Why hello April, nice of you to finally show up to this little party we call 2019. You’ve missed a lot the last couple of months but boy are we happy you’ve arrived. Winter was brutal, the rain lasted for what felt like forever, and us Texans were beginning to feel a little desperate for some warmer weather and more importantly, sunshine!
SO finally we have received what we so patiently have been dreaming of, and lucky for us, you’re bringing some pretty awesome stuff to do in Austin to kick off the month. Not only do we get to soak in some rays, we get to soak in some tequila at the Margarita and Taco Festival. However, if soaking up the sun isn’t your thing, no worries, check out KUTX Rock the Park under the night sky.
Regardless of what you’re looking to do we are sure to have your weekend plans covered.
A double whammy, two peas in a pod, the perfect pair: margaritas, AND tacos. For the first time Austin (well Round Rock actually) is having a Margarita and Taco Festival. Do you really need the rundown on this event after knowing the name? Probably not, but you better believe we’re going to tell you all about it.
Upon arrival you will receive a margarita sampling card and voting chips, what you do with them is totally up to you. Sample over 20 of Round Rock’s best margaritas and drop your voting chips into your favorites. Margarita flavors range from the typical flavors like peach and lime to a few interesting sounding combinations such as cinnamon pineapple and chocolate.
Ticket levels begin with non-drinkers and go up to veteran drinkers. However, if you don’t have enough samples with your original ticket, there will be additional drink tickets available for purchase, so you have the opportunity to test out as many margarita flavors as you’d like.
All those margarita samples are sure to make you hungry and luckily there will be more than 20 food trucks serving up some amazing treats. In addition to food, there will be live music all afternoon from talented local musicians.
Parents, unfortunately, this is a 21 and up only event, so the kiddos will need to be left at home.
APR 6 | 12PM–8PM
Round Rock Premium Outlets
Starting at $20 | 21+
Back for the 10th year, Quest for the Summit brings people together from all walks of life to raise money for charity. Enjoy an evening at one of our favorite venues in town, Fair Market. Snack on appetizers provided by Crave, one of Austin’s top caterers, and enjoy cocktails from Tito’s Vodka, and beer from Zilker Brewing!
We love events that benefit the community, you get to enjoy socializing with friends, eating great food, and sipping on delicious drinks–all while raising money for a good cause. In this case, Explore Austin! A local non-profit focused on empowering our youth through mentoring and outdoor adventure.
Explore Austin has a team approach, matching 15 sixth graders living in low-income areas of town and pairs them with five adult volunteers. Over the course of a six-year journey, these children have the opportunity to go on monthly outdoor Saturday challenges and an annual week-long summer wilderness trip. The lifelong impact the mentors have on these children helps to build character, integrity, and courage to help prepare them for the rest of their lives.
APR 5 | 6PM–9PM
Mom always said to eat your veggies and now we have an entire Saturday afternoon dedicated to them…thanks a lot, Mom. Welcome to VegFest, the festival created to bringing vegan foods to us Texans. Enjoy an afternoon of healthy eating, interactive and youth activities, live music, and awesome speakers.
Interactive activities include a guided meditation, compost class, self-defense class, and more. The youth area includes a yoga session, a seed bomb making class, cooking demos, and an animal awareness educational class. There will also be food vendors set up throughout the festival serving up some tasty–and healthy–treats.
Who knows, you might be surprised how delicious everything is. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
APR 6 | 11AM–6PM
Warmer weather means concerts in the park are back! Grab your blankets, round up the family, and help KUTX rock Mueller Park this Friday night.
Arrive early and grab dinner from one of the food trucks on site, or bring your own food and have a picnic. Before the show starts take the kids to get their face painted, rock-and-roll style. Swing by the Mueller tent where the kids can color and adults can grab a cold beverage.
Now, for the whole reason you’re heading out to Mueller Park, the concert! Enjoy performances from White Denim and DJ Jester the Filipino Fist.
If for some reason the night gets rained out, don’t worry, they have set a rain date for April 12th. If that is the case, we will keep y’all updated on any event changes on our Instagram page.
KUTX Rock the Park series has one more date set for Spring on May 3rd, so if you can’t make it in April, you always have another opportunity.
🗓 APR 5 | 6:15PM–9PM
📍 Mueller Lake Park
📷 Gabriel C. Pérez
The South 1st Sip & Stroll is dedicated to the unique neighborhood that is South First Street. Enjoy an afternoon exploring local businesses like Texas Custom Boots and Dolce Neve, who serve up delicious gelato. Most, if not all, the businesses participating are offering discounts or freebies, and we’re here to make sure you know exactly what to hit up to make the most of your Saturday on South First Street.
When it comes to food and drinks, you will not leave deprived of either. Satisfy your sweet tooth and stop by Manolis Ice Cream, Pastries, & Cakes for free cookie tastings, or swing by Dolce Neve for a free waffle cone. Food Network Cupcake Wars champs, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop will have a sip and stroll exclusive flavor boasting of an almond cupcake, boozy prickly bear buttercream, Texas prickly pear jam, and lots of glitter and sprinkles. Can you say YUM?
All these sweets are sure to have you feeling parched. Luckily you can snag a free coffee from Churro Co. Austin or get 20% off all beverages at Once Over Coffee Bar.
Stroll through unique shops like Passport Vintage where you will receive 20% off all merchandise and complimentary drinks while you shop. They’re not the only shop offering discounts and free beverages, though. Flashback Vintage is offering a buy two get one free on all women’s dresses, plus they will have complimentary drinks and small bites in store. Curia Arcanum: House of Curiosities will be offering beer and wine in addition to their not so normal inventory of oddities. These are just a handful of participating businesses, check out the UNATION event page for a complete list of businesses and deals!
APR 6 | 12PM–5PM
South 1st Street
Weekend Farmers Markets
Now that the weather is warmer and the sun is shining, it’s the perfect time to stop by your local farmers market. Whether you want to buy fruits and vegetables or just stroll through and try all the free samples, everyone is welcome. Lucky for us, we have several markets that go on year-round ALL over Austin. Here are a few of our favorites: