APRIL: Things to do Around Austin

April is here and Spring is in full swing! With the weather turning, there are more and more outdoor events available in the Austin area and surrounding. Check out a few of these events to get out and about in our wonderful part of Texas!

Songs Under the Stars Live Performance Series | Throughout April

Socially distance, live concerts and the Zach Theatre throughout the month of April. Performances include Gospel Down by the Riverside, Tameca Jones in Concert, Disney Through the Decades and Mariachi Melodies de Mexico. Evening and Sunday afternoon times available with discounts for show packages. @ The People’s Plaza at ZACH Theatre | zachtheatre.org

2021 Easter on the Farm! Robinson Family Farms | April 2nd-3rd

Visit Robinson Family Farms for “Easter on the Farm.” Where spring traditions and memories are made! Whether you are looking for that perfect springtime photo op or want to spend time outdoors as a family, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the farm! Come hungry because there are delicious treats waiting for you! Open 10am-6pm Daily. @ Robinson Family Farms | www.therobinsonfamilyfarm.com/pricing

12th Annual Sherwood Forest Faire – Opening Weekend! | April 3rd-4th

The 12th Annual Sherwood Forest Faire opens the first weekend in April with over 150 shows every day! Sherwood Forest Faire is a locally owned medieval-style village nestled in the Lost Pines section of Central Texas. The event has over 100 permanent buildings on 25 acres, including stages, pubs, merchant shoppes, wedding venues, a complete castle, and more. Attractions include full contact jousting, falconry, fire juggling, knife throwing, 10+ live bands, comedy, sword fighting, and a castle siege. Shows for kids, adults, and both! @ Sherwood Forest in McDade, TX | https://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com/

Long Center’s Good Vibes Only Music Series | April 7th

The Long Center is hosting a series of free, fully-produced performances from local artists safely recorded in the Rollins Studio Theatre. These performances are focused on what has kept Austin’s culture so cool — great music, bold creativity, and Good Vibes Only. Virtual Event | luck.stream/channel/longcenter

Austin International Poetry Festival | April 9th-10th

The Austin International Poetry Festival brings together poets from around Texas, the nation and our world for virtual performances, readings and workshops. The event provides an inclusive, diverse, multi-generational environment in appreciation of the spoken and written word. Virtual Event | aipf.org

38th Annual Burnet Bluebonnet Festival | April 9th-11th

The Bluebonnet Festival draws 30,000 people annually to Burnet, Texas in a weekend full of activities sure to please all ages. There’s something for everyone such as live music, a carnival, food, races of all kinds, and lots and lots of shopping. @ Burnet, TX | www.bluebonnetfestival.org

Capitol 10K | April 11th-13th

The Statesman Capitol 10K presented Baylor Scott & White has been hosted in Austin each year since 1978. The 44th running of the Capitol 10K has seen the race grown into the largest 10K in Texas and the 6th largest in the entire country! This year’s event is virtual but features 10 different recommended routes. Virtual Race | cap10k.com 

The 20th Annual Lonestar Round Up

Officially moved to Labor Day weekend, September 3 & 4th, 2021 | www.lonestarroundup.com

Fredericksburg Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Festival 2021 | April 17th

Come enjoy the Wild Flowers in the Texas Hill Country! Come enjoy a casual wine tasting in an old Dance Hall, live music and the comforts of Bankersmith, Texas. Great food, local live music acts and a fun, family friendly atmosphere where kids can enjoy playing with the goats, donkeys and other critters. The Texas Wine Festival at Bankersmith is an event for people who love wine and those that make it. https://www.facebook.com/events/474245147102880/ 

Flavor Fest 2021 | April 24th

Enjoy the spring sunshine at this outside event featuring the best food trucks and vendors, unique shopping experiences, entertainment, games and more! Attendance is FREE and plentiful free parking is also available. 100% of proceeds goes towards a scholarship for a Belton ISD student. Event from 11am-4pm. Amy’s Attic Self-Storage (7950 TX Hwy 317, Belton, TX) | https://nextdoor.com/events/3899977/

March Things to Do Around Austin

Food Festival Bell County | 3/14/21

Taste the best Bell County has to offer from a variety of area chefs, bakers, restaurants and food trucks all under one roof! This event is from 2:00 – 7:00 PM and is free to the public and food prices will vary from each vendor. @ Harker Heights Event Center. Eventbrite Details

SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival | 3/16/20 – 3/20/20

SXSW 2021 Conference and Festival will be going online for a fully virtual event. This internationally-recognized event will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking and exhibitions at the digital experience. Virtual Event. www.sxsw.com

St. Patrick’s Day Festival Online | 3/17/21

St. Patrick’s Day is always a big event in Austin and we are sure this year will be big as well, just in some different ways. Most events will be online – tune in to enjoy authentic Celtic music from international artists, along with the Inishfree Irish Dancers and plenty of good craic! Virtual Event. www.stpatricksdayaustin.com

Springfest 2021 | 3/18/21 – 3/20/21

Hosted by atxGALS + The Cathedral for Springfest, Springfest will be a three-day celebration of local art and music with art showcases by Austin’s emerging women artists, intimate live performances by leading local musicians and panel sessions focused on local women entrepreneurs, art and community. @ The Cathedral. thecathedralatx.com

Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays | 3/24/21 – 3/27/21

The Texas Relays are back in 2021! The premier track & field event brings together the best high school, college and professional athletes from Texas, the U.S. and the world. @ Mike A. Myers Stadium www.texassports.com

World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play | 3/24/21 – 3/28/21

The top 64 players in the Official World Golf Rankings descend on Austin to participate in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, a rare, match-play format consisting of the very best players from around the world. This event is always one of the most exciting golf tounrmanets of the year! @ Austin Country Club www.dellmatchplay.com

Long Live Music | 3/27/21

Long Live Music Presented by White Claw returns in 2021 to The Long Center. Luck Reunion returns with a socially distanced concert series featuring performances from some of music’s favorite acts. @ Long Center for the Performing Arts thelongcenter.org

ABC Kite Fest – Kite Showcase & Content | 3/27/21-3/28/21

Another event to return to Austin in 2021 is one of the city’s favorites – the ABC Kite Fest! The nation’s oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites across the Austin sky in a weekend showcase and contest. Stay tuned for more details to be announced soon! @ Location TBD www.abckitefest.org

Silver Classic 5k & 3k | 3/28/2021

AdventHealth Central Texas is hositing their 34th Annual AdventHealth Silver Classic in Killeen, TX. This year’s race will offer both live and virtual options! Proceeds from the Silver Classic support the AdventHealth wellness department in providing free and low cost health services to the community. Programs include free monthly vaccination clinics to area children, free health screenings, free exercise classes, health education classes, and free health fairs to area residents. @ AdventHealth Central Texas www.adventhealth.com

February Things to Do Around Austin

Texas Winter Nights Drive Series – Various Evenings in February

Texas Winter Nights Drive-In Series is a full featured stage. lights, audio, and video production showcase of top artists performing live music for multiple genres of music. Each event has a special lot designed to allow you to get out of your car to enjoy the show in a COVID safe manner with social distancing. Barton Creek Square (2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX 78746). More Info…

Austin Film Society presents presents Sundance Film Festival Satellite Screenings – January 28th thru February 3rd, 2021

Austin Film Society proudly participates in the 2021 Sundance Film Festival (January 28-February 3rd, 2021) as a Satellite Screen. In addition to the films screening at our drive-in, we also present a series of online panel discussions with filmmakers. Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms (10621 Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin, TX 78754). More Info…

The Magic of Bill Blagg – Friday, February 5, 2021, 8:00 pm

Bill Blagg’s show combining his mind-blowing magical talents with his trademark off-the-cuff personality. Paramount Theatre (713 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701). More info…

14th Annual Puppy Bowl with the Austin Humane Society & Yard Bar – Saturday, February 6, 2021

The Austin Humane Society’s beloved Puppy Bowl is going virtual in 2021! In addition to the big game, our puppies will make their Super Bowl predictions and participate in the most adorable competition of the year – the MVP Races. More Info…

DJ Mel presents Living Room Dance Party – Saturday Nights in February, 6:00 pm

DJ Mel, the official DJ for the University of Texas football and men’s basketball teams, is one of Texas’ most well-rounded and high profiled DJs. He’ll present a weekly live Living Room Dance Party on Twitch. More Info…

BookPeople presents James Patterson and Matt Eversmann – Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 6:00 pm

BookPeople will be hosting a special virtual program with bestselling mega-author James Patterson and retired serviceman Matt Eversmann. The pair will be joining BookPeople live on Zoom to discuss Walk in My Combat Boots, a collection of the most moving and powerful war stories ever told, by the men and women who lived them. More Info…

Central Market presents Virtual Cooking School Class: Black History Month – Various Evenings in February

To celebrate Black History Month, Central Market will host a series of virtual cooking school classes featuring the stories and recipes of three notable Black chefs – Chef Chris Williams, Chef Marcus Samuelsson, and Chef Tiffany Derry. More Info…

Rocket Cinema Drive-In – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 12-14, 2021

Austin’s newest drive-in theater will be at Pioneer Farms in North Austin. The brainchild of pianist and composer Justin Sherburn, the new theater will combine live performance with traditional film screenings. Programming will include a mix of second-run film classics as well as performances with local groups like the Invincible Czars and Montopolis. More Info…

Austin Symphony Orchestra presents The Greats – Friday and Saturday, February 19-20, 8:00 pm

The Austin Symphony Orchestra will be featuring three amazing works by George Walker, William Grant Still and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky performed by pianist Stewart Goodyear. The Long Center for the Performing Arts (701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704) More Info…

Rodeo Austin Gala: Rooted in Grit – Friday, February 26, 2021, 7:30 pm

Join Rodeo Austin for a special evening called Rooted in Grit: Virtual Gala. This exclusive experience will include a silent auction, musical performances, interviews with special guests and a look back at our favorite Rodeo Austin moments, all in support of our mission. Best of all this event is open to all friends of Rodeo Austin. The virtual event will be FREE to view, and there are exclusive contributor packages for purchase that include a delivered meal and party pack. More Info…

Austin Symphony Orchestra presents West Side Story – Saturday, February 27, 2021 8:00PM

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic film and winner of ten Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. The Austin Symphony Orchestra plays Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score and memorable songs with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim live, while the newly re-mastered film is shown in glorious high definition on the big screen with the original vocals and dialog intact. The Long Center for the Performing Arts (701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704) More Info…

January Things to Do Around Austin

2021 is finally here! While our calendar might not be as full as it might have been in year’s past, we do have some activities around Austin for you to check out.

Fortlandia | Through 1/31/21

Explore a collection of forts custom designed and built by local architects, designers and artists for the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. Stop and build your own fort at Fort Build too. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – wildflower.org/fortlandia

Ragtime Kings | 1/8/21

Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Butler Pops Series presents “RAGTIME KINGS”! Enjoy your Ragtime-era favorites virtually with iconic music by Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton including The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag, and King Porter Stomp. This performance will be available to view online from January 8-15, 2021. https://my.austinsymphony.org/ragtimekings

NOT ALONE: Working Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking | 1/6/21 – 5/30/21

Not Alone educates visitors about human trafficking and gives them a sense of hope and empowerment in combating the issue. This exhibition is geared toward empowering visitors to not just be bystanders, but upstanders in identifying trafficking and becoming advocates for themselves and others. Bullock Museum – https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/exhibits/not-alone

Live Nation Presents Dave Chappelle & Joe Rogan | 1/15/2021

Comedy show featuring Dave Chappelle & Joe Rogan for adults 18+ only at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater in downtown Austin. Stubbs BBQ – https://stubbs.frontgatetickets.com/event/

Central Machine Works Cornhole Tournament | 1/24/21

Cornhole tournament open to all skill levels, hosted by Central Machine Works. The competition is set to friendly. Come out and show off your skills and have a fun day with fellow cornhole enthusiasts. ATX Sports Adventures – https://www.atxsa.com/

Sundance Film Festival | 1/28/21 – 2/3/21

Welcome to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 28 to February 3, 2021. A new chapter filled with possibilities. Despite the challenges this year has brought, nothing could stop us from celebrating independent film, visionary artists, unique perspectives, and you, our adventurous audiences. So, for the first time ever, we are bringing the festival to you—both online and in the real world. Sundance Film Festival – https://festival.sundance.org/

An All Star Concert | 1/30/21 – 1/31/21

Austin Opera returns to Dell Hall with An All-Star Concert this January! Timothy Myers takes the podium for the first time since being appointed as the Sarah and Ernest Butler Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, leading the Austin Opera Orchestra and four star soloists in a stunning concert of opera and musical theatre hits. Austin Opera – https://austinopera.org/opera/an-all-star-concert/