One of Austin’s most unique events is back for its 5th year! Creek Show is something you’ll absolutely want to take the kids to see in downtown Austin this week. A program of the Waller Creek Conservancy, Creek Show is a collection of amazing, illuminated art installations that is free and open to the public each evening now through Nov. 17. This year, Creek Show has moved to new location along Waller Creek, between 9th and 11th streets and utilizes the renovated Symphony Square with concerts in the historic amphitheater, a family activity zone, and the Creek Show Lounge presented by BBVA Compass, a new space for you to relax and learn about the Waller Creek parks project.

Take note of the new entrance at 9th Street. Photo by Roger Ho.

Creek Show is running through Saturday, November 17 from 6-10 p.m. each night. Take note that traffic flow is designed to go one-way, starting at the entrance at 700 E 9th Street. Visit for a map.

We had the chance to visit on the opening night, and are just so impressed by how Creek Show gets better and better each year. The new location is awesome, and the Family Zone offered a great place for the kids to play and get delicious snacks. Check out our photo recap below; all photos by Roger Ho.

Tentsion by Perkins + Will. Photo by Roger Ho.

La Noria by Drophouse Design. Photo by Roger Ho.

Photo by Roger Ho.

Parabolus by AOD. Photo by Roger Ho.

Urban Scrim by Lemmo Architecture and Design. Photo by Roger Ho.

Ambedo ßeta by Polis. Photo by Roger Ho.

Light Lines by Campbell Landscape Architecture + Tab Labs. Photo by Roger Ho.

In addition to taking in the sights of these cool light installations, check out all of this extra fun in store for the family this year…

— Kids Activities: Head over to the family area at Doyle House for a free lineup of interactive games, exciting demonstrations, and creative hands-on activities including:

  • Light Up Lawn Games & Imagination Playground, Nightly, 6-10 p.m.
  • The Thinkery: Spark your imagination and creativity! Nov. 16-17, 6-8 p.m.
  • Stars & Science Austin: Explore science under the stars! Nov. 16-17,  6-8 p.m.
  • GirlStart: Community STEM Education. Nov. 16-17, 6-8 p.m.

Stroller Parking: Keep in mind that the pedestrian trails around the creek do have limited space and accessibility at times, making it harder for strollers to get around. There will be a designated stroller parking area inside of the Kid Zone, located at the Doyle House, and families are encouraged to utilize this parking as much as possible to to maximize your experience and other Creek Show attendees.

Fun activities for kids of all ages. Photo by Roger Ho.

Learn about what’s to come in Waller Creek. Photo by Roger Ho.

— Concerts: Enjoy live music from local artists at 8 p.m. in Symphony Square. Free; no tickets required! Here’s the rest of the lineup:

  • Sunday, Nov. 13 – Cowboy Diplomacy
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 – Montopolis
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 – Bidi Bidi Banda
  • Friday, Nov. 16 – Big Wy’s Brass Band
  • Saturday, Nov. 17 – Night Drive

See free concerts in Symphony Square. Photo by Roger Ho.

— Food & Drink: A variety of food vendors will be available next to the Family Zone including pastries, hot chocolate and coffee. And for those ages 21+, you can stop by the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bar and grab a drink while enjoying the show.

Photo by Roger Ho.

More Info:  You can learn much more at to browse the FAQ and read all about this year’s artists. A great way to stay in-the-know about all of the special Creek Show activities during the event is to sign up for their email newsletter. You can also keep an eye on the Waller Creek Conservancy Facebook page for more news.