Whether you are visiting Austin, Texas from another country or from within the United States there is one thing you can be sure about – there is plenty to see and do. Barton Springs Pool, the Texas State Cemetery, the Texas State Capitol, the Second Street District and of course 6th Street which is the heart of live entertainment in Austin, are just but a few of the things you will get to enjoy. If you are planning your visit for the next few months you will be happy to know that there are lots of upcoming events that you can squeeze into your busy calendar. Some of them are free and some you have to pay for, but all of them are fun, and they will teach you plenty about this wonderful city. Here are a few that you shouldn’t miss:
Eeyore’s 55th Birthday Party on Saturday 28th April
This is a fundraiser that is organized by Friends of Forest Foundation and it is especially apt if you will be visiting Austin with your kids. It will run from 11 am to 6 pm and will feature some of the best bands in the city including Barton Hills Choir, Fun Bunch, World Gone Mad, Day Eater, Danger Cakes and Big Bill to name but a few. Vendors will provide hot and cold drinks all, and there is plenty of parking. Make sure to come in your favorite costume and bring your favorite instrument too.
Cinco de Mayo
This is a common festival around the US and it is quite special in Austin – the city has a rich and diverse Hispanic heritage. Cinco de Mayo will take place on 5th of May and will feature a lively festival and parades. Proceeds go to non-profit work to aid Hispanics in the community but all are welcome to take part.
Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne at University of Texas Austin Wednesday 25th April
If you want to learn a bit about gravitational waves and the stuff that the universe is made of how about you schedule a talk by the 2017 physics Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne? He will be speaking at the University of Texas from 7.30 PM and will be available afterward for a question and answer session.
Color in Motion on 11th of June
This is a perfect event to sign up for if you want to enjoy the Austin outdoors in summer. It is a race that is all about color. You start the race in a plain white t-shirt and run through several races where you get blasted with the most awesome colors. Afterwards there is a big bash Texas-style, and the DJ will keep you partying tell late in the night. Check online for the latest updates on the event schedule.
Austin City Limits
If you love music you must make sure to schedule a visit to at Austin City Limits Live show. The lineup is always stacked, but in the coming months you can expect to enjoy greats like Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang, Kat Edmondson, Joe Bonamassa and others.
Lockhart, Chisholm Trail Roundup on June 7th – 9th
Lockhart’s largest annual Rodeo, Roundup and Music Festival. The website says, “Festivities begin on Wednesday, June 6, with a Cowboy Breakfast around a Chuck Wagon on the Courthouse square.” Can you really afford to miss it? They encourage everyone to rock out their cowboy boots and traditional western gear. You’ll find me at this one for sure!