New Year's Eve for Real

Austin will finally celebrate its 'postponed' New Year's Eve this spring

Austin will finally celebrate 'postponed' New Year's Eve this spring

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Let's celebrate! Photo by Jon Shapley

In December, Austin city officials decided to unceremoniously "postpone" New Year's Eve 2014 until the weather got better. (To be fair, it was sorta cold that day and it did lightly mist.)

As a result of the postponement, Austin was gently mocked by people across the world. Yes, even the Canadians poked fun. They can mock no longer because we officially have New Year's Eve back. 

This week, the City of Austin announced it's expanding the New Year's Eve celebration into a three-day, family-friendly and alcohol-free event called Step Into Spring. Taking place at the Mueller development, Step Into Spring will feature musical performances, special events at the Thinkery and screenings of vintage cartoons courtesy of The Paramount Theatre.

Mad Tiger Festival
Sunday, March 22 from 1-5 pm
Mueller Lake Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Lake Blvd. 

Enjoy live musical performances from Riders Against the Storm, Koo Koo Kangaroo, Mother Falcon and Peelander-Z. Pop into a photo booth by Shelley Hiam and take part in an interactive mural making project with Allyson Lipkin.

Community Night at the Thinkery
Sunday, March 27 from 4-8 pm
The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Participants can enjoy activities such as a Dub Academy DJ Booth, screen printing with the Mexic-Arte Museum, breakdancing demonstrations and more. Screenings kick off at 5 pm and include vintage cartoons presented by The Paramount and The Cutest Show on Earth courtesy of the Alamo Rolling Roadshow and Forever Fest. Take part in Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams and catch cool animations by artist Divya Srinivasan. 

Community Night at the Thinkery
Sunday, April 1 from 4-8 pm
The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Activities include puppet making stations, interactive holograms, "Flat Stanley and Stella" Craft Stations and much more. Enjoy live music from 18 Below and the Minor Mishap Marching band. Like the week before, screenings kick off at 5 pm and include vintage cartoons presented by The Paramount and The Cutest Show on Earth from the Alamo Rolling Roadshow and Forever Fest. Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams will also return as will and Divya Srinivasan's animations. 

For a full schedule and list of activities, head to the official City of Austin site.