Reptiles, Spring Fling, kites and Willie: the March and April to-do list for the Lake Travis-Westlake area

March 29 ABC kite flight (worth the trip) (Courtesy Red Fan Communications)
March 29 ABC kite flight (worth the trip) (Courtesy Red Fan Communications)

March 29 ABC kite flight (worth the trip) (Courtesy Red Fan Communications)

Editor's note: This list is being updated as event cancellations become known. As of March 13, the ABC Kite Fest has been canceled, and all events at the Lake Travis Community Library are canceled through April and events at the Bee Cave Public Library are canceled through March. As of March 14 Concordia University of Texas has officially called its annual Nature Fest event.

March 13-15

BBQ and Chili Cook-Off

The Spicewood Community Center will host the Seventh Annual BBQ and Chili Cook-Off event sponsored by The Highland Lakes Pod, Lonestar BBQ and the Chili Appreciation Society International. The three-day weekend event will feature a domino tournament, local vendors, a raffle, a silent auction, karaoke and more. The first place winner will be awarded a $400 cash prize. 8:30 a.m. Free. Spicewood Community Center, 7901 CR 404, Spicewood. 512-507-9089.

March 14

Austin Reptile Shows

Laura’s Library will host an event for children and adults featuring an educational presentation from Austin Reptile Shows, an organization that shares its passion for reptilian creatures with the Austin and Central Texas community. 1 p.m. Free. Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-327-3045.

March 14

Adoptions at Tomlinson’s Feed

Tomlinson’s Feed within the Westbank Market will host an adoption event featuring Austin German Shepard Rescue. The nonprofit animal rescue group formed in 2001 and has cared for more than 1,100 German shepards through its partnerships with local shelters, according to Tomlinson’s Feed. Dogs will be available for adoption at the event. Noon-2 p.m. Free. Tomlinson’s Feed, 3300 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 490, Austin. 512-306-1121.

March 14

Walk & talk with Hill Country Conservancy

The Hill Country Conservancy staff will host an event leading hikers through the Greenbelt’s Violet Crown Trail. Those in attendance will learn about the history of the area and the plants and wildlife that inhabit the trail. The nonprofit organization located in West Lake Hills works to protect critical habitats, provide recreational access and promote conservation in the Greater Austin area, according to the organization’s website. 7:50-9 a.m. Free. 3755 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. 512-328-2481.

March 19

Luck Reunion Music Festival

The 2020 Luck Reunion Music Festival held at Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch property will feature a full day of music, food and art. The annual festival hosts more than 50 artists. Guests can enjoy craft beverages in a saloon, shop from an assortment of vendors and sample food from local Austin food trucks, according to event’s website. Tickets are limited and therefore sold through the festival’s website using a lottery system. Minors under the age of 21 must attend the event under the supervision of a legal guardian, and photo identification is required at the gates. 11 a.m. Prices will be announced through the drawing system. 1100 Bee Creek Road, Spicewood. 979-242-4073.

March 21

Spring Fling at World Market

Home furniture and decor retailer chain World Market will host a spring fling event in its Bee Cave location within the Shops at the Galleria. Guests are invited to sample an arrangement of cakes, cookies and drinks offered at World Market. Hosts of the event will also be sharing recipes and cooking tips. Noon-5 p.m. Free. World Market, 12700 Shops Parkway, Ste. 200, Bee Cave. 512-263-9505.

March 21

The buzz about bees

Guests are invited to Westbank Library for an educational afternoon focused on honey bees. Attendees will be able to try hands-on activities including tasting honey from different flowers, examining a bee under a microscope, trying on a bee suit, sampling beeswax lotion and playing pollination games. 1 p.m. Free. Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive, Austin. 512-327-3045.

March 22

Lone Star Farmers Market

Bee Cave’s Hill Country Galleria will host the Lone Star Farmers Market featuring local vendors, produce, live music, face painting and other kids’ activities. The market will be open rain or shine. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Boulevard, Bee Cave. 512-924-7503.

March 25

Kindergarten roundup

Lake Travis ISD is hosting a prekindergarten and kindergarten roundup event taking place at all LTISD elementary school campus cafeterias. The district will hold registration for children eligible to attend prekindergarten and kindergarten during the event. Parents and guardians should register their children in the attendance zone associated with their residence. Information regarding eligibility can be found on the LTISD website. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. LTISD elementary school campuses. 512-533-6000.

March 25

CAMPO 2045 Regional Transportation Plan

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon centered on the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. The event is sponsored by Lakeway’s urgent care facility VIK Complete Care. The discussion will be led by Bruce Byron, a public engagement officer for the Texas Department of Transportation. The registration deadline is scheduled for the Friday prior to the event, according to the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce website. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $30 (chamber members), $35 (nonmembers). Flintrock Falls, 401 Jack Nicklaus Drive, Lakeway. 512-263-5833.

March 28

Live country music at LT Corner Pub

Local bands Crystal Mountain Road and Miller Creek Crowd will come together for a live performance at Lakeway’s LT Corner Pub. The country and Americana bands will be covering various country hits along with their original music. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Free. 1310 S. RM 620, Lakeway. 512-961-5674.

March 31

Yoga at The Wayback

The Wayback Cafe and Cottages will host a free yoga event for all skill levels sponsored by Andrea Steimle. The class will take place on the venue’s lawn, weather permitting, and attendees should bring their own mat. Donations will be accepted for the event that is held on the last Tuesday of every month. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free (donation-based). The Wayback Cafe and Cottages, 9601 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-520-9590.

April 3

Mickey and the Motorcars at Spicewood Vineyards

Mickey and the Motorcars will headline a performance at Spicewood Vineyards following opening act Robin Mordecai, an instrumentalist and songwriter. The Idaho-based band comprised of brothers Gary and Mickey Braun have an authentic country sound, according to Spicewood Vineyards. 7 p.m. $50. Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 CR 409, Spicewood. 830-693-5328.

April 4

Nature Fest

Concordia University Texas will host its annual Nature Fest on its campus located at the edge of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. The event will feature nature presentations led by local authorities, guided hikes on preserved trails, independent hiking on Tornado Trail and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin. 512-313-3000.

April 5

Cécile Mclorin Salvant performance

Jazz vocalist Cécile Mclorin Salvant will perform at One World Theatre on April 5. Salvant released her debut album "WomanChild" in 2013 and has since won the 2019 Grammy Award selection for Best Jazz Vocal Album, according to One World Theatre. 7 p.m. $24-$98. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-330-9500.

April 6

Saving water through times of flooding and drought

The Lakeway Municipal Utility District and the Lower Colorado River Authority will host an educational event centered on preventing water shortages by making small changes in the home. April marks Water Conservation Month, and Lake Travis, Lakeway’s sole source of drinking water, is in a near-constant state of drought dotted by floods, according to information from the Lakeway MUD. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Lakeway Municipal Utility District, 1097 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway. 512-261-6222.

April 13

Free Tax Help

The Lake Travis Community Library is offering free tax-preparation services staffed by IRS certified tax preparers through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. The event will be hosted every Monday through April 13, with registration taking place on a first-come, first-served basis through the library’s front desk. Attendees are required to bring a government-issued ID, Social Security card, income documents, property taxes, brokerage statements and more. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway. 512-263-2885.

April 14

Mighty Kite Flight

The Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Mighty Kite Flight at Bee Cave Central Park. The event will feature food vendors, live music and Bee Cave business booths. The first 300 guests will receive a free kite courtesy of the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel. Complimentary parking will be available at Galleria Oaks office buildings, according to the Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce. Noon-3 p.m. Free. 13742 Bee Cave Pkwy., Bee Cave. 512-767-6610.

April 15

Swing for scholarships

The Central Texas chapter of The National Forum for Black Public Administrators will host a gold clinic for women through its new partnership with the program She Who Golfs. The tournament will be held at Bee Cave’s Falconhead Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit the NFBPA Endowment, which funds a national scholarship program and local initiatives in the Austin area, according to the organization’s website. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $100-$500. Falconhead Golf Club, 15201 Falcon Head Blvd., Austin. 512-402-1558.

April 18

22nd Annual Wilderness Run

The Friends of the Parks of Lakeway, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization will host the 22nd Annual Wilderness Run at the Hamilton Greenbelt I. This year’s event will feature a Healthy Kid One Mile Run for children in kindergarten through fifth grade starting at 9 a.m. A 5K wilderness run or walk at 9:30 a.m. will be open for all age groups and skill levels. The event will include free drinks, snacks, T-shirts available for purchase and music by Robert Griswold. Donations will be accepted to fund projects on Lakeway’s green spaces. 9 a.m. Free. Hamilton Greenbelt I, 1250 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway. 512-997-8880.


April 24-25

Lakeway Sing Along

The annual Lakeway Sing Along show will celebrate the many facets of love in its 2020 Spring Show, “All You Need is Love.” The show is composed of music lovers who have been performing together since 1999 and will feature costumes and the Sing Along Show Band. The event is BYOB, and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale March 23 for Lakeway Activity Center members and March 30 for the public. 6 p.m. $35. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010.



March 29

ABC Kite Fest

ABC Kite Fest, a 91-year Austin tradition, will return to Zilker Park in March. The family-friendly event will feature kite-flying contests, kite crafts, a children’s concert and a new corporate kite contest. The event, produced by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Friends of the ABC Kite Fest, will donate proceeds to Communities in Schools of Central Texas and the Moss Pieratt Foundation. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for pricing information. 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-837-9500.


March 19

Puppet show

The Lake Travis Community Library will host a puppet show featuring Honey Goodenough, an experienced puppeteer, educator, entertainer and magician, according to the library. The event will be open for all ages. 2 p.m. Free. Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Lakeway. 512-263-2885.


4000 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave



17 Life sized Candyland, noon


9 Book club, 7 p.m.


1938 Lohmans Crossing, Lakeway



30 Lego Club, 4 p.m.

Laura Bush Library

9411 Bee Caves Road, Austin



24 Armstrong Community Music School, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Spicewood Community Library

1011 Spur 191, Spicewood



31 2020 census, all day


7 Tech in the library, 4-6 p.m.

Westbank Community Library

1309 Westbank Drive, Austin



13 Writing workshop, 5-7 p.m.

14 Adult artisan workshop, 5:30 p.m.
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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