Blanton Block Party, ABC Kite Fest and more things to do this month in Central Austin

Proceeds from the Riverbat Paddle Battle benefit the Austin Community College Foundation.

Proceeds from the Riverbat Paddle Battle benefit the Austin Community College Foundation.

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March 29-30
Take in R&B, jazz, blues and
hip-hop on the river

The Urban Music Festival brings 9,000 attendees to the shore of the Colorado River. The 2019 lineup includes Blackstreet and Calvin Richardson. Music begins at 3 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. $40-$230. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

March 30
Bring the family out to the
Blanton Block Party

The party features music and family-friendly activities as well as free museum admission. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin. 512-471-5482.

March 31
Go fly a kite in Zilker Park

In addition to a kite-flying contest, the 90th annual ABC Kite Festival includes a fun run and a children’s concert. Free parking is available off-site with shuttles to the park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-837-9500.

April 4
Go to a concert for a cause

Austin musicians play at three different stages in an event to benefit local nonprofit Power for Parkinson’s, which provides free exercise and dance classes to those with Parkinson’s Disease. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $125. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. 512-464-1277.

April 4-7
Hear established authors
and fresh voices in poetry

The Austin International Poetry Festival brings in poets from around the world for open mics, workshops and readings. Open mics and readings are free and open to the public. Workshops are for poets who register with the festival for a $50 fee. Times and locations vary.

April 5-7
Celebrate the beauty and
power of modern dance

The Austin Dance Festival includes master classes, screenings of dances in films, professional showcases and a concert featuring 24 youth dance companies to close the festival at Ballet Austin on April 7. $5-$50. Times and locations vary.

April 6
Take a ride for Rosedale

The 25th annual Rosedale Ride is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Rosedale School, an Austin ISD public school that serves children with disabilities and profound needs. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $25-$60. Samsung Austin Semiconductor, 12100 Samsung Blvd., Austin. 512-414-3546.

April 6
Race in a kayak at the
Riverbat Paddle Battle

Proceeds from the family-friendly race benefit the Austin Community College Foundation. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $50-$125. Rowing Dock on Lady Bird Lake, 2418 Stratford Drive, Austin.

April 6
Join the neighborhood at the
Eastside STEAM Fest

The all-ages event will feature science, technology, engineering, arts and math demonstrations along with a college and career fair, summer camp opportunities and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Martin Middle School, 1601 Haskell St., Austin. 512-414-1700.

April 13-14
Shop and browse artists’ work
at Art City Austin

Art Alliance Austin presents the event, which is entering its 69th year and also features performance artists, local musicians and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. $15-$50. Republic Square,
422 Guadalupe St., Austin. 512-609-8587.

April 13
Take part in a UT tradition

Race participants in the Longhorn Run wind through campus and the surrounding area. Starting and finish lines are at 21st Street and Speedway, with the post-race celebration at the south and main malls on campus. Proceeds benefit the UT student government and recreational sports. 8 a.m. (10K race), 8:15 a.m. (5K race). $35-$40. 512-471-3116.

April 17-21
Experience live art across
Austin at Fusebox Festival

The 15th annual festival brings together artists at venues around Austin.  Various times and locations. Free, but reservations to most performances events are available to help attendees plan. 512-800-3066.

April 20
Tour Austin’s weird homes

Visitors can see unique home interiors and meet the owners —who include art and oddity collectors, artists and architects. Ten percent of ticket sales go to local nonprofit LifeWorks. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $35-$400. Various locations. 512-308-6215.

April 19-21

April 20
Run or walk to support the
Austin State Hospital

Participants in the ASH Dash 5K Bunny Run start at the original hospital building and run through the hospital’s grounds in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Austin State Hospital programs. 8-11 a.m. $20-$35.Austin State Hospital, 4110 Guadalupe St., Austin.


Photo of Austin Community College pharmacy students preparing vaccines
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Rendering of the UT Leona Child Development Center
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Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey briefed City Council on Austin's spending of more than $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding on homelessness Oct. 21. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials share outlook of 3-year plan to house 3,000 homeless people in Austin

Although the path to build more than 1,000 new spaces for those without shelter will take time, officials believe the goals are achievable.

Photo off APD sign
Austin police cadet academy review notes positive strides but says instructors lack buy-in to 'reimagined' concept

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Franklin Barbecue in East Austin closed its dining room in March 2020. (Courtesy Franklin Barbecue)
Franklin Barbecue to reopen dining room on 11th Street in Austin

The dining room will reopen just before Thanksgiving.

Cumby Group is planning development for three adjacent multifamily projects on Manor Road in East Austin, including The Emma apartments. (Courtesy Cumby Group)
3 years in, Austin is falling behind on goals in affordable housing plan

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The Austin Transit Partnership is exploring above- and below-ground options for a transit center at the East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley intersection. (Courtesy Austin Transit Partnership)
Project Connect plans to explore above-, below-ground options for East Riverside/Pleasant Valley Transit Center

After hosting a community design workshop, the group overseeing Project Connect designs is moving forward with options for both an underground and above-ground station at the intersection.

A calculator created by the Rocky Mountain Institute looks at the environmental impact of TxDOT's proposed designs for I-35 in Central Austin, one of the most congested roadways in the country. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nonprofit's tool says TxDOT I-35 expansion proposals would have profound environmental consequences

The tool says that the proposal would create between 255 and 382 million additional vehicle miles traveled per year.

Photo of the Travis County administration building and sign
Travis County hears update on process to reassess master plan for aging correctional facilities

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Photo of a row of houses, with one under construction
Central Austin home prices decline for second month but still tower over previous year

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