Aus10™ Fun: Swing Into Spring With This Weekend’s Recommended Events! April 6 – 9, 2017

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As illustrated by the blue bonnets canvasing the Central Texas landscape, spring has most definitely sprung in Austin. From minor league baseball’s opening weekend to The Texas Burlesque Fest, there’s no time like the present to swing into spring. Here are some of the events happening this weekend that are sure to score.

Thursday, April 6

The Texas Burlesque Festival

This three-day hoedown and showdown celebrates the revival of burlesque, vaudeville and the accompanying et cetera. Organizers invite you to refine your bump and grind with raucous parties, a roundtable/brunch, workshops and performances. Sponsored by Austin companies like Forbidden Fruit, Fleshlight and the Austin Burlesque Alliance, it sounds like this may be the perfect opportunity to let your wild side out for a ride.

Photo courtesy of TXBF Facebook page.

April 6-8 | Doors 7pm Nightly | Stateside at the Paramount | 719 Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78701

Round Rock Express Season Opener

With five straight days of home games (starting Thursday, April 6), you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Fans attending opening night will be treated to a 2017 schedule magnet upon entry (for the first 5000 fans), a complimentary beer tasting by Brown Distributing at the brand-new Nolan Ryan’s Beef Fireball Grill and postgame fireworks.

The first pitch will be thrown out by Austin Copeland in honor of his father Sean and brother Brodie who were tragically killed in the terrorist attack in Nice, France this past July.

Photo courtesy of RRExpress.com

April 6 | First pitch at 7:05pm | Dell Diamond | Highway 79 at 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd. Round Rock, Texas 78665

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Friday, April 7

Blue Starlite South: The “Grand” Opening

 Break out the old-school Delorean because if you’re headed to this one, you actually will need roads. Or maybe you’d rather ride your bike (as long as it isn’t missing). The Blue Starlite drive-in kicks off the season with a double feature: Back to the Future at 8pm and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure at 10:30pm. And that’s only the beginning of this blockbuster season, Upcoming presentations include a Wes Anderson night, a 420 themed night and a pairing of La La Land with Singing in the Rain.

Photo courtesy of Blue Starlite Facebook page.

April 7 | 8 & 10:30pm | Blue Starlite South | 12419 Lowden Lane Manchaca, Texas 78652

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Saturday, April 8

Austin Shakespeare reads Harry Potter

Austin Shakespeare hosts this event and will kick things off by reading passages from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. However, if you can accio your courage, Potterheads are invited to join in the fun! Audience members interested in reading a two-minute passage from any book in the series can sign up for a slot starting at 4:00 pm. This should go without saying, but guests are encouraged to dress the part.

Photo courtesy of Austin Shakespeare Facebook page.

April 8 | 4:30 – 6pm | Brentwood Social House | 1601 W. Koenig Lane Austin, Texas 78756

Everything is Great, Nothing Ever Sucks

The Alamo Drafthouse brings Bird Peterson’s Everything Is Great, Nothing Ever Sucks to the Barrel O’ Fun stage at their new Mueller location. The man behind “The Bird Peterson Holiday Spectacular” and “The Bird Peterson Halloween Spooktacular” will return to the Drafthouse with a visual fancy feast for all the cats and kittens. MEOW!

Photo courtesy of Barrel O’ Fun Facebook page.

April 8 | 4 – 7pm | Barrel O’ Fun | 1911 Aldrich Street Suite 120 Austin, Texas 78723

Dungeons and Drag Queens

You are invited to be any character you want at Poly Cocktails Austin’s Epic Dance Party: Dungeons & DragQueens! The evening kicks off with a dragtastic show and concludes with that epic dance party. Plus, there’s the promise of glowing goodies, great signature cocktails, amazing company, bumping music and a professional photo op.

Photo courtesy of event Facebook page.

April 8 | 7:30pm – Midnight | The Eleanor | 307 W. 5th Street Austin, Texas 78701

2001: A Space Odyssey

Open the pod bay doors and head over the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz for a celebration of this classic sci-fi film. It may have been originally released almost five decades ago, but it remains ambitious, awe-inspiring and demands to be seen on the big screen. And if you want to really show your love for Kubrick, a line of officially licensed 2001: A Space Odyssey apparel (along with items from A Clockwork Orange) is available from Austin’s mondotees.com.

April 8-9 | Noon & 6pm | Alamo Drafthouse Ritz | 320 East Sixth Stree Austin, Texas 78701

Austin Ultimate Women’s Expo

For a mere $5, you can see AC Slater in the flesh. Or, perhaps Laura Ingalls is more your speed. That’s right, Mario Lopez and Melissa Gilbert will be in Austin for the Ultimate Women’s Expo. And that’s not all. The event will feature hundreds of boutique shopping booths, spa treatments, fashion shows and much more.

Photo by ATXgossip.

April 8-9 | Saturday 10am – 5pm & Sunday 11am – 5pm | Palmer Events Center | 900 Barton Springs Road Austin, Texas 78704

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Sunday, April 9

Pet Photo Night at Simon Malls

Get a picture of pooch with the Easter bunny. Or maybe your cat is ready for its close-up. All pets are welcome at this FREE event happening at both the Barton Creek Square and Round Rock Premium Outlets locations.

Photo courtesy Evenbrite page.

April 9 | 7-9pm & 6-8pm | Barton Creek Square Mall & Round Rock Premium Outlets | 2901 S. Capitol of Texas Austin, Texas 78746 & 4401 S. Interstate Highway 35 Round Rock, Texas 78664

Free Day at Zilker Park (in celebration of its centennial anniversary)

Austinites and visitors can enjoy all the park amenities and activities that are normally associated with a fee at no cost during Free Day. That means Barton Springs Pool, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and the Botanical Garden are all FREE! Plus, you can see the debut of a Zilker 100 sculpture, check out special programming at Austin Nature and Science Center, and enjoy specials at several restaurants on Barton Springs Road. For more information, visit zilker100.org/free.

Photo courtesy of event Facebook page.

April 9 | Events start at 9am | Zilker Park | 2100 Barton Springs Road Austin, Texas 78704

Looking to the future:

Live Oak Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary Party

Live Oak Brewing celebrates their 20th anniversary with a day filled with beer sampling, live music and food from vendors like Art of Tacos, Quality Seafood Market and Texas Chili Queens. Learn more about the family friendly event here.

Photo courtesy of event Facebook page.

April 15 | 12 – 10pm | Live Oak Brewing Company | 1615 Crozier Lane Del Valle, Texas 78617