Flowers, fests and more to do this weekend
Red Poppy Festival. Georgetown’s annual springtime tradition, the Red Poppy Festival, is in tribute to the beautiful scarlet flowers that have been part of the town’s landscape for decades. Austin Avenue and other streets around Courthouse Square will be transformed into festival grounds featuring all-day live music — from the Mrs., Prophets and Outlaws and more — a kid’s activity area, a car show, artist vendors and more. April 27-29. Free. Downtown Georgetown. poppy.georgetown.org.
Austin Playhouse’s Festival of New Texas Plays. “Eidophusikon” by Reina Hardy will kick off the festival at 8 p.m. April 27, “Nutshell” by C. Denby Swanson will follow at 8 p.m. April 28, and “Monroe” by Lisa B. Thompson will conclude the lineup at 7 p.m. April 29. The staged readings will feature Austin Playhouse directors and company members. Austin Playhouse at ACC’s Highland Campus, 6001 Airport Blvd. $5-$25. austinplayhouse.com
Austin Bookstore Crawl. In celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, a group of local, independent booksellers have put together the Austin Bookstore Crawl. Go to at least three of the participating shops — which include BookPeople, BookWoman, Hops and Heroes and several others — and participate in each one’s designated scavenger hunt. If you take a picture at each one and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, you’ll be entered to win one of three prize packs. No purchases are necessary, but you’re encouraged to browse the shelves at each place. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 28. Free. Various locations. atxbookstorecrawl.org.
Preservation Austin’s Into the Woods: Historic Homes Tour. This year’s home tour, themed “Into the Woods,” showcases a diverse collection of frame cottages, stone-fronted ranch homes and unusual concrete-block bungalows. There will be seven beautifully renovated postwar homes that demonstrate the enduring strength and adaptability of Austin’s historic neighborhoods — as well as how renovations can blend modern updates seamlessly with historic forms and materials. Tour-day ticket sales will be at Mueller’s Historic Browning Hangar; finish with a cold beer at an after-party at Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28. $25-$35. Main ticket station: Historic Browning Hangar, 4209 Airport Blvd. preservationaustin.org.
International Dance Day 2018. Countries around the world are celebrating diversity through dance on one day each year, and Ballet Austin is participating with an afternoon of classes teaching all types of dance. Classes include Bollywood dance, hip-hop, Spanish flamenco, ballet and Hawaiian dance. You can also learn how to move to Britney Spears’ “Slave for You.” Signing up for a class ahead of time is recommended, as many fill up before the day of, and each one is $9. 1 to 4:15 p.m. April 29. $9. Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St. balletaustin.org/dance-fitness/international-dance-day.