AUSTIN, TX — The weather has been delightful of late, with more sunny days expected this weekend. It will be a perfect time to enjoygoing out, and there are plenty of events from which to choose.
FRIDAY – SUNDAY
AUSTIN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
The Austin Food & Wine Festival is one of those events to which foodies flock each year. Food can be sampled from some of the city’s top chefs, locally made beverages can be consumed and live demos will be abundant. Where: Auditorium Shores, 800 W. Riverside Dr. Cost: $625 for an all-in ticket, with Friday/Saturday evening event access and Saturday/Sunday festival access.
FRIDAY – SATURDAY
The Texas Burlesque Festival is a two-day hoedown and showdown celebrating the raucous revival of burlesque and vaudeville, organizers wrote on their website. "Aimed at (but not exclusive to) the regional, national and international community of ecdysiasts, this weekend overflows with opportunities to refine your bump and grind including parties, a roundtable/brunch, workshops and performances," organizers wrote. "Since its inception, the Texas Burlesque Festival has been an unprecedented success, busting at the seams with amazing Burlesque, Vaudeville and Cabaret performers from all over the nation and abroad, and playing to sold out audiences. We anticipate this year being no different!" It all goes down at the Paramount Theater at 713 Congress Ave. For more information, click here.
EEYORE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
The 55th annual Eeyore’s Birthday Party Eeyores Birthday Party —a fundraiser benefiting nonprofits throughout the city — will feature a variety of vendors catering to all your celebration needs. This is one of those quintessentially Austin events. It’s like Burning Man, but with a beloved donkey. You’ll see face painting here, henna applications, drum circles, dancing and more. Scheduled bands include: Barton Hills Choir; Fun Bunch; World Gone Mad; Day Eater; Danger Cakes; Miss Guilty; Rickshaw Billy’s; Tusk Her; and Big Bill. It’s an often mind-bending, people-watching paradise. Where: Pease District Park, 1100 Kingsbury St. When: 11 a.m. to dusk. Cost: Free. Children’s area: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music stage noon to 6 p.m.
PRESERVATION AUSTIN 2018 HOMES TOUR
This year’s tours will take place in the historic neighborhoods of Cherrywood, Delwood, and Wilshire Wood in East Austin. The tour features renovated post-war homes with discussions on architectural preservation along the way. Enjoy a complimentary pint and a kolache afterwards. Preservation Austin debuted the Historic Homes Tour in 1993 in celebration of the organization’s 40th birthday. Presented annually to honor national Preservation Month in May, these tours showcase our community’s rich heritage and the incredible historic neighborhoods that form the backbone of our city. This year’s theme is "Into the Woods." Cost: $25 for members; $35 for non-members.
A live Bluegrass band; new and limited PHP beer releases; a petting zoo; special pizza "The Burgler," inspired by the cheeseburger; new Pinthouse Pizze merchandise; and overall healthy shenanigans. What more could you want? Great music and dancing will be had all day long at the Hootenanny, starting at 11 a.m. Cost: Free.
Beautiful, hand-built motorcycles from all over the country will be on display at the Austin American-Statesman grounds. The Red Bull Grand Prix is the event climax, showing some of these two-wheeled bad boys in actual competition. Cost: Price: $15-$40 for the exhibit; $65-$219 for the Prix.