Longhorn Run, Moontower Comedy Festival and more: 17 things to do in Austin this month


Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the months of March and April. Event organizers can submit local events online to be considered for the print edition. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.


March 31st: Race for mental health at the ASH Dash

The 5K Bunny Run begins at 8 a.m. Easter egg hunt after the race. $20 (age 12 and under), $35 (adults). Austin State Hospital, 4110 Guadalupe St. 512-419-2330. www.ashvolunteers.org

March 30 –31st: Dance the day away at the Urban Music Festival

The 13th annual event features music all day Friday and Saturday from acts like En Vogue and Johnny Gill. 3-10:30 p.m. (Fri.), noon-10:30 p.m. (Sat.). $40.99-$77.99. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive. 512-909-2815. www.urbanmusicfest.com

April 6-8th: HONK!TX brings music to the street

Local musicians along with street and brass bands from around the world perform in the public spaces of the city.  Bands will perform at multiple locations throughout the weekend. Free. 512-910-4665. Visit www.honktx.org for festival times and locations.

 April 7th: Learn, eat and explore at Texas VegFest

The event celebrates the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle with local and national vendors, cooking demos and live music. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jessie E. Segovia St. 512-974-6700. www.texasvegfest.com

April 7th: Celebrate the Trail Foundation’s birthday

The event includes refreshments, music, a birthday cake, children’s activities, a yoga session, games and entertainment, and giveaways. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Festival Beach, 2101 Jessie E. Segovia St. 512-784-2312. www.thetrailfoundation.org

April 7th: Take a ride for the Rosedale School

The Rosedale Ride supports children with multiple disabilities and profound needs. The course features multiple routes and a 2-mile fun ride. 8:30 a.m. $50. Samsung Austin Semiconductor, 12100 Samsung Blvd. 512-414-1139. www.rosedaleproud.org

April 13-15th: Support local art

Art Alliance Austin hosts Art City Austin with exhibits from 120 artists. Friday preview: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 512-609-8587. www.artallianceaustin.org

April 14th: Run with the horns

The 2018 Longhorn Run begins at 21st and Speedway streets on The University of Texas’ campus at 8 a.m (10k) and 8:15 a.m. (5k). Proceeds benefit UT student government and recreational sports. 5k: $30. 10k: $35. www.utlonghornrun.com

April 14th: Help keep Austin beautiful

Volunteers from around the city clean up their neighborhoods, plant gardens and remove graffiti on Keep Austin Beautiful Day. Following the event, there is a volunteer party  at Huston-Tillotson University. Free. Various locations and times. 512-391-0617. www.keepaustinbeautiful.org

April 17th: Don’t forget Tax Day

The deadline to file tax returns is two days later than usual this year. Normally, Tax Day is April 15. However, that date falls on a Sunday in 2018, and Washington D.C. recognizes Emancipation Day on Monday, April 16, allowing a little extra time to file.

April 18-21st: See stand-up stars at comedy festival

Headliners like Jo Koy and Weird Al perform at the Paramount and Stateside Theatres. Satellite shows will be held at various venues. Times and locations vary.  Badges: $99-$399. www.austintheatre.org/moontower-comedy

April 18-22nd:Fusebox Festival features contemporary art and performance

The festival takes place in 20 different sites around Austin. Events are free to attend, but attendees can make reservations. Locations vary. 512-800-3066. Visit www.fuseboxfestival.com for times and locations.

April 21st: Help protect the planet at Earth Day Austin

At one of the largest sustainability events in Central Texas, attendees can learn about conservation and connect with green organizations. Noon-7 p.m. Free. Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St. 512-535 0950. For more information, visit www.earthdayaustin.com.

April 20-22nd: Catch some reggae music

The Austin Reggae Festival features three days of dub, roots and ska acts, including the Wailers and Black Uhuru. 3-10 p.m. Fri. 12-10 p.m. Sat. 12-10 p.m. Sun. $45 (three-day wristband), $15 (Friday, Sunday), $20 (Saturday).  Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive. www.austinreggaefest.com

April 20-22nd: Watch the MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas

The racing circuit makes its annual visit to Austin. Events start at 9 a.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. $39-$149. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. 512-301-6600. Visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp for more information.

April 26th: Give art a home

Art from the Streets, an organization that provides art opportunities to homeless and formerly homeless people, hosts the fundraiser, which will feature a live and silent auction. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $65. Gather North Lamar, 5540 North Lamar Blvd. 512-695-9977.  www.artfromthestreets.org

April 27-29th: Get a taste of the Austin Food and Wine Festival

The event features more than 40 hands-on demos, as well as food, beer, wine and cocktail tastings. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $250-$625. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, and Fair Market, 1100 E. 5th St.www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com

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Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. He graduated in 2011 from Boston University and worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in January of 2018.
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