This weekend you can watch a high-energy show from Blue Man Group, snag some baby bargains at a consignment sale, launch rockets, go to star parties, celebrate the Lunar New Year, head to East Austin for a free music festival, enjoy swordplay & jousting at the Sherwood Forest Faire, watch a children’s play about a rabbit & coyote and much much more.

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Here are our Top Austin Family Events

 

friday

 

— Calling all bargain hunters… The ABC Kids Consignment Sale takes place at Austin Oaks Church where you can find great deals on baby items, maternity & kids clothes, strollers, furniture and more. Free admission. Hours: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 6 – 8:30 p.m. (Click here for Saturday hours.)

—  Head to a Star Party at the ACC Round Rock Campus starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy hands-on science exhibits for kids and planetarium shows in Austin Planetarium’s Discovery Dome. Free!

— Get ready for a high-octane theatrical experience as Blue Man Group performs their outrageous show at the Long Center at 8 p.m.. Blue Man Group is known for their exciting shows that combine comedy, music and technology. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online here.

 

saturday

 

— Take part in a FREE daylong music festival right here in Austin, TX. The 3rd Annual MAPJAM, presented by public radio station KUTX, is all-ages, open to the public, with no tickets or RSVPs required. This year, nine bands — from African marimba to hip hop and funk and folk — will perform in four locations across East Austin from 1 p.m. – midnight. Click here for the schedule, lineup, and location info.

— Take the kids to Mueller Lake Park from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to shoot rockets, see how parachutes help firefighters, design a flood-proof city and more! Rockets to the Rescue is a free event for families designed to showcase how technology helps Central Texas in times of disaster, hosted by 4-H CAPITAL for National Youth Science Day.

— Austin’s Chinatown Center hosts an impressive celebration to ring in the Lunar New Year with dragon and lion dancers, firecrackers, kids activities, delicious food and more. This year, everyone’s invited to celebrate The Year of the Goat at this Chinese New Year party from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The celebration is open to the public and admission is free.

— Head out to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg for the 1st annual Enchanted Rock Star Festival. Enjoy activities for kids throughout the day and a Star Party at night. Park admission is $7 for visitors age 13 and up; kids 12 and under are free. Click here for the day’s schedule of events.

 

sunday

 

— Take a family outing to the 6th Annual Sherwood Forest Faire! Be magically transported back in time at this fun-filled, charming Renaissance Faire based on the tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Enjoy faeries, swordplay, theatre, magic, comedy, and games. The Faire will run every weekend through Sunday, Mar. 29 from 10 a.m. – dusk in McDade, Texas. Tickets at the gate are $20/per adult and $10/per child. If you order online here, you tickets are only $17/adult and $9/child. For more info and ticket options, click here.

Learn all about the exciting sport of geocaching at McKinney Falls State Park at 11 a.m. You’ll go on a high-tech treasure hunt using GPS units, which will be provided. Please sign up for this Geocaching 101 session by e-mailing Ranger Jenn at jenn.menge@tpwd.texas.gov. Park admission for adults is $6, children 12 & under are free.

— Families are in for a treat when Duncan Tonatiuh’s award-winning children’s book, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, comes to life on the stage at the Scottish Rite Theatre at 2 p.m. In this play, Pancho Rabbit meets danger at every stage of his journey to find his missing Papá. Tickets are available online here and will also be sold at the door. $8 for kids 12 and under, $12 for adults. Read our review of the show

Have a fun weekend!