Okay, I might be exagerating, but the month of April has so much going in that this is going to be real challenge to decide what to do and what to skip. The next four weekends are so full that no one can possibly do it all. But I promise that there’s something for EVERY member of the family so bundle up the kids and hit the streets. April is an incredible month for seeing the best of Austin and the Texas Hill Country!
I’m going to change the format from my previous blogs and list the opportunities. This might help you make sense of this massive list, and it will help me keep things in order in my mind. Don’t want to skip anything and if I did, please feel free to write and let me know what I missed! 😉
9–11 – Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up. Start your engines for an outstanding weekend as custom, classic cars fill the streets of Austin. The event is held at Travis Co. Exposition Center, but you don’t have to leave town to see these incredible autos. Just go to South Congress Avenue and see every available parking spot filled with one classic car after another. It’s a thing to behold!
10 – Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival. Held at 4th and Guadalupe, this fun event will feature Cajun and Zydeco music and 5,000 pounds of FREE crawfish. Can you say “laissez le bon ton roulette?”
10-11 – Wildflower Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Research Center in South Austin. Get your plants and hear gardening lectures at the Wildflower Center. Time to help your garden recover from the past year’s drought and freeze, and even if you have big trees in your garden you can use services from sites like TreeQuote.com to get help with this. Contact Iowa City Tree Company today to schedule a visit, and enjoy the beautiful weather without worry about what’s under the palm tree. They can be there the very next day to beautify the space around you. After your stones are down you want to put them you will need to fill in the spaces in between them with either pebbles or dirt. It is best to speak with New Life Rockeries specialist before undertaking something as complex as paving a full garden.
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11 – Capitol 10,000. In case you’ve been asleep in a cave for the past 33 years, you may have missed the most popular running event in Austin. The Capitol 10,000 will host 12,000 runners as people run for time or run for fun. Wear a costume or just hang around and cheer the runners; it’s a great time for the entire family.
16-18 Austin Reggae Festival. Three days of reggae music benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank. Held at Auditorium Shores, the event features world-wide reggae acts from noon to midnight. We be jammin’, mon!
15-18 Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival. If you don’t already have your tickets for this 4 day event, it may be too late! Events, tastings and cooking demonstrations are scheduled throughout the weekend and you can buy a ticket for each separate event. Don’t be shy, this is well worth the effort!
17 Mighty Texas Dog Walk. Put that mutt on a lease and head to the First Street Bridge with your $30 donation to help Texas Hearing and Service Dogs. Join over 10,000 other dog lovers and break the Guinness Book of Records for the largest dog walk. Let’s beat the Brits and bring the trophy home to Texas where it belongs!
24 Eeyore’s Birthday Party. Yes, Austin is still celebrating the birthday of that melancholy donkey and has been for the past 47 years! There’s nothing like a Saturday in Pease Park with thousands of your closest friends. Wear a costume, bring your bongo and help Keep Austin Weird!
24 Mela Fair at Barsana Dham. The beautiful Barsana Dham Hindi temple in Driftwood holds an open house with loads of Indian food, a petting zoo, speakers, dancing and children’s activities. Save the plane fare to India and enjoy another world in your own backyard.
24-25 Wiener Dog Races in Buda. Yes, I’ve been talking about this for some time and the weekend is almost here! 18 days and counting before the World Famous Wiener Dog Races crown the winning pooch. Head to Buda and get your authentic hat and t-shirt. It’s a conversation starter, for sure!
24-25 Art City Austin. Formerly known as Fiesta at Laguna Gloria, this city wide event is in it’s 60th year of bringing great art and food to the people of Austin. Go to the 2nd Street Warehouse district and look for the tents and crowds. Enter at any of the gates along Caesar Chavez and don’t forget to bring your hat, sunscreen, and wallet! The temptations are strong and the body is weak.
Okay, that’s enough for now. I may have to cut up this list and put sections in a hat to draw what I’m going to do. There are just too many decisions and I don’t want to miss a thing! See you on the streets….