Lake Travis mermaids, live music and more. Here's 13 things to do in the Lake Travis-Westlake region this spring

The Wayback offers outdoor live music. (Courtesy Heather Thompson Photography)
The Wayback offers outdoor live music. (Courtesy Heather Thompson Photography)

The Wayback offers outdoor live music. (Courtesy Heather Thompson Photography)

Here's a list of things to do in the Lake Travis-Westlake region from May to early June.

May 7

Baylor Scott & White bood drive


Lakeway’s Baylor Scott & White Medical Center will host a blood drive in conjunction with the blood donation center, We Are Blood. Donations will take place in front of the hospital within We Are Blood’s mobile “bloodmobile.” Prospective donors are asked to eat a full meal prior and bring a photo identification. Appointments are required and can be made over the phone or online using the code C332. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, 100 Medical Pkwy, Lakeway. 512-654-5032. www.weareblood.org

May 8



Tom Petty tribute band

Local cover band, The Damn Torpedos will appear in a live performance at Iron Wolf Ranch Distillery in Spicewood. The Damn Torpedos are a Texas-based Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band. 8 p.m. $10. Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery, 101 County Road 409, Spicewood. 512-970-3203. www.ironwolfranch.com

May 8

Mamas on the lawn

Joint brewery and winery, Frontyard Brewing and 5Soul Wine Co will host a Mother’s Day celebrating on its nine-acre site. The event will include a yoga session taught by a certified instructor and a happy hour featuring frozen peach shandys and wine. Attendees should bring their own yoga mats. 10-11 a.m., (yoga) 11 a.m.-noon (happy hour) Frontyard Brewing, 4514 Bob Wire Road, Spicewood. 512-614-4380. www.frontyardbrewing.com/

May 8

Lake Travis Education Foundation gala



The Lake Travis Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports Lake Travis ISD, will host its annual gala May 8. The 2021 gala titled the Un-gala, Fun-gala will be held at High5 and through a virtual watch party. Funds will benefit school projects, technology, tools and resources for more than 11,000 LTISD students. 6-11 p.m. $250, (in-person) Free. (virtual) High5, 1502 S. RM 620, Lakeway. 512-533-6010. www.lteducationfoundation.org

May 9

Mother’s day brunch

Families can celebrate Mother’s Day with a brunch buffet at Hotel Granduca Austin. The event will feature a bloody mary and mimosa bar, omelet and carving stations, a dessert bar and custom flower bouquets. Those in attendance can also enjoy live music in the hotel’s courtyard or ballroom. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $60, (adults) $20, (kids) Free. (kids under five) Hotel Granduca Austin, West Lake Hills. 512-306-6400. www.granducaaustin.com/en/happenings.html

May 12

Book Club

The Spicewood Community Library will host a free book club for the community. The book up for discussion will be "Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe"by author Heather Webber. 9:30 a.m. Free. Spicewood Community Library, 1011 Spur 191, Spicewood. 830-693-7892. www.spicewoodlibrary.org

May 15

Live music at The Wayback



The Wayback will continue its live music series with a performance by the Austin-based singer, songwriter Ruel Thomas. The outdoor performance is free for those who book a reservation at The Wayback Cafe—a farm-to-table restaurant on the site. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. The Wayback Cafe and Cottages, 9601 Bee Cave Road, Austin. 512-520-9690. www.waybackaustin.com

May 22

Community Blood Drive

The city of Lakeway’s upcoming community blood drive will take place at the Lakeway Activity Center with COVID-19 precautions in place. The drive will be conducted by appointment only and masks will be required. Appointments can be scheduled at www.weareblood.org/donor/ using the city’s code A197. Testing will also be conducted on donated blood to detect COVID-19 antibodies and donors will receive results within days. Details on eligibility are made available by We Are Blood, the nonprofit conducting the drive. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010. www.weareblood.org

May 21

Annual Westies

The Westlake Chamber of Commerce will kick off its annual Westies Award Luncheon on May 21. The award show, which has occurred since 2005, celebrates outstanding Westlake community members with an emphasis placed on their philanthropic endeavors and economic impacts. Awards for seven categories will be presented at the luncheon, which will also feature keynote speaker, Erik Qualman, a motivational speaker and author. Online registration is required. $65 (members) $75 (non-members) Hotel Granduca Austin, 320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., West Lake Hills. 512-327-3088. www.westlakechmaber.com

May 22

Women in print book club

Westbank Library’s monthly women in print book club will take place virtually on Zoom. Led by library staff, the club will read and discuss books focused on the women’s perspective. The May 22 meeting will be centered on "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood. Zoom information can be found on the library’s online calendar. 3 p.m. Free. Virtual. 512-327-3045. www.westbanklibrary.com./event/

May 30

Mermaid day

The city of Lakeway will host a mermaid day event at the Lakeway Swim Center. The event will feature mermaids and mermen, games and more. 12-4 p.m. Free, (swim center members and infants) $7 (adults), $6 (children and seniors). Lakeway Swim Center, 3103 Lakeway Blvd., Lakeway. 512-261-3000. www.lakeway-t.gov/1834/Mermaid-Day

June 2

Business builder breakfast

The Westlake Chamber of Commerce will host its ongoing business builder breakfast meeting at Rudy’s BBQ in West Lake Hills. The event will provide residents and business owners with an opportunity to build one-on-one relationships. Each month, the chamber spotlights two members by allowing them to speak in depth about their companies. The breakfast will be socially distanced and registration will include a breakfast taco and coffee or other drinks. 8-9:30 a.m. $10, (members) $15. (non-members) Rudy’s BBQ, 2451 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., West Lake Hills. 512-327-3088. www.westlakechamber.com

June 9

Leander ISD State of the District


The West Austin Chamber of Commerce will host the 2021 Leander ISD State of the District luncheon featuring superintendent Bruce Gearing. The informative event will include the current state of LISD and how the community is preserving through the pandemic, according to the chamber. The event will also be live streamed. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $25. Vista Ridge High School, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-551-0390. www.westaustinchamber.com
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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