April is a busy month around here, y'all. Whether you like to check out and listen to local music, laugh it up with friends, get artistic or stuff your mouth with award-winning food, Austin has you covered. Be sure to check out our events page to learn about even more ways to have fun when in Austin! Below are some of the bigger things happening this month:
Old Settlers Music Festival
Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion
Central Texas signature music event featuring Grammy-winning Americana, arts and crafts, camping, food and libations. Acoustic jazz, blues and bluegrass are all performed by old-time local faves and award-winning artists from around the world.
MotoGP at COTA. Credit JP Rice.
MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
MotoGP is the premier motorcycle racing World Championship, and is an eighteen-race series visiting thirteen countries, and four continents with pan-global television coverage. Ten nationalities of the worlds most skilled riders line a grid armed with cutting-edge motorcycle technology with prototype machinery fielded by three manufacturers: Ducati, Yamaha and Honda. As well as the premier class there are also two ultra-competitive World Championship Grand Prix categories, which form part of MotoGP.
Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival
Buda City Park
It's a Cajun festival in Texas. More than 5,000 pounds of crawfish are consumed at this annual event, which also features zydeco, brass band, funk, blues and rock music.
West Austin Studio Tour
Across West Austin
The West Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour that celebrates Austin's talented and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent; see working studios; learn about artists tools, techniques and inspirations; explore galleries and a variety of exhibitions; and immerse themselves in the arts and local business communities.
Art City Austin Festival
Get ready for Austins weekend-long arts festival that transforms the streets of downtown. The celebration of art, culture and creativity will invigorate the streets, plazas and open spaces along Austin's Cesar Chavez Street and 2nd Street Entertainment District with art of all kinds.
Austin Reggae Festival
A fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, the event features three days of amazing reggae, world music and dub talent on the Main Stage and Charlies Dub Corner.
Austin Fashion Week
Locations around Austin
Austin Fashion Week showcases the work of fashion designers, photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists and models from around the state of Texas. Over a hundred events take place during Austin Fashion week including runway shows, designer meet-and-greets, themed parties and benefits for Austin non-profits.
Austin FOOD & WINE Festival
Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, two-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.
Eeyore's Annual Birthday Party
Live music, beer, food, acrobats and costume contests surround this annual gathering of Austin's most eclectic locals. Eeyore's Birthday serves as fundraiser to benefit many local, Austin nonprofits.
Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest in Austin, Texas. Photo by Jack Plunkett