May means making the most of what Austin has to offer. Check out our list of events and staff picks to see the best of this month's happenings:


Family Day at Umlauf
Umlauf Sculpture Garden
Join me on Sunday, May 3 for Family Day at Umlauf. You can enjoy special, hands-on programs designed for families with children, four to 10 years old; wander through the sculpture garden, and make sand castles on the beach! Free from noon - 4 p.m. - Kristen Maurel, Music, Film and Marketing Coordinator

5/8/15 - 5/10/15
Levitation Fest
Carson Creek Ranch
Mark your calendars, Levitation Fest, formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, will return to Carson Creek Ranch the weekend of May 8 - 10, 2015! There will be on-site camping and three stages with music - the main stage and river stage with psychedelic light shows in the evening, and a tent stage featuring psychedelic light shows all day long.

5/9/15 - 5/10/15
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Trying to figure out a creative way to celebrate Mother's Day? Why not take your mom to see Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar? Shows on May 9-10 and May 13. - Katie Cook, Director of Digital Marketing

5/9/15 - 5/10/15 and 5/16/15 - 5/17/15
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.

Pachanga Latino Music Festival
Fiesta Gardens
Pachanga is a Latin-themed music, cultural arts and food festival dedicated to showcasing the vibrant blend of Latino-created music and art and the impact it has on American culture today. The Pachanga lineup includes rock, alternative, Tejano, mariachi, cumbia, salsa, electronic, funk, hip-hop and indie rock. Also be on the lookout for other Latino-infused music events happening all over town. - Amanda Garcia, Music Industry Manager

Weird Homes Tour
Across Austin
Want to see what helps keep Austin really weird? Check out the 2nd Annual Weird Homes Tour! This self-paced, self-driving tour will take place all over Austin May 23 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and 20% of all ticket proceeds help benefit Caritas of Austin. - Rebekah Grmela, Marketing and Tourism Coordinator

Life Time Capital of Texas Triathlon
Lady Bird Lake, Downtown Austin
Life Time Capital of Texas Triathlon attracts all levels of athletes from top-ranked professionals to first-time triathletes. The event includes the USA Paratriathlon National Championship, sprint and international distances, First Tri distance and sprint and international distance relays.

Austin Maifest
Austin Saengerrunde
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Join Austin Saengerrunde for its 3rd Annual Texas-German Bier Festival, Austin Maifest, on Saturday, May 30. Ten of Austin's best local breweries will be showcasing German-style beers, followed by dance and after-party. - Chandler Jones, Sales Coordinator

Friday Nights in May
Movie Riot
ColdTowne Theatre
Every Friday night partake in Movie Riot, presented by ColdTowne Theater & I Luv Video. Two teams of comedy juggernauts take the stage to create brand new, never-before-seen movies live on stage. From a given song title or lyric, performers lovingly craft completely improvised films all made up on the spot. Add in free margaritas, popcorn and movie candies and you've got a recipe for a killer cinema-inspired live comedy event. - Susan Richardson, Director, Content & Publishing


What are you up to this month in Austin? Let us know in the comments below!