The festivities begin with our Annual Citywide Treasure Hunt, 3 Days of Clues & Treasure Hunting at locations around beautiful Austin, Texas! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram to get the clues, then race to find the minerals at each location. You get to keep the minerals you find, AND be entered in a drawing for 3 Grand Prizes, to be awarded at Rock Fest on Saturday.
The Annual Citywide Treasure Hunt will be on Wednesday, July 31, Thursday August 1, and Friday August 2. Keep an eye on our social media posts - clues will be posted on Facebook and Instagram at noon on those days, and updates will be posted live as the Treasures are found.
There are 3 different minerals at each location, and a different mineral each day, so keep trying for a chance to be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing at Rock Fest on Saturday!
Check out the PRIZES!!
(1) A jumbo Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp valued at $70.
(2) A fossilized mammoth leg bone from a site in Texas, valued at $350.
(3) A large Grade A Brazilian amethyst cathedral with grape juice colored crystals and naturally occurring citrine on the rim, valued at $1000!
RockFest August 3,11-6
Treat yourself and your family to a variety of free activities and learning adventures at Austin's favorite Crystal Store! Indoor & outdoor activities, demonstrations, and hands-on activities that teach you and your kids about minerals, fossils, mining, jewelry making and more at this once a year celebration of "nature's treasures" at Nature's Treasures!
Does your junior Dino Hunter long to uncover their own fabulous fossil find?
This free hands-on activity is designed to give children the thrill of uncovering the past themselves. Kids can uncover a museum type replica of a baby mosasaur skeleton, with basic tools and techniques used in the field, and be "Dino Hunters" for the day!
Austin Gem & Mineral Society hosts the Wheel of Fortune in the Auditorium! Spin & Win instant prizes with a donation to our local rockhounding club.
Special on Membership! Sign up now and get 1/2 off on annual membership to one of Texas' leading mineral clubs. Get access to local digs, learn about minerals, mining, lapidary and more with fun local people!
Join Creative Side Jewelry Academy in the Auditorium throughout the day for an exciting jewelry making demo using forging techniques, blow torches and other methods to create stunning handmade jewelry featuring natural gems and stones. Sign up for their hands-on classes here in Austin, and learn how to set a bezel, make a chain, mount a cabochon and more!
A family day wouldn't be complete without hot dogs! Grab a bite at Austin's own Mission Dogs in the Rock Yard during Rock Fest! Vegetarian options & Mexican Coke available, natch!