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🌻Spring is in bloom
A close-up of brisket at the Hot Luck Festival
Austin’s smoked meats scene is unmatched — just try the bites at the Hot Luck Festival. | Photo by ATXtoday
Ready to see Austin in bloom? From comedy festivals and art showcases to whiskey tastings and music awards, spring is when our city starts to thrive.

Get ready to experience the natural beauty of Bat City and all spring has to offer with this guide featuring 32 spring events happening in April and May.

The Austin Pancakes & Booze Art Show | Saturday, April 20 | 8 p.m. | The Far Out Lounge & Stage, 8504 S. Congress Ave., Austin | $10-$20 | Explore works by 75+ artists at this showcase also featuring live body painting, two stages of live music, and yes, pancakes.

Austin Blues Festival | Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28 | 12 p.m. | Moody Amphitheater, 1401 Trinity St., Austin | $80-$500 | See Brittany Howard, Big Freedia, Jimmie Vaughan, and several others at this outdoor music fest.

A crowd of onlookers watch as performers at Moody Amphitheater perform.

Spend a spring day with some of the city’s best musicians at the Austin Blues Festival.


Photo provided by Austin Blues Festival

Eeyore’s Birthday Party | Saturday, April 27 | All day | Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury St., Austin | Free | One of Austin’s weirdest and loveliest traditions will return for its 59th year, complete with live music, kids games, and face painting.

O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships | Saturday, May 11 | 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. | Brush Square Courtyard, 409 E. 5th St., Austin | Free | Socialize with other punsters, compete in pun improv, plus, take in live music + the Punniest of Show competition.

Hot Luck Festival | Thursday, May 23-Sunday, May 26 | Times vary | Multiple locations | $495 | Dig into bites from some of the best chefs in the country at this fest led by Aaron Franklin, James Moody, and Mike Thelin.

ATX TV Festival | Thursday, May 30-Sunday, June 2 | Times vary | Multiple locations | $150-$535 | Advertised as “TV camp for grown-ups,” this festival features panels, pitch competitions, and cameos from major shows including “Suits.”
The most wonderful time of year to explore the city is...

A. Spring
B. Summer
C. Fall
D. Winter
E. All of them
Tuesday, April 2
  • Neko Case | Tuesday, April 2 | 8 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin | $34-$71 | The singer-songwriter will be joined by Imaad Wasif, a goth-folk musician from Los Angeles.
Wednesday, April 3
  • High Noon Talk: Great American Total Solar Eclipse | Wednesday, April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin | Free | NASA’s Dr. Rob Pettengill will dig into the science of eclipses ahead of the total solar eclipse passing through Texas on Monday, April 8.
Thursday, April 4
  • Ditte Sørensen: Threads, the Elusive & Feminine | Thursday, April 4-Sunday, June 2 | Times vary | Unchained.Art Contemporary Gallery, 1601 E. Cesar Chavez St., Unit #101, Austin | Free | Enjoy a look at this Danish artist’s first solo exhibition and textile-forward creations.
Friday, April 5
  • Hasan Minhaj: Off with His Head | Friday, April 5 | Times vary | The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | $55-$100 | The renowned comedian is a two-time Peabody Award winner — you might recognize him from “Homecoming King” and “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”
Saturday, April 6
  • Books and Bees Festival | Saturday, April 6 | 11 a.m. | Bee Cave Public Library, 4000 Galleria Pkwy., Bee Cave | Free | Check out the buzz at Bee Cave’s book festival.
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News Notes
  • Austin-based developer Manifold plans to build a 47-story apartment complex Downtown on the current site of Irene’s and Taquero Mucho. The project, which is still in early stages, is expected to have ~350 units. (Austin American-Statesman)
  • Ghizlane Badawi, who has served as interim CEO for the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport since January, has been promoted to the position permanently. Badawi was previously the airport’s deputy CEO and has worked at the airport for more than 15 years. (Austin American-Statesman)
Coming Soon
  • Two dumpling chains — New Jersey-based Ugly Dumpling and Sugar Land’s Dumpling World — will open Austin locations this year. Ugly Dumpling is slated to open in the Arboretum by fall, and Dumpling World is slated for the Triangle before the year ends. (Eater Austin)
  • Austin-based Yeti will open its first New York City store this week. The location — in the Flatiron District in Manhattan — will span 6,600 sqft and become the company’s 20th brick-and-mortar. (Austin Business Journal)
  • In commemoration of Earth Month, the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability released a calendar with daily opportunities for sustainability. Today’s challenge? To check out a nature book form the Austin Public Library — here are a few ideas.
  • What caused the Rockets to lose their win streak? Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Houston Rockets with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
  • Ditch the men’s dress pants — the Dealmaker Pant is the ultimate pant for work or play, with an impeccable fit and feel. Save 15% with code COMFORT15.*
The Buy
Pvolve’s signature equipment bundle — the low impact, clinically-backed exercise method is a great way to work out from home, and the bundle helps you get started. It comes with a month of free classes and includes (bonus) some of Jennifer Aniston’s favorite pieces of equipment.
South Central Waterfront visions
A drawing of Austin, with Lady Bird Lake stretching in the middle, shows a clump of skyscrapers and tall buildings south of the lake on the other side from Downtown.
The vision for the South Central Waterfront district outlines a second Downtown-like development south of Lady Bird Lake. | Art by Stephanie Bower, via the City of Austin
When we briefed you on plans for Austin’s South Central Waterfront district, we asked what you would like to see for the 118-acre tract of land bordering Auditorium Shores and South Congress Avenue.

The majority (66%) of our respondents said they would like to see more public green spaces and trails in the area, followed by affordable housing (15%), and public transportation (15%).

Psst — if you’re looking for public green spaces, check out our guides to the best parks and top hikes in the Capital City.
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Now that we’re officially in the full swing of spring, I’m making a list of the activities I want to do in ATX before summer hits. So far, I have visiting Malin the troll and taking a stroll through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

What else should I do this season?
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