Going on this spring

With the changing of the season to warmer months, Fredericksburg, Austin, San Antonio and other surrounding towns are welcoming annual spring and summer events that everyone in the Hill Country looks forward to. There will be festivals and art shows, farmers markets and movies in the park. Who wouldn’t be excited about those events?

Here’s a taste of what’s coming up in nearby Austin:

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Austin Auto Show

Austin Auto Show is an annual event that always brings the coolest cats to town with the nicest set of wheels. This event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 8-10 at the Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez, will display some of this year’s most anticipated car models, full of new and cutting edge technology and style. This event is attended by car enthusiasts and first time buyers alike. The Batmobile will be featured this year, as well as the original Greased Lightning from the movie Grease and the Eclipse driven by Paul Walker’s character in the The Fast and the Furious movie. Iron Man, the Snow Queen, and Ice Princess will be there to take pictures with littles as well, so there really is something for everyone! Tickets bought online are $6, seniors and military are $3.75 and children younger than 12 are free.

Circuit of The Americas Red Bull Grand Prix

The 2016 MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas will be going on April 8-10. In tandem with the Austin Auto Show, Austin will be a fast car-lovers paradise! There will be tons of vendors selling the apparel and accessories, a Yamaha Kids’ Riding Area kids riding area and a special food court bringing local food trucks. This event includes the MotoGP Fan Zone, return of Ducati Island, the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, and a post-race performance by Franky Perez on the Ducati Island Main Stage. This motorcycle racing series offers races over three days with interactive activities and action for everyone. Three-day passes start at $89.

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American Heroes Air Show

One warm-weather events that we’ve been looking forward to is the Texas Military Department open house and American Heroes Air Show. Air shows are so much fun and such a unique way to learn a little bit of history and experience a little bit of culture. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16-17, attendees can enjoy a free family event where they can see helicopter and parachute demonstrations, a World War II reenactment, a Vietnam War reenactment, First Responder demonstrations, the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, the Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall, military vehicles, and live music. There will be a bounce house and several other children’s activities, a naturalization ceremony for service members, food and other entertaining activities. The air show will be held at Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th St. in Austin.