Austin’s Springing into Action
With spring officially here and summer on the way, it’s time to explore Austin’s finest treasures. The days are longer. The sun sets later. There are endless opportunities for fun in our versatile city. Your spring is about to get a whole lot busier—and cheaper.
Rio’s Brazilian Café
Take your friends or family out to Sunday brunch from 11a.m to 3p.m. on the East Side and enjoy FREE mimosas (in the nature of all things free… there’s a limit of two).
Rio’s Brazilian also participates at the downtown Austin Farmers’ Market every Saturday, selling salgadinhos (appetizers), sauces, and breads. The Market always has FREE parking and live music from 9a.m. to 1p.m.
Also TODAY (13th), Rio’s Brazilian is hosting a free wine tasting at Spec’s Liquors with gluten-free cheese breads and sweet n’ spicy sauces at 8p.m.
Catch a show at the new Backyard at Bee Cave. The one-of-a-kind, environmentally friendly venue is hosting its first show with ZZ Top on Sunday, April 25th.
“The First Look Festival” will be the defining introduction to the new Backyard on May 1st. The festival includes 20 performers, sneak peaks at upcoming concerts, and 2010 season ticket give-a-ways.
Austin Reggae Festival: April 16-18 at Auditorium Shores
The 12th annual Austin Bob Marley Reggae Festival, benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank, brings together thousands of reggae fans for three days of music, food, arts, and fun.
“The event celebrates the loving spirit of Bob Marley, whose message of peace, tolerance and non-violent change continues to build global momentum even twenty years after his death.”
Eeyore’s 45th Annual Birthday Party: April 24th 11:00 a.m. until dark
Bring the whole family–or maybe not–to celebrate some hippy love for FREE at Austin’s Peace Park. Eeyore’s Birthday Party serves as a fundraiser to benefit local non-profits, who sell hot and cold food (including vegetarian), soft drinks, juices, spring water, and Texas beer all day long.
Enjoy music, games, and contests, not to mention face painting, an all day drum circle, and jump roping for a real day of “Keep Austin Weird.” Dancing and tie-dye encouraged.
Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival: April 15-18th
This year marks the 25th anniversary for the Austin festival, including guest chefs and speakers, tastings all over the city, and food and wine pairing lessons. Sign up to learn about Texas’ rich traditions and influence on wine and food throughout the world.
Tickets to most events are pricey, but the Sunday Fair at The Vineyards at the Salt Lick is a great deal: cooking demonstrations and live music all afternoon while sampling the best of Texas for $30.
Kayaking or Canoeing on Town Lake
Take advantage of Austin’s Lady Bird Lake with a friend, dog, or solo. Kayaks and canoes run for $10-$15 hourly or $25-$35 for all day. Lessons available for those who lack paddling experience.
Take a short hike to visit the highest point within Austin City Limits. At 785 feet above Austin the views of Lake Austin and 360 Bridge are impressive. It’s a picturesque spot to picnic or visit at sunset for free. Located off FM 2222.
“There is a legend that Mt. Bonnell was once called Antoinette’s Leap, named after a damsel who leaped to her death to avoid capture from Indians that killed her lover, who fought to his death to defend her.”
This natural swimming hole, located about 30 miles west of Austin, is well worth the drive. The gorgeous waterfall and pool is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (when water conditions are good) for $8 a person. Swim, picnic or hike the nature trails surrounding the preserve. Warning: no dogs allowed.