Have you stepped outside, people? Do it, now. And check out these upcoming events, all of them either set outdoors or celebrating the outdoors.
1. Run through a working organic garden at Johnson’s Backyard Garden Spring Picnic and 5k Garden Gallop on March 31. From 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., enjoy picnicking, the run, music by Johnny Nicholas, Scrappy Judd and Oscar Ornelas, plus an egg hunt, arts and crafts and a sand pile for the kids. The farm is located on the banks of the river at 4008 River Road in Garfield. Bring your own blanket. Tickets are $5; free for kids under 12. For more information and tickets, go here.
2. Practice your downward dog and more at Whole Lotta Yoga Austin from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 24 at Pease Park, 11 Kingsbury Street. Join Onnit, Austin Fit Magazine and instructors from local yoga studios at the one-day yoga festival benefiting the Pease Park Conservancy and the Whole Planet Foundation. Six different 30-minute classes will be offered, plus smaller group dance and acro yoga workshops and a vendor expo. A $20 donation gets you into all the classes and workshop. For more information go here.
3. Celebrate the original dirtbag with a free screening of “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey,” at 7 p.m. March 24 at Austin Bouldering Project, 979 Springdale Road. The documentary film follows the first ascents and other exploits of old-school, “dirtbag” mountaineer Fred Beckey, who died last year at age 94. Snacks and drinks available, plus a chance to win a pair of new climbing pants.
4. How about an outdoor birthday bash? Enjoy refreshments, live entertainment, cake, children’s activities, yoga and giveaways at the Trail Foundation’s 15th birthday party. The free, family-friendly celebration of the non-profit organization that works to protect and enhance the Butler Hike and Bike Trail along Lady Bird Lake starts at 10 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m. at Festival Beach, 2101 East Segovia Street. Bring your own blanket. Dogs on leashes welcome. For more information go here.
5. Learn more about what makes our bodies tick at the Science of Sports exhibit at the Science Mill in Johnson City on April 22. Visitors can test their balance, measure reflexes, improve focus and more at eight stations designed to foster a better understanding of the scientific principles behind movement. The stations will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The museum stays open until 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult, $8.50 ages 3-18, $8 for seniors and military, and free ages 2 and under. The Science Mill is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City. For more information go here.