Top five things to do in March

Spring celebrates culture, music, and art

As the temperatures start to rise and spring is around the corner, venturing outdoors is becoming more and more enjoyable. The coming of March brings many exciting events with it to celebrate the return of sunny days.

1. Zilker Park Kite Festival

A festival for the family, this Zilker Park event features hundreds of colourful kites as spring comes to Austin. Admission is free and includes entry to the park, and workshops like kite-building, and kite-flying contests are available. Whether you bring your own kite and join in on the fun, or just sit back and watch, it’s sure to be a lively day.

2. SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival

There’s something for everyone at SXSW including volunteer opportunities, art, film previews, and gaming. This low cost event is an opportunity to get out of the house during spring break. This year’s music lineup includes South Korean group Red Velvet, Survive (the team behind the “Stranger Things” soundtrack), and Torontonian rapper Tasha the Amazon.

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3. Rodeo Austin

Home to one of the top ten ProRodeos in America, Rodeo Austin features much more than bull riding and mutton bustin’. The fairgrounds include rides, food stands, and stock shows. Nightly performers include Fitz and the Tantrums, Patti LaBelle, and country singer Kenny Rogers.

4. Art City Austin

Austin’s original fine arts festival returns for its 67th year with art from all around the world. Over 100 artists will show their diverse work in this three day event. Art City Austin is put on by a local group called the Art Alliance, who support contemporary work including an auditory vending machine and the Hello Lamp Post.

5. St. Patrick’s Day Festival

The self-proclaimed “Largest Gathering of Celts in Central Texas” will celebrate Irish culture and pride with musicians, dancers, workshops and food on St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets must be purchased beforehand, but some events, like face painting and an introduction to Gaelic, will be free.