No fooling, April is practically here! Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming and the temperatures are still manageable (I’m not going to jinx us, am I?) It’s the perfect month to get out and remember why we live in the best city on Earth! Here is our list of fun, FREE events you won’t want to miss this April!
Fusebox Festival – April 1-12, times and locations vary
Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts. Building on the success of the Free Range Art initiative last year, the 2015 Fusebox Festival will be completely free to attend.
Community Night at The Thinkery: Step Into Spring – April 1, 4-8 p.m.
Enjoy special performances and activities presented by the City of Austin. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. Special programming begins at 4:30 p.m. and includes a Frankentoy making station by the Tinkering School, glow in the dark pendulum, Psi Play interactive holographs, modern dance performances, a music and instrument “petting zoo” and animations by Divya Srinivasan. Admission is by donation only. 1830 Simond Ave., Austin 78723.
Easter Eggstravaganza (Kyle) – April 1, 5-8 p.m.
The Kyle Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back the Easter Eggstravaganza by popular demand! There will be free carnival games, inflatables, food vendors, age-specific egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny will be on-site for pictures. Gregg-Clarke Park, 700 Lehman Rd., Kyle 78640.
Community Easter Egg Hunt – April 2, 4 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to hunt for the thousands of eggs hidden around the Huston-Tillotson University campus during the Eighth Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter egg hunt features a $500 scholarship prize egg, prize eggs for school supplies and gift certificates, and eggs with candy and coins. Children will gather in the Mary E. Branch Gymnasium for a brief meaning of Easter story time before joining their age groups and beginning the hunt. Huston Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin 78702.
Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt – April 2, 5-9 p.m.
For ages 12-16. Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E 12th St, Austin 78721.
Run to the Sun Thank You Celebration – April 2, 5-9 p.m.
TOMS converts into a one-night only gallery showcasing new work by local artist Judy Paul with proceeds benefiting the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation. The evening celebrates community, charity and awareness and will include interactive art for kids, raffles, live music and food by Vespaio-Enoteca, Food Heads and Salvation Pizza. 1401 South Congress Ave., Austin 78704.
Pinballz Easter Egg Hunt – April 3, 11 a.m. – noon
Children ages 12 and under are invited, with their parents, to bring their baskets and hunt for our colorful, prize filled Easter Eggs. A few select eggs will even have 100, 250, and 500 PRIZE TICKET amounts inside to cash in for the fun redemption prizes! Portions of the arcade will be roped off until 11:00 a.m. when the hunt begins. As an added bonus, you can “hunt” to find selected games set on only one token per play! Pinballz Arcade, 8940 Research Blvd, Suite 100, Austin 78758.
Easter Egg Hunt at Pinballz Kingdom (Buda) – April 3, 11 a.m. – noon
Children ages 12 and under are invited, with their parents, to bring their baskets and hunt for our colorful, prize filled Easter Eggs. A few select eggs will even have 100, 250, and 500 PRIZE TICKET amounts inside to cash in for the fun redemption prizes! Portions of the arcade will be roped off until 11:00 a.m. when the hunt begins. As an added bonus, you can “hunt” to find selected games set on only one token per play! Pinballz Kingdom, 15201 IH 35, Buda 78610.
Community Easter Extravaganza – April 3, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Easter bunny is in town and he’s hopping his hoppety hop way to Turner-Roberts Recreation Center. Join us in a community celebration complete with games, prizes, drawings, snacks and more! There will also be Easter egg hunts for children ages 1-12 with 1st-3rd place for each division. Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr, Austin 78724.
Easter Egg Dye-O-Rama – April 3, noon – 4 p.m.
The Sixth annual Easter Egg Dye-O-Rama will be held outdoors on the Centennial Terrace. Children of all ages are invited to enter into a raffle to win prizes. The museum will be open for tours and there will be games set up on the front lawn. In addition, everyone can learn the art of Ukrainian or Psyanky egg dyeing from Katy David who joins in again this year. The fruits of everyone’s effort will be donated to Ronald McDonald House to cheer families of patients who are away from home dealing with serious health issues. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin 78705.
Easter Celebration at Montopolis Recreation Center – April 4, 10-11 a.m.
The Egg Hunt begins promptly at 10:15 am. Please bring your own basket or bag. There will also be face painting, arts and crafts, games and information booths. Don’t miss out on your chance to win the Golden Egg prize! Over 25 baskets filled with goodies will be given out! Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Dr, Austin 78741.
Hancock Hop-a-Palooza – April 4, 10 a.m. – noon
Bring your friends, family, and neighbors and join the fun at this year’s Community Easter Egg Hunt. Activities include: Egg Hunts, Face Painting, Crafts, Carnival Games, and pictures with the Easter Bunny! Don’t forget to bring your basket and camera! FREE FOOD! GREAT PRIZES! Pre-K Egg Hunt begins at 10:30am and the K-5th Egg Hunt starts at 11:30am. Hancock Rec Center, 811 E 41st St, Austin 78751.
Thinkery at the Library – April 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Youth can create electric circuits, learn simple coding and participate in fun physics activities! The programs are recommended for ages 8-14. APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin 78723.
Health Fair (Elgin) – April 11, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a health fair and information rodeo with a petting zoo and lots of games and activites. Elgin High School, 14000 County Line, Elgin.
South Asian New Year Festival – April 11, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Zilker Hillside Theater Stage will feature live dance and music performances along with authentic programs highlighting the colorful diversity of South Asian Culture. Off stage, visitors will be enticed to enjoy the wonderful foods and merchandise available in the Bazaar. With food, ethnic clothing, jewelry, crafts, henna & more – this festival has all the ingredients to represent the rich tapestry of South Asian Culture. 2201 Barton Springs Rd., Austin 78704.
Texas Wild Rice Festival (San Marcos) – April 11, 12-11 p.m.
Celebrate Central Texas Springs with Music, Arts and Crafts, Workshops, Speakers, Free Bike Tune Ups, Movement Arts, and more than 40 vendors! Featuring Guy Forsyth Band and The Hot Nut Riveters ! The Texas Wild Rice Festival is FREE for the whole family. Come be a part of the community conversation and celebration! Sewell Park, 601 University Dr, San Marcos 78666.
Heritage Festival (Cedar Park) – April 11, 1-5 p.m.
This year’s Heritage Festival will be held in conjunction with the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce Cedar Fest BBQ Cook-off. You are welcome to bring your own ice chest, no glass containers please. Dance to live music, free inflatables, train rides, pony rides, and petting zoo. Enjoy historical displays, washer tournament, food concessions, free photos with a longhorn (bring your own camera), sack races, stick horse rodeo for ages 3 – 8, demonstrations, and a corn on the cob eating contest. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park 78613.
Family Water Festival – April 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Colorado River Alliance (The Alliance) will host the 2015 Family Water Festival at Fiesta Gardens on the shores of Ladybird Johnson Lake. This exciting outdoor event will have live music, over 30 educational booths with engaging activities, presentations, arts & crafts, food trailers, door prizes, live animals, door prizes, and more! All geared toward educating about the importance of our Texas Colorado River and being better stewards of our river! Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia St, Austin 78702.
Sunday-Fundays – April 12, 1-4 p.m.
Every first Sunday of the month the Neill-Cochran House Museum will be open to the public for free. Each Sunday will include an activity highlighting a theme that embodies both the history of Texas and the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Walk-through tours of the house will also be available. This month’s theme is Lawn Games.
Middle Grade Extravaganza – April 15, 6-7 p.m.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, fun-loving friends of all ages, join us this evening when not one, not two, not THREE, but FOUR super awesome fantastic stupendous amazing unbelievable incredible middle grade authors are here at BookPeople AT THE SAME TIME!!! Mac Barnett, Jory John, John Scieszka and Jonathan Auxier will hold court simultaneously on our second floor this evening. How will this work? Can BookPeople event HOLD this many authors at once? We’ll find out! All four authors will be speaking about and signing their latest books. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin 78703.
Texas Community Music Festival – April 17-26, times vary
The 10th Annual Texas Community Music Festival will showcase all types of live music. TCMF is organized, managed and promoted by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, Austin’s oldest community band. Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 78703.
Camp Mabry Open House – April 18-19, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Texas Military Forces Open House is an annual event designed to welcome the community to Camp Mabry, in Austin, Texas and provide guests an up close look at its National Guard. Through demonstrations, displays, and personal interaction the public is educated about the missions and capabilities it provides the citizens of Texas. Held in conjunction with the American Heroes Air Show, an admission-free all-helicopter aviation event and career fair, the open house attracts approximately 20,000 guests each year. Photo ID required for admission to post. Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th St, Austin 78703.
USAC Honda .25 Midget Pavement National Championship Round #2 – April 18, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Get up close and personal at the COTA track and watch some awesome racing from drivers 5 – 16 that come from all over the nation. Bring lawn chairs. Concessions will be open. Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin 78617.
17th Annual Butterfly Festival (Wimberley) – April 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The festival features the live release of 3000 butterflies; opening ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial Plaza; a Butterfly Flight House; a Commemorative Air Force flyover (weather permitting); displays of butterfly art; games and crafts; concessions; guided nature walks; and live music and other entertainment! Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted!
EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley 78676.
Cultural Fest (Round Rock) – April 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Take part in the Inaugural Round Rock Cultural Fest! This exciting NEW event will celebrate the diverse cultures that are here in the Round Rock community. There will be a cultural walk from Prete Plaza down Main Street to Centennial Plaza, performances, health fair, food and fun for the entire family. Centennial Plaza, 301 W Bagdad, Round Rock 78664.
Austin Earth Day Festival – April 18, 12-6 p.m.
The City of Austin, the Austin Public Library and location organizations gather for sustainability information and inspiration in the form of live music, entertainment for kids, food trailers and more. The Historic Browning Hanger at Mueller, 4550 Mueller Central Dr., Austin 78723.
The Big Squeeze Accordion Competition and Concert – April 25, 2–6 p.m.
For its sixth year on the Museum’s Lone Star Plaza, the Texas Folklife Big Squeeze Accordion Contest will host an afternoon of squeezebox greats, young and old. Watch the next generation of accordion players compete for three grand prizes in polka, zydeco, and conjunto accordion traditions. Following the competition, enjoy a free concert featuring some of the best accordionists across the state. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin 78701