Your day-to-day guide for fun, spring activities throughout Austin!
LBJ Wildflower Center is staying open late every Tuesday to make more hours for wildflowers! Make it a date night, a distanced picnic with friends, or come for some solo solace as spring does its thing. Each evening will feature live music from local musicians, featured visual artists, a rolling lineup of Austin’s favorite food trucks, and take-and-walk adult beverages will be available for purchase, too. Get tickets here.
Every Wednesday, Celis is offering an amazing Nacho & Beer Combo Special for $12. Plus, they’ll have games of beer pong available for you and your squad. Starts at 3 p.m.
Grab your favorite picnic blanket and head to Barr Mansion every Wednesday for their Public Picnic Days. Each week Barr Mansion will adjust their picnic menu as new spring produce comes in. They will have a special menu April 21st to celebrate Earth Day. Chef Nicholas will feature vegetables—not just one or two parts, but the whole plant! Also enjoy pizza, crawfish, specialty snacks, and cocktails. Reservations required.
Group Therapy at Hotel ZaZa Austin has rolled out a new Wine & Whiskey Happy Hour perfect for soaking up the warming Austin temps. Every Wednesday, guests can enjoy a mid-week pick-me-up in the form of 1/2 priced bottles of wine, 1/2 priced whiskey over $30, $2 off glasses of wine and buy-one, get-one 1/2 off starters alongside live music.
Join The Cathedral for a magical, one-of-a-kind socially distanced experience with live music, art by local women artists and an open bar. With two seatings every Thursday, come support local musicians and artists in a safe way.
Yoga and meditation guide Jessica Fajans brings her sunny disposition to South Congress for yoga every weekend! Rise and shine with a 60-minute class in Austin’s Music Lane, followed by complimentary cold brew or tea at Neighborhood Goods and swag from retailers on the block.
Come join Last Stand Brewing for Sunday vibes and an all-levels yoga class with Carly in the spacious, open warehouse joining the Last Stand taproom in South Austin! Hang out after class with an included beverage all while supporting a local nonprofit. Class starts at 10 a.m. and tickets are $15.
A Live One is back at the jewel of South Austin, Far Out Lounge, every Sunday in April! Two big sets of Phish jams in a lovely outdoor setting alongside great food trucks and killer bar selection. There will be weekly Phish-themed drink specials as well as delicious brunch options from the food trucks on site.
Austin Motel just announced two new pool passes available daily through October at the iconic 1100 sq ft. kidney shaped pool, including a Day Pass and Adult-only Night Swim Pass, along with F&B favorites such as the signature Rocky’s Spicy Mango Michelada. Day Passes are available every day from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and Adult Night Swim Pass available daily from 5 p.m–10 p.m. Day Passes are $20 Monday–Thursday and $40 over the weekend. Adult Night Swim Passes are $15 daily.
Starting at 8 p.m., join The Long Center for their ninth episode April 7th featuring the bold, soulful sounds of Scott Strickland. Good Vibes Only is the Long Center’s series of free, fully-produced performances from local artists safely recorded in our Rollins Studio Theatre. Rooted in the spirit of the old Municipal Auditorium that opened its doors to Austin in 1959, it’s time to get back to the music, back to the energy, and back to the old Austin.
Try a “Vindicated” cocktail while you scream your lungs out to your favorite new and classic emo songs during Pour Choices’ Sugar We’re Going Down Drinkin’! The first 50 people will get free gift bags. Show starts at 9 p.m. so make sure your favorite band tee is washed and ready to rock!
Experience a private evening at the UMLAUF while feasting on delectable food and wine offerings from Austin Catering and enjoy a performance by indie folk-pop duo, Deer Fellow. A picnic for two is $140 and includes five courses. Space is limited so reserve your spot here.
After a lifetime diet of heteronormative Hollywood fare, Austin’s Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival’s Queer Film Theory 101 dissects films from the past and points out the hidden queer narratives. Even the most normative cinematic offering can become a gay ol’ time when pressed into shape by a warm, powerful queer palm. This promises to be an enlightening conversation from our panel filled with memories of films gone by and good laughs about how they shaped our gay realities. Tickets are $12.
As the Buzz Mill brings live music back to their schedule, Ghostwriter returns on Friday, April 9th. Ghostwriter has performed as a one-man stripped-down roots act for close to twenty years, and released nine albums on his own End of the West label. Once dubbed “the original punk-folk troubadour,” Ghostwriter comes off as a post-punk version of a Harry Smith era self-accompanied singer-songwriter. No cover, and show starts at 8 p.m.
The Globe Drive-In is now operating at their new location in Pflugerville. Doors open at 7:35 p.m. and spots are assigned by car size and a first come first serve basis. Arrive by 8:05 p.m. so they have time to check everyone in. Movie starts at 8:20 and concessions are available on-site. Tickets are for a single movie event.
Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful mobilizes hundreds of volunteers for an incredible day of community service throughout the Greater Austin Area. This year, they are encouraging individuals and members of the same household to remove litter from their favorite neighborhood spots, and are offering a limited number of free cleanup kits. To kick off the day, they will be hosting an interactive Facebook Live Event from 9–10 a.m. that will include exciting incentives, family fun activities, and much more!
Revelry Kitchen + Bar is having their big crawfish boil this Saturday. Live music from the David Thacker Band on the patio. Enjoy RKB crawfish, potatoes, corn, sausage, and their house seasoning. They’ll start serving at 2 p.m. until sold out.
Head to The W Wet Deck on April 10th for Austin’s Silent Disco’s Spring Full Moon Fling! Doors are at 6 p.m. and the event will run until 10:30 p.m. Dance to sets by three local DJ’s and Rockstar Photobooth will be there to capture all of your best moments. With your pair of sanitized ASD headphones, you can adjust the volume and choose between our 3 DJs with the flick of a switch. Each headset has a color LED that shows which channel you’re listening to. You can dance along with those tuning in to the same DJ as you, creating a super social and super interactive experience. Tickets are $25.
Cute Nail Studio is having a pop-up handcrafted and vintage market starting at 11 a.m. Browse through vintage finds, sweet treats, hand-painted goods, botanicals, and more. Small bites and coffee will also be on site!
Swift Fit Events presents Monday Night Sound Healing sessions with local meditation and retreat leader Meg Sylvester at East Austin’s event space The Cathedral. Bask in an hour of slow movements and breathwork to the sounds of crystal bowls, accompanied by singing and chimes. Afterwards, wind-down even more with a CBD cocktail from Sweet Crude. Tickets are $25.
Join Keep Austin Beautiful and Austin Organic Gardeners online via Zoom for a panel of speakers who will dig into various composting methods. Compost Coalition of Austin has also generously donated a bokashi compost bucket that we will be giving away in a drawing to a random Austin Organic Gardeners member. Speaker will begin around 6:30 p.m. Come early at 6 for meet and greet and to ask your garden questions.
During Central Market’s Make & Take, you’ll sample a variety of dumplings as their instructors offer tips on steaming, frying and boiling these bite-sized morsels. The fillings and wrappers will be ready and waiting. As their instructors guide you, your nimble fingers will fill and fold and create several dipping sauces. For ages 16 and up (children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). Class starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65 to attend.
From 7–9 p.m. Irene’s is hosting patio trivia over Schitt’s Creek. Trivia is free to attend and consists of five separate rounds. Bring your team of up to six players and a fully charged phone to submit your answers on. Prizes will be awarded!
Yarrow & Sage is building a little campfire on their patio to set the most magical mood for your reading! Swing by between 6–9 p.m. to get read fireside.
One Love Comedy Show brings the best standup comedians in Austin to Pershing every month. Their first show includes comics from Comedy Central, Showtime, Conan, Late Night with Seth Myers, and the Joe Rogan Experience. This month they are headlined by Fahim Anwar. Tickets start at $10.
Sweet Party! is an extra intimate, family reunion campout, With Music on the arrowhead stage, at Four Sisters Ranch in Utopia, Texas taking place April 15th–17th. Plan it like a camping trip. There will be food for sale, Showers, and Port-0s. It’s BYOB and BYO-whatever you want! There will be performances from 15 artists throughout the weekend. Get weekend passes and day passes here.
KASE101 & 98.1 KVET present Country Music Live at Nutty Brown Amphitheater featuring Parker McCollum on Friday, April 16th. Tickets start at $35 and minors will be charged an additional $5 at the door. Show starts at 6 p.m.
Starting at 7 p.m. Mike E. Winfield will be performing at the Santa Cruz Theater during their Headliner Series. His comedy is refreshing and relatable in a way that makes him a comedic genius. Tickets start at $25.
The 2021 Spring Festival at Barton Hill Farms is the perfect way to spend a nice, spring day in Central Texas. Take spring photos with the family under the cottonwood trees. Pick your very own flower bouquet from their beautiful flower patch. Enjoy live music, fresh food, and cold beer—or just take a break, relax on a swing beneath a shady tree, and let the Colorado River wash your cares away. Takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through May 31st.
Glow Show is a trippy glow in the dark themed comedy event. Stand up comedians perform under black lights and after their set riff with Joey Z about their adventures and misadventures eating psychedelics. Lots of glow sticks, groovy visuals, and always featuring the best comedians around. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets are $10.
Join SoCo Hotel for Spring Mini Market presented by Bev! New to Spring Mini Market is Mini Shop, a retail pop up that allows them to safely include an additional 16 women-owned, small businesses into their vendor lineup. They are proud to safely host a total of 34 women-owned, small businesses this spring. In addition to their vendors, Bev will be hosting two happy hours throughout the event at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy tunes by DJ Cass and free gift bags are back for the first 25 guests through the doors at 10 a.m. RSVP here.
On Sunday, April 18, Lone Star Court will host Block Party Under the Pavilion, featuring an afternoon of local food trucks from 1 to 7 p.m. alongside a safe and socially distant outdoor concert from Mitch Webb and the Swindles from 3 to 6 p.m. Open to everyone, Austinites can soak up the Americana tunes while enjoying exclusive drink specials and Southern-inspired bites in the retro-inspired courtyard.
Muzingo is making its long awaited return to the Kitty Cohen’s patio from 7–9 p.m.! Join them for five cleverly themed rounds. Be the first to hit a bingo on your grid card and you win free stuff courtesy of Kitty!
Austin Parks Foundation invites virtual volunteers to join us in keeping our communities clean with a solo trash pick up at the park or greenspace of their choosing. Head out to your favorite local park and spend an hour walking around and collecting trash and learning about your local environment. Register here.
Cyclists can clip in and navigate The Circuit at Bike Night. This event lets riders cruise COTA’s famed stars and stripes in a stress-free environment without the worry of city traffic while offering fantastic sunset views of the COTA’s signature Observation Deck and Austin skyline. After the ride concludes, cyclists can replenish and recharge with an ice-cold drink, mouth-watering refreshments and great conversations and camaraderie with fellow riders. Register here.
All day at all Southside Flying Pizza locations, you can snag a medium cheese or pepperoni pizza for only $4.20.
Acclaimed British artist Tacita Dean wasn’t sure what she’d capture when she set out to photograph renowned art critic and collector Leo Steinberg at work. What transpired is quite the story, with the result on view as a photographic series in the Blanton’s exhibition, After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints. On Wednesday, April 21st at noon CT, join curators Holly Borham and Carter Foster for a conversation with Dean about what inspired this art work, which visualizes Steinberg’s dictum, “the eye is part of the mind.”
Face/Off is a show featuring Austin’s best comics performing their favorite comics set! Every comic has that one joke that they wished they thought of and this show gives them the opportunity to put their own spin on it. The show is April 21st at 8 p.m. (doors at 7) at Spider House Ballroom. Entry is $5.
A Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute band will be at Antone’s on the 22nd for two separate shows. The early show starts at 6 p.m. (doors at 5) and the late night show starts at 9 (doors at 8). Find tickets here.
During this Sounds Under The Stars showcase, celebrate the magic of Disney from your favorite classics to today with hits from Beauty and the Beast, Coco, Frozen, Moana, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King, in this enchanting concert sing-along for the whole family! It takes place the 22nd–25th. Get tickets here. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. with an additional showing at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
MJ&M 2021 is going virtual on April 23rd at 7 p.m. CT! Join them for an unforgettable evening of impactful stories and a lineup of exceptional performances! To access the event, please make a $25 donation to support their amazing MJ&M beneficiary organizations and their mission to empower kids. Register here.
Techno producer and DJ Sara Landry will be at Empire on the 23rd. Purchase a pod to safely dance and enjoy her set while remaining socially distanced. Purchase a 4-person Pod in sections 1-3. Have more than 4 in your party? Purchase a 8-person Pod in sections 4-6. Show starts at 8 p.m.. Grab tickets here.
Join Moxy on their patio for this 21+ event – RSVP for one (or more) time slots to bring you and your pool crew to ward off Austin’s heat with splash pads and sprinkler toys in their reimagined open-air Waterpark Backyard. Drink Specials will be featured every two hours with a DJ spinning throughout the day, and much more. Private-ish VIP Firepit spaces are reservable for $200 in two-hour increments, which can seat up to 20 people and include a dedicated server with bottle service upon request.
The Noir Creators Space Open Market will be held April 25th, 2021 in Pflugerville. The newest open market on the Pflugerville/Austin scene! The market will include 20 vendors including food trucks in multiple different industries. Shop Black owned and celebrate Black Culture! Starts at noon at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church.
Eastside Pop Up will be taking over the parking lots at High Noon & Long Play Lounge with some of your favorite local artisans, makers & vintage collectors. It’s time to show your support for small businesses and keep it local. Located at 1910 & 2000 E.Cesar Chavez
from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Start the week with the intention to give yourself a moment to ground and move mindfully at Music Mondays at Carpenter Hotel. Collette will guide you through a flowy Vinyasa practice, cooling down with a guided meditation. The addition of a specially curated live DJ set by Cassie will leave you with all the feels. Take these vibes with you as you move through your week. BYO mat, water, and towel. Class will be held outside in the Q-Hut from 6–7 p.m. Social distancing will be maintained and masks are worn until on the mat. Open to all!
Join Six Square online at 6:30 p.m. as they discuss the intricacies, challenges, and necessity of BIPOC solidarity. In a time when white supremacy insists on distracting us from the real root of racial injustice, we must stand together and recognize our collective pain as well as our collective power. Six Square’s team represents a broad spectrum of diverse identities: Black, Asian, Puerto Rican, female, queer. As a diverse organization, they navigate anti-racism work with our shared trauma and motivation while also honoring the differences in our experiences and communities.
KLBJ Rocks the Nutty Brown Amphitheatre with Bob Schneider. This is a socially distanced show with extremely limited capacity. All tables and all pods of related guests will be located at least 6 feet apart at all times. This show is all ages. All minors will be charged an additional $5 at the door. No outside chairs are allowed. No outside food, drinks, containers, or blankets. See their FAQ. Full bar and food are available on site. Tickets start at $35.
Come join the Community Cinema in a safe, socially distanced setting at Community First! Village for their screening of Rocky at 7:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by Austin Board of Realtors, and they will be partnering with Way South Philly for some delicious Philly Cheesesteaks. Concessions stand with popcorn, candy, and drinks will be open before the movie begins. Cheesesteaks are pre-order only and will not be available for purchase at the door. Tickets available here.
Know of more events going on this month? Email Emily@365thingsaustin.com.