Water is one of the central components of life on earth. It also happens to be really fun to play around in. Thus, the 5th Annual Colorado River Ramble & Family Water Festival makes perfect sense. To put it plainly, it’s just a good idea. Seriously, who doesn’t like to frolic around in a nice body of water? Weirdos, that’s who.


The 5th Annual Colorado River Ramble & Family Water Festival is certainly a handful of a name, but that’s because it’s as fun as its name is long. Located in the alluring beauty of Fiesta Gardens, on The Expedition School grounds, the festival has made a name for itself as one of the best aquatically themed events in Austin. It’s all going down Sunday, Apr. 13 starting at 9 am.

Here is a video of the 2010 fest (note this year’s fest will be at The Expedition School, not the Redbud Center):


Beginner and competitive paddlers are invited to race! There are several races to choose from, including a 1K Kids SUP, canoe, kayak and sprint race. There will also be 1.5 mile Family Fun races, Junior races, and 5- and 10- mile canoe, SUP and kayak races. Ages 4 – 11 must paddle tandem with adult except in the Kids 1K races. Ages 12 and older may race solo in the 1.5, 5 – or 10-mile races.

Registration rates range from $15 – $80. Register here. Races will be from 9 – 11:30 am, with an awards ceremony and free demos wrapping up the event from 12 – 3 pm.

Everyone is invited to explore the Family Water Festival during and after the races (10 am – 3 pm)! The fest will feature activities, workshops, music and more, and it’s free to attend.

Best of all, the ramble is benefiting The Expedition School Fund & the Colorado River Alliance. For full details be sure to visit expeditionschool.com. To win a free race registration to this nautically themed extravaganza, Click “I Like It” on the Do512 Family event listing.