Some things never go out of style, and Shakespeare’s work is a perfect example of one such timeless classic. That must be why people still flock to their neighborhood parks every spring and summer to see local theatrical productions of the Bard’s greatest hits. This spring in Austin is no exception as Something for Nothing Theater stages its own production of Two Gentlemen of Verona for this year’s Shakespeare at Ramsey Park series. Running for several weeks now, the troupe’s final two performances take place under the stars this Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Play on!
Shakespeare at Ramsey Park, Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18
Performances begin at 8 pm
Admission is free
Some might argue that if you haven’t yet experienced food served right out of a trailer somewhere in Austin, you haven’t experienced Austin, period. If the sheer volume of choices has you wondering where to start, worry no more: on the last Tuesday of every month, Trailer Food Tuesdays takes over the lawn at the Long Center overlooking Town Lake in what can only be described as a food truck extravaganza. Make a meal of epic proportions by trying a few different trailers at once, and boom: you’ve officially experienced Austin.
5-9 pm, Last Tuesday of Every Month
Admission is free; food prices vary by truck
for live music schedule and details
Lots of people are surprised to learn that the lone star state actually boasts a little-known natural wonder known as “Texas Hill Country.” Indeed, even Austin itself is home to a few steep cliffs and staggering views. Perhaps the most visually arresting one is seen from the vantage point atop Mt. Bonnell, in a little spot known as “Covert Park.” After parking for free at the highest point on Mt. Bonnell Road, visitors can climb a steep set of limestone stairs — Austin’s answer to Machu Picchu, you might say — and take in breathtaking vistas over Lake Austin; on a clear day, you can look to the left for a clear view of the downtown skyline. It’s one of Austin’s most popular sightseeing spots for a perfectly good reason: indeed, it’s quite a sight to see.
Covert Park at Mt. Bonnell, 3800 Mount Bonnell Road
Open to the public for free from sunup to sundown
Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason; they’re the ultimate companions, giving us friendship, fun and an occasional moment of frustration or two, just to keep us on our toes. To celebrate all things canine, Service Dogs Inc. is hosting the 15th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk
this Saturday, featuring a one-mile walk around Town Lake, plus games, treats and more for our favorite four-legged friends. Free samples will abound, too; they alone might be worth the price of admission (which is $30 per pup online and $35 at the gate). Fun in the sun on a beautiful spring Saturday? Man, it’s a “ruff” life indeed.
Click here to purchase advance Mighty Texas Dog Walk tickets
Saturday, March 23, 9 am- 6 pm
Auditorium Shores, 950 W Riverside
Just a short jaunt south of town, there’s an outdoor mecca free of worry. Barton Hill Farms has begun welcoming the public to a weekly al fresco celebration of all things autumnal, with a corn maze, live music, food and local beer from Bastrop Brewhouse. 2012 marks the inaugural year of its soon-to-be-classic Fall Festival and Corn Maze, a tradition we hope will continue for many years to come. This year’s weekly Saturday/Sunday festival runs through November 18.
Saturdays & Sundays, 9 am to dusk
Ages 3-12: $7; Ages 13+: $10
1115 Farm to Market 969, Bastrop, Texas