Spring is Here With April Cheer! Our Top 5 Austin Events 2014

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t be fooled this April, there is LOTS going on in Austin this month! The bluebonnets are out and Austinites are flocking outdoors for brunches, parties, festivals, races and more! Join us for some fun in the sun as we celebrate everything AWESOME going on in Austin this month!

We would also like to wish the founder, Broker, and fearless leader of West Austin Properties, Laura Duggan, a VERY special Happy Birthday this month! On April 30th, Laura will celebrate another year wiser, as well as, 35 years in the Austin Real Estate market. WOW! Happy Birthday, Laura! Eeyore (48) and Willie Nelson (81) are lucky to share a Birthday with you!

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1. 37th Annual Statesman Capitol 10,000
Sunday, April 6th, 8 a.m.
Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge: 919 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

The Statesman Capitol 10,000 is Texas’ largest 10K and the seventy largest in the nation, with over 18,000 participants in 2013. The race starts at the Ann Richards Bridge, which crosses over Lady Bird Lake (part of the Colorado River) and runs up to and by the Texas State Capitol Building. Bands playing live music line the race course, energizing the runners with upbeat entertainment as they wind their way along this scenic and at times, hilly, race route finishing back at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner, come see why the Cap10K is a rite of spring in Austin. Run it, jog it or walk it, just don’t miss it! Get your feet on the street!

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2. Old Settler’s Music Festival
April 10th-13th
Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas (minutes from Austin)

In 1987, the first Old Settler’s Music Festival was held at Old Settler’s Park, in the Austin suburb of Round Rock. Since then, it’s grown into a nationally-known celebration of Americana and roots music in all its forms-with past headliners including Patty Griffin, Bela Fleck, Doc Watson, Joan Osborne, Bruce Hornsby, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, the Avett Brothers, and Robert Earl Keen.

It has grown a lot since the early days. But it still maintains the same down-home, Texas-friendly vibe. Located just outside of Austin, the festival takes place at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, just minutes from Austin. It’s a landscape of shady trees and sunny meadows at the height of bluebonnet season. The music continues nonstop for four straight days, with concerts, workshops, and impromptu jam sessions all day and throughout the night. They have more craft beer than light beer. They would rather kick back than crowd-surf. And every year is full of surprises!

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3. 5th Annual East Austin Urban Farm Tour
Sunday, April 13th, 1p – 5p
Rain Lily Farm: 914 Shady Lane, Austin, TX 78702

Presented by:
Boggy Creek Farm
HausBar Farms
Rain Lily Farm
Springdale Farm

Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling vibrant fields of local produce and visiting with chickens, donkeys, and goats on four neighboring urban farms. At each farm, chefs will provide tastes of their art using the freshest farm ingredients while local brewers, wine merchants, and mixologists will offer sips.

In the fields, farmers will talk about their growing crops, share their experiences, and answer gardening questions. This beloved farm tour will change the way you look at food and the people you buy from as well as offer the perfect opportunity to solve your own growing challenges!

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4. Art City Austin
Saturday, April 12th, 10a – 8p
Sunday, April 13th, 11a – 6p
Downtown Austin – Cesar Chavez Street between Guadalupe and Lamar. Entrances at Guadalupe and Lamar.

Get ready for Austin’s iconic arts festival that transforms the streets of downtown. The celebration of art, culture and creativity will take place April 12 & 13, 2014 along Austin’s Cesar Chavez Street and 2ND Street District with art of all kinds.

Art City Austin features an outdoor art fair of nationally recognized artists, the People’s Gallery at City Hall with more than 150 works of art by Austin artists, local food trailers, beer and cocktails, live music on the main stage and interactive projects for kids of all ages. Downtown’s art festival brings the community together to celebrate Austin’s vibrant creative culture.

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5. Austin Food and Wine Festival
Friday – Sunday, April 25th – 27th

Get prepped for tastings, libations, hands-on grilling demos, and more from the world’s rising cultural and culinary city. The Austin FOOD & WINE Festival presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine returns with top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin’s own acclaimed gourmet scene for an experience unlike any other.

THE AUSTIN FOOD & WINE ALLIANCE
The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming and events. Guided by an all-volunteer board of directors and committees made up of culinary-and-community-minded professionals, the Alliance’s commitment is to promote Texas food, wine, spirits and craft brews and to increase appreciation of Texas’ culinary impact. As the beneficiary of the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, the Alliance will give back to the Central Texas culinary community through a vibrant grant program to fund projects focused on culinary innovation. Alliance events are structured to provide an artisan, interactive and educational experience while offering the best in food, wine, spirits and craft brews.

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About Laura

Laura is a third generation native of Austin who grew up in Tarry Town in Central Austin. She is the owner and broker of West Austin Properties and has been selling real estate in the Austin area since 1979. Laura is married to the love of her life, Brad, and they have two grown daughters. Together, they love to explore all of the fun spots Austin has to offer.