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!
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.
Pre-K through high school, Bee Cave / West Lake Hills
Academy of Thought and Industry
High school, South Central Austin
Acton Academy Southwest Austin
Elementary, Southwest Austin
Acton Academy West Austin
Elementary through high school, West Lake Hills
AHB Community School
Elementary & middle school, North Central Austin
Apple Blossom Center for Discovery
Pre-K & elementary, Cedar Park / Leander
Austin Discovery School
Elementary & middle school, East Austin
Austin OneHeart School
Pre-K through high school, South Austin
French School of Austin – Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Pre-K through middle school, North Austin
Great Minds Learning Community
Elementary through high school (gifted & 2e), Pflugerville
At the festival: Make knight shields and enjoy sensory play
High school, North Central Austin
Pre-K & elementary, South/Southwest Austin;
Middle & high school, Downtown Austin
The Inside Outside School
At the festival: earthworms and earthworm-related activities
Julia's Garden Montessori
Pre-K & elementary, South Central Austin
Los Amiguitos Immersion, Nature and Community School
Pre-K & elementary, East Austin
Parkside Community School
Pre-K & elementary, South Austin
Elementary through high school, South Central Austin
Pre-K & elementary, East Central Austin
Middle & high school, Dripping Springs
Whole Life Learning Center
Pre-K through middle school, South Austin
Get to know the sweetest preschools.
Aldea Verde Preschool
18 months–5 years, Cedar Park
Austin Children's Garden
18 months–9 years, South Austin
Corazón Neighborhood Preschool
3.5–5 years, South Austin
At the festival: Fun sensory experiences
Helping Hands Montessori Services and Preschool
18 months–3+ years, Southeast Austin
La Petite Maternelle Fleur de Lys
2.5–5 years, North Austin
Upbring School of Arts & Sciences–Central Austin
6 weeks–5 years, Central Austin
Wild Life Forest Preschool
3-5 years, Bastrop (Earth Native Wilderness School)
At the festival: Nature museum with bones, feathers, furs, field guides, and more, plus a yucca processing station—families can help turn plants into rope!
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!
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!
12:30pm–2:30pm 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
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
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
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!