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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.

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.

Ney Day

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
  • BettySoo
  • 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!

Activities include:

  • Sculpting and art demos
  • Food trucks
  • Ices
  • 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

Cost: FREE

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 include:

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.