From free festivals to interactive arts performances, Austin has no shortage of fun to offer this weekend. Here are our top picks for the first weekend of May.
Check out our calendar for a full list of events this weekend.
"DUE WEST" benefiting West Austin Studio Tour
Kick off the beginning of WEST (the counterpart to EAST) during this fun fundraising party. This is your first chance to snag the official 2015 WEST catalog and check out some of the artists featured on this year's tour. Tickets are $55 in advance, $65 at the door and include tasty treats and live music at University Park.
Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm
Opal Divine's American Whiskey Festival
If you like sipping on this sweet nectar, head to Opal Divine's Penn Field location for a celebration of American whiskey. Tickets are only $45 and get you sips as well as small bites.
Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm
Ballet Austin Guild presents "Hot Cars & All That Jazz"
Put on your snazziest outfit and head over to the Getaway Motor Club for an evening of live jazz and classic vehicles during this fundraiser hosted by the Ballet Austin Guild. Your $75 ticket purchase will go toward Ballet Austin Academy scholarships.
Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 pm
Elizabeth McQueen presents Infinity + Infinity
Elizabeth McQueen is proud to host her multimedia extravaganza that includes live music and interactive visuals featuring some of the best local artists and cutting-edge technology. The performance runs this weekend only at the Museum of Human Achievement. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door.
Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 at 7 and 9 pm
Austin Opera presents Don Giovanni
The Mozart masterpiece gets new life during Austin Opera's stunning production. See all the charm and seductive powers of Don Giovanni on stage at the Long Center. Tickets start at $15.
Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 3 at 3 pm
Lemonade Day Austin
You look thirsty. Grab a glass of lemonade at one of the many stands that will posted up around town during Lemonade Day. Each stand will be run by young Austinites. Visit the Lemonade Day website to view a map of this year's locations.
Saturday, May 2
Pecan Street Festival
Does Pecan Street Festival even need an explanation? This free Austin tradition returns to Sixth Street with sweet art, classic street food and live music.
Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at 11 am
Rock n Roll Rentals Second Store Celebration
To celebrate the opening of its second store on Burnet Road, Rock n Roll Rentals is hosting a free party with with drinks, snacks and music from Peligrosa, Shivery Shakes, MODAL and more.
Saturday, May 2 at 4 pm
W Austin presents BubbleQ
Is there a better way to spend a beautiful, warm Sunday than by the W Austin pool with bubbly and barbecue? Your $50 ticket includes a Champagne tasting, delicious food from the grill and dessert bites from pastry chef Angel Begaye.
Sunday, May 3 at 2 pm
Houndstooth Coffee Fifth Anniversary Party
Houndstooth Coffee is celebrating its fifth birthday with a free get-together at the North Lamar location. Check out the petting zoo, nosh on some great food, enjoy a cold beer and watch a latte art competition.
Sunday, May 3 at 4 pm