Dragon Boat Festival

It's a 2,000-year-old festival (Austin's celebrated it for 18 years) that brings colorful, 40-foot-long boats to Lady Bird Lake to see which team rows the fastest. The Asian American Community Partnership supplies a bevy of cultural entertainment choices (e.g., music, dance, food, martial arts demos) and kids' activities. Sat.-Sun., April 30-May 1 9am-4pm. Free.

Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman

Girls Rock Austin Benefit

Emily Wolfe, Outskirts, the Mystery Achievement, and BEKIND get your evening rockin' for a good cause. 6pm. $10 suggested donation.

Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe, 2908 Fruth, 512/480-9562

Lone Star Rattlesnake Days

All manner of rattlers will be on hand at this educational event for the whole family. There are hands-on children's events (really?), talks, vendors, and much more slithering fun. Sat.-Sun., April 30-May 1, 10am-4pm. $10.

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/837-6253

South Waterfront Open Air Open House

Learn about the South Central Waterfront Plan in the Statesman's parking lot. This demonstration gives the results of the 3-year process of taking feedback from stakeholders on public and private development decisions along the south side of Lady Bird Lake. Take in the free live music, local art, petting zoo, and ice cream. noon-5pm. Free.

Austin American-Statesman Bat Park, 305 S. Congress,


Call for Platelet Donors

The supply of platelets has fallen to an unsafe level. Anyone who is able is urged to make a platelet donation appointment as soon as possible. Platelet donation may be done every 7 days or 24 times per year. The entire process from the time a donor walks through the doors until they leave is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Call to make an appointment. Open seven days a week.

Blood Center of Central Texas, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266

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