This Saturday, April 25th is Eeyore's Birthday, otherwise known as a big hippie party at Pease Park. Everyone dresses up in costumes (fairies and wood elves are popular, but really anything goes) and toast everyone's favorite grumpy donkey with various beverages and other substances.
See photos at some local photographer's flickr account here.
I've been here going on 5 years and still haven't made it over, so this year we will be going with toddler in tow. (We're going to take the bus as recommended, and he is already looking forward to it). My co-worker, who was born and raised in Austin, says she went as a kid and always had a blast. She still goes every year.
I've never been to it before because THERE'S ALWAYS TOO MANY FUN THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH. A lot of it has to do with the fact that the weather is gorgeous right now, and everyone wants to be outside before the 100 degree weather starts.
April used to be kicked off with Spamarama, a celebration of SPAM. Sadly, that event shut down last year and is sorely missed by yours truly. I don't know if you can tell, but I love festivals that celebrate food and drinks, potted meat products included. I just did a quick google search and it looks like some Baptist church is throwing their own Spamarama, which stands for -- I kid you not -- Students Proclaiming Awesome Message about Repentance and Mercy Available. Vomit.
Fiesta also occurs in late April - which takes place in nearby San Antonio. It's a 10-day celebration and the entire town goes nuts. We went every year as when I was a kid.
Who can resist Weinerdog Races? These are held in Buda (just south of Austin) every year. This year's theme: "Weinerdog Millionaire." I had a dachshund growing up so this event holds special interest to me.
Last weekend was the Texas Hill Country Food and Wine Festival. I've never been and am hoping to someday make it (why can't they space things out more???) I went to Design Ranch instead, which is a hands-on workshop event for geeky graphic designers such as myself.
And last but not least, there's camping. We usually try to schedule a camping trip to Enchanted Rock in April so we can see all the wildflowers, but pregnancy has gotten in the way this year. Two years ago the flowers were amazing.
Oh yeah, and my birthday is April 29th, which is always a reason for major partying. I prefer to think of the month of April as one big giant celebration of my awesomeness.
Labels: entertainment, festivals