To-do list: Barks for beers returns to Austin and more local events happening through the end of May

The Barks for Beers fundraiser will return to Central Texas in May. (Courtesy Divine Canines)
The Barks for Beers fundraiser will return to Central Texas in May. (Courtesy Divine Canines)

The Barks for Beers fundraiser will return to Central Texas in May. (Courtesy Divine Canines)

Here are nine events taking place between April 24 and May 31 in Austin.

April 24: The Hive hosts kids music series

The South Austin coffee shop is relaunching its monthly children’s music series with in-person performances scheduled for the fourth Saturday of every month with the Groundworks Music Orchestra. 10 a.m.-noon. Free (food available for purchase). 10542 Menchaca Road, Austin. 512-215-2942.

April 24: ATX Hemp and Wellness convention

The conference promotes hemp awareness and education, and it will feature yoga sessions, raffles, guest speakers and vendors. Noon-7 p.m. $20-$30. Manchaca Spring Saloon, 737 FM 1626, Manchaca.

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

Known for its annual holiday market, Blue Genie Art Bazaar’s inaugural May Market will showcase works from more than 100 local artists and artisans Friday through Sunday from April 30-May 31. COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place for the in-person market. According to organizers, the spring market will feature the work of both new and returning artists. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin. 512-222-7303.

May 1-31: Barks for beers returns

Local nonprofit Divine Canines is partnering with breweries across the Austin area to bring back its monthlong Barks for Beers fundraiser this May. Individuals participate by purchasing a glass and “pawsport,” which grants them one free beer at each partnering brewery. Pawsports can be purchased for $30 at any participating brewery.

May 1: Election Day in Central Texas

Residents in Austin have the opportunity to vote on eight ballot propositions, while Dripping Springs residents can vote in City Council and board of trustees elections. Early voting for the May election will be held from April 19-27, with election day taking place May 1. Election day polling locations in Travis and Hays counties are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., or until the last individual in line by closing time has the chance to vote.

May 2: The Rookie Tri at Decker Lake

Established in 2004, the Rookie Tri is a sprint triathlon for both first-time and veteran triathletes. The race begins with a swim, followed by an 11-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run near Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park. A party will also take place at the finish line. A relay option is available for groups, and individuals can also participate virtually and submit their times. 8 a.m. $50 (virtual), $129-$189 (in person). 6614 Blue Bluff Road, Austin.

May 6-8: The Zach Theatre celebrates Cinco de Mayo

San Antonio-based band Mariachi Melodias De Mexico will perform an outdoor concert presented by the Zach Theatre featuring Cinco De Mayo-themed music. Various times. $25-$55. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-476-0541.

May 8-9: Austin Record Convention comes to the Palmer Events Center

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 comes to COTA

NASCAR hosts a variety of events over the weekend, including the Pit Boss 250 featuring Lamborghini and truck races, and the inaugural NASCAR Cup EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix takes place May 23. Event times vary. $25 (single-day tickets starting price), $99 (weekend packages starting price). 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin.

By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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