Get Out! Things to Do in Austin This Weekend | April 30th – May 2nd

Grab your rain jacket this weekend, and from live-fire cookouts and pop-up markets to music and arts festivals, here’s your weekend guide to the city. Mask up and get out of the house!

Catch Dossey at the Haute Spot (Apr. 30)

Jam out at Cedar Springs’ newly renovated Haute Spot this weekend, where local pop artist Dossey will take the stage starting at 7 p.m. Also on the lineup: Swimming with Bears and Flora & Fawna. Tickets range from $10 to 20 and all attendees must abide by CDC guidelines.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar presents May Market (Apr. 30)
A favorite holiday market reimagines its signature shopping event for the spring season. The Blue Genie Art Bazaar May Market will feature a variety of artisans and craftspeople offering goods and wares. Masks are required, and CDC guidelines will be strictly enforced for both vendors and guests throughout the market. Following opening weekend, May Market will be open through May 31. Admission is free. 

Texas Water Trade presents Live from the Stream (Apr. 30)
Texas musicians pay homage to statewide nonprofit Texas Water Trade with a Lone Star-studded virtual concert. The lineup includes performances by Kevin Russell, Ray Benson, Bruce Robison, Carrie Rodriguez, Los Texmaniacs, Walt Wilkins, and many others. For a full schedule of performances and activities, or to make a donation to the organization, visit the event website. Admission to this virtual event is free.  

Come and Smoke it with BBQ Gurus at Lake Travis (May 1)

Pack up your picnic blankets and come hungry—some of the city’s best live-fire cooks will be at Windy Point Park from noon to 7 p.m. to whip up signature dishes during this year’s Come and Smoke It event. Pitmaster Eliana Gutierrez of Valentina’s BBQ will be among those in attendance, and all meals will be made with Texas born and raised ranch meats. Free drinks will be provided by Twisted X Brewery & Frankly Vodka and the first 50 guests will receive a free CBG/CBD joint.

Spend the Afternoon at a Crawfish Boil and Pop-Up Market (May 1)

At Kinda Tropical’s Pop-Up Market this weekend, guests can expect two things: an array of unique jewelry, clothing, and accessories by local vendors such as Decades in Retro and Meow Mod Vintage, and plenty of freshly boiled crawfish to go around. Fill up a plate (or two) then spend your afternoon perusing the tents and supporting small businesses.

Drive Out to Dripping Springs for Dreamland’s Music and Arts Festival (May 1)

Tap into your artistic side at DreamFest, Dreamland’s inaugural Music and Arts Festival, where live musical performances from Carolyn Wonderland, Del Castillo, Zach Price and more will be featured in the beer garden and an on-site art market will showcase 35 artists of various mediums. The main event is free, but $1 tickets will give access to balloon art, face painting, henna tattoos, and a petting zoo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Support Sustainability at Vegan Yacht’s 11th Anniversary Vegan Market (May 1)

Explore Austin’s best local vegan vendors and stock up on everything from plant-based meals to cruelty-free skincare products, makeup, and more at The Vegan Yacht this weekend. Pets are welcome and masks are required.

Prove Your Art Skills at Chique and Louisianna’s Drawing a Blank Brunch (May 2)

Hosted by local drag queens Louisianna Purchase and Chique Fil-Atio, this art competition is anything but ordinary. Bring your crew to The Iron Bear to compete, where each team will be challenged to draw unique designs to win points and prizes. Special performances will be woven throughout and $2 unlimited mimosas will be available—to help get your creative juices flowing, of course. 12:30-2 p.m. Free.

About the author

Rich Patterson has been a REALTOR® since 2006 and is the Owner of Urban to Suburban Realty.

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