10 April events in Austin: Outdoor concerts at The Long Center and Zach Theatre; Austin Marathon moves its date and more

AG Rugby hosts matches at Bold Stadium, located at Circuit of Americas. (Courtesy AG Rugby)
AG Rugby hosts matches at Bold Stadium, located at Circuit of Americas. (Courtesy AG Rugby)

AG Rugby hosts matches at Bold Stadium, located at Circuit of Americas. (Courtesy AG Rugby)

Things to do this month in Austin include socially distanced live music, 10k and half marathon races and more.

Through Aug. 22

The Blanton Museum of Art features a new exhibit


“Drawn: From the Collection of Jack Shear” will feature drawings curated by Shear, who in addition to being a collector is also a photographer. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 22. To ensure social distancing, the museum is offering timed admission tickets. $5-$12 (nonmembers). 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin. 512-471-5482. www.blantonmuseum.org

April 2

HeartByrne at ACL Live


The Talking Heads cover band performs in a show that was rescheduled from February due to winter storms. Seats are spaced out and patrons are required to complete a health screening. $45. 8 p.m. ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin. 512-225-7999. www.acl-live.com

April 3-June 12

Austin Gilgronis Rugby at the Circuit of the Americas


The Major League Rugby team, also known as AG Rugby, hosts its home matches at Bold Stadium. Each date features a different theme for fans. 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Bold Stadium, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. www.gilgronis.com

April 1-11

Zach Theatre presents ‘Down by the Riverside’ outdoor concert


The second installment of the theater’s ongoing “Songs Under the Stars” outdoor series features gospel performances by Roderick Sanford, Janis Stinson, Judy R. Arnold and Tiffany Mann featuring the work of Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and others. The socially distanced performances on the plaza outside the theater are scheduled to continue with more artists through early May. Various times. $25-$55. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org

April 3-4


The Long Center hosts a socially distanced series of performances


In collaboration with Luck Reunion, the annual musical event at Willie Nelson’s ranch, The Long Center presents 'Long Live Music' at its outdoor stage. Nikki Lane and Jade Bird perform with Sir Woman April 3, followed by the Blind Boys of Alabama April 4. Ticket prices vary and are reserved in squares that can include groups of up to four. 6:30 p.m. (Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.). 512-474-5664. www.thelongcenter.com

April 10

Asleep at the Wheel performs in Southwest Austin


The Nutty Brown Amphitheatre is hosting socially distanced concerts with tables spaced out in the venue and 6 feet of distance maintained between attendees at all times. In addition to longtime locally based country band Asleep at the Wheel on April 10, Nutty Brown’s upcoming slate of shows includes Shakey Graves on April 2, the Josh Abbott Band on April 3 and Bob Schneider April 30 and May 1. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $35-$100. 12225 W. Hwy. 290, Austin. www.nuttybrown.com

April 11-30

Virtual Capitol 10K


The annual race that began in 1978 returns for its 44th year, but instead of thousands gathering downtown, the race will be virtual. Registrants can run anytime and submit results online. Ten neighborhood routes are available, including one option through the Sunset Valley Nature Area and another that follows along Menchaca Road and Stassney Lane. Race packets, which include a bib number, T-shirt, finisher’s medal and items from sponsors, can be mailed or picked up April 9 and 10 at the •Austin American-Statesman•, 166 E. Riverside Drive, Austin. $25 (age 10 and under), $40 (age 11 and over). www.cap10k.com

April 17-June 26

Moontower Comedy shows


Nationally touring comedians are coming to Austin for performances across weekends in April, May and June at the Paramount Theatre and Stateside at the Paramount. Performers include Chris Fleming on April 17, duo Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz on May 16, Fortune Feimster on May 21 and Nick Kroll on June 25. The full Moontower Comedy Festival will return in the fall from Sept. 22-25. Times and ticket prices vary. Paramount Theatre and Stateside at the Paramount, 713-719 Congress Ave., Austin. 512-472-5470. www.austintheatre.org

April 24

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center hosts a container gardening workshop


Patrick Newman, the executive director of the center, hosts this in-person class to teach gardeners about using containers on their patios, balconies or yards. 9 a.m. $60 (materials and plants included). Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100. www.wildflower.org

April 25

Austin Half Marathon


The Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, which normally takes place in February, pushed back its 2021 date and modified the race to a half marathon, 5K and 1-mile run this year. The in-person event received approval from the city of Austin March 20 and has a COVID-19 mitigation plan in place. The course runs through downtown, South Central Austin And West Austin. 7 a.m. $39-$159. www.youraustinmarathon.com
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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