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Top 10 things to do in May: Mother's Day, Pachanga and Naked Girls

Top 10 things to do in May: Mother's Day, Pachanga and Naked Girls

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Pachanga Festival is one of our top picks for May activities. Photo by Rachel Ngun

May is bursting at the seems with activities for all types of interests. See our top 10 picks below — naked girls included.

Austin Fashion Week
May 3 - 11

Although the 5th annual Austin Fashion Week may still be considered “small fries” when compared to similar events in New York City or Los Angeles, it’s built quite a local reputation. Runway shows, parties and marketplace events take place at locations all around the city, with a closing night gala on May 11 at the Austin Music Hall. All access badges run about $600, with cheaper individual tickets to specific events.

National Wildflower Week
May 4 - 12

Join the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in celebrating National Wildflower Week, the annual observance of the natural beauty of native flora. To commemorate the occasion, the Center is hosting a special wildflower-themed photo display titled the “Wild and Wonderful Photo Exhibition.”

Texas Highways co-sponsored this year’s event and even donated exhibited photos from the April edition of the magazine. As an added bonus, on Saturday, May 11, Texas Highways photo editor Griff Smith will be giving photography tips from 9 to 11 a.m. Admission to the grounds is $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $3 for children. 

Two Gentlemen of Verona
May 9 - 11; May 16 - 18, 8 p.m.

William Shakespeare may be best known for the Elizabethan club-bangers Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. However, it is one of Shakespeare’s earliest works — and perhaps one of his most overlooked — that the thespians at Something For Nothing Theater are reviving this May. The Two Gentleman of Verona plays under the stars at Ramsey Park every weekend this month. The play even features the guest dog Crab, who are available for adoption through Austin Dog Rescue.

Pachanga Latino Music Festival
May 10 - 11

In April, San Antonio pretty much has Latino heritage fests on lock. Come May, however, the fun heads north for Austin’s two-day Pachanga. Although the Latin-themed festival promotes music at its forefront, the festivities also include children’s activities, a ridiculous selection of food vendors, and a market for wares. Big spenders can spring for the VIP pass, which includes food and wine tastings, access to the Tito’s Airstream and Red Bull Lounge, unlimited complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, and (best of all) indoor restroom access.

Mother’s Day
May 12

Even if the old girl doesn’t make a fuss about Mother’s Day, chances are, she’s secretly expecting a gesture from her favorite snot-nosed kid (you). Luckily, Austin has a full roster of activities specifically designed for the woman you call Mom. From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel hosts a Mother’s Day Brunch in TRIO with traditional breakfast favorites, fresh seafood, a dessert bar and mimosas.

For the more bohemian Mom, try a Mother’s Day all-you-can-eat brunch at the Russian House with some traditional Eastern Bloc fare and live music by Viktoria Nizhnik. If brunching isn’t her thing, hit up the Mother’s Day Daisy 5K and, later, the Mother’s Day poetry and comedy show at The Mansion.

Mother Earth Day Festival at the Springs
May 10, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Celebrate our lovely little planet at arguably the best spot in town: Barton Springs. The 12th annual Mother Earth Day Festival at the Springs features art projects, a May pole, live music, children’s activities, turtles and science and watershed interactive exhibits. As an added bonus, the entire event is solar powered, courtesy of Austin Energy Solar Trailer. In the event of rainfall, the festivities will be postponed to Friday, May 17.

Naked Girls Reading: SciFi Edition
May 17, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Don’t understand the concept behind the Naked Girls reading series? It’s pretty straightforward. Basically, a group of literary-minded ladies read excerpts from books… in the nude. Get it? This month, the showcase features six readers, with selections from classic and modern science fiction. As is to be expected, tickets usually go pretty fast and spaces within the venue (Spiderhouse Ballroom) fill up quickly.

Renegade Craft Fair
May 18 - 19, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Get your inspiration on at the twice-yearly Renegade Craft Fair. Hundreds of makers converge at the Palmer Events Center to display every handmade item under the sun. Individual events are juried from scores of applications and curated to highlight an array of established and emerging talent. Beyond cutting edge fashion, ceramics and house wares, the weekend-long festivities also include live music, artisanal food and drink, contemporary furniture and lighting, bath and body products, paper goods and a photo booth. As always, admission to the Renegade Craft Fair is completely free.

Paul McCartney
May 22 - 23

You may have missed the release of Paul McCartney’s latest jazz-pop album, ‘Kisses On the Bottom,’ but there is no way – I repeat – no way you can miss Macca’s first (and likely last) performances in Austin. Interest in this mega-star has been so great, in fact, that McCartney even added a second date to the Austin leg of his “Out There” tour. Warning: tickets are pricey and the cheapest seats start at about $80.

Trailer Food Tuesdays
May 28, 5 - 9 p.m.

Why waste time crawling from food trailer-to-trailer when Trailer Food Tuesdays provides a once monthly sampling of some of Austin’s best – and at a central location, too! Although the roster of participants changes each month, some regular players include Whole Foods, The Seedling Truck, and The Peached Tortilla.