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30 Things to Do in Austin in April | Austin April Events

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April FoolsApril 1
Fiddler on the RoofApril 2- April 7
Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712 Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family!
The Waller Creek Pop-Up PicnicApril 6
Palm Park 200 N IH 35 Svrd SB, Austin, TX 78701 If you’ve attended the Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic, you know exactly the potential of the new Waller Creek Park project. Come by and enjoy picnic baskets prepared by some of Austin’s best restaurants. Or, bring your own basket and enjoy Palm Park while listening to great music, catching up with your friends, and watching the sun drop behind the city skyline. The Waller Creek Conservancy hosts the picnic each spring to raise funds and awareness, but there’s no confusing it with a black-tie gala. It just feels like Austin being Austin, the coming together that, when the project is complete, will be possible on Waller Creek every night of the year. Everyone is invited to free public event!
Texas Veg FestApril 7
Fiesta Gardens 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin, TX 78702 Texas VegFest is an educational event orchestrated by Texas Veg Foundation that celebrates the health, environment, and animal welfare benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. When you attend the event, you gain the knowledge necessary to begin incorporating more plant-based products! There will be educational lectures, cooking demonstrations, youth activities, fantastic food, craft beer, and live music and even more activities! Entrance to the event is free to the public.
Cap 10KApril 7
Multiple Locations Austin, TX Austin’s oldest annual race, the Statesman Cap10K will be celebrating its 42nd race! You can also run the race with a costume on if you want to participate in the costume contest! Runners will start their race on the Congress Avenue bridge and run over Town Lake, downtown Austin and around the historic Texas State Capitol building. Live music performed by local artists will keep the rhythm with the thousands of footsteps winding through Austin. At the finish line, runners will be welcomed with a festival near the lake with food trucks, a beer garden, live music, a kids zone and race vendors to celebrate your finish!
Old Settler’s Music FestivalApril 11- April 14
Old Settler’s Music Festival 1616 FM3158, Dale, TX 78616 At Old Settler’s Music Festival, there are almost three dozen bands, performance workshops, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, music stores, youth talent competition, gospel shows, Friday and Saturday concerts at the Salt Lick Pavilion, wholesome food, libations and more! Some of this year’s lineup includes Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Brandi Carlile, The Del McCoury Band and more! They also offer camping at the festival creating a cultural experience all of its own, and the grounds rival some of the most beautiful festival camping sites in the world! The best part is that kids twelve and under get in free when accompanied by a paying adult! This year they are now offering multi-day “teen” priced tickets!
Lone Star Round UpApril 12- April 13
Travis County Exposition Center 7311 Decker Ln, Austin, TX 78724 The Lonestar Round Up is an outdoor car show hosted at Travis County Expo Center with a sprawling weekend-long celebration of hot rods and custom cars for the people who build them, drive them! There will be live music, a giant swap meet, vendors, and tons of traditional hot rods and custom cars from across the country! It’s a unique, home-grown and Texas-sized experience that is family friendly!
MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix Of The AmericasApril 12- April 14
Circuit of the Americas 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617 Now firmly established as one of the most thrilling race experiences of the year, MotoGP brings the world’s most talented and skilled motorcycle riders to the Circuit of the Americas for the ultimate race! You can expect a jam-packed weekend of world-class two-wheeled excitement on-track alongside an incredible schedule of off-track entertainment. MotoAmerica will also bring its signature brand of star-spangled motorcycle racing to the track, filling out a stacked lineup of the world’s greatest motorcycle riders. This will be a weekend you won’t forget!
Bluebonnet FestivalApril 12- April 14
Multiple Locations Burnet, TX The Bluebonnet Festival is hosted by the Chappell Hill Historical Society, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of the community’s history and historic buildings. The festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors including home décor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, and more! There will also be delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train and more! This is a great event to go to with your family and friends!
Kyle Market DaysApril 13
City Square Park 101 S Burleson St, Kyle, TX 78640 Kyle Market Days is where live music and local vendors meet fun! Join the city of Kyle to find that perfect homemade item and all while enjoying free live music! From plants, crafts, to some of the best homemade foods, you’re sure to find something you love!
Art City Fine Arts FestivalApril 13- April 14
Republic Square 422 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701 Each April, Art City Austin: Fine Arts Festival; presented by the nonprofit organization Art Alliance Austin, promotes visual art and the art marketplace in Austin. 2019 marks the 69th year of this event! Approximately 150 local and national artists will exhibit outdoors under the canopy and throughout the grounds creating a centralized hub for art in downtown Austin! There are even more events Friday night including a party with music, performance, activations, and much more!
Monster JamApril 13- April 14
Frank Erwin Center 1701 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 Monster Jam, the unexpected, unscripted, and unforgettable family-friendly motorsport returns to the Frank Erwin Center! The 2019 season will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills, donuts, and freestyle competitions! Fans also have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers by purchasing a Pit Party pass that allows them early access to the event for photo opportunities and autographs!
East Austin Urban Farm TourApril 14
Multiple Locations Austin, TX The East Austin Urban Farm Tour is a fundraising event with all the proceeds going to Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance. Enjoy delicious bites from many of Austin’s top chefs using the freshest farm ingredients and handcrafted sips from local brewers, wine merchants, and mixologists on each farm. Guided farm tours allow guests to get to know the farmers behind the food and learn how it’s grown. The tour takes place on four working urban farms; HausBar Urban Farm & GuestHaus, Rain Lily Farm, Eden East Farm and Boggy Creek Farm!
Fusebox FestivalApril 17- April 21
Multiple Locations Austin, TX Fusebox Festival is a city-wide celebration featuring artists from all over the world! Their goal is to put on a festival built that creates a space for the unexpected, for disruption, for discovery, and for experimentation. It’s also a powerful moment to connect, imagine new things together, and build community. The performances, the parties, the meals, and the discussions leverage and celebrate the potential of the live situation!
Austin Reggae FestivalApril 19- April 21
Auditorium Shores 900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704 The Austin Reggae Festival brings three days of incredible dub music with international food and art vendors to the city’s most picturesque outdoor venue! Headliners for the 2019 event include The Late Ones, Hempress Sativa, Don Carlos, Jah9, Mykal Rose, Etana, Cocoa Tea, and Freddie McGregor! The Austin Reggae Festival benefits the Central Texas Food Bank, and over the last decade, this event has raised more than $1,000,000 to help feed hungry families in the Central Texas region.
Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay ResortApril 19- April 21
Horseshoe Bay Resort 00 Hi Cir N, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657 Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort is the region’s only annual hot air balloon festival. Each year, thousands of balloon enthusiasts from across Texas arrive to watch hot air balloons glow and ascend over the Hill Country terrain. Event organizers will coordinate ‘flicker’ burns where pilots simultaneously make their balloons flicker by lighting up and quickly turning off the flames inside the aircraft. Not to mention that the balloons will glow after sunset! This is a must-see event!
Weird Homes TourApril 20
Multiple Locations Austin, TX The Weird Homes Tour is an annual event of like-minded people who are inspired by the strange, the kooky, the odd and the unexpected parts of Austin and the world. It showcases what “Keep Austin Weird” is all about! Visit the inside of the homes of collectors of oddities, rare art collectors, performance artists, painters, sculptors and architects who keep Austin’s weird culture thriving!
EasterApril 21
Earth DayApril 22
Moontower Comedy FestivalApril 24- April 27
Multiple Locations Austin, TX Moontower Comedy Festival is presented by the Paramount Theatre, and brings you some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe! This marathon of side-splitting nights throughout the city brings over 100 comedians doing everything from stand-up and sketch to improv and musical comedy! National headliners such as Nick Offerman, David Spade, Sal Vulcano, Nate Bargatze, Jenny Slate, Vir Das, Anthony Atamanuik and more, up-and-comers and local Austin-based comedians ensure that there are options for every type of comedy fan; die-hards to those just looking for a fun night!
Hill Country Film FestivalApril 25- April 28
Multiple Locations Fredericksburg, TX The Hill Country Film festival is a celebration of independent film, screens over 90 independent films (short and feature length), hosts revealing Question and Answers, provides captivating filmmaker panel discussions and nightly festival parties giving attendees a chance to rub elbows with filmmakers! All these activities and events will be held at Fritztown Cinema in Fredericksburg.
Founders Day FestivalApril 26- April 28
Downtown Dripping Springs 511 Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 The Founders Day Festival is the largest annual community event in Dripping Springs! The three-day festival celebrates the founding of Dripping Springs and its community since 1850 and offers a variety of family-friendly activities. The spring festival kicks off with the Grand Parade followed by live music on two stages! There will be a carnival, cook-off competitions and arts and crafts vendors, and more! This festival offers something for everyone to participate in!
Austin Food and Wine FestivalApril 26- April 28
Multiple Locations Austin, TX The Austin Food and Wine Festival marks a collaboration between C3 Presents and some of Texas’ most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs! Some of the chefs for this year’s lineup include Tiffani Faison, Jonathan Waxman, Sarah Grueneberg, Andrew Zimmern, Nancy Silverton, Antonia Lofaso, and Aarón Sánchez! This is their 8th year bringing the food and wine festival into Texas, and they promise to give you a gourmet celebration unlike any other! There will be cooking demos, wine and cocktail seminars, a Grand Taste Pavilion, 40 food artisans and an autograph tent! A portion of the Festival’s proceeds will benefit The Austin Food & Wine Alliance, who are dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in Central Texas.
Red Poppy FestivalApril 26- April 28
Downtown Georgetown Georgetown, TX Known as the “Red Poppy Capital Of Texas,” Georgetown is one of the few places in the United States where red poppies grow naturally every year. So come over and celebrate its signature red poppies with the 20th Annual Red Poppy Festival, April 26-28! The festival encompasses three days of concerts (headliner is Pat Green), parades, contests, art, food and family fun in the downtown area.
Texas Community Music FestivalApril 26- May 5
Central Market 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756 Over the years, the performances at The Texas Community Music Festival have run the musical gamut, from traditional bierhaus music to full-sized orchestras; from Middle Eastern Belly Dancers to Scottish pipe and drums to “All That Jazz.” They’ve even had a few “zombie invasions!” Musicians are ranging in age from 9 to well past 90. If the music lives in Texas, the music’s been performed live at the Texas Community Music Festival!
Eeyore’s BirthdayApril 27
Pease District Park 1100 Kingsbury St, Austin, TX 78705 Eeyore’s Birthday Party is a fundraiser to benefit non-profit groups in Austin. Some of these groups will be selling hot and cold food (there will also be a vegetarian menu), soft drinks, juices, spring water, and Texas beer! Make sure to wear a costume since there will be costume contests and other games with prizes for children of all ages! There will be plenty of activities to participate in such as face painting, henna, and temporary tattoos. All while engaging in these activities, you can listen to live music! Happy Birthday, Eeyore!
Lake Travis SpringFestApril 27
Hill Country Galleria 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738 SpringFest is the premier event in the South Lake Travis area at the Hill Country Galleria! Presented by St. David’s Emergency Center, the festival is the perfect community and family fun event on a perfect Spring weekend in Lake Travis. SpringFest is expecting record attendance this year, so mark your calendars and save the date for SpringFest 2019!
Sunset Valley Art FestApril 27
Sunset Valley City Hall 3205 Jones Rd, Sunset Valley, TX 78745 Sunset Valley Art Fest is gearing up time for their 13th Annual Art Fest in 2019! The festival is free of admission, is a one-day event that includes over 70 vendors that work in a variety of art forms, from jewelry to woodwork to oil paintings. The festival also features local food vendors and live music from Austin-area artists on both the main stage and the kids’ stage. The Sunset Valley Art Fest is a great family affair with activities for both children and adults!
Buda Wiener Dog RacesApril 27- April 28
Buck’s Backyard 1761 South FM 1626, Buda, TX 78610 Every spring the Buda Lion’s Club hosts their annual Buda Wiener Dog Races at Buda City Park. Their yearly country fair and fundraiser begins with the cutest pet parade, followed by the nationally known Wiener Dog Races, where the speediest dachshunds take to the track! Not to mention that there will also be a BBQ cook-off, a bake-off, arts and crafts, games for the kids, a washer tournament and lots of entertainment!

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