Wrap up your spring break with plenty of family fun! This weekend, you can take a spin on some carnival rides at Rodeo Austin, attend a kid-friendly Dolly Parton tribute concert, take a day trip to the Sherwood Forest, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, go to a children’s mini music festival at the Domain — and more! Here’s our list of Top 10 Family Events…Other stuff:
— The 9th Annual Sherwood Forest Faire is open today for a special spring break Friday! Be magically transported back in time at this fun-filled, charming Renaissance Faire. Enjoy faeries, swordplay, theatre, magic, comedy, and games from 10 a.m. – dusk. Tickets are $12 per child and $22 per adult, which you can purchase online here or at the gate.
— Take the kids to a Hello Dolly, a family-friendly tribute to Dolly Parton at the Scottish Rite Theatre today from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.! Presented by Live Mom with sponsorship from Springfree, you can count on great live music, and also lots of activities such Dolly-Do hair styling, putt-putt golf, and food from Emoji’s Grilled Cheese. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for kids 12 & under, available online here.
— Watch a screening of E. T. The Extraterrestrial at the Cinema at Community First! Village. You can bring chairs, a blanket, family and friends and arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. to pick your spot and purchase concessions. A suggested $5 donation can be made here.
— Celebrate Irish culture and pride at Austin’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival today at Pioneer Farms from 12 – 7 p.m. This family-friendly celebration includes music, dancing, kids activities and plenty of food and drink. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for kids which you can purchase online here.
— Families can head to The Domain for the annual Rock + Read Festival for kids featuring live music and children’s book authors today from 3-7:30 p.m. There will be crafts, Springfree Trampolines, a putt putt game with Topgolf, mini hockey with Chaparral Ice, giveaways and more! Free!
— Take a little trip south to Spring Lake in San Marcos for a Family Fun Day dedicated to Earth’s most important resource — water. The Go Green World Water Day takes place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with nature-themed art, crafts, and activities with a St. Patrick’s Day twist! This event is free and open to the public.
— Enjoy the final night of concerts on the SXSW Outdoor Stage for a show presented by the Austin Music Awards, featuring performances from Shinyribs, Night Drive, and Bidi Bidi Banda. This is an all-ages event that runs from 4-10 p.m. (at 800 W Riverside Dr.) and is free with your SXSW Guest Pass.
— Round up your little buckaroos and head to Rodeo Austin at the Travis County Expo Center for a carnival, KidsTown petting zoo, livestock show, and more! Open at 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Click here for tickets.
— See the iconic children’s book Goodnight Moon as a staged musical at ZACH Theatre today at 2 p.m. (Weekend matinee shows through May!) Bunny’s room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry, tap dancing bears, and even a trip through the night sky with a constellation light show. Tickets are $18 for youth and $24 for adults, which you can purchase online here or by calling the ZACH Theatre Box Office at 512-476-0541.
You can browse our full list of Top Picks for Weekend Events for even more listings. Have a great weekend!