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Saturday, May 05, 2018

20th Annual Lavender Fest (Fri. 4 May, 2018 1:30 pm - Sun. 6 May, 2018 4:00 pm)

becker vineyards20th Annual Lavender Fest

May 5, 2018

Load up your car with your friends and family! It's a celebration of Lavender! Our 20th Annual Lavender Fest takes place Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th! Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. Lavender cooking demonstrations, lavender presentations, artisan vendors, lavender luncheons, concessions, music, and wine tasting will be taking place!

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Gardening for Wildlife (Sat. 5 May, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGardening for Wildlife

May 5, 2018

Ready to make your yard, garden or land a paradise for native wildlife? Learn how to use native plants to support robust ecosystems and provide habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and more. Discover how groundcover, water features and lighting affect livability. 

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Snakes of Central Texas (Sat. 5 May, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

natural gardenerSnakes of Central Texas

May 5, 2018

Tim Cole, owner of Austin Reptile Service (austinreptileservice.net), presents “Snakes of Central Texas.” Are you squeamish about snakes? Do you want to learn more about our indigenous snakes and what makes them so special? Maybe you want to learn how to cohabitate safely with your slithery serpent neighbors? Come out for a special meet ‘n greet with some beneficial native Texas snakes. Tim will bring a display of live snakes while he talks about their life history, the exceptional role they play in our ecosystem, and snake safety. Bring the whole family, the kids will enjoy viewing and learning about these incredible creatures. Tim will bring coloring pages and word search puzzles for the kids. Tim Cole moved to Texas in 1985 to enjoy the herpetofauna and the warm weather. He is one of the founders and current vice-president of the Austin Herpetological Society; President of the Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research, Board Director with “Rattlesnake Preservation Trust” putting on “Lone Star Rattlesnake Days” and Board Director with “SnakeDays” in Sanderson TX. He is the owner of Austin Reptile Service whose motto is "Conservation by Education". He developed a state approved Herpetological Training Course for Animal Control Officers, conducts snake safety classes, AND he’s available for children’s parties!

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Guided Garden Tour (Sat. 5 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

 May 5, 2018

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Messina Hof Hill Country's Cinco de Mayo (Sat. 5 May, 2018 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Messina HofMessina Hof Hill Country's Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2018

Surround yourself in celebration at Messina Hof Hill Country's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta! Sip wine-aritas crafted with Messina Hof's award-winning wines and enjoy gourmet tacos from Mr. Meximum's Food Truck.

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8th Annual Derby Extravaganza (Sat. 5 May, 2018 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

bendingbranch8th Annual Derby Extravaganza

May 5, 2018

Bending Branch Winery will host its 8th Annual Derby Extravaganza on Saturday, May 5th. They'll serve their famous mint juleps made with Bending Branch Winery Single Barrel Blanc, a special bourbon-barrel aged Picpoul Blanc wine, as well as a selection of other award-winning wines.

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Antonelli's Cheese-y Sunset Boat Cruise (Sat. 5 May, 2018 6:00 pm)

antonellis2Antonelli's Cheese-y Sunset Boat Cruise

May 5, 2018

 Join us for our second Cheese-y Sunset Boat Cruise on Lady Bird Lake! Our cheesemongers, along with a wine expert, will walk you through an evening of delicious bites and delicious wines while we cruise off into the sunset. We'll be tasting some of our favorite cheeses and chacuterie paired with complimentary wine and finishing off with a lovely dessert. The event will start with bubbles and bites on the rooftop deck and will finish in an air-conditioned boat cabin with a seated wine, cheese and charcuterie pairing.

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