mount and Cap City Comedy Club. Performers include Ali Wong, Patton Oswalt, Chris Hardwick, Jay Pharoah and the ladies of the “My Favorite Murder” podcast. Also this year, comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform two shows at ACL Live as a Moontower Extra Event (separate ticket required). moontowercomedyfestival.com Old Settler’s Music Festival, April 20-23. The roots and Americana music festival takes place at Camp Ben McCulloch and the Salt Lick Pavilion across the highway. It includes camping, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, and craft beers and diverse menu options. This year’s headliners include Los Lobos, Shakey Graves, Elephant Revival, Reckless Kelly, the Del McCoury Band and the Old 97’s. oldsettlersmusicfest.org Austin Food & Wine Festival, April 28-30. The city’s premier food festival was rained out last year, but it will be back with its culinary demos and tasting events, the chance to mingle with chefs and the annual besttasting taco contest. Some of the top culinary talent and personalities in the state and country will be on hand, including Hugh Acheson (Empire State South in Atlanta), Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), Amanda Freitag (“Chopped”), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec in Los Angeles), Alon Shaya (Shaya in New Orleans), Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine) and Amanda Rockman (South Congress Hotel). austinfoodandwinefestival.com Eeyore’s Birthday, April 29. It doesn’t get much more Austin than this. The 54th annual party in Pease Park for the “Winnie the Pooh” character raises funds to benefit multiple nonprofit groups in Austin. Food, beer and commemorative T-shirts will be available; there will also be henna tattoos, face painting, music and a costume contest. The free event runs from 11 a.m. till dark; the children’s area is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain date is May 6. eeyores.org
Cine Las Americas Inter-
national Film Festival, May 3-7. In collaboration with the Blanton Museum of Art, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and other partners, Cine Las Americas celebrates its 20th festival, showcasing contemporary films and videos from Latin America that explore themes such as the consequences of deportation and the complexities of young love. cinelasamericas.org Jmblya, May 6. The annual spring turn up from hip-hop powerhouse promoter Scoremore will be at Circuit of the Americas. The lineup includes Chance the Rapper, Gucci Mane, Steve Aoki, Migos and Lil Uzi Vert. Don’t be confused: There’s also a Dallas edition on May 5. jmblya.com Pecan Street Festival, May 6-7. It’s the 40th annual spring iteration of the arts, crafts and music festival on East Sixth Street — originally called Pecan Street. Thee fest features more than 300 artists, three stages of live music, a wide variety of food, a petting zoo and more. pecanstreetfestival.org
Index Fest, May 13. Formerly known as Untapped, Index will have craft beer and live music as in the past, but the fest is now touring Texas, starting in Austin, with a new name and an expanded focus on food and the arts. If you miss it in Austin, try Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston or Dallas. indexfest.com Maker Faire Austin, May 13-14. DIY fans gather at Palmer Events Center for art, music and guest speakers. austin.makerfaire.com West Austin Studio Tour, May 13-14, 20-21. After years of the successful East Austin Studio Tour, organizers launched the West Austin version of the free, selfguided tour. A program of Big Medium, West features more than 200 artist studios as well as galleries, temporary exhibitions, happenings and partner programs. west.bigmedium.org
Hot Luck Festival , May 18-21. The inaugural festival co-founded by barbecue guru Aaron Franklin celebrates food and live music and will take place in venues across Austin. James Beard awardwinner Franklin and partners will welcome famous chefs who cover a wide swath of culinary and physical ground, from Thai (Andy
Ricker of Portland’s Pok Pok) to Korean (Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ in Los Angeles), Mexican (Alex Stupak of Empellón in New York City), barbecue (Adam Perry Lang of Daisy May’s BBQ in NYC) and more. In addition to out-of-towners, a large group of local talent, headlined by Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine), Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), Tatsu Aikawa (Ramen Tatsuya and Kemuri Tatsu-ya), Todd Duplechan (Lenoir) and Tyson Cole (Uchi) will also participate. hotluckfest.com Kerrville Folk Festival, May 25-June 11. The timehonored Hill Country tradition returns for its 46th year with nearly three weeks of performances, camping, music workshops, seminars, hiking and more. The lineup includes Peter Yarrow, Kathy Mattea, Terri Hendrix and the South Austin Moonlighters. kerrville-music.com
Lone Star Jam, May 27-28. The 10th annual Texas music festival spans two days, two stages and 20 bands. Headliners start with Aaron Watson, Casey Donahew and Pat Green at the Travis County Expo Enter. lonestarjam.com
Austin Art Garage was one of the stops on last year’s West Austin Studio Tour.
At the Austin Food and Wine Festival, you can watch the chefs in action.
Franklin Barbecue’s Aaron Franklin, left, and Mohawk coowner James Moody are teaming up to launch Hot Luck in Austin.
Crowds gather at Euphoria Fest 2016 at Carson Creek Ranch.
Jessica Brown, center, and other members of the Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence, R.I., play during Honk!TX.
Austin Reggae Festival brings music to Auditorium Shores and is also the largest fundraiser of the year for the Central Texas Food Bank.