Give spring a big, friendly “Hello!” this weekend! Our top date night picks includes the 5th Annual VegFest, Movies in the Park: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the 6th Annual Free Festival of Community Street Bands. The weather will be beautiful this weekend, so head on out and enjoy it!
Thursday, March 31, 2016
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Spring movies in the park are back! Movies in the Park is a series of FREE films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Lyft. The week, starting at 8:15 p.m. is the cult classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Grab a picnic and share a date night under the stars. Dogs, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. Check the Facebook event page for weather updates. (Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St, Austin)
Rumrunners is showcasing the extremely talented Katie Pengra, host of Buzz Kill comedy on Wednesdays and star of Pretty Awful. This is a great opportunity to see one of Austin’s favorite comics do a 30-minute set, and for FREE no less! The show starts at 8 p.m. You will also see 12-minute sets from the hilarious featured comics, guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles! (Speakeasy, 412 Congress, Austin)
Friday, April 1, 2016
Enjoy FREE, fun and lively performances by 25+ street bands from all over the world, all weekend long. On Friday, April 1, head to South Congress for performances on five stages starting at 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 2, the music starts at 11:30 a.m. in Adams-Hemphill Park and lasts all day long. On Sunday, April 3, a parade in Pan Am Park rolls at noon. Bring (or borrow) a horn and come to the School of Honk workshop to learn songs to play in the Sunday parade! For the full lineup, visit the schedule here. (Various locations in Austin)
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Texas VegFest is celebrating it’s fifth year! Come on out from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. to learn about sustainable gardening , dance, and celebrate spring! Starting at 11:30 a.m., enjoy educational speakers such as The Naked Chef and The Taco Cleanse Scientist. Then, sit on the hill overlooking the water and enjoy tunes from Jetsuns, One World (R)evolution, Seven Circles, and BeVvy as you relax. Also, be sure to check out the first ever Texas VegFest fashion show, featuring items from Kat Mendenhall, Purveyor of Handmade Vegan Goods, V Apparel, and Cykochik designs. Admission is FREE! (Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street, Austin)
Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with FREE live music, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. This week’s featured artist is Rosie and The Ramblers. This country/honky tonk band’s sound has been described as, “Straight country morphs into an edgy rock feel, the rise and fall guided by Selena’s alternately sweet and biting lyrics.” Bring your blanket to lounge on during the show. Browse the vendors, order to-go food and have it delivered to your spot on the lawn! (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave)
Spend an afternoon with official Texas State Artist Vincent Valdez as he shares images from his recent work, The Strangest Fruit, a powerful painting series that re-stages and responds to a troubling page of Texas history. This FREE event starts at 2 p.m. and will feature a live performance of corridos, traditional folk ballads closely tied to the identity and history of the Texas-Mexico border region. Texas Artist Series: Vincent Valdez is held in conjunction with the special exhibition Life and Death on the Border 1910-1920, on view through April 3. This program does not include admission to the exhibits. (Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin)
Sunday, April 3, 2016
At April’s H-E-B Free First Sunday, explore Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, and Culture at the Bullock Museum and discover how and why food has shaped cultures around the world, and how getting that food from farm to table affects the planet. You’ll also have FREE access to explore all three floors of the Museum from noon to 5 p.m. While you’re there, be sure to check out the new Austin City Limits Theater and revel in the award-winning music TV show’s forty-year history in Austin. To read more about the special exhibition, click here. (Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin)