This weekend in Austin is one of the most packed of the year. The Austin Food & Wine Festival fills Butler Park, Moontower Comedy Fest continues at a variety of venues and the wiener dogs race in Buda.
One of Austin’s longest-running events also happens Saturday. Eeyore’s Birthday Bash celebrates year 51 from 11 a.m. to dark at Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury St. Admission is free and there will be plenty of drum circles, maypoles, hula hoops and good vibes as all things Pooh are celebrated. Costumes are encouraged (artists will be there for face painting and temporary tattoos), as are musicians with non-amplified instruments. The kid’s area will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and music is from noon to 6 p.m. More at www.eeyores.org.
Also this weekend: Sunset Valley ArtFest is family friendly and features local artists, food and drink, live music and activities for kids. The musical lineup includes Guy Forsyth, Del Castillo and White Ghost Shivers, as well as the Biscuit Brothers and more on the kids stage. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, next to the SFC Farmers Market at Sunset Valley, outside Burger Center at 3205 Jones Road. Information: www.sunsetvalley.org/artfest.
Tickets on sale
When Los Angeles’ Vintage Trouble played ACL Fest last year, Statesman music writer Deborah Sengupta Stith declared the bluesy rock group the sleeper hit of the festival, praising lead singer Ty Taylor for his strong, James Brown-influenced vocals and impressive dance moves on the Austin Ventures stage both weekends. Haven’t seen the band yet? You have your chance next month, when the band plays May 31 at the Belmont. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $15.
More tickets set to go on sale at 10 a.m.:
• Blake Shelton at Austin360 Amphitheater (June 20)
• MewithoutYou at the Mohawk (June 26)
• Young Widows at Holy Mountain (July 2)
• A.I.R. Expo with the Sword, American Sharks at the Mohawk (July 4-5)
• Passenger at Stubb’s (Aug. 30)
• Boyce Avenue at Emo’s (Nov. 19)
On sale soon: Next week, snag your tickets to see Kings of Leon at Austin360 Amphitheater on Sept. 13. Tickets to see the Nashville group — along with Young the Giant and Kongos — go on sale at 10 a.m. May 2.
Already on sale: Willie Nelson at the Backyard at Bee Cave (April 29); M. Ward at Gruene Hall (May 10); Water Liars at Beerland (May 10); Papa at Red 7 (June 15); New Madrid at Holy Mountain (June 20); the Mountain Goats at the Mohawk (June 22); Nine Inch Nails at Austin360 Amphitheater (Aug. 14); and, of course, two weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park (Oct. 3-5 and 10-12).
— Virginia Yapp
Next week in Austin360
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings into theaters and with it comes our summer movie preview. We’ll run down all the big releases expected this year. We’ll also preview Psych Fest and Lone Star Jam, and Matthew Odam will share 10 of his favorite tacos in town right now.