With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, there's really no bad time to visit Austin, Texas. But you sure can't go wrong with an April trip! This month is all about live music, family fun, cultural arts happenings, experiencing the outdoors and one of the best culinary events in the state. Come for the sun and stay for the fun - here are a few of our favorite things to do this month:
3/31/17 - 4/1/17
Austin Urban Music Festival
More than 15,000 music revelers converge on Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake to enjoy Austin's only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip hop music.
3/31/17 - 4/2/17
Art City Austin Festival
Palmer Event Center
Nearly 200 national artists, top local restaurants, two music stages and hands-on art activities make this one of the city's favorite festivals.
Courtesy of Euphoria Fest.
4/6/17 - 4/9/17
Carson Creek Ranch
Live music, camping, yoga and a variety of mindful workshops come together at this immersive four day festival. Musical styles bridge the gaps between hip-hop, electronic, ambient, tribal and experimental. 2017 artists include Alesso, Chromeo, Wiz Khalifa, Magna Carda and more.
4/6/17 - 4/9/17
Austin International Poetry Festival
Poets from around the world, country and all of Texas gather for four days of live performances, readings and workshops during the Austin International Poetry Festival in April of every year. AIPF provides an inclusive, diverse, multi-generational environment welcoming the broadest possible audience of poets and non-poets alike in appreciation of the spoken and written word.
4/7/17 - 4/8/17
The 16th Annual Lonestar Round Up
Travis County Expo Center
A huge outdoor car show and live music festival with tons of vintage hot rods and custom cars driven here from all over the country, and bringing visitors from all over the world.
Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic
Spend a cool spring evening at Palm Park for a community-wide picnic to benefit downtown's Waller Creek. The fifth annual pop-up picnic is free to attend. Pack a picnic or purchase one in advance; you may even be able to get your hands on a basket from one of Austin's top restaurants!
4/12/17 - 4/16/17
Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts. The festival takes place over 5 days in venues and locations all over the city. Hundreds of local, national and international artists across all disciplines converge for one of the most unique cultural events in the country.
Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort. Courtesy of Joe Purvis.
4/14/17 - 4/16/17
Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort
Horseshoe Bay Resort
More than 20 hot-air balloons from across America will converge at the annual Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort. This year's festival will feature tethered balloon rides, live music by local legend Bob Schneider and more, and the annual evening balloon glow.
4/14/17 - 4/16/17
Austin Reggae Fest
A fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts.
4/19/17 - 4/22/17
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival
The Paramount Theatre and other locations
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival presented by the Paramount Theatre brings to Austin, TX some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. National headliners, up-and-comers and local Austin-based comedians ensure three hilarious days of fun.
4/20/17 - 4/23/17
30th Annual Old Settler's 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 favorites and award-winning artists from around the world.
MotoGP at Circuit of The Americas. Credit JP Rice.
4/21/17 - 4/23/17
MOTOGPTM Grand Prix of The Americas
Circuit of The AmericasTM
MotoGPTM, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, joins the roster of racing events at the Circuit of The AmericasTM track with a three-day series at the purpose built Grand Prix venue. With the addition of this race, the new circuit is the first North American racing venue to host both two-and four-wheeled World Championship events in one year's time.
Earth Day Austin
Go green in Austin! This free, annual Earth Day event is a celebration of Austin's green initiatives. Attend panels and workshops, watch new films and documentaries, interact with hands-on activities and installations and enjoy live music and eco art.
Weird Homes Tour
This wacky annual event showcases what "Keep Austin Weird" is all about. Tour a selection of the most creative homes around town and meet the homeowners who keep our wacky culture thriving.
Congress Avenue to Auditorium Shores
Texas' largest 10K race and one of the nation's top runs draws some 18,000 serious and not-so-serious runners.
4/28/17 - 4/30/17
Austin Food + Wine Festival
Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park
Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.
25th Annual Historic Homes Tour
Bouldin Creek Neighborhood
Explore South Austin’s eclectic Bouldin Creek neighborhood with this year's Historic Homes Tour! From the Old World charm of stone Victorians to the postwar lines of the International Style, the event includes five gorgeous houses and the historic Texas School for the Deaf campus. Each unique, irreplaceable property tells a different story about Bouldin’s evolution into the dense urban community we know today.
54th Annual Eeyore's Annual Birthday Party
Live music, local 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 non-profits.