Northwest Austin To-Do List for April and May



April 26-28

Eat Austin Cuisine

Austin restaurants Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Suerte and more will be at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. The festival includes tastings, demonstrations and live music. Times vary. $250-$625. Vic Matthias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive; Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St., Austin.

April 27

Watch a basketball game with alumni for charity

Westwood High School hosts its first annual Alumni vs. Varsity basketball game. Proceeds for the event go towards the Chordoma Foundation. 2-4 p.m. $10 for adults. Free entrance for children under 12. Westwood High School, 12400 Mellow Meadow Drive, Austin. 919-623-8643

April 27

Practice mindfulness at Taichi and Qigong Day

This international festival celebrates the peace and healthful benefits associated with the martial art taichi and the holistic practice qigong. Learn about the mindful practices and participate in demos. Free. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin.


April 30

Golf against cancer

Nonprofit organization Heroes for Children, which provides assistance to families with a child battling cancer, invites attendees to enjoy three hours of Topgolf play. 6-10 p.m. $150 and up. Topgolf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin. 214-256-5824.

April 30

Educate yourself about wine and cheese pairings

Rob Jenkins, executive chef of the Clairmont Retirement Community, and Paul Ozbirn, Level 3 advanced sommelier, host a wine and cheese pairing. Attendees will taste four pairs of international cheeses and wines. RSVP to attend. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. Clairmont Retirment Community, 12463 Los Indios Trail, Austin. 512-331-7195.

May 1

Sample wine while you shop

Wine Down Wednesdays at The Arboretum returns this spring, running on the first Wednesday of every month through May. Attendees can sample food and wine pairings while shopping in the retail center. The event features live music, games and more. 6-8 p.m. Free. Ages 21 and up. Check in near Amy’s Ice Creams, 10000 Research Blvd., Ste. 140, Austin.

May 5

Mix together your best salsa for Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a salsa-judging contest at Parmer Woods at North Austin. The public is invited to enter. 2 p.m. Free. 12429 Scofield Farms Drive, Austin. 512-835-9080, ext. 320.

May 11

Blow your own bubble and have fun at Bubble Fest

Children of all ages are invited to attend Bubble Fest at Brentwood Social House to blow their own extra-large bubbles and play with bubble wands. 10-11 a.m. Free. 1601 W. Koenig Lane, Austin.


May 11

Enjoy cultural dancing and music for Mother’s Day

Folklore y Ritmos de Panamá presents its 2019 Spring Festival, featuring cultural Latin American dancing as well as live music. 7 p.m. $10-$25. 7300 Jewish Community Center Austin, Hart Lane, Austin.


May 16

Go full tilt with classic pinball and beer sampling

Pinballz Lake Creek is hosting Pints and Pinz alongside local brewery Austin Beerworks. Attendees sample free beer tastings from Austin Beerworks’ lineup of brews and compete in a tournament of the classic arcade game Tapper. 7-9 p.m. Free. Pinballz Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd., Austin. 512-537-8737.

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Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the reporter for Northwest Austin.
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