Meet Dozens of Programs from Pre-K to Adult Education.

Join us on Sunday, Nov. 18, for an afternoon of FREE family fun and learning. There's something for everyone! Alt Ed Austin is proud to bring our community's attention to the abundance and diversity of unconventional learning opportunities we are so fortunate to enjoy in the Austin area. Starting at noon, you can visit information & activity booths hosted by innovative learner-centered schools, preschools, and other amazing programs serving both kids and adults. The Festival of Learning will also feature popular food vendors, cool arts & crafts for all ages, and family-friendly entertainment, capped off with a teen talent showcase after the school fair winds down, from 4pm to 5pm.We can't wait to play and learn with you!

 The Festival of Learning is coming to Fiesta Gardens!

The Festival of Learning is coming to Fiesta Gardens!

 Activities and programs for all ages

Activities and programs for all ages

If you're planning to attend the last day of the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST), be sure to stop by while you're in the neighborhood! Fiesta Gardens is just a few blocks east of downtown on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake. Parking is plentiful in public lots and on surrounding streets.

What Can You Learn and Do at the Festival?

Here’s a partial, growing list of participating elementary, middle, and high schools; preschools; enrichment programs; adult learning opportunities; arts activities; family entertainment; fun & games; food vendors; and other attractions you’ll find at the Festival of Learning. Check back here often, as organizations are signing up every day. If your educational program is interested in participating, please reach out to Teri at Alt Ed Austin.

Meet these cool, innovative schools.

Get to know the sweetest preschools.

Lunch or munch on these popular vendors’ offerings.

  • Texas Chili Queens
    5 kinds of chili (including a vegan version), Frito pie, lots of great sides and kid options, served with a splash of Texas history

  • Pizza on Point
    Cone-shaped pizza? Yep. It’s an Austin innovation. Pepperoni or cheese, plus homemade lemonade

  • Rosarito Taco Truck
    Baja-style fresh tacos, burritos, rice bowls, desserts, and more

  • Make My Day Italian Ice
    Refreshing Italian ice flavors made with fresh fruit and a little cane sugar; family owned and on a cancer-awareness mission

  • Ice Cream 2U
    Old-fashioned ice cream truck serving novelty treats

Don’t miss these special attractions!

The Edge of Imagination Station
A mobile, interactive, stop-motion animation studio where creators of all ages, abilities, and skill levels make their own short videos with chalk, paper, clay, dry-erase markers, and more
All afternoon on the Plaza!

Typewriter Rodeo
Custom poems on vintage typewriters. As heard regularly on KUT and hailed by poetry lovers and typewriter enthusiasts everywhere. Give them a few words or a topic, and they’ll pound out a poem on the spot for you to take home. Check out their terrific book while they’re typing!
12:30pm2:30pm on the East Lawn

Daniel G. Benes Science Shows!
Exciting, artistic, and informative demonstrations of physics, chemistry, and electricity for all ages, plus super-cool antique technology exhibits
12:30pm show on the Outdoor Stage; exhibit all afternoon on the Plaza

Cards for Connection Games
Games for adults and kids that spark conversation and empathy
1:30pm show on the Outdoor Stage; rainbow face painting all afternoon on the East Lawn

Hey Lolly Puppet Theater: The Green Show
Laura Freeman’s original songs educate children about the seasons, recycling, bees, compost, farming, and enjoying our beautiful Mother Earth. Hey Lolly’s creative puppet shows are delightfully interactive, especially for pre-K to 4th grade kiddos.
2:30pm on the Outdoor Stage

Hurley Piano
Turning special needs piano on its head. Innovative music educator Richard Hurley has spectacular success with kids on the spectrum and with other learning differences.
3:30pm student performance on the Outdoor Stage; get to know Richard and his method at his booth throughout the afternoon

Have fun learning new stuff, no matter your age!

  • Asian American Resource Center
    Empowering Austin's diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities
    At the festival: Asia-themed craft activities for kids and adults, such as mandalas, Filipino paper birds, and Indian wall hangings

  • City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
    Protecting lives, property, and the environment by reducing the impact of flood, erosion, and water pollution; educating the public about these phenomena and how we all can make a difference
    At the festival: Become a Watershed Detective and help solve the Fish Kill Mystery by doing experiments to determine flow paths and hypothesize about what pollutant might have killed the fish

  • The Coder School
    Learn to code. Change the world. For ages 7–18.
    At the festival: Enter a raffle for a week of coding camp, try the beanbag toss, get information on learning to code, play with Rubik's cubes

  • Courtney Harris Coaching
    Life coaching for teens, young adults, and parents
    At the festival: Mindful coloring & heart-mapping activities for families to explore; “Talking to Teenagers” articles to help parents engage in new communication skills

  • Cuentology Books in Spanish
    Supercharging kids’ Spanish one fantastic book at a time

  • Figment Creative Labs: Creative Preschool and Homeschooler Program
    Promoting critical thinking through hands-on learning in a maker space, discovery lab, play-based creative preschool, and art studio

  • Freedom Fridays & Explorations
    One-day holistic enrichment programs at Whole Life Learning Center that embody the fun of learning (for ages 3–14)

  • Game of Village Austin
    Kids explore the world at large by creating a world in miniature

  • Green Gate Farms / New Farm Institute
    Farm classes, camps, workshops, and events for all ages

  • Integração Jiu Jitsu
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes and team competition for all ages
    At the fair: Live demonstrations of “the gentle art” all afternoon

  • Natureversity
    Youth, adult, and family nature programs
    At the festival: Face painting and wildlife tracks match-up game

  • Splitter Splat Pre-K Co-op
    Parent-run community preschool cooperatives

  • Neuron Garage (formerly Summer Spark)
    Day camps where kids engage in creative problem solving

    Hard topics the easy way. Sex ed done right. Revolutionizing the way people think, learn, and teach about human sexuality.
    At the festival: Check out UN|HUSHED’s innovative online sex ed curricula, books (you can buy) by internationally recognized expert Dr. Karen Rayne, and . . . an octopus sculpture!