School in Austin. Each camp is one week and will introduce students to entrepreneurship skills through technology topics including:
- Video Game Design
- Maker Skills
- Product Design
Students learn what it means to extend their interests and passions outside the classroom as they solve real-world problems.
Camps take place Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. To learn more or to register online, click here. Or follow VentureLab on Facebook.com/ourventurelab and Twitter at @ourventurelab.
Would you like to win a spot in a VentureLab camp, valued at $350, for your child? We are giving away one spot in a camp of winner’s choice (valid only at locations hosted at Magellan School in Austin) to a lucky reader! All entries must be submitted by 9 am CST on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The winner will be notified via email and given 24 hours to respond to claim prize. The prize is non-transferable and holds no cash value. One entry per household.
Ladies grab your biggest derby hats and gentlemen come out sporting your most dapper attire—it’s time for the most exciting two minutes in sports! The second-annual Derby in the City Music Festival, an event that fuses everybody’s favorite horse race with live music, is the best way to catch the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby in Austin. Dress to impress and head downtown for an amazing lineup of live music featuring three recent ACL alums: Houndmouth, Jamestown Revival, and The Wind + The Wave. And come early as The Gents and Hello Wheels will be kicking things off. The best part? The Run for the Roses will be broadcast live on a jumbotron!
Odd Duck will be crafting their staple Makers Mark mint julep, along with a solid beer list from Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, Odell Brewing IPA, and Sierra Nevada Otra Vez. Also on hand will be BBQ from Freedmen’s, fried chicken from Ms P’s Electric Cock, and Lick Ice Creams.
When: Saturday, May 7th
Time: Gates open at 1:30 p.m.
Austin American-Statesman West Lot
305 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX, 78704
Cost: General Admission is $25/$35 day of event, VIP is $75
*Spring for VIP and do the derby right! You’ll get access to a private spot under the oak trees with seating and a bunch of complimentary perks: food, massages from Austin Massage company, luxury toilets, and a dedicated bar.
Here’s the full event schedule:
Houndmouth – 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Jamestown Revival – 5:45 – 6:50 p.m.
Kentucky Derby Coverage on jumbotron – 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
The Wind + The Wave – 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
The Gents – 2:55 – 3:35 p.m.
Hello Wheels – 2:00 – 2:35 p.m.
Daily through March 26, 2016
Rodeo Austin has a little something for everyone including pig races, carnival rides, pony rides, concerts, a Wild West Show, shopping, and more. Check the complete schedule here.
KUTX Live at the Four Seasons
Saturday March 19, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Head over to the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Austin on Saturday morning to hear Tameca Jones, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Hayes Carll and Sweet Spirit as they close out this annual SXSW tradition. Entry fee is $10 for everyone 3 and above, which benefits the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. Included in the $10 admission is a breakfast taco and bottomless cup of coffee.
Toms One X One (A.M. and P.M.)
Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. – noon & 5-8 p.m.
Bring the family out to Toms on South Congress for tunes, crafts, music lessons and more daily from 10 am – noon. Come back in the evening for One X One P.M. for live music for all ages. FREE!
Rosewood Neighborhood Park Community Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 1-3 p.m.
Celebrate Easter with carnival games, Easter egg hunts, face painting and pictures with the Easter bunny. FREE and open to the public. Rosewood Neighborhood Park, Doris Miller Auditorium, 2300 Rosewood Avenue.
Rock + Read at The Domain
Sunday, March 20, 1 -5:30 p.m.
End the final day of Spring Break 2016 with a music and book fest happening at the Domain. In addition to a great lineup of kid-friendly music and local author storytimes in the BookPeople tent, there will be crafts and more fun at this FREE event. Amy Donovan Plaza, The Domain.
It’s one of our favorite times of the year in Austin, Texas. Free food, free drinks, live music, and lots of visitors. That’s right – it’s South by Southwest.
You may have noticed a lot of buzz around local Austin company, Favor recently. And that buzz certainly isn’t slowing down for SXSW. They’ve teamed up with SouthBites Trailer Park, dating app – Bumble, and Car2go.
Free deliveries and free swag were plentiful this weekend from Favor, but the fun’s not over just yet. Check out some of the awesome giveaways Favor is doing for the remainder of SXSW.
Favor has teamed up with car2go to present you free deliveries. 12 – 2 pm
Favor has a pretty sweet sponsorship this year with SouthBites Trailer Park. Go check out some of the best local food and while you’re at it, treat yo self to a free massage (on Favor). 6 – 10 pm
Free deliveries once again! Courtesy of car2go and Favor. 12 – 2 pm
Get stamped with tattoos on demand at the SouthBites Trailer Park. 12 – 6 pm
There’s so much barbeque to eat, yet so many sxsw things to do. Get your fill of both, because Favor will deliver you some of Austin’s best barbecue (Salt Lick) from 11 am – 2 pm.
Check out Favor for more information. Don’t miss a beat and follow their sxsw moves on Snapchat – @Favordelivery
For those of you who are not heading out of town during Spring Break, we’ve put together some ideas on the best ways to have the most family fun in Austin during Spring Break 2016! Whether you are staying away from the SXSW madness and hitting up the fun in the ‘burbs or heading downtown to take part in family-friendly live music showcases, there’s a little something for everyone.
Spring Break at the Bullock is offering daily hands-on activities from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. the entire week of Spring Break 2016.
The Thinkery is open all week with maker labs, community night on Wednesday, workshops, Baby Bloomers and more. Tip: bring a picnic lunch and then head to Mueller Lake Park to play and eat.
Music and food trailers and art…. it’s all happening on March 12th at The Contemporary Museum of Art (Laguna Gloria’s) Art Free-For-All.
All admission and programs at The Blanton Museum of Art are free on the Third Thursday (March 17).
It’s SXSW! There are several family-friendly options if you’d like to catch a music showcase with your kids.
- Do512Family Picnic, March 15, Midway Food Park
- Toms One X One, South Congress, March 15-19
- Family Music Meltdown, Pan Am Park, March 16
- All the Children Boogie, A David Bowie Tribute Concert, Scottish Rite Theater, March 18
- Rock + Read, The Domain, March 20
- Live Music Series for Kids at Whole Foods Domain
See more of 365 Things Austin Family’s Top Picks for Family-Friendly SXSW events here.
How about taking a Taco Tour of Austin? Check out the 14 Best Places to Eat Tacos for some inspiration.
If you opt out of traffic and SXSW crowds, you can always make it a pizza and movie night with these Pizza Delivery options in Austin.
Yee Haw, y’all! It’s time for Rodeo Austin. There’s enough stuff happening at the Rodeo to keep you busy all week long.
Head out to the Oasis on Saturday, March 13th to see not only one of the most beautiful views but also a nice selection of cars at Cars and Coffee.
Eat, drink and sing at Party for the Planet while alleviating poverty around the world at Whole Foods in the Domain on Wednesday, March 18th.
Celebrate Holi Festival on Saturday, March 19th at Radha Madhav Dham.
Road Trip, Anyone?
Load up the kids in the car to explore 5 Lone Star parks that prove everything is bigger in Texas!
Pack a picnic and take the kids (and the dog) out for a hike. Here are the Top 5 Tucked Away Hiking Trails in Austin.
Need more breathtaking views? Climb to top of Mt. Bonnell. Or head over to the 360 overlook, also known as Pennybacker Bridge.
Go for a drive out of the city to Marble Falls where kids love picking strawberries at Sweet Berry Farm.
Go say hello to the animals at the Austin Zoo. Have you heard that they have COUGAR CUBS?! Sweet little baby cougars. Aw!
There is a chance that it may rain at some point during Spring Break. For that reason alone, we need to have a backup plan for some indoor activities.
BookPeople, the World’s Best Indie Bookstore (yes, we are partial) has storytime three times during Spring Break: Tuesday, Wednesday (Tiny Tails Petting Zoo!) and Saturday.
The Austin Public Library is pretty awesome with their events. Catch a performance of Literature LIVE!’s The Selfish Gardner Puppet Show, hit up a storytime, a movie, play with Legos…. there’s much to choose from.
Head to the ‘burbs to play at the new Spare Time facility in Pflugerville. Or drive even further north to Round Rock for some play time at Baby Earth.
The folks at the Hill Country Science Mill have some special activities planned each day of the week during Spring Break!
Happy Spring Breakin’!
About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of LiveMom.com, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 17 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.
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