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.

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the month of March and April. Find more or submit Central Austin events at communityimpact.com/cta-calendar.

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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. www.urbanmusicfest.com






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. www.blantonmuseum.org





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. www.abckitefest.org





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.  www.powerforparkinsons.org/musical-collage





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. www.aipf.org






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.
www.austindancefestival.com





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. www.rosedaleproud.org






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.
512-969-6800. www.riverbatpaddlebattle.com





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. www.austinisd.org





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. www.artcityaustin.org






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. www.utlonghornrun.com





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. www.fuseboxfestival.com






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. www.weirdhomestour.com





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.
512-419-2330. www.ashvolunteers.org




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