Join us for a weekend full of family-friendly fun!
**The Festival has something for everyone!**
Travel the Festival!
Calling all kids: This year travel the Festival with your very own Festival Passport. Passports can be printed out before the Festival or pick up your passport at the Children’s Activity Tent at the Festival on a first-come, first-served basis. Get your passport stamped by attending passport sessions in the Children’s Read Me A Story Tent and the Austin Club. Kids who get three or more passport sessions stamped can show their passport at the Children’s Activity Tent for a small prize! Download one today!
Everyone is creative!
Head over to the Children’s Activity Tent for some activities! Some highlights we’re really excited about:
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11:00-11:45 Le Big Manual Workshop
Make a colored paper ornament, carve a head from an apple that will age over time, learn a fun brain teaser game using only a mirror, pencil, and paper—just a few of the DIY activities from French author/designer Sophie Glasser’s beautifully hand-drawn family craft book.
Author: Sophie Glasser
11:00 – 1:00 OUTSIDE VOICE Presents ARTtv Digital Photography Scavenger Hunt
Outside Voice is excited to share their Digital Photography Scavenger Hunt from YouTube show ARTtv. Clear off some space on your parent’s camera phone and get ready for a fun-filled journey. Use hashtag #arttvtxbookfest when sharing images for a chance to win prizes and have your work featured on ARTtv.
2:00-2:45 Live Drawing with Jake Parker!
Join children’s book illustrator Jake Parker (Little Bot and Sparrow) for a super fantastic, totally interactive live drawing event for kids! Bring your creativity and be prepared to have a blast!
Author: Jake Parker
Teens: We, like, totally get you.
This year we have a whole tent, just for you located on Congress between 10th and 11th! Stop by YA HQ sponsored by Whataburger for a day FULL of young adult sessions. See what our Literary Director is saying about it!
Head over to the Central Market Cooking Tent on 11th Street between Colorado and Congress for a weekend full of cooking demonstrations. From tacos to German baking, Tex-Mex to Persian food, these chefs crisscross the globe.
Need to shake some sillies out?
Don’t worry, we’ve got just the thing! Visit our Children’s Entertainment Tent on the corner of 9th and Congress. Here’s a snippet of what to expect, but be sure to check out the full lineup on our schedule.
10:00-11:00 a.m. Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre
Enjoy a puppet show you won’t soon forget!
12:00-1:00 p.m. Magic with Peter the Adequate
Prepare to be blown away with Peter’s magic tricks!
11:00- 12:00 p.m. ZACH Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web bluegrass music performance
Come see ZACH Theatre rock their performance of the beloved children’s book Charlotte’s Web
12:00-1:00 p.m. Ready, Set, Draw with illustrators Ryan Higgins, Xavier Garza, Jon Agee, and A.N. Kang
Think Pictionary, but with professional illustrators! (Audience participates).