10 things to do in Austin: April is packed with music, monster trucks and basketball

Dozens of comedians come out for Moontower Just For Laughs Austin. Cat Cohen is seen here at April 2022's festival.
Dozens of comedians come out for Moontower Just For Laughs Austin. Cat Cohen is seen here at April 2022's festival.

We're about to have a very busy month, y'all.

Monster trucks, basketball, kites and music festivals are all on the agenda for April. The month is chock-full of fun stuff to do, so let's dive in with 10 things happening on a packed calendar:

ABC Kite Fest

Kite Fest is back at Zilker Park, 2207 Lou Neff Road, on April 1. The fest runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. Expect kite-flying contests and a children's concert, among other activities. More information: abckitefest.org.

Texas Bridal and Wedding Expo

Getting married soon? Head over April 2 to Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St., to check out dozens of wedding companies. You can find information on DJs, bachelorette and bachelor parties, florists, cakes, and tons more at the expo, which is free with online registration or $10 at the door. More information: bridalshowstx-au.com.

San Antonio Spurs at the Moody Center

The Spurs will face off against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 6 and the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 7 at the Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Drive. The Moody Center is the home of Texas Longhorn basketball, but NBA games are not common in Austin. Tickets start at $40. More information: moodycenteratx.com.

Moontower Just For Laughs Austin

This comedy festival, featuring Leslie Jones, Seth Meyers, Jenny Slate and dozens more, runs April 12-23 at the Paramount Theatre and other locations in downtown Austin. Badges for the festival start at $150. You also can purchase tickets to individual shows. Full schedule and ticekts: austintheatre.org.

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

Check out dozens of handbuilt motorcycles April 14-16 at the former Austin American-Statesman building at 305 S. Congress Ave. The show includes live music, food and drinks. Three nights of music include Sudan Archives, Soccer Mommy and Allah-Las. Tickets start at $25. More information: revivalcycles.com.

Two Step Inn Festival

Wynonna Judd, Zach Bryan, Tyler Childers, Tanya Tucker and more country music artists will perform at the new two-day Two Step Inn festival. The festival runs April 15-16 in Georgetown at San Gabriel Park, 445 East Morrow St. You'll have to join a waitlist for tickets to the festival if you're not signed up already. More information and full lineup: twostepinn.com.

Free events at Waterloo Park

Go to Waterloo Park, 500 East 12th St., for weekly workouts, Earth Month events and programming for children this spring. Waterloo Green Days runs April 16-23 and includes panels, a festival and self-guided experiences for Earth Month. For more information and to find the weekly workout and children's programming schedule, head to waterloogreenway.org.

ABC Kite Fest started as a kite contest in 1929.
ABC Kite Fest started as a kite contest in 1929.

Old Settler's Music Festival

Head down to Dale, a small town southeast of Austin, for Americana music with an option to camp April 20-23. General admission tickets start at $75. This year's lineup includes Yola, the Wood Brothers, Shovels & Rope, Shinyribs, Elephant Revival and many more. More information and ticket options: oldsettlersmusicfest.org.

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Monster Jam

Monster Jam is returning April 22-23 to the Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Drive. The 12,000-pound monster trucks will compete in speed and skill contests. Tickets start at $31. More information: moodycenteratx.com.

Austin Reggae Festival

It's good vibes all around at the three-day music event that is also one of the the biggest fundraisers of the year for Central Texas Food Bank. Tickets start at $15, and three-day passes are available, too. The lineup includes The Skatalites, Jesse Royal, Inner Circle, Nattali Rize, and Kumar & the Original Fyah. See the full lineup and schedule for the April 21-23 event, buy tickets and learn more about donating to the food bank: austinreggaefest.com.

Also in April

So many events! Here are a few more more:

Fusebox Festival is April 12-16 at various locations

Indie Meme Film Festival is April 12-16 at Austin Film Society (with virtual screenings April 28-May 1)

The Statesman Cap10k is April 16 in downtown Austin

This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: From concerts to Monster Jam, 10 things to do in Austin in April