Happening All Weekend Long:
Pflugerville’s Deutschen Pfest- Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18th. Check hours and schedule here. Celebrate Pflugerville’s German heritage with carnival rides, a parade, live music, food, and more! Gates open Friday at 5 p.m. The children’s parade kicks off at 10:45am on Saturday followed by the main parade which includes local marching bands, community groups and organizations. Next head to Pfluger Park for festival food, booth vendors, children’s petting farm and puppet shows. Admission is $5 on Friday and Sunday, and $7 Saturday. Children 6 and under are free. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road.
West Austin Studio Tour - Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, from 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. The third annual WEST, also known as the West Austin Studio Tour, is happening this weekend 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. Plan your own self-guided tour of artists’ galleries.
Shakespeare in the Park – Friday, May 16, Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater in coordination with Austin Shakespeare present William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a romantic comedy. FREE admission. Audience in costume welcome! Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive, Austin.
Plus and Minus: The Vacation Adventure- Saturday, May 17 at 2 and 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. with a meet the cast party after the performance. In May of 2013 Pollyanna audiences fell in love with Addy Plus and Minus Takeaway, two very unlikely friends. Well, Addy still loves to put things together and Minus still loves to subtract. But this newest production finds the two friends appreciating their differences and going on their first vacation together. All seems to be going well until they meet up with Slice McGillicutty, a guy who insists on cutting things in half. How will Addy and Minus react to Slice? And is there a way to salvage their vacation once Slice McGillicutty arrives on the scene? Come along and find out. This play, which brings math concepts to life, will be enjoyed by audiences ages 4 and up. Tickets: $7-12. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. Read heidi Okla’s review here.
Pinocchio at ZACH Theatre- Saturday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m. Step into Geppetto’s workshop for a delightful retelling of an ageless classic! Objects in Geppetto’s carpentry workshop become puppets in this imaginative play about love and family told through puppetry and illusion! Tickets: $16 adults, $14 youth. ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin.(You can read Heidi Okla’s review here).
Movies Under the Stars – Friday, May 16. You have three FREE movies to choose from:
- Hoodwinked - Friday, May 16 at dusk. Enjoy a movie and FREE s’mores for kids. Ski Shores Cafe, 2905 Pearce Road, Austin.
- Back to the Future at Top Notch- Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. with the movie starting at 8:00 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Top Notch Burgers, 7525 Burnet Road, Austin.
- Back to the Future- Friday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. Gather at the green space by the pond at the The Shops of Arbor trails for a family-friendly movie night. The Shops at Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.
Chaparral Ice Theme Night: Zombie Prom- Friday, May 16, from 6:30- 9:30 p.m. Dress down your prom dress or dress up your zombie look. Whichever way you look at it, it’s going to be a wild night! Fastest on-ice zombie escape wins a prize! Skate in the dark after 8:00 PM! Austin Community Dance Team will provide a pizza, treats, and drink sale. Regular admission applies. Chaparral Ice, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin.
Faerie Landscaping Workshop- Saturday, May 17 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or Noon- 2 p.m. Create adorable faerie miniature gardens using live plants and natural materials to take home and invite a faerie into your backyard. Working with gardeners and horticulture staff, learn what is needed to keep your miniature landscape alive. Participants must register. $5 per participant (+ $25/garden kit). Zilker Botanical Gardens, 2220 Barton Springs Road.
Bright Horizon’s Art in the Park- Saturday, May 17, from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Join a celebration of art at Bright Horizons at Round Rock and enjoy entertainment including a performance by children’s entertainer Staci Gray (1 p.m.), Painting Activities, Sand Art, Origami, Foil Art, Sun Catchers, Jewelry Making, Face Painting . There will also be community vendors, and an art-tastic raffle gift full of arts and crafts to let your imagination run wild! This event is FREE and open to the public. Bright Horizons, 7210 Wyoming Springs Drive , Round Rock.
Rice: A Celebration of Asian American Culinary Roots- Saturday, May 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Asian Mobile Food Truck Battle, Five food trucks will duke it out by creating their best rice-based dish with the crowd and judges panel voting on their favorite dishes. Interactive Food Booths, Asian American Food Entrepreneur Panel, Outdoor Competitive Rice Games, Rice sack races, chopstick relay races and more! Kids’ activities including bounce house, crafts and more. FREE admission. $20 tasting ballot. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin.
The Art of Children’s Books- Saturday, May 17 from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Join us for an incredible story-time where kids of all ages get to hear a selection of published picture books read out loud by the authors and illustrators who created them. The readings will be followed by a book signing and books will be available for purchase. Enjoy craft time, light snacks and listen to live kid-friendly rockabilly music all while viewing the art of Austin’s children’s book illustrators. 11 AM – Patrice Barton, The Invisible Boy; 11:45 AM – Bethany Hegadus, Grandfather Gandhi; 12:30 PM – Don Tate, Black All Around; 1:15 PM – Shelley Ann Jackson, Ten Texas Babies; 2 PM – Jeff Crosby, The Rockabilly Goats Gruff’ 3 PM – Live music with Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers. FREE! APL- Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth Street, Austin.
Austin EcoSchool Village Mini Fair- Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. All year long, EcoSchool students work to build a historical scale model village complete with a carnival. Attendees of the event can make a Peep (a 3″ tall doll) and take it on all of the wild and crazy carnival rides: the Ferris wheel, a water slide, and merry-go-round, to name but a few. Or, if your Peep is a little more retiring, go to the Village Market and shop for a new hat, gardening tools, or an adorable Peep pet. Admission and the making of a Peep doll are both FREE! Tickets for the Peep to ride the carnival rides and concessions cost extra. Austin EcoSchool, 4105 Manchaca, Austin.
Barnes and Noble Storytime at the Arboretum- Saturday, May 17th, 11:00 a.m. Get ready for your summer adventures by joining us for a reading of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs beautifully! Stick around for some fun crafts afterwards. FREE! Barnes and Noble, Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin.
First Annual Natural Living Festival- Saturday, May 17, from noon- 5:00 p.m. The event will feature 100% whole food plant based meals in the dining hall, children’s performers and entertainment, live music, health practitioners of various modalities, local and national product lines, vendors, samples and demos. The Natural Living Festival is a free event for the Austin community, dedicated to supporting individuals and families by connecting them with resources to live a happy and sustainable life. FREE! Casa de Luz, Center for Integral Studies, 1701 Toomey Road, Austin.
Toy Joy and Cafe Ruckus Grandest Opening Party- Sunday, May 18, from noon- 4 p.m. Cafe Ruckus is now open and keeping downtown caffeinated with its unique blends and beverages, and iconic Austin toy store Toy Joy has reopened under new ownership. Celebrate these two unique shops with an exciting family-friendly festival in the 2ND Street District this weekend. Enjoy an afternoon of free activities, including: Music from DJ Digg, and other local music acts! Latte Art demonstrations, giant bubble demonstrations, drink samples from Cafe Ruckus, raffles every hour for prizes from 2nd Street retailers like Gameday Cloth and La Condesa,adoptable pets from the non-profit Wags and Licks Dog Rescue. FREE! There will also be unicorn rides available for $5 per person, starting at 2 p.m. And more! Be prepared for surprises! Toy Joy and Cafe Ruckus, 403 & 409 W 2nd Street, Austin.
The Contemporary Austin International Museum Day- Sunday, May 18 at noon. As part of International Museum Day, The Contemporary is pleased to offer FREE admission to both museum sites. See the exciting new exhibitions and explore the family-friendly interactive activities at both locations. Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue, Austin and Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street.
Planet K Concert at Bullock Museum – Sunday, May 18 at 6 p.m. Bring your family, a picnic dinner and a blanket or chairs to the Bullock Texas State History Museum’s Lone Star Plaza to enjoy a FREE concert by the Jumpstart and Eve & the Exiles. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin.