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  • Dripping Springs Rodeo 2024

    Get ready to kick off summer with a wild ride at the Dripping Springs Rodeo Memorial Day Weekend! Dust off your cowboy boots and join us for heart-pounding bull riding, thrilling barrel racing, and jaw-dropping roping competitions! Plus, enjoy delicious food, shopping, and family fun all weekend long! Free events during the day and ticketed entry for the evening Rodeo.
    May 24-26  
    Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center
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    Eeyore’s Birthday Party

    An Austin original powered by volunteers that’s been going since the days of peace and love, this celebration in honor of Winnie-the-Pooh’s melancholy mate is operated by Friends of the Forest Foundation and benefits local nonprofits such as Kind Clinic, Austin Bat Refuge, Latinitas, KOOP Radio, and many others. Pease Park becomes a place for kids and grownups to let down their hair and join a drum circle, catch live music, get their faces painted, and more. Pro tip: Grab a free shuttle to the park from the Capitol area – they even let well-behaved furry friends hop on. – Kat McNevins
    Sat., April 27
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      2024 Wiener Dog Races

      We love Buda. We love the Lions Club. We love wiener dogs. And did you know that Buda is the Wiener Dog Capital of Texas? That makes it a pretty good place to take in the sublimely stupid spectacle of a wiener dog race. This year’s races take place over two days, with wiener dog and mixed-breed dachshund contests starting on Saturday at 2pm and 3pm, respectively. Then there’s the finals and trophy presentation on Sunday. Also: a barbecue competition! – Brant Bingamon
      Sat.-Sun., April 27-28
      Downtown Buda
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      Austin Butterfly Forum

      Born in 1993 (OMG, me too!), the Austin Butterfly Forum exists to “enrich people’s lives through butterfly conservation and public pollinator awareness,” so says their self description. In celebration of 31 years bolstering the butterflies, ABF hosts a morning social with bevs and light brekkie provided. Attendees will be able to discover butterflies in the local area, check on pollinator-friendly plants, and speak to other lepidoptera lovers about your insectoid passions. Optional but fun: ABF will also hold a late lunch at Live Oak Brewing with a prize raffle. – James Scott
      Sat., April 27
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      Black Makers Market

      Few acts are as direct a show of support as putting cash money in another person’s hands, and lucky you, Reader, this local Black-owned bookstore is giving you the chance to support Austin’s Black creator community in such a way. Partnered with the pop-up organizers, attendees can shop not only Black artisans’ unique crafts but also celebrate Independent Bookstore Day by snagging tomes off Black Pearl’s shelves. There’s also delicious eats, prize giveaways, and tunes spun by DJ Bloom – so bring the whole family, even the kiddos. Everyone’ll find something to make ’em happy. – James Scott
      Sat., April 27
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      Dragon Boat Festival

      The 24th annual Dragon Boat Festival takes place at Festival Beach this weekend, hosted by the Asian American Cultural Center. The festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, and honors Qu Yuan (340-278BC), who was a beloved prime minister of the state of Chu during the Warring States period. He was exiled by a corrupt king and took his own life by jumping into the Miluo River in protest. Legend has it that people attempted to scare away fish and evil spirits from his body by splashing the water with paddles – dragons were thought to be the gods of the river in Chinese culture, so the sport of dragon boating pays tribute to those gods and Qu Yuan. The race is free and open to the public, and the festival will include performances, food trucks, vendors, a traditional lion dance, and the traditional zongzi – steamed rice wrapped in leaves with different fillings. – Lina Fisher
      Sat., April 27
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      Earth Day ATX 2024

      Say, that is a nice Earth you have there. How about you celebrate this fantastic planet with the largest sustainability event in Central Texas? Featuring Austin-area and beyond businesses showcasing their sustainable and eco-conscious practices; activities and exhibitions about environmental issues; an instrument petting zoo; vegan and vegetarian food; and panels discussing ways Austin can bolster our eco-goals. Why, after all that, you’ll give Captain Planet a run for his money. – James Scott
      Sat., April 27
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      Mini-Con

      Whether you’re a seasoned con-fidante or this be your first toe into the bottomless pool of pop culture conventions, you’ll enjoy this bite-sized fandom fête from our neighbors in Cedar Park. Ages 1 to 100 can shop comic & artistic vendors, see presentations from local experts, join a drum circle, or enjoy one of many activity stations like board game design, a robot petting zoo, 3D superhero costume design, and a photo booth. Plus: an all-ages cosplay parade! Who will be the most repeated character? This writer predicts it’ll be someone from Jujutsu Kaisen, but you never know. There’ll also be a cosplay contest open to ages 10 and up, with prizes like “Best Book-Related.” – James Scott
      Sat., April 27
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      Palm Park Conversations

      A park is more than just green space; more often than not, it is the heart of a community. In the case of Palm Park, first opened in 1933 adjacent to the Palm School, one of Austin’s first elementary schools, it is also a place of historic significance, especially to Austin’s Mexican American population. The city has been deep in community engagement sessions to discuss Palm Park’s redesign and revitalization. On Thursday, Waterloo Greenway will present an updated vision for the park, as well as field more community feedback; a second session takes place Saturday, April 27, at Eastside Early College High School. – Kimberley Jones
      April 25 & 27
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      Radwood

      Remember the Eighties and Nineties? That was awesome. Relive the radness of those dudical decades at this “premier automotive lifestyle event,” which translates to a day among the coolest cars, the most tubular trucks, and most bodacious bikes from 1980-1999. Period dress is more than encouraged, but with two decades to choose from that shouldn’t be a problem. Pop in your shoulder pads, pull up your leg warmers, or tease those bangs to high heaven and check out the rad rides, live music, fashion contest, and more. – Kat McNevins
      Sat., April 27
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      Red Poppy Festival

      Now here’s a field of poppies you won’t fall asleep in à la Dorothy in Oz. Austin neighbor Georgetown fits all types of fun into three days prominently featuring that crimson flower: the red poppy. Friday has artisans hawking their handmade wares alongside food vendors and live music by Dysfunkshun Junkshun. Saturday promises the Poppy Parade and Car Show, where you’ll see red but, you know, in a good way. Then swing around on Sunday to catch any and everything you might have missed. Oh, and feel free to pop in on any of the Red Poppy Stage concerts happening this weekend – you know, because they’re all free! – James Scott
      Fri.-Sun., April 26-28
      Georgetown Historic Town Square
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      SPARK’s “Raw” Book Release Gala

      Print media solidarity, always, but tbh, we’re a little intimidated by the extremely cool kids at UT putting out SPARK, an experimental/art/fashion magazine that comes out twice a year with cryptic themes like “Cicada,” “Lux Eterna,” and “Amuse-Bouche.” Celebrate issue No. 22 (“Raw”) at this launch party, featuring custom cocktails, hand poke tattoos, a DJ set by BabiBoi, and cover reveal at midnight. Word to the wise: If you were planning on slouching up in your weekend sweats, take a cue from the dress code – “VERY.IMPORTANT.PERSON.” – and dress for the job you want, not the job you have. – Kimberley Jones
      Sat., April 27
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      Sports

      Sportsfest

      Sure, sports can be fun, but how can we make them more Austin? Why, add live music, beer, and food trucks, of course. Break a sweat with a 5K and relay, fitness classes, tournaments, and a whole lotta other chances for play. Once you have a nice sheen, take a break at the biergarten, enter to win prizes, or just watch other active folks do active things. To make the whole event even more Austin-y, the proceeds go to the Austin Parks Foundation. – James Renovitch
      Sat., April 27
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      The Front Market

      Y’all have been doin’ your spring cleaning, right? Which means, obvi, you have tons of space for trinkets, treats, and handmades. Great news: Future Front TX is bringing over 175 vendors from all over the Lone Star State to the air-conditioned corridors of Distribution Hall for the spring edition of their mega-market. These vendors, also, are all women and LGBTQ+ creatives hawking wares, teaching workshops, servin’ up special menus, and much more. Bring your family, friends, and furry loved ones to this free event – or drop a donation, which’ll help FFTX fund their over $10,000 in micro grants to local creators.: – James Scott
      Sat.-Sun., April 27-28
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      Adult Skate Night

      Leave the rugrats at home and enjoy the roller rink with other grownups.
      Tuesdays, 7-11pm; Saturdays, 9pm-midnight  
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      Kids

      Baby Bloomers

      A special program for visitors ages 0-3 and their families, providing caregivers and early learners the chance to experience the children's museum together. Thinkery will host two storytimes and free play that support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of the earliest learners.
      Saturdays, 8-10am  
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      Blue Genie May Market

      Just think of all the occasions packed into late spring/early summer: graduation ceremonies, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and weddings galore (which naturally also means anniversaries out the wazoo). Don’t be caught empty-handed at gift-giving occasions; head over to Blue Genie and pick up a basketful of the Austintatious artisan goodies the market is known for around the winter holidays, now open weekends for a monthlong return. It’s also open Memorial Day, for any last-minute Memorial Day gifts! – Kat McNevins
      Fridays-Sundays. Through May 27
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      Fresh for Less Mobile Markets

      This program from the city of Austin, run by Farmshare Austin, has opened new market locations. There are now six weekly markets around town that sell Texas-grown produce, eggs, honey, and other groceries all at reduced prices. Most major cards are accepted at these markets and if you are a SNAP customer, you can also use your Lone Star card and Double Up Food Bucks. Locations and schedules are subject to change, so check the current info online to find one near you.
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      Geeks Who Drink Trivia

      The masters of minutiae present trivia games for prizes, covering everything from Hungary to The Hunger Games, science to sports, the Billboard Hot 100 to Better Call Saul. Find them at watering holes all over town each week.
      Ongoing
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      GoldenGaia Vendor Market + Holistic Fair

      Explore a diverse selection of vendors, including artisans, psychic readers, and holistic practitioners who can help heal mind, body, and spirit.
      Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Free.
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      Sports

      Night Golf

      A nighttime shotgun-style nine-hole round made more fun and challenging with glow-in-the-dark balls.
      Thu.-Sat., 6-9:30pm. $20.  
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      Pup Crawl

      If dogs could drink, what would be their tipple of choice? My guess: a cold brewski on a good day, but a frozen daiquiri when they’ve had a tough one. Now, dogs cannot actually drink alcohol – not even Spuds MacKenzie – but you can sup for the pups by purchasing a Pawsport from Austin Humane Society. By dropping a crisp $25, you’ll be able to bring your dog along to Dog House Drinkery, MUTTS Canine Cantina Austin, Yard Bar, or the Watering Bowl, where they can run about an on-site dog park and you can get a free drink. Each bar earns you a Pawsport stamp, and all four stamps get you entered in pawsome prize giveaways. It’s no dog-safe daiquiri, but it’ll do until the science is there. – James Scott
      April 1-28  
      Multiple locations
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      Small Business Division Webinars

      Do you own a small business or have entrepreneurial dreams? The city's Small Business Division is here to help! Find resources and a selection of instructional webinars on the city's site, with many free classes and some with a small fee.
      Ongoing  
      Virtual
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      The Amazing Acro-Cats

      Fantastic feline alert! Gear up cats and kittens, for a show unlike any you’ve seen before. The amazing Acro-Cats, incredibly trained kitties, are taking their feline feats of derring-do to the Long Center starting April 24. Watch in awe as they show off their acrobatic skills, accompanied by the all-cat band Tuna and the Rock Cats/Jazz Cats. I’m sure it won’t end in cat-astrophe. In fact, it’s guaranteed to be a fully paw-some time. – Cat McCarrey
      Fridays-Sundays. Through May 5
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      Theatre

      The Rainbow Fish Musical

      Many among us remember the iridescent colors within beloved children’s book The Rainbow Fish, so why not give the young’uns of today a chance to enjoy that beauty in a new way. This musical extravaganza brings the story of sharing and belonging to the stage with costumes, songs, and sets as mesmerizing as the titular fish’s sparkling scales. Led by Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s own Artistic Director Deanna Belardinelli, “this school of fish moves as a unit and have their fins, pincers and tentacles outreached, beckoning you to join!” Go ahead, Reader: Dive in. – James Scott
      Through May 12  
    Ongoing
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      Civic Events

      WIC Mobile Unit

      Resources and info about Austin Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program for qualifying pregnant women, new mothers, and young children.
      Check online for current schedule. Free.  
      Various locations

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