8 things to do in Central Austin this weekend, May 5-7

The Derby in the City Music Festival takes place May 6.

The Derby in the City Music Festival takes place May 6.


10th annual HAAM Corporate Battle of the Bands

Each year the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, an organization that provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income working musicians, hosts a Corporate Battle of the Bands that encourages business professionals to unleash their inner rock star. Austin-based businesses compete against each other as they showcase their talents. Fan favorite voting is now live. 7 p.m. $10. Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater,
310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd. 512-541-4226. www.haamcbob.org. info@myhaam.org

Love for Loro City Wide Garage Sale

Love for Loro is a youth service initiative working to put hard-rubber shoes on the feet of children and teens in the village of Loro in rural northern Uganda. All profits from the Love for Loro City Wide Garage Sale benefit these children, who walk an average of 5 kilometers a day to school. Female students at the Loro Primary School will also be provided with feminine hygiene products as part of the project. Donations are accepted at East Space and All Saints Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th St., every day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. leading up to the actual sale. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.). Free (admission). East Space, 2009 Airport Blvd. 936-635-6393. www.frontporchaustin.org/events. riley@windowaustin.org


Derby in the City Music Festival

The annual event features Citizen Cope, Black Pistol Fire, Sweet Spirit, Los Coast and The Watters to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. Participants should come ready to cheer on their favorite horse with a live viewing when the race begins. The event feature Makers Mark mint juleps, cocktails and beer. 1:30-9 p.m. $31.50 (early bird general admission), $100 (VIP). Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave. www.derbyinthecity.com. info@derbyinthecity.com


The Asian Pacific American Food & Heritage Festival features an artisan marketplace, cultural performances, food booths, culinary demonstrations, a heritage showcase, children’s activities and games. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (admission). Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. 512-974-1700. www.austintexas.gov/aarc

Vinyl swap

The Austin Record Convention is the largest sale of recorded music in the United States and includes more than 300 dealers selling over 1 million 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs and 8-track tapes. The convention continues through Sunday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). $5 (admission). Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. www.austinrecords.com

Violet Crown Spring Festival

The 15th iteration of the festival features artisan-made crafts, food truck vendors, live music and children's activities. Among the crafts curated by more than 50 local vendors are unique jewelry and fine art and photography in addition to home and garden items. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Brentwood Park, 6710 Arroyo Seco. 512-914-2917. www.violetcrowncommunity.org


Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival

The twice-annual, family-friendly art festival features musicians, food vendors, artists and crafts as Sixth Street—which was historically known as Pecan Street—becomes an all-ages street fair. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.). Free. East Sixth Street. www.pecanstreetfestival.org

Ninth annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Fiestas Patrias of Austin, a nonprofit that promotes Hispanic culture through festivals, organizes the event. Featuring Mexican traditional dance and waltz- and polka-inspired Texas conjunto music, the festival opens on Saturday with ballet folklorico and closes on Sunday with seven conjunto bands. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during which the Mexican Army defeated French forces. 1-8 p.m. (Sat.), 12:30-8:30 p.m. (Sun.). $10. Fiesta Gardens Park, 1901 Jesse Segovia St. www.cincodemayoaustin.com
By JJ Velasquez
The Central Austin editor since 2016, JJ covers city government and other topics of community interest—when he's not editing the work of his prolific writers. He began his tenure at Community Impact Newspaper as the reporter for its San Marcos | Buda | Kyle edition covering local government and public education. The Laredo, Texas native is also a web developer whose mission is to make the internet a friendly place for finding objective and engaging news content.


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