Friday, December 21, 2012


5 New Years Events in Austin, TX ~ 2012

If you are anything like me, by the time New Year's Eve rolls around, I am too exhausted from all the Christmas festivities to plan something fun.  So this year, I have done my homework ahead of time to see what our great city has going on for New Year's Eve, appropriate for the family of course.

Here are 5 Fun New Year's Events for Family in Austin:

Austin's New Year
This annual free event on Auditorium Shores where Austin families can come together to welcome in the New Year. ANY is an alcohol-free celebration showcasing Austin's diverse and talented creative community through art, films, and live music. There will be shows appropriate for all ages, as well as workshops and food. The exciting fireworks finale at 10 pm features a traditional Scottish Pipe & Drum band.
December 31, 2012 5 pm - 10:30 pm
Auditorium Shores (S. 1st Street & Riverside Dr)
Event Website

Blue Man Group
This zany group is a great show for all ages, featuring music, noises, and fun.  It is so hard to describe except to say it is FUN. Playing here in Austin for 3 days, the New Years Eve show will let out just in time to see the fireworks on Auditorium Shores.
December 31 - January 2
The Long Center
Event Website

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines New Years Eve Event
Earlier this week, I told y'all all about the fun you could have as a family out at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines.  A Jamboree, Wagon Rides, S'Mores, and fireworks are just a small hint of the fun you could have.
December 31- January 1
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort
Event Website

Create Your Own Fun!
As there is not much to do that is family friendly on New Year's Eve here in Austin, why not create your own fun?  Pick a fun restaurant as a family and go check out those lights you were unable to get to during the Christmas week.  Many listed here are still on through January 1!

Commitment Day
This multi-city event is about starting a movement to commit to a healthier lifestyle.  Everyone is invited to participate in this downtown 5K (kids included- free) starting at 10 am on New Year's Day.  It's a pretty cool event happening nationwide and a great way to kick off 2013!
January 1, 2013 10 am race start time
Auditorium Shores (S. 1st Street & Riverside Dr)
Event Website


Eileen @ FamiliesGO! said...

It's hard to find family friendly things to do in any city in New Years Eve. So kudos to you for hunting down some good ideas! Happy holidays!

Eileen @ FamiliesGO! said...

I think it's always hard to find things for families to do on NYE; the evening revolves so much around imbibing and being crazy. Kudos to you for finding some cool things for people in or visiting Austin to do.

Happy Holidays!