Art, philanthropy, and foodie festivities top this weekend’s list of the best things to do in Austin. Schmooze with fellow foodies at our Tastemaker Awards or enjoy a Selena Edition of Ney Day with the whole family. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, April 12
CultureMap Austin Tatsemaker Awards
We’re throwing the biggest, tastiest foodie event of the season — and you don’t want to miss out. Attendees can indulge in food and drinks galore as the top restaurant and bar talent in Austin and San Antonio are celebrated all evening. Snack on bites from Cured, Juniper, Le Politique, Nightcap, Olive & June, and others. Tickets include valet, all the eats, and up to three premium beverages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Austin Food and Wine Alliance. Admission is 21-plus and select tickets are still available.
6th Annual Mack, Jack & McConaughey featuring the Dixie Chicks
Mack, Jack & McConaughey returns for another year of philanthropic festivities at ACL Live. The two-day event features appearances by former UT coach Mack Brown and Jack Ingram, a live and silent auction, a fashion show, and a headlining concert by the Dixie Chicks. Select event tickets are still available.
Friday, April 13
Gallery Shoal Creek presents Karen Hawkins: The Pink Bow Project opening day
Social commentary, awareness, and a call for change are the cornerstones of Gallery Shoal Creek’s newest large-scale multimedia work, The Pink Bow Project. Created by artist Karen Hawkins, the piece displays 51,660 pink hair bows representing the massive number of sexual abuse cases suffered by little girls every year. The exhibit will be on display through May 15.
Art Alliance Austin presents Art City Austin
Fine arts festival Art City Austin is back with work from nearly 150 local and national artists. Experience outdoor exhibits on the Palmer Event Center grounds during the three-day art extravganza. Programming includes a can’t-miss preview party featuring performances, music, and more.
Clay Walker in concert
Country music artist Clay Walker is headed to the Nutty Brown Cafe for one night only. With an enduring career featuring nine albums and hits like “This Woman and This Man” and “What’s It to You,” the crooner is sure to put on a show. Sing along to your favorite tunes from Walker’s most recent album, She Won’t Be Lonely Long while experiencing an evening good music at an iconic Austin venue.
Saturday, April 14
Elisabet Ney Museum presents Ney Day
The Elisabet Ney Museum celebrates its sixth annual Ney Day in Selena-inspired style. Highlights include live music, organization and company booths, and food from Tamale Addiction, Daily Spread, and Jim-Jim’s Water Ice. Eat, browse, and groove to the sounds of performances by Bidi Bidi Banda, Yes Ma’am Brass Band, The Bluebonnets, and more.