The (in)famous, Punxsutawney Phil, has once again hoodwinked us all into believing that winter is going to linger around for a few more weeks. Phooey on Phil! Other than inspiring a classic early 90’s Bill Murray film, that meteorologically challenged rodent is renowned for nothing more than being the most recognizable member of the rat-like marmot family. Rightfully disregarding what fraudulent Phil has predicted, we are barreling towards the Vernal Equinox marking the first day of Spring.
There is so much to do in the spring that implores us to enjoy the nice weather. For starters, try opening the windows to flood the house with warm fresh spring air (side note: cedar trees pollinate between Dec. 10 and March 1 in the Austin area, so make sure you let the warm fresh spring air in after cedar season.) Better yet, instead of just letting the outside come in, get on out there yourself and explore what Austin and Central Texas has to offer in the springtime.
Here are some fun things to consider doing this month.
Rodeo Austin Cowboy Breakfast (March 3rd at 6:00 a.m., Long Center, 701 Riverside Dr.) The Cowboy Breakfast is the super-sized event that kicks off the Fair and Rodeo. It has all the fixin’s of a true chuck wagon breakfast with pancakes, biscuits, and western-themed entertainment, including live music, two-stepping lessons. The best part is that the event is FREE!
It’s My Park Day (March 4th, Various Locations). This has expanded to a spring and fall event, and for our neighborhood, it usually includes Gaines Creek Park as part of the event which has volunteers work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city. It is a GREAT way to get out there and meet your neighbors along with polishing the jewels of our neighborhood greenbelt areas.
Holi Festival (March 11th, Radha Madhav Dham, 400 Barsana Rd.) Holi is also called the Spring Festival, as it marks the arrival of spring, the season of hope and joy. This year, the Holi play will be accompanied by a live band singing Holi songs from Braj. There will be a traditional Holika fire burning as a reminder than evil always burns in the face of good.
Llano Earth Art Fest and Rockstacking World Championship (March 10th - 13th, Llano) The Llano Earth Art Fest (LEAF) is an arts and music festival focusing on natural art. Held on the banks of the beautiful Llano River, LEAF is fun for the entire family. LEAF is also home to the Rockstacking World Championship as the artist/competitors make create their natural art in the Llano River and on the banks of the river, which is an awesome thing to see.
Texas Night Sky Festival (March 18th from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Dripping Springs Ranch Park) The intent of the festival is to increase the appreciation of the night sky and the world around us. All attendees will join in fun science activities, learn from engaging speakers and exhibits, see projects focused on protecting the night sky, feast at food trucks and explore the stars.
This just scratches the surface of activities to do in and around Austin. I also love the simplicity of sitting on our front porch after dinner and waving to neighbors as they walk by. No matter what you do, get out there and enjoy the fresh air and the friendly folks around you!