Pump Run, Austin 10/20 and 5 other things for Northwest Austinites to do this weekend, April 6-9

Water to Thrive's Pump Run, which takes place Saturday, raises money for water wells in Africa.

Water to Thrive's Pump Run, which takes place Saturday, raises money for water wells in Africa.

Here is a roundup of events planned this weekend in and around Northwest Austin.



THURSDAY


1. Austin International Poetry Festival
The 25th annual event includes live readings, poetry slams, workshops and open mics. Poetry readings are free for the public to attend. Reading in front of an audience or attending a workshop is $20 (college student, military or retired poets and teachers) to $40 (registered poet).


Continues until Sunday. Various times. Free (admission). Various locations. 830-644-8097. www.aipf.org



FRIDAY


2. Tom Thumb Tales from Asia
The Asian American Resource Center storytime features fairy tales of children in Japan and Bhutan. After storytime, participants are invited to stay for an activity.


10-11:30 a.m. Free. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. 512-974-1700. https://bcstomthumb.eventbrite.com



SATURDAY


3. Pump Run
The Water to Thrive event is one of the organization’s annual fundraisers and includes 5K, virtual 5K and Kids’ 1K races. To date, Water to Thrive has built 750 wells to provide water to more than 400,000 people in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.


8 a.m. $15 (Kids’ 1K), $30 (5K or virtual 5K). Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Drive. 512-206-4495. www.thepumprun.org


4. Clean Sweep 2017
Keep Austin Beautiful hosts the citywide service day spanning more than 150 sites throughout Austin. Last year the network of cleanups resulted in more than 30 tons of trash removed by over 4,000 volunteers. Following the event is a volunteer party with free T-shirts, lunch, live music, children’s activities, recycled art and door prizes.


9-11 a.m. Free. Various locations. 512-391-0617. http://keepaustinbeautiful.org/program/clean-sweep


5. Spring Festival
The family-friendly festival hosted by the Anderson Mill Limited District features food trucks on-site, inflatables, live bands, vendor booths and a movie under the stars.


4-10 p.m. Free. Harper Park, 11008-11098 Lake Creek Parkway. 512-258-4104. www.amld.org/events



SUNDAY


6. Austin 10/20
Twenty local rock bands are located every half-mile on stages as they perform for runners and spectators in a 10-mile race. Austin’s own Alpha Rev headlines the Post Race Finish Line Concert at the sixth annual event.


8 a.m. $80. Domain Central Park, 11100 Alterra Parkway. 512-299-9190. http://austin1020.com


7. Easter Egg decorating competition for children
Delysia Culinary Center hosts the free celebration at which each child receives a chocolate Easter egg to decorate with special chocolate markers. Photos of the eggs are posted on Facebook, and the three most-liked creations receive a Delysia solid chocolate bunny.


Noon-5 p.m. Free. Delysia Culinary Center, 2000 Windy Terrace, Ste. 2C. 512-387-3129. www.delysia.com


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