Blue Genie debuts new art market, NASCAR comes to Austin and more: 6 events to check out in and around Northwest Austin

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(Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the Blue Genie Art Bazaar's opening hours.


April 30-May 31 - Blue Genie Art Bazaar May Market

Austin’s Blue Genie Art Bazaar is launching its new May Market featuring hundreds of local artists. The market is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday through Sunday plus Memorial Day, May 31. Free. Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin. 512-222-7303.


May 1-31 - Barks for Beers

After a hiatus in 2020, Barks for Beers is back at local breweries around the Austin area throughout May. With the purchase of a “pawsport,” participating guests can receive one free beer from 22 participating breweries. Breweries involved in Northwest Austin include 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, Circle Brewing Co., Hopsquad Brewing and Oskar Blues. Proceeds from this event go to support local nonprofit Divine Canines. $30. Business hours vary by brewery. Multiple locations.

May 6 - Round Rock Express season begins

After Minor League Baseball initially delayed the start of its 2021 season, the Round Rock Express are set for its first pitch against the Oklahoma City Dodgers on May 6. The Express will start its season hosting fans at a limited capacity. 7:05 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-255-2255.

May 6 - Yosemite National Park virtual hiking class

Outdoor activity retailer and outfitter REI is holding an online class for guests to learn about hiking and backpacking throughout Yosemite National Park in California. Virtual attendees will hear from experts on their favorite trips and trails in the park as well as backpacking tips. 7:30-9 p.m. Free.

May 8-9 - Austin Records Convention

The Palmer Events Center is hosting the 40th Austin Record Convention. More than 300 vendors will be selling vinyl records, cassettes and music memorabilia. 10 a.m. for general admission. Free (general admission), $40 (early entry tickets). Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-404-4500.

May 21-23 - Nascar Cup Series at Circuit of the Americas

The NASCAR Cup Series this May holds its inaugural race at the Circuit of The Americas. Race events are spread out over three days. Times vary. $25-$999. Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. 833-450-2864.

By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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