Weekend Roundup

Rev your engines for the top weekend events: Racing, music fests and Earth Day

Rev your engines for these weekend events: racing, music, & Earth Day

MotoGP comes to Circuit of the Americas
Bob Schneider
Bob Schneider will perform at this year's Old Settler's Festival in Driftwood.  Courtesy photo
Austin Photo Set: News_Kelly Wendt_Reggae fest_april 2012_5
ReggaeFest 2012 Photo by Kelly Wendt
Bob Schneider
Austin Photo Set: News_Kelly Wendt_Reggae fest_april 2012_5

It would be a mistake to not acknowledge the tragic events that took place over the course of the past week and the many people affected by them. After what’s unfolded in Boston and West, Texas, it’s important for locals to do what they can to support all victims of disasters. One way anyone can help out is to donate to disaster relief efforts by the American Red Cross, or to directly donate to the One Fund Boston effort to support our friends in our beloved Beantown.

The past week of events may still be hard to comprehend and digest, but they're also reminders of the preciousness of life. Once you’ve done your part to help your fellow brothers and sisters, take time to celebrate life this weekend with our top event picks.

MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas

The opening of the Circuit of the Americas track was one of the biggest moments in Austin entertainment as it brought Formula One back to America by way of our own backyard. The facilities also boast a new venue to host some of the largest concerts to come to town, but the track has been quiet since the Grand Am series.

Thankfully, things will get much louder as engines roar to life once more, but this time they’re only standing on two wheels. MotoGP is the premier motorcycle racing world championship, and gearheads have a full weekend to feel the adrenaline rush watching these speed demons tear through one of the best tracks in all of racing.

Old Settler’s Music Festival

Fans of homegrown, American-made music will flock to Driftwood, Texas to enjoy part of the soul of Americana amidst the scenic surroundings of Central Texas. Musicians from across the nation, and even from around the world, will celebrate the enduring spirit of jazz, blues, country, and bluegrass at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch.

Featured headliners include Michael Franti, Bob Schneider, Fred Eaglesmith, the Del McCoury band and many more with plenty of food, drink, arts and crafts in the mix. Heck, you can even partake in some morning yoga to start the day off right.

Austin Reggae Festival

If you prefer to stay within city limits, the Austin Reggae Festival is your best bet for rhythm, groove and chill vibes. Without a doubt, a can’t-miss headlining act is the Wailers, some of the biggest proponents of Jamaican reggae since the passing of legendary frontman, Bob Marley.

Their music combined with other guest artists is the best way to remember that every little thing is gonna be alright.

Earth Day Austin

April 22 is the actual day to celebrate our love for the only planet we call home. To mark the occasion, the City of Austin and the Texas Green Network will throw a huge party for planet Earth and to further efforts to conserve its beauty.

Completely free and open to the public, Earth Day Austin features everything you could want in a festival. Live music teams up with local food trailers, inspirational guest speakers, educational presentations and a kids’ zone to keep the little ones engaged with fun activities.

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend, folks and a great time to remember the beauty of life.