Austin loves to show off during springtime. It’s our ideal season: SXSW has just come and gone, bluebonnets are blooming and festival season kicks into high gear. The many districts and neighborhoods of Austin vie for our attention with unique events and outdoor activities.
One up and coming neighborhood in Austin’s northeast side is stepping up their game in 2015 with exclusive events you’d expect to see much closer to city center. The Mueller neighborhood is playing host to springtime concerts and an Earth Day festival that’s rapidly becoming one of the premier early spring events in town. As is customary for Mueller events, everything is outdoors and family friendly.
With a signature HEB already in place and an Alamo Drafthouse set to debut in 2016, Mueller is quickly becoming a force of its own. A distinctive neighborhood that has been around for decades is starting to form a unique identity in the cultural zeitgeist that is Austin. Gentrification notwithstanding, Mueller’s attraction is undeniable. It’s a healthy mix of Old Austin and New. The unstoppable economic development of our beloved city has hit particularly hard in Mueller.
Music in the Park and Austin Earth Day are just two examples, among a full calendar of spring and summer events, that will showcase what Mueller is all about.
Music in the Park
Editor’s Note: April’s Music in the Park was cancelled due to rain. The new date is June 26, 2015 from 6-8 PM.
Mueller Lake Park has become the front door to the Mueller community. It’s home to Mueller Center, a community information center, and the Browning Hangar, a 30’s era airplane hangar that has become Mueller’s most recognizable landmark as well as host to one of the best farmers’ markets in the city. The highlight of the park is the 6 acre lake with a shoreline that’s home to the amphitheater and stage.
Music in the Park on Friday, April 10th will be the first of hopefully many spring and summertime concerts at Mueller Lake Park. Rich Restaino and the Obits will kick things off at 6 PM with a two-set show that will last until 8 PM. Songwriter Rich Restaino “brings together classic folk and jazz-era song structures with contemporary indie-pop sensibilities.”
Rich has played in various bands throughout Austin since he moved here from New York City, but his original tunes with the Obits have generated his most approachable, family friendly sound yet.
Bring a picnic along with your kids and dogs and watch the sunset at Mueller Lake while live music plays in the background.
Austin Earth Day
Austin Earth Day, to be held Saturday, April 18th from 12-6 PM, has become as much a celebration of international music as it has about taking care of Earth. Hosted by Mueller Lake Park, Austin Earth Day has rapidly become one of the largest open air markets in Austin.
Eco-friendly exhibitors will spread throughout the park to show the latest green practices, as well as highlight conservation efforts in the Austin area. The speakers at Earth Day this year include our newly-elected mayor Steve Adler, Mark Strama (head of Google Fiber operations in Austin), as well as several of our other elected officials.
Amid the highlights of the festival, you’ll find drum groups that play and dance to music and beats from Brazil, Tahiti, Asia-Pacific and Africa. You’ll also find performances by Capoeira Evolucao, an Afro-Brazilian martial arts group fusing dance, music and gymnastics. Austin’s first dance studio dedicated to the Flamenco tradition, Flamencura, will also offer a special show for the Earth Day audience.
With a dedicated kids zone, live music, food from all over the world and hands-on exhibits, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better family friendly and informative festival than Austin Earth Day at Mueller. You can find more info on the many different activities here.
@Crafty_Ed wants to know:
What is your favorite thing to do in the Mueller area?