There’s a lot going on in Austin in springtime! So much, in fact, that you might have a hard time picking and choosing among all of the fun events and happenings in this lovely city. The line-up of spring festivals, annual parties, special shows, etc. is as bountiful as this year’s best bluebonnet patch. To help you stay in-the-know and plan ahead, we’re sharing this big event roundup so you don’t miss a thing!
— Zilker Garden Festival @ Zilker Botanical Garden
March 25, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. & March 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Flower show, plant sale, gardening experts, live music, kids crafts, food & more family-friendly fun. A spring favorite in Austin for over 50 years. Click here to view all of the scheduled activities. Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children (age 4-12), free for kids under age 4. Parking is $5.
— Art City Austin 2017 @ Palmer Event Center
March 31 – Apr. 2, Fri. 4-8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Over 125 national artists, top local restaurants, two music stages and hands-on art activities make this one of the city’s favorite festivals. Adults admission is $10, kids 12 and under are free.
— HONK! TX Festival @ various locations
March 31 – April 2
HONK!TX is a nonprofit, community-driven festival that brings brass bands from around the country to perform an array of genres ranging from European Klezmer and Balkan, to New Orleans second-line brass music, in the public spaces of Austin on South Congress Ave., in Hyde Park & Pan-Am Park. Click here to see the line-up & schedule.
— 16th Annual Lonestar Round Up @ Travis County Expo Center
April 7 & 8, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A huge outdoor car show and live music festival with tons of vintage hot rods and custom cars driven here from all over the country. Admission is $15 at the gate, kids under age 12 are free!
— Bluebonnet Festival @ Downtown Burnet (daytrip to Burnet, TX)
April 7-9, events at various times
The annual Bluebonnet Festival has grown into one of the most exciting and successful small-town festivals in Texas. The event draws crowds topping 30,000 each year. Click here for info about all of the scheduled events. Free admission.
— South Asian New Year Festival @ Zilker Hillside Theater
April 8, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Traditional open air cultural program, with authentic cuisine, ethnic dresses, jewelry, henna, kids’ entertainment, and more. Admission is free.
— Old Settler’s Music Festival @ Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion & Camp Ben McCulloch
April 20 – 23
Central Texas’ signature music event featuring Grammy-winning Americana, arts and crafts, camping, food and libations. Acoustic jazz, blues and bluegrass are all performed by old-time local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world. Click here for schedule info. Children age 12 and under get free admission. Click here for tickets.
— 19th Annual Butterfly Festival @ EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens (Daytrip to Wimberley)
April 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Live Butterfly Releases will happen every 30 minutes! You can also enjoy: Butterfly Art, Flight House featuring Texas Native Butterflies, nature activities, pirate and princess tents, games, concessions and live entertainment. Free admission, but donations appreciated.
— Red Poppy Festival @ Georgetown Courthouse Square (Daytrip to Georgetown)
April 28-30, events at various times
A Georgetown and Central Texas tradition, the Red Poppy Festival is a time to enjoy family and friends, music, food, and fun. Lots of family activities! View the full event schedule here. Admission is free.
— Earth Day Austin 2017 @ Huston-Tillotson University
April 22, 12-7 p.m.
This will be an fun experience full of hands on activities and workshops, music, local leaders and activists, and will inspire and inform you to make a difference in your day-to-day life.
— Lake Travis SpringFest @ Hill Country Galleria
April 29, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Live kids performances , live music, artisan shopping all day, and a Kidzone that will keep the kids busy for hours. Enjoy central Texas beer and wine in the BrewHaus/WineStomp tent. Free admission and parking!
— 40th Annual Pecan Street Spring Festival @ East Sixth Street
May 6 & 7
The Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Musicians, food vendors, artists and crafts people turn Sixth Street – historically called Pecan Street – into a lively street fair where there is something for people of all ages. Free family event!
— Sherwood Forest Faire (Daytrip to McDade, TX)
Through April 23 10 a.m. – dusk
Located in McDade, Texas, the Faire is set in a 23-acre wooded village that’s bustling with shoppes, pubs and entertainment. Click here to read all about our experience at the Faire. It is open from 10 a.m. – dusk. Tickets at the gate are $23 for ages 13 & up, $13 for ages 6-12, and children ages 5 and under are free. You can save by ordering your tickets in advance online here.
— Round Rock Express Fan Fest @ Dell Diamond
March 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fans have the opportunity to enjoy a day at the ballpark full of entertainment for the whole family. From 10 a.m. – noon, fans can take batting practice on the field. After noon, the field will open up so fans can play catch in the outfield (bring a glove and ball). The Express bullpen will be set up for attendees to try and light up the radar gun. The ever-popular hot dog eating contest is back for kids and adults (pre-registration required) and fans will get an exclusive look inside the Express clubhouse as they take their very own baseball card photo.
— 5th Annual Children’s Picnic: A Real Food Fair @ Rosewood Park
April 23, 1 – 5 p.m.
Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, grow a garden, get moving, meet farmers and local food vendors, and enjoy cooking demos, music and much more! Free.
— Statesman Capitol 10K @ Auditorium Shores
April 23, 8 a.m.
Every spring, runners, fitness enthusiasts and healthy families converge in downtown Austin for the Statesman Capitol 10K. This family-friendly events encourages you to run, walk, push that baby stroller, or even bring along your pup for a race through Austin’s picturesque downtown. Then at the Finish Line Festival, you can celebrate your accomplishment with live music, food trucks, a beer garden, kids zone and more. Click here for registration info.
— 20th Annual Buda Weiner Dog Races @ Buda City Park (daytrip to Buda, TX)
April 29 & 30
The Buda Lions Club Annual Wiener Dog Races and Country Fair is a fun family event. In addition to the world famous dog race, you can enjoy arts & crafts, kids games, a BBQ cook-off, and more. Kids 12 and under are free, and anyone 13 and over $5 will get you a weekend pass.
— Eeyore’s Annual Birthday Party @ Pease Park
April 29, 11 a.m. – dusk
Live music, local beer, food, acrobats and costume contests surround this annual gathering of Austin’s most eclectic locals. Eeyore’s Birthday serves as fundraiser to benefit many local non-profits.
— 5th Annual Woodland Faerie Trail @ Zilker Botanical Garden
May 27- July 30
From tiny bridges and stone paths, to meticulously placed acorn shingles, these whimsical creations will delight children of all ages. You can explore the abodes of the faeries and gnomes along the Woodland Faerie Trail through the escarpment pathway and see who is home. Regular admission applies ($3 for adult nonresidents, $2 for adult residents, $1 for children (ages 3-12) & seniors (age 62 & over). Click here for info about special events on the trail.
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No matter what you do this Spring, we hope you and the kids have an amazing time! For even more ideas, you can always check out our daily calendar for all event listings.