As summer kicks off, mark the calendar with these local events in May and June. From festivals to markets to a Juneteenth celebration, local organizations are hosting a variety of family-friendly activities.

Events happening in May

May 18-20: Get rowdy at the rodeo

The Liberty Hill Fair and Rodeo will feature a series of events including the mutton busters ride, steer roping, barrels and breakaway, and multiple rodeo performances over the course of three days. Vendors will also be present every day of the rodeo.
  • 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Free (kids 3 and younger), $10 (ages 4-12), $20 (age 13 and up).
  • Harvest Ranch Arena, 8355 RM 1869, Liberty Hill.
May 20: Experience an art festival

Liberty Hill will transform its downtown to host its most popular interactive arts and music festival, Whimsy & Wonder. The festival will feature live art demonstrations; wine tastings; street performances; artisan vendors; live musicians; and a Children’s Imagination Garden, where visitors will be allowed to interact with the artists.May 27: Stroll around the market

Liberty Hill Pop-Up Market will offer over 40 vendors, food trucks and kids activities for participants of all ages to enjoy.Events happening in June

June 2: Have a family night

Higginbotham Brothers will host Liberty Chill, which will feature food trucks, children’s games and prizes, a petting zoo, ax throwing, local vendor and business booths and giveaways throughout the course of the event.June 3: Splash at a pool celebration

The city of Liberty Hill will host its Beat the Heat Grand Opening Party to celebrate the new Liberty Hill Swim Center. Put on by the city’s aquatic staff, the event will feature music, contests, treats, food trucks and special guest appearances.
  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Event is included with daily pool admission or pool pass.
  • 255 CR 200, Liberty Hill.
  • 512-548-5532.
June 3: Come see Old Town

Leander’s annual family-friendly Old Town Street Festival will include live music all day as well as food vendors, drinks from wineries and breweries, and handcrafted creations by local and national artisans. The event will be headlined by Texas musician Dale Watson with an after-party featuring The Spazmatics.June 8: Enjoy live music

The Water Tower Kickstart event takes place once a month throughout the summer on select Thursday evenings with June being the first. Located downtown at the Water Tower Parking Lot, the event features live music, children’s activities, food and drinks. Other event dates are July 20 and Aug. 10.June 10: See your favorite ‘Madagascar’ characters

“Madagascar The Musical” will be making an appearance at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. Attendees will get an opportunity to see “Madagascar” characters Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they grace the stage in this live musical. The musical will feature new songs written for the play, dance numbers and puppets.
  • 5:30 p.m. (doors open), 6:30 p.m. (show starts).
  • $29 and up.
  • 2100 Ave. of the Stars, Cedar Park.
  • 512-600-5000.
June 14: Support Leander ISD

In partnership with the Cedar Park, Leander and West Austin chambers of commerce, the Leander Educational Excellence Foundation will host the annual 2023 State of the District luncheon, which will feature Leander ISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing. The community can donate funds to help support LISD students.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Ticket prices vary.
  • Vista Ridge High School, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park.
  • 512-570-0027.
June 14: Watch cool science tricks

Mad Science of Austin & San Antonio will put on an interactive show full of science tricks at Leander Public Library. Mad Science is a science enrichment provider that delivers unique, hands-on science experiences for children at after-school programs, birthday parties and special events.June 14: Sip and shop with friends

Owner Angela Huling will throw a Summertime SipNShop event at the Turquoise Peacock Boutique, which will be a happy hour event featuring giveaways, sales and new arrivals.June 15: Swap puzzles with others

Leander Public Library will host its Puzzle Swap Party, which is an event that allows participants to trade in their old puzzles for new ones. For every puzzle an attendee brings, they can swap it for another. The library encourages puzzles to be complete to participate.June 17: Celebrate Juneteenth

The Leander Public Arts and Culture Commission in partnership with the city of Leander will host a Juneteenth Block Party at Robin Bledsoe Park to commemorate the holiday. This family-friendly event will feature musical performances with an appearance from Soulful Soundz Party Band, face painters, carnival attractions, food vendors, and an Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth history reading.
  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Free.
  • Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.
  • 512-528-9909.
June 21: Hear a unicorn-themed story

Unicorn storyteller Ms. Maria will make an appearance at the Leander Public Library and give kids the opportunity to sing, dance, enjoy puppetry and explore their individuality through music and unicorns. The performance will be based on the book “What I Like About Me.”