It will be a weekend full of laughs in Austin with the Moontower Comedy Festival taking center stage. But if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of other events going on. Here are 10 of our favorite faires, festivals and other places you’re guaranteed a frolicking good time.
Thursday, April 20
Phantom of the Opera
The spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical comes to Austin as part of a brand-new North American tour. Tickets start at $34 and are available at BroadwayInAustin.com as well as at the Bass Concert Hall box office, at all Texas Box Office outlets, or by phone at (512) 477-6060. Read more about the production that has critics raving at our sister site freefuninaustin.com
April 19-30 | Times vary | Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Dr. Austin, Texas 78712
Old Settler’s Music Festival
With an emphasis on music, arts, crafts, food, drink, kids activities and more, there’s something for everyone at this local festival. Headliners include Shakey Graves and Los Lobos but more than two dozen bands are scheduled to perform, including Texas artists Old 97’s, Sarah Jarosz, and Reckless Kelly. Multiple ticket options available.
April 20-23 | Thursday 4pm – Sunday 5:30pm| Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion & Camp Ben McCullough| 18300 FM 1826 Driftwood, Texas 78619
Friday, April 21
A Night of Prince
Celebrate the life and music of this sexy mother f*cker with DJ Diggy Dutch at the Craftsman. Attendees of the free themed evening are encouraged to don your best Prince inspired outfit as you party like it’s 1999. May we suggest a raspberry beret?
April 21 | 9pm – 2am| Craftsman| 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin, Texas 78702
Saturday, April 22
Honeychild: An Indie Kids Fest
Happening just across from the Thinkery, this free interactive, art-filled event gives children the opportunity to put their hands to work in engaging projects with ATX-based creatives. There will also be local shopping, music, food and dessert trucks, colorful decor, and more. While geared towards children 12 and under, the park is open to the whole family.
April 22 | 10am – 3pm| Mueller Lake Park| 4550 Mueller Blvd. Austin, Texas 78723
Sherwood Forest Faire
Who doesn’t love a good joust? If you haven’t yet made it out to the Sherwood Forest Faire, this is your last chance. Featuring over 40 stage acts, 130 merchants, rides, games, ye good ol’ turkey legs, and more, you won’t be bored at this event. Though you should probably beware of rogue quivering arrows and fair maidens in despair.
April 22 – 23 | 10am – dusk| 1883 Old Hwy 20 McDade, Texas 78650
The Austin Weird Homes Tour 2017
Created to showcase the weird, wonderful, and whimsical people and places that make our world amazing, you’ll visit the homes of artists, collectors of oddities, rare art collectors and more. Here’s a little sneak peak of what you can expect to see with your $35 ticket.
April 22 | 10am – 6pm| Weird Homes Tour | 1206 w. 38th Street Austin, Texas 78705
Earth Day Austin
With eight new activity areas and a focus on hands-on discovery, Earth Day 2017 promises to be more engaging and exploratory than ever. This year, the free event moves to Huston-Tillotson University which is a brilliant demonstration of sustainability practices, including a large solar installations, and programs for students such as Green Is The New Black.
April 22 | 12pm – 7pm| Huston-Tillotson University | 900 Chicon Street Austin, Texas 78702
Happening monthly a the Barrel O’ Fun bar, anime favorites will be mashed up with a custom DJ set by Neiliyo. You are invited to dress up and geek out over giant robots, fantasy, and high-speed fun. COStumes are welcome, of course. After the meetup, Sword Art Online The Movie will be shown at the Drafthouse.
April 22 | 1pm – 3pm|Barrel O’ Fun | 1911 Aldrich St., Suite 120, Austin, Texas 78723
Sunday, April 23
Earth Day Live 2017
If you aren’t able to make the Earth Day Austin celebration, here’s another way to pay homage to the environment. The Scoot Inn will host some of the best Americana bands from around Austin, including Jonathan Tyler, Guy Forsyth, Harvest Thieves and more. Your $20 ticket benefits Hill Country Conservancy and the Sun Radio Foundation which focus on environmental preservation and sustainability in the Texas Hill Country.
April 23 | 1 – 8pm| Historic Scoot Inn| 1308 E 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78702
Independence Brewery Barks for Beers Kickoff
Divine Canine Camille and her brewery buddy, Amy Lombardi, headline the Barks for Beers Party at Independence Brewery. The free event features a doggie costume contest (happening at 2:30pm), a DJ set by Kady Rain, prizes from ToddPilates & Barre South Austin, and plenty of food and drink.
April 23 | 2 – 6pm| Independence Brewing Co. | 3913 Todd Ln, Ste 607, Austin, Texas 78744
Eeyore’s Birthday Party
The last Saturday of April marks one of the longest running free events in Austin: Eeyore’s Birthday Party. Not only is Eeyore’s Birthday free, but it also helps raise money for local non-profits.
April 29 | 1 – 6pm| Pease Park | 1100 Kingsbury Street Austin, Texas 78703