Happening All Weekend
40th Annual Deutschen Fest- Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.m The festival schedule is always bursting with pfun beginning on Friday with the event’s opening, children’s games and activities, shopping booths, Saturday’s parade, live music, and thrilling rides at the carnival all weekend long! Note: The carnival portion of this event has been canceled due to weather. Admission: $5 Friday, $7 Saturday, $5 Sunday. Children 6 and under are free. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville.
The Taming of the Shrew – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8:00 p.m. From the battle of the sexes to the marriage of true minds, Austin Shakespeare transforms The Taming of the Shrew to Austin of the 1890s, where city folk and cowboys collide. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy Shakespeare under the beautiful evening skies across from Barton Springs Pool. Featuring Gwendolyn Kelso as Kate and Marc Pouhé as Petruchio. Post show audience/actor discussions after each performance. Presented by The City of Austin in coordination with Austin Shakespeare. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Road.
Our Town - Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Trinity Street Players present Our Town, written by Thornton Wilder and directed by Manuel Zarate. Come see your favorite characters from Grover’s Corners (and your favorite local, Austin actors). All performances are FREE and open to the public. Make a reservation online or show up at the door. Free childcare will be offered May 17, and 23. You must call 512-402-3086 to reserve a space for your child. Reserve your FREE ticket here. 901 Trinity Street.
Cenicienta at ZACH Theatre- Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m., Easily understood in English and Spanish, this bilingual stage-adaptation of Cinderella tackles culture, familia, and the power of language. This production is in collaboration with Teatro Vivo. Tickets start at $12. ZACH Theatre, Whisenhunt Stage, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.
Renegade Craft Fair – Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Shop for handmade goods, enjoy DJs from Waterloo Records, rent books from Recycled Reads, try a make-and-take craft workshop, and take a FREE photo in the Magnolia Photo Booth. Fair Market,1100 East 5th Street.
Ashes, Ashes at Scottish Rite Theater- Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Nini lives in a steampunk world without sun, blue sky, trees or grass. All that was vibrant has been exploited and destroyed leaving behind a blanket of ashes and darkness. In her quest to save the world, Nini journeys into a mysterious underworld of coal mining shafts and caverns where living walls may hold the secret to life. On her adventure, she must summon all of her courage to meet the challenges that lie in front of her, to defeat the darkness and bring light and love back to the world above. Tickets: $12 adult, $8 kids. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.
West Austin Studio Tour – Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Big Medium presents the 4th West Austin Studio Tour! WEST is an annual, self-guided art event occurring over two weekends in May, providing the public with an opportunity to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who leave a lasting imprint on Austin’s vibrant, dynamic culture. Tour-goers are invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and explore unique exhibition spaces and local businesses. See Nicole’s top picks for family friendly stops. FREE! Locations vary.
Big Bolt- Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., This Pollyanna production is designed specifically to appeal to the developmental and educational needs of young children, ages 3 – 7. The play explores the concept of cause and effect as well as basic pre-math concepts through the story of a little girl named Jimmi as she discovers what can happen when a seemingly unimportant but very big bolt is taken out of its intended place. Performance on May 17 will be followed by a “Meet The Cast Party.” The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
Austin Mini Maker Faire- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Maker Faire brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Friday Night Storytime- 7 p.m., Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: What A Wonderful World by Bob Thiele, George David Weiss and Tim Hopgood and Wild About Us! by Karen Beaumont and Janet Stevens. FREE! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, Round Rock.
Movies in the Park:When the Game Stands Tall (Leander) – 7:30 p.m., Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. FREE! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander. (Check schedule as inclement weather will cancel event).
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Pachanga Fest- Pachanga is a Latin-themed music, cultural arts and food festival dedicated to showcasing the vibrant blend of Latino-created music and art and the impact it has on American culture today. The Pachanga lineup includes rock, alternative, tejano, mariachi, cumbia, salsa, electronic, funk, hip-hop and indie rock with one singular theme, the sound is brown. The fest includes family-friendly entertainment in Ninos Rock! Admission: $39, kids 12 and under are free. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse Segovia.
2nd Street Public Art Crawl with Art in Public Places - 10 a.m. Discover new public art downtown on this guided tour! The crawl starts at City Hall and showcases new artworks along 2nd Street from the Art in Public Places collection. Meet on the southwest side of City Hall Plaza at 10 a.m. for a guided walking tour from Collections Manager Maggie Stenz. Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd Street.
Bright Horizon’s Art in the Park (Round Rock)- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for our 2nd Annual Art in the Park event! We’ll have lots of hands on art experiences and activities for families, along with entertainment and complimentary lunch (with RSVP). Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 13 to email@example.com
International Multicultural Festival – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Austin will gather to celebrate the world’s cultures at the inaugural International Multicultural Festival at the Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center. The first annual International Multicultural Festival will celebrate international multicultural diversity by bringing together people, families, entertainers, and anyone with a passion for culture and international living. The FREE, family-friendly event will feature music, dancing, entertainment and performances, storytelling, an arts and crafts exhibition, hands-on children’s activities, vendors, and much more. Rain or shine. Visit the Facebook page for updates. Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E 3rd Street, Austin.
Musical Storytime with Staci Gray at Cedar Park Library- 10:30 a.m. Sing and dance with children’s musician Staci Gray as she brings her fun and silly songs to Family Storytime. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.
Austin Village Academy Mini Fair- 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Come join us for the AVA Mini Fair! At the event, have your children make a “peep” and ride carnival rides created by our students, enjoy delicious food, and learn about what goes on at our school. The event is free; food, drink, and silent auction are school fundraisers. FREE! Concessions cost extra. Austin Village Academy, 4105 Manchaca Road.
Second Saturdays Are For Families: Recycled Robots- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Back by popular demand! Make your own robotic friend using colorful lights and recycled metallic materials, inspired by Tom Friedman’s Looking Up. Then explore high-tech electronic devices presented by Austin’s Switched On and Bleep Labs. Cost: $10 per family or $5 per member family. The Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street.
Ney Day -12-5 p.m., Celebrate Elisabet Ney and her legacy of inspiring creativity this weekend! Come hear live music from Elizabeth McQueen and EMQ, as well as SeVana Marimba, Yes Ma’am Brass Band, Naga Valli, and the Djembabes! Enjoy performances from Austin trapeze artist Madi Ward, and hoola hoop hero Hullaba Loola. Visit a ton of booths with activities set up by organizations ranging from Girls Rock Camp to Tree Folks! Clay crafting, book making, science projects, sculpting demos and much, much, more for all ages. And food trucks, ice cream and more! FREE! Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th Street. Ney Day has been postponed due to water-soaked grounds. A make-up date is TBD.
Williamson County Symphony Outdoor Concert (Round Rock)- 7:30 p.m., We’re not in Kansas anymore, as we journey to the final frontier and the land of the Hobbits. Come listen to the Orchestra perform themes from: Apollo 13, Battlestar Galactica, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, Superman, The Wizard of Oz. Plus, Mysterious Journey by our Composer-in-Residence, Dr. Daniels. There’s definitely something for the whole family – concert goers of all ages will enjoy this evening in the park. FREE! Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.
Drive-In Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Round Rock)- 8-10 p.m. New in Spring 2015 is a series of family-friendly drive-in movies at the former lumber yard at 115 E. Bagdad Avenue, on the third Saturday of the month through August. A 75-foot screen allows optimal viewing. Cost is $5 walk in, $20 per car with a $5 donation to Round Rock Junior Police Academy. Movie snacks are on sale on site.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
The Flying Theater Machine- 2 p.m., Three Wishes uses suggestions from audience members to inspire the story of a group of kids who happen upon a playfully mischievous genie. Will they get what they’ve always wished for or will they discover they had what they wanted all along? Please join us for Three Wishes and see what happens when our wildest dreams come true! In these fully improvised stories, we’ll find many opportunities for the children in the audience (and sometimes their adults!) to participate and guide the story and even play on stage! And really, what more could you wish for? Cost: $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Avenue.
We Need Diverse Books YA Panel- 1 p.m. Five awesome YA authors will discuss diversity in YA literature. I. W. Gregorio, Natalie C. Parker, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton and Marike Nijkamp will talk about their novels, their writing processes, and why we need more books that reflect the big, beautiful, dynamic world we all share. Austin author Cynthia Leitich Smith will moderate the conversation. We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. We’re honored to host an official WNDB event and cannot wait to welcome these fantastic authors to BookPeople! After the public event, the authors will host a writing workshop here at BookPeople. Space for the workshop is limited. If you’d like to attend, RSVP as soon as you can. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Music Under the Star – 4-7:30 p.m., Bring your family, a picnic dinner, and a blanket or chairs to the Bullock Texas State History Museum every Sunday in May to enjoy free music concerts presented by the American Federation of Musicians. All concerts are free, family-friendly and highlight local musical talent. Each concert starts at 4 p.m. in the museum rotunda with performances outside in the Lone Star Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. FREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue.
Stock up on fresh fruit and veggies at local Farmers Markets in the Austin area this weekend. Here’s a handy list if Farmers Markets and Farm Stands.
Austin Theatre Mama’s monthly roundup of theatre for both kids and adults has more recommendations on local plays here.
And for the train lovers in the house, check out the Best Places to Ride Trains in Austin with Kids!