What: A rundown building? A hidden door? A red light? Things are not always what they seem. Whether you’re just visiting Austin or consider yourself a local, we’re willing to bet that there are some bars you never knew existed. Shhhhh.
What: If you live for the smokey stuff, as most of us do in Texas, don’t miss this chance to see and taste some of the best in the state. At BBQ Austin cities from all over Texas send their Champion BBQ Teams to compete in the Invitational Division for the title of “State of Texas BBQ Grand Champion.” Additionally, all teams compete for the title and purse of “BBQ Austin Grand Champion.”
What: Austin’s most infamous St. Patrick’s Day party is back and better than ever with a day-long festival! On Friday, March 17, hundreds of green-clad, day-drinking warriors will flock to Fadó Irish Pub.
What: South By San José returns to the Hotel San José and Jo’s parking lot with live music, local vendors, and good times. Music starts at noon each day, and the party is always and forever free to attend.
In Austin, there truly is a festival for everything! Here’s three days of juggling, workshops, games, vendors, and shows in the heart of the city’s So-Co district.
Celebrating its 24th year, Jugglefest features (you guessed it!) juggling, unicycling, and related circus arts. Everyoneis welcome to come on down to pick up the basics, learn some new tricks, meet some crazy people, or just chill out and watch.
When: Today, February 24 – Sunday, February 26th
Time: 5-10 p.m.
Location: Texas School for the Deaf
1102 South Congress Avenue
*TSD has a great gym, plenty of parking spots, and it’s close to a ton of delicious restaurants.
It’s a rainy Valentine’s Day in Austin, Texas! Grab the umbrellas, put on the rain boots and head to Catch Air’s Austin and Round Rock indoor play places to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Stop in anytime today, February 14, 2017, for all day crafts and cookies (while supplies last). The cookies and supplies for crafts are included in the cost of admission, drinks are available for an extra fee.
What: Valentine’s Day Craft & Cookies When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Time: 10 am – 7 pm Where: Catch Air Round Rock (1401 S. IH-35) and Catch Air Austin (13450 N. Hwy. 183) Cost: Infants are free with paid child’s admission; Children 1-2: $10; Children 3-16: $14; Two 17+ Adults: FREE (per ever 1 paid child); Additional Adults: $7
This may come as a big surprise to you, but today there is a 100 percent chance of a wintry mix! That’s because the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City is having its second annual Snow Day. The outdoor Science & Art Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with 20 tons of snow.
This is the perfect activity to get the whole family out of the house today. Go for a lovely drive and give the littlest Texans the kind of winter fun they rarely get to have.
Highlights include a live action ice sculpture, ice piano, snowball catapult launches, mini snowman building contest, snowball radar throws, and more.
When: Today, January 14th
Time: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the event or online here. Members get in free.
Hill Country Science Mill
101 S Lady Bird Ln.
Johnson City, Texas 78636
*Visitors are encouraged to bring mittens or gloves to keep their hands warm while playing in the snow.
So you’re trying to be healthy this year? That doesn’t mean you can’t happy hour. Picnik just launched their happy hour and this needs to be on your radar!
Thanks to an upgraded bar, patrons of Picnik can now enjoy a tasty cocktail like the Berry Basil Smash or the Pitaya Margarita with their guilt-free meal. Made only with natural, gluten-free ingredients, these cocktails offer a tasty, healthier way to toast to the new year.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.