Happening All Weekend
Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. Texas Community Music Festival. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Red Poppy Festival (Georgetown)- Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. A Georgetown and Central Texas tradition, the Red Poppy Festival is a time to enjoy family and friends, music, food, and fun. For a complete schedule of events, click here. Historic Georgetown Square, Georgetown.
YesterFest (Bastrop) – Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26. Yesterfest celebrates the history of Bastrop, Texas and the cultures that have contributed to our storied past. At Yesterfest, you’ll enjoy historic re-enactments including a wild west gun fight, demonstrators showcasing life as a pioneer, live music, dancing, story telling, pictures with longhorns, and more! FREE! North Main Street in downtown Bastrop.
Founders Day Festival (Dripping Springs)- Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. The three-day celebration kicks off with the Grand Parade and includes: free music and entertainment on two stages, the Mighty Thomas Carnival, food, beer, street dances, cook-off competitions, over 150 arts and crafts booths and business vendors. Downtown Dripping Springs.
Esprit at The Long Center- Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 25 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. Following the highly successful Esprit! at the Paramount Theatre, this concert once again brings together some of Austin’s finest artists in collaboration with Tapestry in celebration of world spirit and dance! Expect an unforgettable, unparalleled performance. “All of these companies reflect a strong dance history in Austin, and we’re proud to celebrate together in Esprit,” said Acia Gray, co-founder and Artistic Director of Tapestry Dance Company. Artists include Anu Naimpally, Zein Al-Jundi & The Bint El Balad Bellydance Ensemble, The Irish Dance Company, Love of China, The Lannaya African Drum & Dance Ensemble and Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico! Tickets start at $23. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
17th Annual Dragon Boat Races- Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26th, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Head to Festival Beach to watch 40-foot long boats race on Austin’s beautiful Lady Bird Lake. In addition to the races, this family-friendly, multi-cultural event offers Asian cultural performances of dances, martial arts, lion dance, taiko drum and a kid zone for children. Sunday is the First Annual Dumpling Festival and Competition. Stick Rice Dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves are the traditional food items of the Dragon Boat Festival. Admission to the f is FREE! Festival Beach, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin.
Art City Austin- Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. In 2015, Austin’s iconic art fair celebrates its 65th year! With an annual attendance of 20,000 people, this juried art fair is the biggest and best art marketplace in central Texas. At Art City Austin you will find: an outdoor art fair of nationally recognized artists featuring work ranging in medium from paint and photography to fiber and wood with more than 100 exhibiting artists, introducing the Austin Art Pavilion, featuring contemporary Austin art work presented by 5 Austin galleries, live musical performances that reflect the diversity and quality of the Austin music scene. This year Art City will feature the Black Fret Music Stage presented by KUTX Music 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, some of Austin’s favorite food trucks: Crepe Crazy, Coolhaus, Garbo’s Lobster Truck, Whole Foods, interactive projects and entertainment for kids of all ages. Come out, meet the artists, take home original museum quality artwork and celebrate Austin’s vibrant creative culture. Tickets: $10 per day with kids 12 and under free. Downtown Austin on Cesar Chavez in between Guadalupe and Lamar.
18th Annual Buda County Fair and Wiener Dog Races (Buda) – Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. Enjoy a pet parade, wiener dog races, kids zone, live music, and arts and crafts. Admission: $5 at the gate, free for kids under 12. City Park, 204 San Antonio, Buda.
Shakespeare at the Market- Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. Seating at 6:30 p.m., play begins at 7p.m. Present Company Theatre presents Shakespeare at the Market! That’s right! We are bringing back the much enjoyed event this April & May. Join us on the rooftop plaza every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: April 17th – May 10th. You will be able to enjoy beverages and food items for sale on the plaza, and can always bring up items from the store as well! FREE! Whole Foods North Lamar, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Becker Pachanga- 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Join in on the biggest dance party in south Austin at Becker Elementary with Adrian Quesada deejaying, Loteria-themed crafts with LiveMom and Creative Action, dance demonstrations, silent auction, a photo booth, food and drinks and FUN! FREE! Becker Elementary School, 916 W. Milton Street.
Creative Side Jewelry Academy Summer Open House- 7-9 p.m. Are you ready to start making your own jewelry? Creative Side Jewelry Academy offers classes for all levels! Join us for our Summer Open House and come see all that we have to offer. Join us in the studio, check out all the equipment and tools, and meet and mingle with instructors and students! Catch live jewelry making demonstrations, a short presentation by Creative Side Director, Courtney Gray and perhaps even get a little hands on time! Bring friends and family, lots of questions and be sure to wear your favorite jewelry pieces for discussion over wine and snacks. Come mingle with Austin’s jewelry community. FREE with RSVP: Info@Creativeside.org. Creative Side Jewelry Academy, 321 W. Ben White Blvd, Ste. 204.
Movies in the Park
- Cedar Park: Big Hero 6 at 8 p.m., Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Food concession will not be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic. Please no glass containers. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.
- Northwest Recreation Center: Big Hero 6 at 8 p.m., When a criminal plot threatens the hi-tech metropolis of San Fransokyo, brilliant young robotics whiz Hiro Hamada leaps into action with his tech-savvy friends, and his robot companion Baymax in Disney Animation’s adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series. FREE! Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.
- Leander: Big Hero 6 at 7:30 p.m. Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies…all for FREE!! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions will be available for purchase. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Baby Bloomers: The Three Little Pigs- 9-10 a.m., Huff and puff and blow their house down! Join us as we explore the classic tale, The Three Little Pigs at Baby Bloomers. We will become one of the pigs and build our own house, use our lungs to huff and puff and make a masterpiece, discover what the wind can blow and much more! For Ages 0-3. Price: Members $2.50 each / non-members $4.50 each. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.
Family Rock Climbing- 9 a.m. to noon. This will truly be an unforgettable family adventure as you climb up one of Austin’s hidden gems. All equipment and instruction provided. Cost: $4. Camacho Recreation Center, 35 Robert Martinez Jr. Street.
Y at the Park: Family Play Day- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a FREE day of fun and games with Enrichment activities based on Y programs, Amazing 1K Family Race, Inflatable obstacle course and bounce house, Learn more about the Y and our Financial Assistance program. At this free community engagement event, kids of all ages will enjoy enrichment activities and games alongside their parents. Families will also get to participate in the first ever Amazing Family 1K Race through Mueller Lake Park! Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Boulevard.
Family Day at the Ransom Center- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and enjoy FREE activities for the young and young at heart. You can participate in writing activities with teaching artists from Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program or engage with Lewis Carroll–inspired math activities with local math literacy organization Math Happens. University of Texas at Austin museum theater students will lead visitors through the galleries. Additional activities include docent-led exhibition tours and story times in the theater. Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, 300 West 21st Street.
Cenicienta at ZACH Theatre-11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Easily understood in English and Spanish, this bilingual stage-adaptation of Cinderella tackles culture, familia, and the power of language. This production is in collaboration with Teatro Vivo. Tickets start at $12. ZACH Theatre, Whisenhunt Stage, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.
TreeHouse Earth Day- 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. TreeHouse is throwing a huge Family Friendly Festival for Earth Day! An Event for the Whole Family with Kid-Friendly Seed Bomb Kits, free live screen printed T-Shirts & totes from Ramona Press and much more! TreeHouse, 4477 South Lamar Blvd, Suite 600.
Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival- 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. If you love all things Louisiana this is the event for you! Enjoy two stages featuring 10 Louisiana bands. You’ll hear Funk, Brass, Zydeco, Cajun, and the Blues. Tempt your taste buds with some amazing food vendors who sell everything from jambalaya to alligator. If you prefer crawfish, the Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival has 7,000 pounds of large, boiled, live Crawfish! We also have kid’s activities including bounce houses and slides, face painters, and more. Come ready to shop because the festival also has 25 arts & crafts booths. Cost: $20, kids 8 and under are free with an adult. The Austin American Statesman Parking Lot, 305 South Congress Avenue.
Little Planet Helpers- Noon – 2 p.m., Kidgits members go GREEN! Come learn fun ways to keep the environment clean and healthy. Members will get to make their very own silly face recycled materials flower pots (while supplies last). The cost to join is only $5 for a year membership so come out and enjoy this eco-friendly event! Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park.
Austin Nature Day- Noon – 4 p.m. Celebrate nature and Earth Day at this fun, outdoor event with hands-on activities. Take a guided hike through the Zilker Preserve with an Urban Forester, get your hands dirty investigating the life inside a dead log, and more! FREE! Austin Nature and Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive.
ACE Innovation Day – Noon – 5 p.m. ACE Innovation is an all-ages-oriented, public event celebrating Austin’s community of creative entrepreneurs. With guest speaker presentations and community-led, hands-on educational exhibits, visitors will find an abundance of opportunities to learn in this interactive environment. A showcase of local students’ original inventions and enterprises will also be on display, along with an artisan craft market, and live entertainment. Something for everyone. FREE! UT Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin.
The Big Squeeze Accordion Competition and Concert- 1-5 p.m., For its sixth year on the Museum’s Lone Star Plaza, the Texas Folklife Big Squeeze Accordion Contest will host an afternoon of squeezebox greats, young and old. Watch the next generation of accordion players compete for three grand prizes in polka, zydeco, and conjunto accordion traditions. Following the competition, enjoy a free concert featuring some of the best accordionists across the state: Conjunto accordionist Eva Ibarra and Cajun accordionist Charles Thibodeaux, and 2014 Big Squeeze Champions Aaron Salinas, Garrett Neubauer, and Randall Jackson III. FREE! Bullock Texas State Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Mr Will at Cherrywood Coffeehouse- 10-11:30 a.m. Kids and adults can enjoy FREE music with “Mr.Will” Dupry while eating brunch! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1401 East 38th 1/2 Street
Family Dance Workshop: Swan Lake- 2:30- 3:45 p.m. Family Dance Workshops engage children and adults of all levels of dance experience with excerpts from the latest Ballet Austin production. Ballet Austin dancers lead groups in movement exercises to learn short pieces of choreography that build understanding of and appreciation for techniques essential to the production. There’s fun for everyone involved whether you’re moving on the stage or interacting from your seat! Recommended for children ages 5 to 10 years old. Each group of children must be accompanied by at least one adult during the program. Cost: All children, Girl Scouts*, and parents - $10 per person. Kids Series season ticket holders and their families, $5 per person. Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheater, 501 W. 3rd St., Austin.
Sunday Movie Matinee: The Sword in the Stone- 2:30 p.m. The wizard Merlin teaches a young boy who is destined to be King Arthur. FREE! APL- Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Drive.
Listen To Your Mother Show- Saturday, April 25 at 3 and 7 p.m. LTYM features live readings by local writers on motherhood. Each production takes the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. In addition to supporting motherhood creatively through artistic expression, attendees help support families in need financially, as a portion of the ticket sales benefit local nonprofits. Tickets: $15. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue.
Hike, Bike and Paddle at The Rowing Dock- Sunday, April 26, from 7-11 a.m. Start the day off with a sunrise paddle on beautiful Lady Bird Lake, followed by a 5 mile trail ride along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike trail and a short hike through the Zilker Nature Preserve! Click here for complete schedule.