Austin April 8 Events

Austin Saturday, April 8 Events

Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Festival
Looking for perfect additions to your spring garden? Pick up those favorite or hard-to-find native plants and seeds, plus the best advice around on how to help them flourish. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Call 512-292-4200 for more details.

Huston-Tillotson University's 5K Family Fun Run and Walk
Runners will trek through the streets of East Austin, past the mixture of historical landmarks, neighborhoods, and newly constructed/renovated homes to the finish line on campus overlooking the city's skyline on the grounds of what was considered Austin's second highest hill, overlooking the Colorado River. Make the run/walk one of your family activities during Texas Relays weekend. Music and prizes after the race. Location: 900 Chicon Street. Call 512-505-3006 for more details.

Urban Music Festival
The Urban Music Festival is an all-day, outdoor, family oriented event featuring live music and social activities that will be held in the heart of Austin, along the banks of Town Lake at Auditorium Shores. R&B legend Chaka Khan will headline the festival, which features a complete line up of R&B, funk and hip hop performers. At the Auditorium Shores. Call 512-314-5433 for more details.

Swamp Romp & Crawfish Festival
This Louisiana themed event features cuisine from Louisiana and Texas, including six tons of jumbo crawfish. Festivities involve dancers, “juju mamas” and a traditional funeral procession. Cajun & Zydeco music by local and national entertainers complete the celebration. At Republic Square Park, 4th and Guadalupe St.. Call 512-441-9015 for more info.

Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
One of the premiere track & field events in the country, the Texas Relays bring together the best high school, college and professional athletes from Texas, the U.S. and the world. Location: Mike A. Meyers Stadium, UT campus. Call 800-687-8379 for more info.

Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival
The best Texas and nationally known chefs and wineries pair their best culinary creations and fruits of the vine at a variety of venues ranging from an exotic game ranch to an outdoor festival in the park. Location: Four Seasons, Driskill Hotel and other locations. Call 512-249-6300 for more info.

Bat Watching
The 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that live beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge take flight in a mass exodus each night at dusk. Located at Congress Ave. & Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78704.

The Exonerated
This gripping new drama tells the true stories of six Death Row inmates wrongly convicted of murder who, in the face of new evidence, were freed with their innocence proclaimed and their lives reclaimed. Taken from over 40 interviews with persons falling through the cracks of our justice system, their unforgettable stories are told in their own words. Location: Zachary Scott Theatre. Call 512-476-0541 for more info.

Shear Madness. The longest-running comedy in ZACH's history returns in an all-new production! It's murder among the curlers in this hilarious whodunit where you play armchair detective, uncover the secrets, and help an outrageous cast of characters solve the crime amidst a trendy Austin hair salon. Location: Zachary Scott Theater
Call 512-476-0541.

The Vietnam Experience. The Vietnam Experience is strongly interpreted in this selection of 22 paintings, watercolors, and drawings by six combat artists.
These paintings and drawings give a visual sense of the Vietnam War, from the colors and landscape to the people and the adrenaline-charged combat actions. The paintings capture the surprise attacks of the guerilla conflict, the vigil River Patrol Boats maintained in keeping rivers open, and eyewitness accounts of the dangers of this war. Location: Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. Call 512-721-0200 for details.

New Botanicals Exhibit. Mary Welborn's New Botanicals is an exhibit of lyrical watercolor paintings of native flora and the role they play in our complex ecosystems. It is on display from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sundays in the McDermott Learning Center. These paintings are a charming and educational twist on traditional botanical painting

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