The theater troupe known as Austin Shakespeare celebrates its 28th year bringing the Bard to the Texan masses with its Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park series. This year, the troupe is giving Twelfth Night a Bollywood-inspired treatment with new music from local singer/songwriter Naga Valli and choreography by Prakash Mohandas. The series runs every Thursday through Sunday evening in May, and performances begin at 8 pm each night; it’s the perfect venue for a picnic on the lawn with free theater at your fingertips. Admission is free.
Zilker Park, every Thursday-Sunday in May at 8 pm
See official website for details
photo from aclfestival.com
The annual mega-festival known as ACL rolls back into town this weekend, keeping attendees entertained with 130 bands gracing its eight stages from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening. Offering something for everyone, headliners range from the legendary Stevie Wonder and the controversial Kanye West to hipster favorite Arcade Fire and the ever-steady, workplace-friendly rock of Coldplay. Although the festival is sold out with the exception of one-day Sunday passes for $90, tickets are available at face value on Craigslist (buyer beware!) from independent ticket holders forced to bow out at the last minute because of scheduling conflicts. Temperatures are expected to soar this weekend, so prepare to stay hydrated and be mindful of the heat.
Sunday passes: $90 from the official ACL Fest website
This Friday-Sunday, September 16-18, 2011 at Zilker Park
Encompassing 8 stages for 3 days, Austin City Limits takes over the town once again September 16-18. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival brings 130 bands to Zilker Park this year — a music lovers’ dream come true with something from every genre. Full weekend passes are sold out, so although it won’t be easy to catch top headliners Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Cee-Lo and Kanye West, but Sunday passes are still available, granting access to more than 35 shows, including Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Empire of the Sun, The Airborne Toxic Event, and even Randy Newman.
Sunday pass: $90
September 16-18, 2011
Fewer things are more relaxing – and quintessentially “Austiny” – than enjoying a little live music on a warm summer evening on the green at Zilker Park, the site of the annual ACL Fest. Every other Wednesday night through August, you can enjoy the experience without the ACL crowds and prices as legendary local radio station KGSR hosts its biweekly “Blues on the Green” summer series. Bob Schneider wowed the crowd earlier this week, and the station is being tight-lipped about who the next musical acts will be… a good sign that they’re not to be missed.
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Blvd.
June 22, July 6 & 20, August 3 & 17
All shows start at 7:30 PM
Text 43981 for updates
The Zilker Park Kite Festival is quite a sight to behold. Every March since 1956, the park has welcomed thousands of sun-seekers on a Saturday designated for kite-flying. The event offers kite-making (guaranteeing that your kite will be ready to fly in 10 minutes or less) and an annual competition hosted by the City of Austin and The Exchange Club (an organization dedicated to fostering creativity in children), as well as sponsor booths selling refreshments. It’s the longest-running kite festival in the United States and a favorite yearly occasion for lots of locals.
March 6th 2011 March 4th 2012, 10 am – 5 pm
Zilker Park on Barton Springs Road
$1 $2 shuttle service from 2 locations:
1604 Colorado Street (state parking lot)
3200 Jones Road (Toney Burger Activity Center)