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Keep family March madness at bay with Austin events calendar

Nicole Villalpando,
Veska Higley, 8, works on flying her peacock kite with the assistance of her dad, Adam Higley, at the ABC Kite Festival in 2018. [ Thao Nguyen FOR STATESMAN]

Look ahead to Rodeo Austin, South by Southwest Gaming Expo, Spring Break, ABC Kite Festival and more family events happening in March with our March calendar.

Note: Some events have now been canceled because of the coronavirus. Events will be marked (canceled) after them if we know they have been canceled.


Explore UT. Find many different classrooms and spaces open with demonstrations on the University of Texas campus. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7. Free. Find the schedule and locations at (Canceled)

Water Lantern Festival. Design your lantern and then light it and let it float. Plus music and food trucks. 4 p.m. March 7. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd. $35.99-$55.99.

Spring Stampede. Work pioneer jobs and learn trade skills. $6-$8. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14. Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

ABC Kite Fest. Bring your kites and fly them at this free festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29. Zilker Park.

Rodeo Austin Cowboy Breakfast. Get treated to chuck wagon grub while enjoying Western-themed entertainment. 6 a.m. March 6. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Rodeo Austin. March 14-28. Gates open at 10 a.m. each day. See the animals, watch the cowboys at work, ride the carnival rides and more. $5-$8 fairground tickets; $20-$175 rodeo tickets. 9100 Decker Lake Road. (Canceled)

SXSW Gaming Expo. $39 wristbands. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 19-21. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. (Canceled)

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays, except March 16 and March 30. Ages birth to 3. $5. This month the theme is Spring Has Sprung. Special guests: Armstrong Music School, March 2; Chakra Kids Yoga, March 7; Otis Other: An Other Other Brother, March 9; Hey Lolly, March 13; Uncle Jumbo, March 21; April & Amy Rankin, March 23; Small Wonders Puppet Theatre, March 28. Community Night Spotlight: Women in STEAM. 4-8 p.m. March 4. Thinkery Take Homes: Sky High Kites. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14-16, March 28-29. Think Labs: Watershed Works. Ages 4 and up. Build a model city and practice engineering. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. March 14-16. $8. Parent’s Night Out. 5:30 p.m. March 27. $45 first child, $25 each additional child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Blanton Museum of Art. Block Party. All-day event with family art activities throughout the museum. Free. 11 a.m. March 28. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Canceled)

Umlauf Sculpture Park and Museum. Family Day. Enjoy yoga, make art and more. Noon to 4 p.m. March 8. Free. Umlauf Museum, 604 Azie Morton Road.

Bullock Texas State History Museum. Free First Sunday. Learn about Trailblazers in Texas history. Noon to 5 p.m. March 1. Living History Days. 10 a.m. March 5. Little Texans: Vaqueros. 10 a.m. March 12. Science Thursday. 10 a.m. March 12. Story Time: Trailblazers. 10 a.m. March 26. 1800 Congress Ave.

Contemporary Austin Art Free for All. Explore all kinds of art. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. (Canceled)

Science Mill. Homeschool Day: Careers in Art and Math. 10 a.m. March 5. Spring Break Robotmania. Play with robots weekdays during spring break. March 9-20. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Toybrary Austin. Daddy & Me Monster Playdate. 10:30 a.m. or 4 p.m. March 7 and March 8. $12. Daddy & Me Knight, Dragon and Castle Playdate. 10:30 a.m. March 14. $10. Parents’ Night Out. 5 p.m. Saturdays. $35, $10 each additional child. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. 10:30 a.m. March 17. $10. Reptile Show. 10:30 a.m. March 18. $12. Bubblepalooza with Milly McSilly. 10:30 a.m. March 19. $12. Elmo visit. 10:30 a.m. March 20. $12. Foam Party. 10:30 a.m. March 21. $12. Daddy & Me Dino Playdate. 10:30 a.m. March 28. $12. Spring Crafts and Singalong with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. March 31. $10. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.Parent and Toddler Yoga. 10 a.m. March 3. $15. Sprouts. Children ages 3-5. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. National Learn About Butterflies. Drop in and learn between 10 a.m. to noon March 14. Botanical Monograms Illustrations. For kids 10 and older. 10 a.m. March 14. $30. Spring Break Drop In & Discover. 10-11 a.m. March 16-20. Special activities for spring break. World Meteorology Day. Enjoy special weather activities. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.


Rock and Roll Family Playhouse presents Music of the Beatles for Kids. $12-$15. 11 a.m. March 8. Mohawk, 912 Red River St.

SXSW Showcase. Local music schools perform. Suzuki Strings of Austin, Bandaid School of Music, and Songbird Rising Suzuki. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

I Love Schoolhouse Rock So Much. SaulPaul, Adam & the Bullshark, Que Pastas, Jon Langford, Red Yarn, the Lucky Band, Kathy McCarty & Speeding Motorcycle, a tribute to Daniel Johnston and more from Spare the Rock. $5 adults, $1 children. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 20. (Canceled)

Rock and Read. Authors Donna Janell Bowman, Susie Kralovanksy, Jessica Anderson, PJ Hoover and Kathryn Kronenberg read while Ms. Kat, SaulPaul, Adam & the Bullshark, Que Pastas, the Lucky Band and El Tule play. Free. 3-7:30 p.m. March 21. 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza. (Canceled)


SaulPaul’s Alien Adventure.” An alien comes to Earth and makes a friend. Music by SaulPaul. 11 a.m. March 1. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

Hideout Kids: “Out of This World.” Join the cast in creating the story. 11 a.m. March 1 and March 8. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.

“Peter Pan.” 2 p.m. March 1. $17-$36. Palace Theater, 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown.

“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” Mo Willems’ book becomes a musical. $10-$18. 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 1. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Zach Theatre. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” For ages 3 and up. The beloved children’s story by Eric Carle comes to the stage along with other Eric Carle creations. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through March 14. Kleberg Stage, 1421 W Riverside Drive. $19-$43. “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.” Allen Robertson adapts this story of a lonely man who one day receives a note for Valentine’s Day. For ages 3 and up. 11 a.m. Saturdays, through April 11. $15-$27. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road.

Literature Live’s “The King’s Daughter Who Lost Her Hair.” 10:30 a.m. March 4, Central Library. 2 p.m. March 9, Manchaca Road Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 10, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 11, Milwood Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 16, Spicewood Springs Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 17, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. March 18, Old Quarry Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 31, Yarborough Branch.

“Aladdin.” Go on a magic carpet ride in this Disney musical adaptation. $35-$110. 8 a.m. March 11-14 , March 17-21, 1 p.m. March 12, March 15 and March 22, 2 p.m. March 14 and March 21, 6:30 p.m. March 15 and March 22. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. (Canceled)

“Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue.“ The show comes to the big stage with all your favorite pups. $18-$65. 6 p.m. March 31 and April 1, 2 p.m. April 1. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

Pollyanna Theatre Company. “Ants Go Marching: A Play & Play Production” Get ready to play along with Red Ant as he goes into Blue Ant territory. Ages 2-5. 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 26-28, April 1-4. Carver Dance Studio, 1165 Angelina St.

“Sleeping Beauty.” The classic fairy tale comes to the stage. $8-$10. 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, March 7-29. EmilyAnn Theatre, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley.


Spring Movie Series at Domain Northside. “Lion King (2019),” March 7; “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” March 14; “The Addams Family (2019),” March 21; and “Toy Story 4,” March 28. Movies start at 6 p.m. on the Northside lawn, 11821 Rock Rose Ave.

Alamo Drafthouse: Kids Camp: “Shaun of the Sheep.” 10 a.m. March 13-19, Lakeline., 10 a.m. March 16-19, Mueller. 11 a.m. March 13, 10:30 a.m. March 14-19, Slaughter Lane. “The Flintstones” Cereal Party. 10 a.m. March 21, Lakeline. 10 a.m. March 22, Slaughter Lane. “Onward” Family Party. 10 a.m. March 7, Mueller. 10:45 a.m. March 7, Slaughter Lane.

Austin Film Society’s Sunday School screening. “The Kid” with Charlie Chaplin. 2 p.m. March 28. $11.25. AFS Cinema, 6406 N. 1-35, Suite 3100.

Family Movie Matinee. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” 3:30 p.m. March 6, Ruiz Branch of the Austin Public Library. “Addams Family.” 3:30 p.m. March 20, Ruiz Branch.

Friday Movie Matinee. “The Lion King.” 3:30 p.m. March 6, Old Quarry Branch.

Drive-in Movie: “Cars.” 10 a.m. March 20, St. John Branch.


Barnes & Noble.“Wings of Fire” Fan Fest, 2 p.m. March 7. Baby & Me story time, 11 a.m. Sundays at all locations. Story time, 11 a.m. Saturdays at all locations. “How to Catch a Dinosaur” and “How to Catch a Unicorn,” March 7. “Pete the Cat: the Leprechaun Chase,” March 14. “Pig the Tourist,” March 21. “Macca the Alpaca,” March 28.

BookPeople. For kids:Stacy Plays reads “Wild Rescuers: Expeditions on the Tundra,” 6:30 p.m. March 4. Isaac Fitzgerald reads “How to Be a Pirate!” 6 p.m. March 5. Kit Rosewater reads “The Derby Daredevils.” 2 p.m. March 28. Christina Soontornvat reads “A Wish in the Dark.” 2 p.m. March 29. For young adults: Marissa Meyer: Lunar Ever After Tour. 5 p.m. March 1. Rachel Renee Russell and Nikki Russell read “Dork Diaries No. 14.” 11 a.m. March 8. Ally Carter reads “Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor.” 2 p.m. March 8. David Levithan reads “19 Love Songs.” 7 p.m. March 10. Jason Reynolds reads “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You” (at Central Presbyterian Church). 7 p.m. March 11. Story times, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

At the library

For teens:

Just for Teens: Math & Science Tutoring. 1 p.m. March 1 and March 29, Central Library. Guitar and Bass Lab. 6 p.m. Mondays, Central Library.

Teen Tech Studio. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

LAUNCH: Teen Entrepreneur Lab Series. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Central Library.

Teen Anime Club. 6:30 p.m. March 5, Twin Oaks Branch.

Tween Crafters. 4 p.m. March 6, Manchaca Road Branch.

Break the Mic: Teen Poetry Open Mic/Slam Poetry Workshop and Slam for Youth. 1 p.m. March 7, Central Library.

I Need a Hero. Find out about volunteering with the Austin Humane Society for teens and up. 2 p.m. March 7, Old Quarry Branch.

Teen Job Tips Workshop. 1 p.m. March 8, Central Library. 1 p.m. March 29, Central Library.

Teen Social Hour, 3 p.m. March 10, March 12, March 24, March 26 and March 31, Carver Branch.

College Planning Workshop: College Planning 101. 6:30 p.m. March 17, Howson Branch. Award Winning Essays. 6:30 p.m. March 26, Howson Branch. Scholarships and Financial Aid. 10:30 a.m. March 28, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Teen Book Club. 4 p.m. March 27, Milwood Branch.

For kids and families:

Happy Mail Art. For ages 8 up. 3 p.m. March 1, North Village Branch.

Pajama Story time. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Central Library. 6:30 p.m. March 5, Manchaca Road Branch. 6 p.m. March 26, Spicewood Springs Branch. 6 p.m. March 26, North Village Branch. 6 p.m. March 31, Windsor Park Branch. 6 p.m. March 31, Milwood Branch. 6 p.m. March 31, Old Quarry Branch.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 11 a.m. March 4, St. John Branch. 11 a.m. March 12, Southeast Branch. 11 a.m. March 13, North Village Branch. 11 a.m. March 20 and March 31, Hampton Branch. 10:30 a.m. March 31, Terrazas Branch (in Spanish).

Music and Movement. 10:30 a.m. March 3 and March 31, Little Walnut Creek Branch. 11 a.m. March 3 and March 24, Hampton Branch. 11 a.m. Thursdays, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. March 6, Old Quarry Branch. 11 a.m. March 17, Southeast Branch. 11 a.m. March 19, St. John Branch (in Spanish). 10:30 a.m. March 24, Terrazas Branch (in Spanish). 11 a.m. March 26, Howson Branch.

Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library.

Homeschool D&D Club. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Central Library.

Homeschool Social. Noon Wednesdays, Southeast Branch.

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. March 4, St. John Branch. 3 p.m. March 4, Ruiz Branch. 1:30 p.m. March 17, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 2 p.m. March 19, University Hills Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 19, Howson Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 24, Windsor Park Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 26, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 27, Hampton Branch.

Lego Lab with Playwell TEKnologies. 3 p.m. March 4, Southeast Branch.

Lego Lab. 4 p.m. March 6, North Village Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 9, Hampton Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 9, Little Walnut Creek Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 10, Windsor Park Branch. 4 p.m. March 12, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 3:30 p.m. March 13, Manchaca Road Branch. 3 p.m. March 13, Ruiz Branch. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21-22, Central Library.

Bow Wow Reading with Quintana Roo. 4:30 p.m Wednesdays, Little Walnut Creek Branch. With Aussie. 3:30 p.m. March 17, North Village Branch. With Sadie. 10 a.m. March 21, Central Library. With Sky. 2 p.m. March 28, Southeast Branch.

Sensory Garden Launch Party. 3:30 p.m. March 6, Twin Oaks Branch.

Sábados en Familia Cultural Fun for Families. 10 a.m. March 7, Central Library.

Tech Familia Latinitas Technology Workshops. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Recycled Reads 11 Year Anniversary Party. Noon March 7, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Seuss X Seuss West. Starting a Garden. 2 p.m. March 5, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. Storytime Party Read Across America. Noon, March 7, Windsor Park Branch. Crafty-loo Crafternoon. 3 p.m. March 15, Little Walnut Creek Branch. Feeding the Bees. 6 p.m. March 16, Carver Branch. Seuss Reuse. 3:30 p.m. March 19, University Hills Branch.

Weekend Builders. 2 p.m. March 7, Hampton Branch.

Austin Ukestra. 1 p.m. March 8, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Eco Day Green Resource Fair. 1 p.m. March 8, Central Library.

WobbleBots: STEM Projects Women’s History Month. 3 p.m. March 8, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

STEM Builder Lab. 3:30 p.m. March 11, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Folded Book Fairy House Craft. Make and decorate a fairy house. 1 p.m. March 12, Recycled Reads Book Store.

Perler Bead Palooza. 3 p.m. March 13, St. John Branch. 2 p.m. March 16, Hampton Branch. 6:30 p.m. March 19, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party. 1 p.m. March 16, Central Library.

Superhero Academy. 11 a.m. March 17, Carver Branch.

Graphic Novel Workshop: Three Panel Comics. 2 p.m. March 17, Manchaca Road Branch. Life as a Comic Creator. 6:30 p.m. March 19, Manchaca Road.

Bedtime Yoga Story Hour. 6 p.m. March 17, St. John Branch.

Be the Builder. 1 p.m. March 18, St. John Branch.

Mother-Daughter Book Club. “A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying.” 6 p.m. March 18, Hampton Branch.

Maker Movie Matinee. 3 p.m. March 20, St. John Branch.

Create Your Own Comics. 3:30 p.m. March 20, Old Quarry Branch.

Maker Space Cricut Open House. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21, Twin Oaks Branch.

Sew Much Fun. 11 a.m. March 21, Ruiz Branch.

Tech Familia Animation Workshop. 11 a.m. March 21, Southeast Branch.

Wooden Signs: Vision Statements for Women’s History Month. Noon March 21, St. John Branch.

Spring Into Nature: Celebrate Springtime and Life Outdoors. 1 p.m. March 21, Hampton Branch.

Barking Book Buddies. 4 p.m. March 24, Howson Branch.

STEMulating Playground. 4 p.m. March 24, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Neighborhood Science: Through Claws and Scales. 7 p.m. March 24, Twin Oaks Branch. 7:30 p.m. March 31, Howson Branch.

Appreciation Cards: Women’s History Month. 6 p.m. March 25, Windsor Park Branch.

Women and Wikipedia Women’s History Month. 6 p.m. March 26, University Hills Branch.

UT Austin String Project Concert. 11 a.m. March 28, Central Library.

TeddyBear Picnic. Noon March 28, St. John Branch.

Games Galore and More. Noon March 28, Cepeda Branch.

The Human Library: Women’s History Month. 1 p.m. March 28, Southeast Branch.