Top five things to do in May

Art and locale mix together

by Michelle Parker, Staff Writer

Spring has sprung with art, music, and more. The blossom of May flowers signifies the time to say goodbye to the cold breezes. This month, creators are celebrated across Texas. Enjoy the last few days of prime weather for outdoor entertainment before warmer temperatures.

1. West Austin Studio Tour

Over 300 artists’ spaces throughout town open their doors for two spring weekends. From working with found objects to watercoloring Batman, the West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) covers a wide array of the local artist scene. The tour, organized by non-profit Big Medium supporting contemporary art, is in its sixth year and will go before its sister tour, the East Austin Studio Tour, which is in November. Choose a themed tour, curated by the WEST team, or grab a map and go.

2. Lago Fest

Watch the Austin Yacht Club’s Turnback Regatta on the shore accompanied by live music. Artists from central Texas will show and sell their works in an outdoor gallery, from digital media to pottery, next to some of the best local food trucks. Listen to three award winning bands or take a dip in beautiful Lake Vista.

3. Renegade Craft Fair

Creating reigns at the largest curated showcase of independent craft and design. The Chicago-native fair returns to Austin for their eighth year with over 100 national artists. Renegade’s curation includes goods from all mediums, including clothing, prints, and candles. A supporter of “indie-craft”, the fair gathers throughout the U.S. and internationally to celebrate modern art.

4. Taco Libre Fest

For one day, the best taquerias convene at Taco Libre for wrestling, music, and good food. At the only festival that lists their food trucks before their musicians, southern bands will play in between luchador fights all day. The festival’s curator, José Ralat, proclaimed taco expert, has selected a range of taquerias to appear, from Korean Mexican fusion to traditional Mexican.

5. Maifest

Celebrate a traditional German festival with performances and dinner by the oldest ethnic organization in Austin. Saengerrunde, established in 1879 as a singing society, hosts this spring bash annually at their hall, deemed a National Historic Site. Called Mayfest in English, the festival celebrates light after dark winter.