Today is a good day for celebrating birthdays.  For the city of Austin, it is of course Eeyore’s Birthday.

This is an Austin tradition like no other, and today marks the 52nd time the city will pay tribute to the ever-so-famous Winnie the Pooh character.

Keeping Austin Weird would not even correctly begin to describe this festival. The crowd is, well, eccentric. It’s kind of like the city’s annual Woodstock. Picture hundreds of people in costume dancing, sitting in drum circles and running around Maypoles to celebrate the fictional birthday of a fictional donkey. Needless to say, be sure to wear a costume.

It’s also a kid-friendly event. Artists will be offering face painting and temporary tattoos, and groups will be selling food, soft drinks, juices, Texas beer and more. It’s of one of the city’s most fun and well-known cultural events. It also serves as a fundraiser to benefit nonprofit groups in Austin.

There is NO on site parking. Visit the website for all the information.

For other fun around town check out the Weekend Top Picks!

When: today, April 25th

Time: 11 a.m. – after dark

Live Music: noon – 6 p.m.

Children’s area: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Price: Free

Location:
Pease Park
1100 Kingsbury Street
Austin, Texas 78705

http://www.eeyores.org

Photo Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eeyore’s_Birthday_Party

You’ve heard of Shakespeare In The Park, but Present Company Theatre is bringing Shakespeare to one of our favorite hangouts, Whole Foods!

Whole Foods downtown is currently playing host to Shakespeare At The Market: Love’s Labour’s Lost. Guests are encouraged to come early, get a picnic from Whole Foods and enjoy the show. Bring a blanket or chair to sit in.

If you’re looking for more fun this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free (donations welcome)

When: Friday – Sunday (now – May 10th)

Time: 6:30 pm

Location:
Whole Foods Downtown
525 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703

http://presentcompanytheatre.com

Happy Earth Day! No better way to celebrate than out enjoying Mother Nature. Austin loves a movie in the park and it’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy this spring weather. For you best experience, I recommend packing a picnic, grabbing a blanket and sunscreen. Dogs are welcome as well.

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Here is a schedule of the upcoming Movies In The Park so you can mark your calendar:

180 Degrees South 
April 22, 8 p.m.
Wooldridge Square Park

The Little Mermaid 
May 7, 8:15 p.m.
Republic Square Park

The Incredibles
 May 14, 8:30 p.m., Republic Square Park

Jurassic Park
 June 4, 8:30 p.m., Dick Nichols District Park

Cost: free

When: today, April 22nd

Time: 8 p.m.

Location:
Wooldridge Square Park
900 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://austinparks.org/moviesinthepark.html

Photo Credit: Visit Austin, Texas

The South Shore District is having a night of food and fun on their lawn. Some of my favorite food trailer’s Burro Cheese Kitchen, Coolhaus, Ironwood BBQ, Garbo’s Lobster Truck ATX, Chilantro BBQ will be dishing up their goods.

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They’ll have a DJ to keep the tunes going all day night long. Come hang out on their lawn, eat dinner and enjoy this Springtime weather!

When: today, April 15th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Location:
South Shore District
1333 Shore District Drive
Austin, Texas 78741

https://www.facebook.com/events/444278112401138/

 

Motown Mondays are the most fun you can have on a Monday night in Austin. The night starts with FREE swing dance lessons from Go Dance Studio followed by The Matchmaker Band and The Nightowls.

You may be familiar with my love affair with The Nightowls from their residency at Icenhauer’s Super Soul Sunday but many don’t know they also do Motown Monday with The Matchmaker Band.

The Matchmaker Band has the same vibe as The Nightowls; fun, funky and if you’re not there you’re missing out! As someone who has been to Motown Monday, I can tell you there’s no topping it. Once you start dancing you won’t stop until the night is over. You get lost in the tunes and before you know it the night is over.  There’s nothing else in town offered like this, so add it to your ‘to-do list’ today. For those wondering about drinks, The Highball also offers a mix of rotating cocktail specials.

Here’s a little preview of what you can expect, if this doesn’t have you dusting off your dancing shoes then I don’t know what will.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152846423123088&set=vb.144336793087&type=3&theater

Admission: Free

When: Every Monday

8:00 pm – Free Swing Dance Lesson
9:00 pm – The Matchmaker Band
11:15 pm – The Nightowls

Location:
The Highball
1120 South  Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thehighball.com

Movie In The Park Season is back! Austin loves a movie in the park and it’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy this spring weather. For you best experience, I recommend packing a picnic, grabbing a blanket and sunscreen. Dogs are welcome as well.

Here is a schedule of the upcoming Movies In The Park so you can mark your calendar:

Guardians of the Galaxy
April 9, 8 p.m.
Wooldridge Square Park  

180 Degrees South
April 22, 8 p.m.Wooldridge Square Park

The Little Mermaid
May 7, 8:15 p.m.Republic Square Park  

The Incredibles
May 14, 8:30 p.m., Republic Square Park

Jurassic Park
June 4, 8:30 p.m., Dick Nichols District Park

Cost: free

When: today, April 9th

Time: 8 p.m.

Location:
Wooldridge Square Park
900 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://austinparks.org/moviesinthepark.html

Photo Credit: Visit Austin, Texas

Juiceland has joined forces with fellow collectors, creators and food tasters to bring you a one of kind flea market.

They’ll have have curated collections of art, vintage clothes, handmade jewelry, leather goods, records, pickled treats, gifts, body products, and so much more!

And for your tasting pleasure… JuiceLand + Treaty Oak Distilling Co. team up to bring you top notch cocktails! You can also BYOB (no glass)!

When: today, April 8th (and the second Wednesday of every month)

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Location:
Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
1106 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

https://www.facebook.com/events/932684323431483/

 

I always say that Austin needs more events to appreciate cars!

Well Top Notch (where some of the classic Dazed and Confused was filmed)  is making it happen tonight with their live music, hot rod, and movie night!

Local car lovers will love checking out all the sweet rides.

Don’t forget to bring a chair. They sell beer but not wine, so you can bring your own wine.

I highly recommend their onion rings and fried chicken, treat yourself!

If you are looking for other fun happening in Austin this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, April 4th

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Top Notch Hamburgers
7525 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757

https://www.facebook.com/events/1566956866899221/ 

Photo Credit: Top Notch Facebook Page

You better get to taking your annual bluebonnet photo before the season is over. There are several spots around town that I enjoy but this one is my favorite. I drove through campus yesterday and there are so many opportunities to stop for pictures, bluebonnets as far as the eye can see.

There’s a hill covered with patches of bluebonnets with downtown in the distance, so that makes for an excellent photo op. I would recommend going early evening, the sun is best around that time.

For more places to check out the Bluebonnets around town visit this list: 5 Best Places To See Bluebonnets in Austin

Location:
St. Edwards University
Corner of St. Edwards & University Loop Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

KGSR has released their line up for the 22nd season of Unplugged at The Grove. This is Austin’s longest running free concert series! It’s a pretty great line-up.

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – September 17th

Time: 8pm

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.kgsr.com/promotions/unplugged-2015

April 9 Jamestown Revival
April 16 Amy Cook
April 23 Dirty River Boys
April 30 The Night Owls
May 7 Carolyn Wonderland
May 14 Alpha Rev
May 21 Alejandro Escovedo
May 28 Charlie Mars
June 4 Dale Watson
June 11 The Oh Hellos
June 18 Quiet Company
June 25 Rocket Boys
July 2 Shiny Ribs
July 9 Mike Barfield
July 16 James McMurtry
July 23 Ray Wylie Hubbard
Aug 6 Uncle Lucius
Aug 20 Suzanna Choffel
Sept 3 Walker Lukens
Sept 17 Jimmy Lafave