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!
— HONK! TX Festival @ various locations
April 6 – 8
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 in Hyde Park, Mueller and Pan-Am Park. Click here to see the line-up & schedule.
— 17th Annual Lonestar Round Up @ Travis County Expo Center
April 6 & 7, 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!
— South Asian New Year Festival @ Zilker Hillside Theater
April 7, 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.
— Bluebonnet Festival @ Downtown Burnet (Burnet, TX)
April 13 – 15, 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.
— Art City Austin 2018 @ Palmer Event Center
April 14 & 15, 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 that transforms the Palmer Events Center pavilion into an al fresco art block party. Adults admission is $10, kids 12 and under are free.
— Old Settler’s Music Festival @ Dale, TX
April 19 – 22
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.
— 20th Annual Butterfly Festival @ EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens (Wimberley)
April 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Live butterfly releases, butterfly art, nature activities, kids games, concessions and live entertainment. Free admission, but donations appreciated.
— Earth Day Austin 2018 @ Huston-Tillotson University
April 21, 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.
— Red Poppy Festival @ Georgetown Courthouse Square (Daytrip to Georgetown)
April 27-29, 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.
— Lake Travis SpringFest @ Hill Country Galleria
April 28, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Live performances, 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!
— Pecan Street Spring Festival @ East Sixth Street
May 5 & 6
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 (McDade, TX)
now through April 22, 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 for plenty of details about attending the Faire.
— 6th Annual Children’s Picnic: A Real Food Fair @ Rosewood Park
April 8, 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 @ Downtown Austin
April 8, 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. Click here for registration info.
— 21st Annual Buda Weiner Dog Races @ Buda City Park (Buda, TX)
April 28 & 29, various times
The Buda Lions Club Annual Wiener Dog Races and Country Fair is a fun family event featuring the world famous dog race, as well as arts & crafts, kids games, a BBQ cook-off, and more. Kids 12 and under are free, ages 13 & up cost $5 admission at the gate for a weekend pass. Click here for a schedule of events.
— Eeyore’s Annual Birthday Party @ Pease Park
April 28, 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.
More to Explore:
- 10 Best Hikes for Families in Austin
- Best Places to Find Bluebonnets
- Best Places for Family Picnics
- Best Restaurants with Playscapes
- Favorite Playgrounds
- Places to Go Camping
- Favorite Swimming Holes
- Where to Rent Kayaks & Canoes
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.