Ready or not, here the back-to-school season comes. Need a little help getting back into the school spirit? Prepare for the madness of homework, teacher conferences, field trips, and the millions of other school year activities by first enjoying this list of back-to-school festivities!
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Colony Park Back-To-School Bash
Friday, August 2| from 5 to 7 p.m.| Turner-Roberts Recreation, Center 7201 Colony Loop Dr.
The superhero-themed festival will include a day of celebration with live music, free backpacks and school supplies, exhibit fair, and raffle prizes. There will be an array of activities for parents, teens and children to enjoy. Bring the family for free food, shaved ice, bouncy house, face painting, balloon artists and much more. Superhero costumes are encouraged!
AISD 14th Annual Back to School Bash and Safety Fair
Saturday, August 3 | from 8 a.m. to noon | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd
From free backpacks to free health screenings and booster seats, this is sure to be an educational and fun-filled morning for back-to-schoolers of every age!
Stunt Ranch Back-To-School Bash
Saturday, August 3| from 1 to 3 p.m.| Austin Stunt Ranch, 13317 Fitzhugh Road
This one isn’t free but still worth the mention. At $20/child and $10/parent (everyone 6 yrs+ can do all the activities), enjoy a fun and exciting day with including zip lines, target practice, airbag jumping, ropes courses and much more!
Life in the Word Back-To-School Bash 2019
Saturday, August 3| from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. |Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave
Free backpacks, free school supplies, free clothes, free food, FREE fun. There is nothing that says getting back into the school spirit like free stuff, and this event is sure to have lots of it.
DJ Bling’s Back To School Party 2019
Saturday, August 3| from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St
Free school supplies and Educational Resources, workshops, live music and entertainment, special celebrity guests, food and cold beverages, giveaways, games, activities, and so much more all presented by the incredible DJ Bling Foundation!
Splash Bash Back-To-School Free Pool Party
Sunday, August 4| from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | JCC – Shalom Austin, 7300 Hart Lane
Bring friends and family for a fun day in the sun at the J! Enjoy swimming, live music, an inflatable slip ‘n slide, snow-cones, and food for purchase, rain or shine! JCC Membership is open to all.
Last Sip of Summer Friday
Friday, August 9| from 6:30 to 9 p.m.| Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W Dittmar Rd
Last Sip of Summer is a free event designed to squeeze in a little more fun before school starts. The event will consist of live music, games and craft. Bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Free for all ages!
Sensory Friendly Back-To-School Fair
Saturday, August 10| from 12 to 2 p.m.| East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd
Join Easter Seals for a FREE event for families with children with special needs. There will be backpacks filled with school supplies for students in PreK-12, games and activities, snacks, information on local resources, and so much more!
Back to School Splash
Saturday, August 10 | from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Holy Word Church, 10601 Bluff Bend Dr
Holy Word Austin will be giving away free backpacks filled with school supplies (one per child while supplies last). Other activities include a giant inflatable water slide (bring your swimsuit & towel), dunk tank, bounce house, live music and more. Browse indoor and outdoor vendors including Austin fire truck, police car and health services!
Back-To-School Tailgate Party
Saturday, August 10|from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.| The Door Christian Fellowship Church, 10714 Farm to Market Road 1625
Don’t miss out on free food, snow cones and live music will be happening at the Door Christian Fellowship Church. Don’t miss the raffle for FREE backpacks and school supplies at 1:30 PM!
Barton Creek Back-To-School Fest
Saturday, August 10| from 12 to 3 p.m.| Barton Creek Mall, 2901 South Capital of Texas Highway
Ring in the new school year with a totally FREE afternoon of live music, a Kind Shop marketplace, back-to-school fashion show featuring guest models and teachers from AISD, dance performances, flower crowns, delicious sips and bites, balloon twisters, and tons more family-friendly activities! Celebrate being kind with the Kindness Campaign, who makes it a goal to teach self-image, emotional awareness, and empathy to children beginning at age 3.
Back-to-School Free Haircut Event
Sunday, August 11| from 2 to 4 p.m. | South Austin Recreation Center 1100 Cumberland Road
FREE Back to School Haircuts for kids grades K-12th by Licensed professionals. We will also be giving away backpacks with supplies to those students who may still need one. (While supplies last). Children must be present to collect backpack.
Back-To-School Festival with El Mundo Newspaper
Saturday, August 17th| from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.| Delco Center
4601 Pecan Drive
As part of El Mundo Newspaper’s commitment to our community, the 10th annual Festival de Regreso a Clases/Back to School Festival. The event is free of charge and open to the public in general. They will be giving away over 5,000 backpacks. (While supplies last), as well as school supplies, vision, speech & hearing screenings, booster seat distribution, adult & children health screenings and much more. Families will have the chance to partake in giveaways, contests, drawings and more!
Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries & Shakes Back to School Celebration
Monday, August 19 – Thursday, August 22 | from 3 to 9 p.m. | multiple locations
It’s that time of year again and what better way to celebrate the start of a new school year than with juicy burgers and crispy fries? Mighty Fine Burgers is hosting a back to school special from August 19- August 22 3:00-9:00 pm Including 50% off kids meals and 25% off burgers or sandwiches with a student ID. The fun doesn’t stop there, the Back to School Special will also include face painting and a balloon artist! Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries, & Shakes is a classic burger joint that is known for using the freshest ingredients and the best service. Offer is valid for dine-in only.
Kids Eat Free at Easy Tiger Linc
Thursday, August 22 | All Day | Easy Tiger at the Linc, 6406 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Suite 1100
Celebrate back-to-school at Easy Tiger! They are kicking off their kid-friendly ‘Cub Club’ menu with live music & activities at The Linc. Kids 10 and under eat free all day from the Cub Club menu with an in-kind donation of school supplies to benefit Austin’s For The Children supply drive. A Back to School Celebration happens from 5 to 8 p.m.
Back-To-School STEM Saturday
Saturday, August 24 | from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.| Girlstart, 1400 W. Anderson Lane
Kick off the school year with Girlstart’s Back to School STEM Saturday! Take part in free and exciting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) hands-on activities for the whole family at the Girlstart STEM Center in Austin, Texas.