Spring is just getting started!
Warm weather is on the way, y’all. Embrace the blossoming flowers, sunlit brunches, and open-air happy hours while temperature allows. Read on to discover our top 15 things to do in Austin this April! [Featured image: @http://jasminealley.com/]
You can still experience an absolutely magical (and safe) spring here in Austin, and part of that is thanks to the amazing outdoor spaces the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals is bringing its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to beautiful open-air venues for the season.
Imagine stepping inside a restaurant blanketed in darkness and being served a sublime three-course meal – the flavors and textures of which are intensified by your remaining senses. Sounds a little bit incredible, right? An experience that’s been backed by psychologists as an ‘amplified’ way to enjoy food, the enticing ‘Dining In The Dark’ event is coming to Austin this May so you can find out yourself.
Last year, when the pandemic threw a wrench in all things live entertainment – or otherwise drove it into the internet – Electric Fiesta was one of the first promoters to get live performances back in action with its premier EDM Drive-In event. This April, they’re turning things up a notch with their dance-music-powered, socially-distanced concept: Electric Cookout.
Barton Springs and Deep Eddy Pool in Austin need no introduction, that is, unless you’re a recent import – possibly Californian. In which case, the pool and springs are two of Austin’s top spots to take a dip. Back in March, the two swimming holes reopened to the public, giving swimmers, sunbathers, and waders the chance to enjoy the outdoors.
With all the incoming companies, celebrities, and other Californians moving to Austin, it’s becoming abundantly clear that Austin is on a path to becoming the new LA – for better or worse. And while many Austinites cringe at the idea, there is at least one thing for the whole city to get behind this year, and that’s the opening of the new downtown Waterloo Park.
Have no fear! ‘Drive ‘N Drag’ is here! The fiercest of all drive-ins featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni, will be rolling into Ingram Park Mall in San Antonio. The super queens Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, Plastique Tiara and Violet Chatchki will be joining Bianca Del Rio on a mission to save us from the dreaded 2020!
If you are willing and able, you can donate to these local organizations helping those still in duress during this unprecedented storm.
Now more than ever is the time to support small businesses. Thankfully, with live music, good eats, and a crop of awesome local shops at The Far Out Lounge, it’s never been so much fun.
When the name of your entertainment complex is called “Dreamland”, you’re already setting the bar pretty high. But when your entertainment complex, outdoor recreational center, and arts venue offers everything from Pickleball to live concerts, well, maybe the name is more fitting, after all.
Light displays and exhibitions are still out there in January if you know where to find the portal. Enter the multi-verse at the Mesmerize exhibition at the Native Hostel at 807 E 4th St.
For many, a trip to the ATM, particularly after a long weekend, is a somewhat trepidatious process. One mind trick is to simply make the withdrawal without peaking at your balance – if money comes out, it means you still have some in the account. When making a withdrawal from Sprinkles Cupcake ATM, it’s kind of like that, except much more exciting.
Spend a few nights at Basecamp Terlingua, an other-worldly glamping experience that integrates the future with the past, giving its visitors the impression of luxury camping in the cosmos.
Hyde Park may possibly well be the most charming neighborhood in Austin. And it’s due to its quaint collection of local coffee houses, restaurants, and grocers. On 43rd street, across the way from Fresh Plus, you have Quacks Bakery, home to buzzworthy coffee concoctions, precious pastries, and the most enticing danishes in the capital.
The two-story Armadillo Den is hooked up with Google Fiber Wifi. With both indoor and outdoor seating options, this makes the Den ideal for mixing work and play. Its spacious patio is spruced up with oak trees, plenty of tables, yard games, a swing, and a running creek. In the near future, the Den plans to open an off-leash dog park as well as construct a kid-friendly awning area.
We could all use a psychological escape right now. Plunge into the infinite space that is imagination in the multiplicity of multi-sensory experience exhibited in Austin’s Wonderspace. Stimulate your mind at Wonderspace in Austin, where 12 surreal expositions are currently on display.
Starting on 4/20, burning into May, Alamo Drafthouse locations across the US, including their cinemas in Austin, DFW, Houston, and San Antonio will be lighting up their screens with special screenings of Dazed and Confused.
Every self-respecting Texan knows that in spring it is an absolute necessity to pay homage to the official flower of the Lonestar State – the majestic and pure bluebonnet. With the sun shining and warm weather incoming, bluebonnets are already to show signs of blossoming in southern Texas. See our list to find the best places to spot these beautiful bluebonnets across the state! As always, be sure to treat the areas with respect – don’t mess with Texas (bluebonnets)!
Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a “kaleidoscope”? Isn’t that pretty. See kaleidoscopes firsthand this season as Monarch butterflies pass through Texas for their spring migration.
Oh spring, how we missed you. Polish off your vases Austin, for Texas Tulips in San Antonio has reopened for the season, allowing visitors to saunter through their gorgeous fields and take their pick of tulips!
Krispy Kreme just announced that starting today (Monday, March 22), anyone who has received their COVID-19 vaccine — and shows a valid vaccination card — can get a free glazed doughnut at any store location in the U.S. Not only can you get one at any time on any day, but you can even keep getting one every day through the rest of 2021!