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In the precious few weeks between the last of the winter chill and the start the summer heat, Austin blooms with activity.
Visitors and natives alike get out and make the most of everything this unique Texas city has to offer, all usually accompanied by craft beer and great music.
Austin’s many parks and green spaces are great places to enjoy the spring weather (dry and mostly sunny, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s). With eight miles of diverse terrain, Austin’s Barton Creek Greenbelt is considered one of the best hiking trails in Texas. And at the east end of the greenway you’ll find Zilker Park and the 3-acre Barton Springs Pool. This popular spot is fed from underground springs that keep it a pleasant 68-70 degrees all year long, so don’t forget your swimsuit.
The heart of the “Keep Austin Weird” movement can be found in the vibrant North Loop neighborhood, with its vintage clothing stores, throwback record shops and indie bookstores. Stop by the Yard Dog gallery to pick up your own piece of the local art scene. Enjoy brunch or dinner at Foreign & Domestic, which creates innovative seasonal dishes with local produce.
Bibliophiles and families should be sure to stop by the newest exhibit at the Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The exhibit, running through July 6, celebrates 150 years of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Have a tea party, see one of the few surviving copies of the first edition of the book, and discover how Alice’s story has inspired artists from Salvador Dalí to Walt Disney. As long as you’re on the UT campus, stop by the Blanton Museum of Art, two stories of classical architecture filled with everything from Renaissance to modern Latin American art.
A few more of the city’s notable spring events:
- For those looking to make Austin a racecation getaway, the Capitol 10K is one of the nation’s most popular runs. As the state’s largest 10K race, it attracts over 10,000 runners, with proceeds benefiting a different charity each year.
- If you like classic cars and live music, the 17th Annual Lonestar Round Up is for you. Kicking off April 6 and 7, 2018 (with a barbecue, of course) the weekend is chock-full of vintage hot rods and custom cars, all accompanied by a live soundtrack of blues, rockabilly, honky-tonk and more.
- The 2018 Austin Food + Wine Festival will take place the weekend of April 27-29 and is filled to the brim with almost four dozen demos and tastings of artisanal food, wine, beer and spirits. Hear kitchen secrets and war stories straight from culinary experts, then eat, drink and be merry late into the night while dancing to live music. Missed the festival? Check out the Austin Eater or Texas Monthly’s dedicated BBQ Blog to find the best of Austin’s food trucks, farm-to-table dining and authentic Texas barbecue
- Austin’s best known street festival, the Pecan Street Festival, is also the oldest and largest in Central Texas. Visit the first weekend in May and you’ll find historic Sixth Street filled with musicians, food vendors and artists of all kinds. The free festival also features plenty of family-friendly activities, from magicians to petting zoos.