The Contemporary Austin’s First Ever Afternoon of Art and Amazement!

UPDATE: Presale tickets to The First Ever Very 'Rary have SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest! We hope you'll join us at another event soon!

Join us for a magical afternoon filled with artmaking and adventures with local artists and entertainers. The first ever Very ‘Rary will take over the lawns, woods, and shoreline of The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria with experiences that play on illusion, inspired by the spooky time of year and the park's many sculptures that seem to masquerade throughout the grounds.

Event Details



  • Join local guest artists Erin Cunningham and Austin Film School to make creepy plaster hands and experiment with movie makeup.
  • Spark all your senses with event partner Snoop Slime.
  • Add your mark to a larger-than-life art environment.


  • Get lost in whimsical, artist-created spaces in partnership with Art Island.
  • Embark on a Sculpture Scavenger Hunt in wild landscapes where art comes to life.
  • Chill out in an unbelievably cool Snow Zone.


  • The young musicians in The School of Rock will keep you dancing all day.
  • Live, local music and DJs … details coming soon!


  • Fuel your adventures at food stands like Tiff’s Treats, Bananarchy, Cornucopia, and more.
  • Pick up free hand-held snacks, fresh fruit, and sundries at The 'Rary Market.
  • Sip on cocktails and mocktails featuring Me & the Bees Lemonade, Topo Chico, Lalo Tequila, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and more.
  • Additional food, coffee, and drinks will be available for purchase from our onsite café Spread & Co.

About Sponsorships


Individual and Family Sponsorships available beginning September 20.

The Contemporary’s first-ever family-friendly, all-ages annual fundraiser, The Very ‘Rary benefits contemporary art experiences for local K-12 students, including our award-winning, year-long program for Title I Schools, Seeing Special Things.

  • Help us keep ticket prices affordable for all Austinites!
  • Help us bring the expressive power of contemporary art to young people throughout Central Texas all year long.
  • Enjoy advance tickets to The Very ‘Rary before they go on sale to the general public.
  • Become a Family or Individual Sponsor!

All sponsorships include tickets to the event and special benefits to make the day even more magical. Learn more about sponsorship benefits and buy your sponsorship now!



Tickets include food, cocktails and mocktails, live music, art activities, and surprises to discover throughout Laguna Gloria’s sprawling fourteen acres of art and nature.

All proceeds benefit contemporary art experiences for local K-12 students. including our year-long program for Title I schools, Seeing Special Things.


Parking is available along 35th Street. No parking will be allowed on the grounds of Laguna Gloria. For your convenience, access to additional free parking and shuttle service will be available at Camp Mabry. Please note:

  • All passengers over the age of 18 will need a government issued ID and must present to Camp Mabry staff at the gate
  • Shuttles will run the entirety of the event from Camp Mabry to Laguna Gloria front gate
  • If any cars are left on site at the end of the event, they will be towed

Family & Individual Sponsors

Very Visionary

Kelley Cooper McClure and Gary McClure

‘Rary Rockstars

The Moorman Family
Janette and Patrick Keating
Margo and Jonathan Tate
Malú Alvarez
Suzanne Deal Booth

Magic Makers

The Loughlin Family
The Langstons
Kristin and Robert Gauntt
The Middleton Family
The Newby Family
Ashley and Cole Stout
Caitlin and Mark Lobosco
Nicole Cardoza
Lori and Bryce Steeg

Enchantment Enthusiasts

The Arnold Family
Ryann and Jorge Rangel
Caroline and Brian Haley
Bettina and Brian Barrow
Chris and Adrienne Bosh
The Wishnow Family
Amy Estes
The Ackles Family
Emelie and Will Graham
Ann and Howard Surratt
The Wukasch Family
The Funk Family
Shanteka Sigers
The John Pitts Family
The Oudt Family
Abby and Mike Herman

Creative Connoisseurs

Aaron and Mijntje Webman
The Cohen Young Family
Asher Zeplain and Alex Winkelman
Arron and Chris Hester
Jane Black
Nancy and Mark Pollard
Bennett and Lauren Ford
Meredith and Ted Jarrett
The Smith Family
Annette Carlozzi and Dan Bullock
Carrie and Robert Hicks
Kellie and James Weir
Sandy and Justin Bayne
Kay and John Kingsbury
Don Mullins and Ryan Devitt
Leyla Abou-Samra and Michael Winningham
The Dickerson Family
The Martell Family
Becca and Mike McMullen
The Houser Family
The Burnett Family
Emily and Bob Wong
Rachel and Shelby Stephens
The Carlson Family
Jeanie and Mike Haggerty
The Hirsch Family
The Gaffney Family
Anne and Michael Harrington
Morgan Chapple
Shelly Bain
The Trucksess Family
Carly Beal
Doug and Jennie Wilson
Stirling and Josh Neff
Adam Walker


Corporate Sponsors

In Kind Sponsors
Snoop Slimes
Me & the Bees
LALO Tequila
Topo Chico
Austin Beerworks
Bearded Brothers