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If you aren’t going to ACL Fest October 1-2, then you are probably looking for fun things to do far far away from the crazy crowds. Well you are seriously in luck, because Round Rock is being invaded by bull riders and giant monster trucks for an event like no other. It’s the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Destruction Tour! See incredible 10,000-pound, car-crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action. With names like BIGFOOT, SON OF BEAST, OLD SKOOL, and TUFF GUY you know these guys mean business.

In addition to the trucks, catch the nation’s top bull riders competing against the largest professional athlete in the world: the America Pro Rodeo Bucking Bull!

Fans can meet the drivers, riders, and bullfighters and see the trucks and bulls up close at the pre-event autograph pit party.

When: Saturday, October 1st @ 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 2nd @ 2 p.m.

Admission: Tickets start at just $10!

Dell Diamond
3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665

Go back to school in the mid-1800’s at Zilker Botanical Garden this weekend. It’s September and the beginning of a brand new school year! Bring the kids to the Botanical Garden to see what it was like for kids in school in the 1800’s.


Activities include:

  • Learn old time weather saying that pioneers used to help forecast the weather and see which signs of changing weather you can find throughout the Botanical Garden.
  • Tour the Swedish cabin and see the Esperanza Schoolhouse to learn some new pioneer skills and practice calligraphy.
  • Fashion a feather quill pen and write a letter to a loved one on antiqued paper, complimented with natural inks derived from local plants and resources and then seal it with a traditional wax seal stamp as the icing on the cake!

What: Children in History: Back to School

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin

Cost: Free with Garden entry, $2 adults/$1 children/seniors

For more information contact: 512-477-8672 Ext 13.

Springfree Concert Series: Big Don

When: Saturday, September 17, noon – 5 pm

Where: The Domain, Springfree Trampoline, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza

Bring the entire family down to jump on some trampolines, win prizes from the Austin Spurs and listen to a live concert by Big Don. FREE!

Outdoor Movie Night at Tom’s: Ghostbusters

When: Saturday, September 17, 7pm

Where: Tom’s, 1401 S. Congress Avenue, Austin
When three parapsychology professors lose their jobs, they decide to battle the supernatural for money in everybody’s favorite…Ghostbusters (1984)! Come join them on their mission at with other Ghostbuster-lovers.

Conservation Day at Austin Zoo

When: Saturday, September 17, 9:30 am – 2 pm

Where: Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin

Come to learn and play at Conservation Day! Fourteen interactive booths featuring local conservation groups and naturalists. The first 200 visitors will receive a free packet of native/heritage flower or vegetable seeds from Native American Seed and Seed Savers. Free with paid Zoo admission.

Sunday Funday

When: Sunday, September 18, 2-6 pm

Where: Palm Park, 711 E. 3rd Street

Kids of all ages will enjoy hands-on arts and crafts, including face painting by Austin Creative Art Center, spin art from Austin Art Garage, the Imagination Playground, Quick Draw Photo Booth, and much more. Hey Lolly Music puppet show at 3pm, Hideout Theater Improv at 4pm, and The Peterson Brothers at 5pm. Bring a picnic or purchase from onsite food trucks Rosarito, Heretic Handhelds, and PopArt (free popsicles for the first 100 kids).

Austin Museum Day

When: Sunday, September 18, various times

Where: 35 + local Austin museums

Over 35 Austin-area museums will open their doors for FREE on Sunday and participate in hands-on activities while exploring the exhibitions.

Looking for more fun?

Movie in the Park: Zootopia (Cedar Park)

When: Friday, September 9, 2016, 8 pm

Where: Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park

Pack a picnic, snacks, blankets and lawn chairs for this FREE movie in the park.

Front Door Concerts Launch Showcase

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10 am – noon

Where: Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

This kid-friendly concert will feature live music from Joe McDermott, Staci Gray, Ms. Kat’s Music, Terrence Taps, and Madame Haleigh’s French-to-Music. FREE!

Second Saturdays: Waterworks

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 11 am – 3 pm

Where: Contemporary Museum of Art, 3809 W. 35th Street

Make a splashy painting inspired by the waterside setting of the Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Then, learn about the Science of Waveforms and Sound from traveling scientist Daniel G. Benes, who has built a brand-new, interactive demonstration just for this special day! Recommended for ages 2–11. FREE!

PBS Kids at the Alamo: Peg + Cat Mystery Hour

When: Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10 am

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (14028 N. Hwy 183) and Slaughter Lane (5701 W. Slaughter Lane)

Join PBS KIDS’ favorite problem-solving duo Peg and Cat for “The Peg + Cat Mystery Hour.” This special hour of math mysteries kicks off with a spooky Friday-the-13th problem. Then in “The Disappearing Art Problem,” museum guards Peg and Cat are on the case as shapes are being stolen right off the paintings! And finally there’s 1+1 = 2 adventures aboard the Peg + Cat Express, where missing lollipops, bananas, symphonies, and chickens can only mean: there’s a thief on the train!  Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-3, with all ticket sales benefiting education programs at your local PBS station.  This is an all-ages show with Baby Day rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark.

Family Day at the UMLAUF

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016, Noon – 4 pm

Where: UMLAUF Sculpture Gardens, 6005 Robert E. Lee Road

Families can explore the collection, create art, listen to a storytime, take part in a sing-a-long, take children’s yoga and more during this month’s Family Day. FREE!
Looking for more fun?

Take a day trip this weekend!

We still don’t know what the fate of Fun Fun Fun Fest will be, but a highly anticipated music festival from Margin Walker Presents—the new venture of from Graham Williams, co-founder of FFF Fest—was just announced this morning. Right out of the gate, and without any bands officially named, it’s getting lots of attention. The festival will be called Sound on Sound Fest and it’s scheduled to run November 4-6. Mark your calendars for June 28; the full lineup and location details will be unveiled at 10:00 a.m. CT, and then weekend and single-day tickets will go on sale.

With Williams at the helm, Sound on Sound will no doubt host big-name talent, but so far the promoters are only saying that it will feature a “diverse mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming music acts, as well as comedians.”

For more information on the Festival, please visit www.soundonsoundfest.com and for more information on Margin Walker Presents, check out www.marginwalkerpresents.com.

Follow Sound on Sound Fest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SOSFestTX, on Twitter at @SOSFestTX, on Instagram at @SOSFestTX, and on Snapchat at @SOSFestTX for updates and special promotions. The Festival’s official hashtag is #SOSFest.


Nature Nights happens every Thursday in June at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! These events are free for the family and offer explorations of plants, animals, and the ecology of Central Texas. Each evening features interactive presentations, hikes with experts in their fields, and nature crafting for kids of all ages.

Today’s Topic: Grow

What do plants and animals need to grow? Discover how the life cycles of animals and plants vary and what it takes to sustain life, and learn how to grow native plants in your own backyard. Author Suzanne Labry will sign Bluebonnet Babies in the Store.

Thursday, June 23: Pollinate

How many pollinators does it take to make a banana split? Come find out! Pollinators play an important role in our ecosystems by pollinating not only our native plants, but our food crops, too. Learn about all the bees, butterflies and other pollinators in the area and their impact on our modern lives. Listen to music by Lucas Miller. Author Laura Logan will sign Little Butterfly in the Store.

Thursday, June 30: Predators

In this Nature Night, get up close to predators of Central Texas as they fly, stalk and slither. Enjoy a presentation on birds of prey on the Play Lawn featuring live hawks and owls. Visit the live snake exhibit to learn about snakes native to Central Texas. Find out what it takes to be a herpetologist from Dr. Travis LaDuc in his special presentation about Texas snakes. Books signed by author Divya Srinivasan will be featured in the Store.

What: Nature Nights

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin

When: Thursday, June 16, 23, 30, 2016, from 6-9 pm

Cost: Free! Regular admission applies during the day.

Bonus: Kids 12 and under get a free gift!


Sample the delectable fares from restaurants from The Domain and north Austin at the 9th Annual Taste of North Austin on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 11am to 4pm. In addition to the food and drink samples, this all-day family-friendly event also has free live music, children’s entertainment, and of course, fabulous shopping.

Aromas of the various cuisines will fill Domain II, enticing guests to sample fares from local restaurants while families can experience the one-of-a-kind children’s play areas and green space in the Domain II.


Family-Friendly Activities Include:

  • Face Painting
  • Balloon twisting
  • Fun with Springfree Trampoline
  • Live music by Austin Party Band
  • Prize giveaways

Participating Restaurants Include:

  • Blackfinn Ameripub
  • Black Walnut Cafe
  • The Brass Tap
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge
  • Corner Bakery
  • CRU Food & Wine Bar
  • Daily Grill
  • Dos Chivos Mexican Restaurant
  • Firebowl Cafe
  • Flaming Pizza
  • Fleming’s Prime Steak House & Wine Bar
  • iPic Theaters
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood
  • Mia Italian Tapas & Bar
  • North Italia
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes Arboretum
  • Punch Bowl Social
  • Salvation Pizza
  • Schlotzsky’s
  • Shake Shack
  • Sushi Zushi
  • Thai Kun
  • The League Kitchen & Tavern
  • Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery
  • Tony C’s Pizza
  • Urban – an American Grill
  • Zed’s


When: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: The Domain, Phase II between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, TX 78758

Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Food samplings and VIP access will require wristbands. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths. Wristbands include 10 tastes will be available for $20 at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event.

Go big this year with a VIP experience! Receive a goody bag, complimentary drinks and access to the VIP lounge with VIP tickets for an additional $15.

Taste tabs will double as “votes” for a restaurant’s partner charity. The winning charities will receive a Simon Gift card donation.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748900035389577/

Call 512.873.8099 for more information or visit http://www.simon.com/mall/the-domain.

Would you like to win two wristbands to Taste of North Austin? We’re giving away two wristbands to two lucky readers! What do you have to do to win? Complete the form below by midnight on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Two winners will be chosen randomly and contacted via email. The prize holds no cash value and can not be transfered. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Happy hour is one of mankind’s greatest inventions, and it’s high time puppykind got in on the fun. Tonight you and your best friend should stop by Opal Divine’s Penn Field on South Congress and sample their new Yappetizer menu provided by Chloe’s Barkery.

For the humans, Friends and Allies Brewing will be on site sampling their Noisy Cricket IPA, with $3 pints that come with a free souvenir glass. Wednesday is also Texas Beer Night, which means $3 Texas beers from open to close.

BarkHappy will have a reserved area on the patio. All well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome!

When: Tonight, June 1st

Time: 7-9 p.m.


3601 S Congress Ave, Ste K100

Austin, Texas 78704


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

The Details

– 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:

  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Lawn chairs
  • Dogs on leashes

What to Leave at Home:

  • Glass
  • Alcohol
  • Weapons
  • Styrofoam


– 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.