The Autism Society of Texas offers several recreational opportunities for families to meet one another in an informal setting. Every month, families enjoy play dates for children on the spectrum of all ages, AMC Theaters Sensory-Friendly Films, and Friends and Family Happy Hour just for adults. Some of our other special events during the year include a roller-skating party for teens, Round Rock Baseball outings, hockey games partnered with the Texas Stars Foundation, our big Candlelight Ranch Picnic, summer fun pool parties, and our holiday wine-tasting party in December. Join the fun!

Upcoming Events

Carrollton, TX Sensory Friendly Movie Night @ Carrolton Senior Center
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm
Texas Autism Advocacy Day @ Texas Capitol, Legislative Conference Center
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

About the event:

Please join the Autism Society of Texas and other nonprofit groups, stakeholders, parents, and concerned advocates, as we spend the morning discussing legislative issues that affect individuals with autism, and their families. Following issues & advocacy training, we will have lunch. After lunch we will visit with legislators or their staff. There will also be a press conference. No advocacy experience is required and we would love to have as many attendees as possible! During legislative visits, if you are not comfortable communicating with legislators or their staff we will assign you to a group with an appointed spokesperson.

Event will run from approximately from 9:00 am-3 pm. We understand some people may need to arrive later (or leave earlier) due to work or family commitments.

Registration: Please register here.

Financial assistance: The registration fee helps to offset the costs of t-shirt, lunch and materials! At this time we can cover the cost of registration for those requiring financial assistance. Please email Jacquie at the email address below.

Sponsor or support the event: We are seeking sponsors and supporters for this event. Sponsors will have their logo on the t-shirt and be included in printed material and social media. Nonprofit supporters can register as a supporter at no cost. Business supporters can register for $25. Business & nonprofit supporters will have their logos included in flyers and social media.  Details here.

For questions about the event, please email Jacquie Benestante at or call
(512) 479-4199, ext. 4.

Mark your calendar for April 26th! We’ll see you there!

Capitol Building Map: capitol_building_guide

Parking: Inexpensive parking is available in the Capitol Visitor’s Parking Garage. It is located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701


Free Play Luau @ Behavioral Innovations Flower Mound
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come have a relaxing evening at the BI Flower Mound Luau! We will have snacks, games, balloon animals, glitter painting and space for kids to play freely. Come meet our Clinical Director, Lauren Uptegrove, and the rest of our amazing staff! It’s going to be a blast!

El Paso Run/Walk for Autism @ El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Celebrate the El Paso chapters 11th annual run/walk for autism on April 27th!

For more information visit:

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2019 Event @ Browning Hangar @ Mueller
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

It is a free event with guest speakers, carnival games, music, food, drinks, entertainers, giveaways and a community resource fair.

Recreation Event: Art City Austin @ Palmer Events Center
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Palmer Events Center pavilion is turning into an al fresco art block party! Over the course of the weekend, Austinites can hang out and connect with over 100 local and visiting artists from around the world, while also viewing in large-scale installations, art activities and fine art performances.


Sensory Friendly Hours @Thinkery @ Thinkery
Apr 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Sensory Friendly Hours
Sunday, April 28 from 8 – 10 am
Thinkery is committed to providing an accessible and interactive experience for all. During Sensory Friendly Hours, Thinkery extends a special invitation to learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other special needs to explore Thinkery with their families.

A typical visit to Thinkery can be challenging for those who feel overwhelmed by large crowds and excessive stimuli. In acknowledgment of this, the galleries will be modified to reduce extra stimuli and ticket sales will be limited to reduce crowding.

In addition to exclusive museum access, Thinkery partners with amazing organizations to provide fun, hands-on activities and tailored information:

Theater arts and improv games with Joshua’s Stage

Storytime provided by Spark Learning

Piano performance by Hurley Piano

Engaging activities and helpful resources for children and families affected by autism with Variety, the children’s charity of Texas, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Blue Sprig Pediatrics, Behavioral Innovations and Autism Society of Texas.

George’s Ranch 2nd Annual Sensory-Friendly Day in Richmond TX @ George Ranch Historical Park
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

On Sunday, April 28, the George Ranch Historical Park will open its doors for its second annual Sensory-Friendly Day! This exclusive event is open for families with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other sensory and developmental challenges to explore the Park in a safe, structured and enjoyable manner.

This full-day event will include the following modifications to ensure a customized and welcoming visit:

Quiet Corners Quiet Corners have been established throughout the Park and are available on all four of the main historic sites. A special map is available which features these locations and gives helpful advice on how to navigate the Park.

Sensory-Friendly Kits These sensory-friendly kits include a variety of objects to help enhance the quiet spot when needed. Our kits include weighted lap pads, lavender lotion, stress balls and fidget spinners, crayons, coloring books and picture books.

Noise-Cancelling Headphones & Colored Glasses Noise-cancelling headphones and colored glasses are available for check out from the front desk at the Visitor Center throughout the day.

Sunday, April 28 • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This exclusive event is open for families with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as well as other sensory and developmental challenges, to explore the Park in a safe, structured and enjoyable manner.

Advance registration is encouraged but not required. Advance Tickets (Before April 24): $10 for Adults • $5 for Children ages 5-15 At-the-Gate Tickets: $15 for Adults • $10 for Children ages 5-15 281-343-0218 x220 •

Sensory-Friendly Day Flyer

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Open Invite Birthday Party for James! @ We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym - Austin
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

James is turning FIVE and absolutely EVERYONE is invited to celebrate! From a community that understands how it feels to not get party invites; we invite you to join ours! This is an ALL ages/ALL abilities event! Gifts are not required as your attendance is over appreciated, but your $10 admission (or other pre-paid membership) includes all day play in the gym, pizza & cake with the birthday boy, and social skills practice of party etiquette! We will be celebrating in the theme of his current favorite show; Color Crew! Wear your favorite color to the party and let’s give James his best birthday yet!

RSVP is not required, but is helpful in ordering food. (Gluten free options will be available.)

Autism Society – Bowling for Autism @ Main Event - San Antonio
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Autism Society - Bowling for Autism @ Main Event - San Antonio | San Antonio | Texas | United States

Everyone is invited! Bowling, Gravity Ropes, 100+ Arcade Games and More. Come out to support The Autism Society of Texas. Main Event will donate 20% of all proceeds to us. Please don’t forget to turn in your receipts at the Check- In table.

Please register here so we know how many people to expect! REGISTRATION

You will pay Main Event directly for activities of your choice! Thank you!

We hope to see you out there!

Main Event Flyer


Els for Autism #GameON Golf Clinic- The Els for Autism Golf Challenge held its first Austin based event on September 15th at the University of Texas Golf Course.  Retired NFL players Ricky Williams and Kasey Studdard made the rounds and took photos with players and the local children who gathered for the #GameON Autism Golf clinic by The First Tee of […]
Morgan’s Wonderland Outing- Some photos from the May 18, 2013 trip to Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio sponsored by our wonderful friends at the Austin Elks Lodge!
Bike Ride 2013- The Autism Bike Ride was a huge success. It was a beautiful day (maybe a little breezy) and over a hundred people rode from 9 to 62 miles to raise money and awareness.


April Mid-Month Updates (4/15/2019)- What’s coming up in then next few weeks? Advocacy Day, art & autism at Davis Gallery,  our make-up Park & Play Day, and many support groups! Read about it here. Subscribe here.
April News (4/4/2019)- Check out our April newsletter to read about World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day, our Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, and more! Read it here. Subscribe here.
March News (3/4/2019)- Check out our March newsletter! Read about our upcoming bike ride, Advocacy Day, support group meetings, and more! Subscribe here.
Winner of the 2019 Bike Ride and Fun Run T-Shirt Design Contest! (3/1/2019)- We’re excited to announce the winning design for our 2019 Bike Ride and Fun Run t-shirt design contest! This sweet image was created by 8-year old Camille Olivia C. Nayve in honor of her twin brother. Our graphic design team is working on making it print-ready. Stay tuned to see the final artwork and look for […]
February Mid-Month Updates (2/18/2019)- Check out what’s happening! From our Bike Ride Design Contest to support and education events, we’ve got it covered! Read it here. Subscribe here.
Spring Volunteer Opportunities! (2/11/2019)- We have some volunteer needs this Spring! Most are in the Austin area, but if you’re outside Austin some of the tasks can be done via phone & computer, so it’s not necessary to be in Austin. Please email us for details! 1) This Sunday! Austin Marathon Aid Station: Sunday Feb. 17, 2019 We have a charity […]
Update On T-Shirt Design Contest! (2/6/2019)- Due to an overwhelming amount of inquiries about the t-shirt design contest, we have decided to also accept entries from immediate family members of individuals with autism. Honor someone special with your artwork!
2019 Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run is Hosting a T-Shirt Design Contest (1/31/2019)- New This Year! The Autism Society of Texas is celebrating our 11th Annual Bike Ride and Fun Run by hosting a t-shirt design contest. One lucky winner will have their design featured on the front of our official event t-shirt!  All you have to do is download the entry form from our website and submit your […]
January News (1/16/2019)- Check out what’s happening this month! From new staff to Austin Marathon, early bird specials for Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, there’s a lot going on! Read it here.
December News (12/3/2018)- Read our December Newsletter here.  Check out the Austin Marathon, Holiday Parties, Day of Giving & upcoming events.  
November Mid-Month Updates (11/16/2018)- Read all about what’s happening this holiday season! From parties to support groups, there’s something for everyone! Read the newsletter here: November Upcoming Events Newsletter Subscribe here.
November News (11/1/2018)- There’s so much going on! From our Film Festival, to the importance of voting, to support groups & events, you can read it all here. To get the newsletter, subscribe here.
October Mid-Month Updates & Events (10/17/2018)- Check out what’s happening at Autism Society of Texas! From our Autism Film Festival, to support groups & recreation events, there’s a lot going on! Read the newsletter here. Subscribe here.
August News (8/2/2018)- Our August newsletter is out, and it’s full of information about our pool party, advocacy updates, new employment specialist & more! Read it here. Subscribe here.
July News (7/5/2018)- Check out our July newsletter.  Concerts for a Cause, AutFest, A Night of Metal, Sensory Friendly Hours, and More!  Read it here. To subscribe to our newsletter please sign up here.
June News (6/4/2018)- Check out our June newsletter!  Volente Beach, Blue Piano Concert for Autism, Support Groups, Recreation Events & More!  Read it here.   To subscribe to our newsletter please sign up here.
May Newsletter (5/2/2018)- Read what is happening at the Autism Society of Texas: Round Rock Express Game, Welcome Bilingual Support Coordinator, Summer Camps and more. Read the newsletter here To subscribe click here 
April Updates Newsletter (4/20/2018)- Read about what’s happening through the end of April in our April Updates Newsletter! Not getting the newsletter? You can subscribe here.
March News! (3/9/2018)- Read our March newsletter here! Great information about the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, Teen Spring Break Karaoke, Advocacy training & more! Click here to read all the news!
Summer Camp Guide/Guía de Campamentos 2018 (2/21/2018)- Take a look at the 2018 Summer Camp Guide! This is a very comprehensive guide for children with special needs in Central Texas and surrounding areas. Aquí está la Guía de campamentos y recreación para el verano del 2018. Esta es una guía comprensiva para niños con necesidades especiales en el centro de Texas y […]