As you get ready to head out on your upcoming vacation getaway to Austin you may start to realize that costs can really add up. This is not just for Austin but any vacation destination as you pay for lodging, food, activities, and more. Austin also has plenty of exciting events around the city that will make your trip memorable as ever. Luckily many of these events are low-cost and will help you with your overall travel costs. Take a look at some of our favorite family-friendly events in Austin that will go easy on your wallet:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center & The Field of Light
Austinites can always look forward to a day spent at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which is also known as the Texas Botanical Gardens, has been open for 40 years! And this year is special because they have opened the highly-acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro’s The Field of Light display which debuted on September 9th of 2022! The Field of Light illuminates 16 acres with 28,000 solar-powered, fiber-optic light pods. This display is meant to showcase the intersection of art, nature, and technology. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM but the Field of Light display will be illuminated every day from 5 PM to 11 PM. So clear your evening for a night of music and lights.
Fall Pecan Street Festival
You probably would not have guessed that one of the largest and longest-running street festivals is right here in Austin and is named after one of our favorite nuts. That is where the Fall Pecan Street Festival comes in every September for a variety of arts and crafts, local vendors, and much more. The Pecan Street Festival technically takes place twice a year, on the first Saturday and Sunday of May and also on the last Saturday and Sunday in September. The Fall Festival is just around the corner with all of its exciting activities. Visitors will be able to explore all of the handcrafted creations that come from various mediums such as wood, metal, glass, leather, and stone. While you are browsing around you can enjoy all of the local Austin musical acts with some renowned veterans across three stages. The Pecan Street Festival takes place along Sixth Street in Downtown Austin between Interstate 35 and Brazos Street. Entry is always free!
Austin Oktoberfest 2022
After the previous 2021 session was canceled the Austin Oktoberfest is back on for 2022. This all-ages event lets you enjoy all things German with delicious food and drinks. Oktoberfest is a famous German celebration that has been going on since 1812. The German Texas Heritage Society brings about the celebration every year for authentic German brews and food along with exciting games. Guests will be able to enjoy delicious food such as brats along with German beers. This event will take place at the German Free School, a historical building found in downtown Austin. A variety of kids’ activities will also be on hand so the whole family has fun. Austin Oktoberfest 2022 will take place on October 8th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at The German Free School.
Boo at the Zoo
One of Austin’s most looked-forward-to events is returning with Boo at the Zoo. The Austin Zoo hosts this spooky and exciting family event every Friday and Saturday night in October. Enjoy train rides, a haunted house perfect for all ages, and live musical entertainment. Boo at the Zoo is included in every regular zoo entry making it a wallet-friendly event.
Austin Trail of Lights
Whenever you visit Austin during the holiday season you will find plenty of events taking place. One of them is the Austin Trail of Lights, a jubilant display of holiday lights. This extravagant event has been named one of the top 10 Public Displays of Holiday Lights by USA Today. This event takes place at Zilker Park where you will find over 2 million holiday lights hung up along with 90 light holiday trees plush additional holiday displays and light tunnels. This event is always free and lets you see some of the best holiday lights displays in the country. Don’t miss out on the 58th Annual Austin Trails of Lights taking place Tuesday through Sunday each week from December 8th through the 23rd. You can visit the park for the light show between the hours of 5:45 PM to 10:45 PM.