Celebrate spring with 15 events in Lake Travis-Westlake

The magical land of Oz is coming to the Hill Country with TexArt’s “The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition” in April and May. (Courtesy TexArts)

April 14-June 20: Visit an art exhibit

The “Out Again” exhibit of artwork by 18 artists from Capitol Art Society will be available for viewing at the Laura Bush Community Library through June 20. Capitol Art Society is the oldest active visual arts group in Austin, and many of its members have work published and in collections worldwide. 10am-7pm (Mon.-Thu.), 10am-5pm (Fri.-Sat.). Free. 9411 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-327-3045. https://westbanklibrary.com

April 14-May 31: Highlight the Hill Country

The Hill Country Alliance will host its 16th annual Hill Country Photo Contest through May 31 for photographers of all ages and skill levels. The Snapshot of the Hill Country contest invites participants to take photos that capture the beauty and change of the Hill Country. Winners will receive cash prizes from $50-$300, and their photos will appear in HCA’s 2023 calendar. Only photos of the 17 counties in the Hill Country region qualify. Free. 512-894-2214. www.hillcountryalliance.org

April 21 Get up to speed

The city of Lakeway will hold its second meeting for their town hall series with City Manager Julie Oakley in April. The interactive event will focus on transportation issues with the city, including potential upcoming projects and information on the future of RM 620. 5:30-6:30 pm Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-314-7500. www.lakeway-tx.gov

April 23: Get inspired

The Lakeway Church will hold its inaugural Inspiration Fest in April at the Lakeway Church Campus. The family-friendly, daylong event will feature exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and talks on several creative disciplines, such as painting, cooking, sculpting, music, gardening and more. 10am-4pm Free. 2203 Lakeway Blvd., Lakeway. https://lakewaychurch.org

April 23-24 & April 30-May 1: Enjoy a classic

The magical land of Oz is coming to the Hill Country with TexArt’s “The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition” in April and May. After her home is whisked away by a tornado, Dorothy teams up with a scarecrow, a tin woodsman and a cowardly lion to find a way to get her back home while avoiding the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. $17. TexARTS, 2300 Lohmans Spur, Ste. 160 Austin. 512-861-0069. www.tex-arts.org

April 23 and 30, May 7: Watch a free concert

Hosted by Austin City Limits Radio, the Hill Country Galleria’s Saturday Night Concert Series will feature Dale Watson on April 23, The Derailers on April 30 and the Del Castillo Trio on May 7. The galleria invites families and their pets to bring a blanket to watch the show from the lawn. 7-9 p.m. Free. 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com/events

April 23: Visit an outdoor market

Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery will host a Sip & Shop outdoor market in April featuring live music, dozens of local vendors, pizza and wings from CraigO’s, Iron Wolf spirits and cocktails. The event is open to all ages, and pets are welcome on leashes. Noon-6 pm Free. 101 CR 409, Spicewood. 512-970-3203. www.ironwolfranch.com

April 30: Visit a book festival

Bee Cave will host its first book festival in April. The Books and Bees Festival will have several well-known authors that live locally in attendance, such as bestselling women’s fiction author Sarah Bird, Texas historian and author Stephen Harrigan and others. The event also will feature two children’s authors, a beekeeper with fun activities and a live concert with The Singing Zoologist. Noon-4 pm Free. 4000 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave. 512-767-6620. www.booksandbeesfestival.com

April 30: See NFT artwork

Flip’N Art welcomes the community to its Chacasso’s NFT Drop Party, showcasing unique nonfungible token work alongside live music, door prizes and NFT giveaways. There will also be an NFT Drop After Party on May 1 for guests who stop by the gallery. Noon-9 pm (party), noon-6 pm (next day after-party. Free. 12912 Hill Country Blvd., Suite F-157, Bee Cave. 512-790-3442. https://flipnart.business.site

April 30: Shop ’til you drop

The New Origin Shop is hosting a grand opening celebration for its first brick-and-mortar location featuring free giveaways, treats, family-friendly music and special attractions. 2-6 p.m. Free. 12921 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. D2-110, Bee Cave. 512-276-2066. https://msha.ke/neworiginshop

May 4: Join the dark side

The city of Lakeway Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” viewing on its new LED screen for its “May the 4th Be With You” movie event. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to lounge at the lower level of the city park. 6:30-9pm Free. Lakeway City Park, 502 Hurst Creek Road, Lakeway. 512-261-5033. www.lakeway-tx.gov

May 7-22: Look at gnome homes

Tiny fairy and gnome homes will line the way of the Lakeway City Hall trails under a canopy of twinkling lights during the Enchanted Forest Walk held by the Lakeway Parks and Recreation Department. The self-guided walk welcomes residents of all ages. Free parking is available at the Lakeway Activity Center and Lakeway City Hall. All day. Free. Lakeway City Hall, 1102 Lohmans Crossing Road. 512-261-5033. www.lakeway-tx.gov

May 9: Jam out with the big band

The city of Lakeway and Lakeway Arts Committee welcome residents to bring their own beverages and snacks to the Lakeway Activity Center to enjoy music from the 17-piece Republic of Texas Big Band, featuring David Cummings and Lisa Clark on vocals. This event is open to all ages. The band accepts donations after the show. 7 p.m. Free. 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tx.gov

May 10: Enter a photo contest

The city of Lakeway Arts Committee is accepting entries for its 20th Annual Lakeway Photo Festival through May 10. The showcase categories are nature, wildlife, community, artistic, student, pet and foodie. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to enter as well as Lake Travis ISD photography students. All photos must be taken in the city of Lakeway. Winners will receive published recognition, and an awards reception will be May 22 at the Lakeway Activity Center. 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. www.lakeway-tx.gov

May 14: Celebrate a birthday

The Bee Cave Public Library invites children age 8 and younger to Bee’s Birthday, a birthday celebration for the Storytime mascot, the Bee Cave Bee. The event will feature a concert by Hey Lolly Music and will be on the center lawn. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. 4000 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave. 512-767-6620. www.beecavetexas.gov

LIVE MUSIC

Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery

101 CR 409, Spicewood

512-970-3203

www.ironwolfranch.com

april

30 Jo James and Friends, 2-5 p.m.

May

07 Andrea Marie, 2-5 p.m.

14 Jace of Spades (Madam Radar), 2-5 p.m.

Poodie’s Roadhouse

22308 Hwy. 71 Spicewood

512-264-0318

www.poodies.net

april

22 David Touchton, 8 p.m., Dallas Burrow, 10:30 p.m.

23 Jennifer Westwood, 8 p.m. Vinyl Flashback, 10:30 p.m.

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