Bubbling With Excitement

Bubblepalooza provides full-blown summer fun for Austinites of all ages

Bubblepalooza provides full-blown fun for Austinites of all ages

Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Arianna Ramirez and Zuzu play in the shade of the Long Center during Bubblepalooza 2013. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Ameli Agbodan tries to blow the largest bubble she can. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Eric Turner creates a bubble on the plaza of the Long Center. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Dakota Turner plays in the bubbles during Bubblepalooza. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Eric Turner, Dawn Kunkel and Dakota Turner take turns blowing bubbles. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Amy Ka rests under a large parachute with her son. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
A child takes advantage of the shade under a parachute at Bubblepalooza. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Paul, Amber and Ada Hernandez play with bubbles. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Ada Hernandez gets soaped up and ready to blow some bubbles. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
The Roland and Guzman families at Bubblepalooza. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Trinity plays with bubbles in the shade of a tent. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Brayden Connelly holds down the parachute as his parents try to fan it. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Asher Taylor, Ashley Campbell Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Aaron Blair, Max Blair Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Jeff Boyer performs his bubble show for fans at the Long Center. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Jeff Boyer creates massive smoke rings during his performance. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Dante Swist looks worried that his bubble tower may tip during Jeff Boyer's performance. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Nicholas Gonzalez is encapsulated in a massive bubble. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Monserrat Fernandez plays with friends in the shade. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Kids play under a large parachute as their parents fan it to create a breeze during Bubblepalooza. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013
Bubblepalooza Austin 2013

Kids of all ages converged on the Long Center August 10 to celebrate the second annual Bubblepalooza. Armed with suds and wands, Austinites young and old battled it out to see who could blow the biggest bubbles. 

Families lounged on the lawn of the Long Center while listening to kid-friendly tunes from the Jellydots and the Hey Lollies. Aspiring young artists used sidewalk chalk to draw their own creations, and a giant parachute gave kids some shade — and their parents a chance to relive the best part of elementary school gym class.

Food trailers like New Orleans Po-Boy and Gumbo Shop, Wholly Kabob and Wright Bros Dairy rolled in to feed hungry families — proving, once again, that no Austin celebration is complete without a good food truck. 

Participants sought refuge inside the auditorium, where Jeff Boyer put on his interactive Bubble Trouble show. Boyer wowed the audience with his bubble towers and smoke canyon, and he even selected one lucky participant to be placed in a giant bubble.