Essential spring events, such as Lonestar Round Up, have returned
1. 69th Annual Art City Austin Festival
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 13-14. $15-$50. Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St. artcityaustin.org
Art Alliance Austin has brought back its annual celebration of art in our city. The two-day festival features an art market — a carefully curated selection of up to 80 local and visiting visual artists, designers, installation artists, artisans and makers coming together to showcase and sell their wares. Featured artists include David Bjurstrom, Greg Davis, Jay Long, Rebekah Farrell, Bryan Clocker, Kreg Yingst, Haley Lebeuf, Justin Goodall and others. The night before is a preview party.
2. "Last: An Extinction Comedy"
8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through April 27. $15-$35. 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org
The Vortex premieres an extraordinary new play that blends improvisation, sketch comedy and environmental activism in the hopes of highlighting the urgency of climate change. In "Last," taking place centuries from now, a troupe of tired and hungry comedians roam the crumbling remains of human civilization performing dark sketches about extinction. Think of this gallows comedy as "Mad Max" meets the Muppets.
3. The Lonestar Round Up
10 a.m to 6 p.m. April 12-13. $15. Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane. lonestarroundup.com
The massive outdoor car show and live music festival has miles of vintage hot rods and custom cars driven here from all over the country. Plus, there will be a giant swap meet, local craft beer and more. Live music includes the Peterson Brothers and Junior Brown on Friday, Tomar and the FCs and Lou Ann Barton with Sue Foley on Saturday. The fun spills into other parts of Austin both nights, with additional music shows at the Continental Club, Top Notch Burgers and other venues.
4. Longhorn City Limits with Ludacris, Alejandro Escovedo
4 p.m. pregame, 8:30 p.m. post-game April 13. Free. 2313 Red River St. texassports.com
In 2018, University of Texas Athletics launched a popular pregame concert series, Longhorn City Limits, which will continue at the Horns’ home games this fall. If you can’t wait until September for your football and music fix, drop by the LBJ Library lawn for a pregame concert from Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo (with R&B breakout Alesia Lani) before the Longhorns play their annual Orange-White spring scrimmage. After the game, “Rollout” to the lawn for a free concert from Atlanta rapper Ludacris. He will be joined by Austin rapper Noah North. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
5. Libation Bible School at Drink.Well
2 p.m. April 14. $25-$125. 207 E. 53rd St. eventbrite.com/e/libation-bible-school-at-drinkwell-spring-2019-tickets-57473412524
Get in the spirit at a totally different kind of church. North Loop bar Drink.Well’s Libation Bible School has returned with a new round of boozy classes. Get an inside look into the ingredients, techniques and ideology that one of Austin’s top cocktail bars employs to make your drink so spectacular and what you can do at home to mirror the pros. This Sunday’s workshop covers rum's renaissance and the legacy of the Tiki cocktail craze.