Spring brings a bumper crop of fes­ti­vals in Austin

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Oh, you thought we were done with fes­ti­vals once South by South­west was over? You must be new to Austin. There are fests aplenty, es­pe­cially in spring, be­fore those tripledigit tem­per­a­tures kick in (well, hope­fully be­fore they kick in). Mu­sic, movies, art, food, com­edy and more — in the next cou­ple of months, there’s a fes­ti­val for just about ev­ery­one. Here are some of the high­lights.


Ur­ban Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, March 31-April 1. Get ex­cited, fans of 1990s R&B. The 12th an­nual two-day fes­ti­val at Au­di­to­rium Shores fea­tures MC Lyte, Tony! Toni! Toné! and Keith Sweat and, as al­ways, takes place on Texas Re­lays weekend. ur­ban­mu­sicfest.com

Honk!TX, March 31-April 2. The free, com­mu­ni­ty­driven fes­ti­val brings street and brass bands from around the coun­try to Austin for a se­ries of per­for­mances in pub­lic spa­ces through­out the city. Ex­pect tal­ent from Rio de Janeiro, Van­cou­ver, Seat­tle, New Orleans, Hous­ton, Chicago and be­yond. honktx.org Art City Austin, March 31-April 2. Art Al­liance Austin’s three-day fes­ti­val re­turns to the Palmer Events Cen­ter with works from 20 con­tem­po­rary art gal­leries and an art fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing 125 self-rep­re­sented artists from across the U.S. The fam­i­lyfriendly event also in­cludes arts and crafts ac­tiv­i­ties and live mu­sic. ar­tal­lianceaustin.org/artc­ity

Live Fire, April 6. The Austin Food and Wine Al­liance’s cen­ter­piece fundraiser, which fea­tures a ros­ter of al­most two dozen cel­e­brated Texas chefs cook­ing meat over open flames, has long been held on the edge of town but this year will take place at Camp Mabry. The sev­enth an­nual event has a Global Flare theme, mean­ing chefs like Aaron Franklin of Franklin Bar­be­cue, Rene Or­tiz & Laura Saw­icki of Fresa’s Al Car­bon and Laun­derette, Kevin Fink of Em­mer &

Rye, Michael Fo­j­tasek of Ola­maie, Ryan Shields of Bull­fight, Reina Mor­ris of Buenos Aires Café, “Top Chef ” com­peti­tor John Te­sar of Knife in Dallas, Diego Gali­cia & Rico Tor­res of Mixtli in San An­to­nio and oth­ers will put a global spin on live-fire cook­ing. austin­food­wineal­liance.org Texas Bur­lesque Fes­ti­val, April 6-8. Bur­lesque, vaude­ville and cabaret reign at this three-day fes­ti­val, which strives to fos­ter a sup­port­ive community among per­form­ers across the U.S. Lola Frost, Mod Carousel, Coco Let­ric and Kitty Kitty Bang Bang are among the head­lin­ers at the State­side and Para­mount the­aters. tex­as­bur­lesque­fes­ti­val.com

Eu­pho­ria, April 6-9. The elec­tronic mu­sic and jam band fes­ti­val re­turns to Car­son Creek Ranch. Per­form­ers this year in­clude Alesso, Young Thug, Wiz Khal­ifa, Chromeo, Knife Party, lo­cal artists Magna Carda and more. Early elec­tronic mu­sic in­no­va­tor Moby will put in aD J set. We hear that camp­ing ar­range­ments have been im­proved and Eu­pho­ria wed­dings have been added. eu­pho­ri­afest.com

Fuse­box Fes­ti­val, April 12-16. The 13th an­nual con­tem­po­rary arts and per­for­mance fes­ti­val cham­pi­ons ad­ven­tur­ous works of art in theater, dance, film, mu­sic, lit­er­a­ture, vis­ual and culi­nary arts at mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions. Among the most an­tic­i­pated pieces, “Pan­cho Villa from a Safe Dis­tance” com­bines the tal­ents of Gra­ham Reynolds, Shawn Sides and La­gar­ti­jas Ti­radas El Sol. New this year is the Fuse­box Eve ben­e­fit din­ner on April 11. fuse­boxfes­ti­val.com Austin Reg­gae Fes­ti­val, April 14-16. The spring cel­e­bra­tion of mel­low mu­sic and laid-back vibes is also the largest fundraiser of the year for Cen­tral Texas Food Bank. Head­lin­ers this year on Au­di­to­rium Shores in­clude Jesse Royal and Tar­rus Ri­ley. austin­reg­gae­fest.com Moon­tower Com­edy

Fes­ti­val, April 19-22. Have a laugh with co­me­di­ans and pod­casts at venues like the Para­mount Theatre, ACL Live, State­side at the Para-


The Old Set­tler’s Mu­sic Fes­ti­val re­turns to Camp Ben McCul­loch and the Salt Lick Pavil­ion in April.


From left, Hazel Stal­lion of Austin and Au­drey Wil­liams and Sylvia Emeya of Dallas dance dur­ing the Ur­ban Mu­sic Fes­ti­val at Au­di­to­rium Shores.


Sixth Street fills with people each spring and fall for the Pe­can Street Fes­ti­val.


Get your laughs at the Moon­tower Com­edy Fes­ti­val.


Deb­o­rah Stevens dances in a drum cir­cle dur­ing Eey­ore’s Birth­day fes­tiv­i­ties in Pease Park.

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