To-do list: Events taking place in and around South Austin and Dripping Springs in April 2019

April 19-20. The two-day event features music, vendors, wine tastings, a balloon glow, morning balloon launches and helicopter rides. Daily schedules could be altered due to weather. VIP ticketing not yet available. 6-9 p.m. (Fri. VIP session); 6:30-10 a.m., 4-10 p.m. (Sat.). Free (under age 5), $5 (ages 5-12), $30 (Saturday passes). Horseshoe Bay Resort, 26801 W. Hwy. 71, Horseshoe Bay. www.balloonsoverhsbresort.com

April 19-20. The two-day event features music, vendors, wine tastings, a balloon glow, morning balloon launches and helicopter rides. Daily schedules could be altered due to weather. VIP ticketing not yet available. 6-9 p.m. (Fri. VIP session); 6:30-10 a.m., 4-10 p.m. (Sat.). Free (under age 5), $5 (ages 5-12), $30 (Saturday passes). Horseshoe Bay Resort, 26801 W. Hwy. 71, Horseshoe Bay. www.balloonsoverhsbresort.com




April 4: Attend the fourth annual Musical Collage benefit concert


Eight local musical artists support nonprofit Power for Parkinson’s and perform on three stages. Performers honor those affected by Parkinson’s Disease. 6:30 p.m. $125. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. 512-464-1277. www.powerforparkinsons.org/musical-collage





April 6: Support Sunset Valley students at Cheetah Fest


The Sunset Valley Elementary School PTA fundraiser includes games, food, entertainment and a silent auction. 3-7 p.m. Wristbands are $5 (adults), $15-$20 (children). Sunset Valley Elementary School, 3000 Jones Road, Sunset Valley. 512-296-7133. www.tinyurl.com/svecf19





April 7: Run in the Capitol 10K


More than 23,000 competed in the race last year, making it the largest 10K race in Texas. The 42nd annual event is organized by the Austin-American Statesman.  8 a.m. (race start). $35 (youth), $50 (adults). 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-445-3598. www.cap10k.com





April 13-14: Celebrate local artists and creativity in Austin


Hosted by Art Alliance Austin, the 69th annual Art City Austin Festival celebrates local artists and creativity. The festival showcases over 80 artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-$50. Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St., Austin.
512-609-8587. https://artcityaustin.org







April 13-14: Explore Dripping Springs’ Redbud Artisan Market


The two-day market  will feature over 60 local artisans, and live music, food and local wine is also available. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). $1. Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. www.facebook.com/redbud-
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April 19-20: WORTH THE TRIP: Watch hot air balloons at Horseshoe Bay


The two-day event features music, vendors, wine tastings, a balloon glow, morning balloon launches and helicopter rides. Daily schedules could be altered due to weather. VIP ticketing not yet available. 6-9 p.m. (Fri. VIP session); 6:30-10 a.m., 4-10 p.m. (Sat.). Free (under age 5), $5 (ages 5-12), $30 (Saturday passes). Horseshoe Bay Resort, 26801 W. Hwy. 71, Horseshoe Bay. www.balloonsoverhsbresort.com





April 19: No classes on Good Friday


Students in Austin ISD and Dripping Springs ISD have Good Friday off of school, prior to Easter Sunday on April 21. DSISD is closed while AISD has a staff day April 19. Both school districts will resume classes April 22. www.austinisd.org, www.dsisdtx.us





April 26-28: Dripping Springs hosts Founders Day Festival


The event includes vendors, music, entertainment and a carnival. Proceeds support local groups. The event begins with the Founders Day parade on Mercer Street  at 6 p.m. April 26. Free admission. Throughout downtown Dripping Springs. www.foundersdayfestival.com






April 26-28: Taste bites at the Austin Food + Wine Festival


The annual festival includes samples from more than 50 restaurants and pit masters, cooking demonstrations and guided wine tastings. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). $250-$625. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com






April 26-28: Austin Auto Show rolls in


New car models and technologies by various brands are on display at the annual Austin Auto Show. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). Free (children under 12), $3.75-$8. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. www.autoshowaustin.com






April 27-28: Eat crawfish

Capital Crawfish Company will cook up crawfish on a first-come first-served basis. Kids and pets welcome. Event begins at 11 a.m. $30 for an all you can eat wristband or $10 per pound. 1109 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-386-1345. www.facebook.com/capitalcrawfishcompany







April 27: Get grilling at the Texas Eggfest
Fans of Green Egg grilling are invited to the 17th annual event. Activities include a cookoff, tastings, grilling classes and live music. Proceeds benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $50 for adults, $15 for youth, free for children age 11 and younger. Camp Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM 1826, Driftwood. www.texaseggfest.com





April 27: Drop by Sunset Valley Art Fest
The 13th annual event features over 70 vendors, food, live music and activities for kids and adults. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones Road, Sunset Valley. www.sunsetvalley.org/artfest





April 28: Get creative at a pet dish painting party
Paint a pug-themed dish for your furry friend at The Art Garage. Proceeds benefit Pug Rescue Austin. 5:30-7 p.m. $32. The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Ste. 202, Austin. www.theartgarage.com





Through April: Identify Texas wildflowers this spring


Texas wildflowers and trees are typically in bloom in March and April. Flowers can be spotted in patches of grass throughout Central Texas, including at local parks, along roadways and in South Austin at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. Admission to the center is $6-$12.


Common Texas wildflowers and flowering trees include:








Eastern redbud







Mexican plum









Texas bluebonnet and Indian paintbrush









Golden groundsel









Goldeneye phlox







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