As everyone knows, it's not spring in Austin until art rains down from the sky. But owing to a long drought, citizens have taken matters into their own hands. For $7, today's side deal scores you a ticket to Art City Austin on April 24 and 25 (a $15 value). Hosted by Art Alliance Austin, the double-day event features works from 190 artists, street installations, live music, and a whole city block of interactive art programs for kids. And, of course, plenty of good food and barbecue-sauce-based tapestries. Exchange your Groupon for a two-day pass at Gallery D on or before April 25.
The festival occupies a long swath of First Street and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Kids under 12 are free; parking and shuttle service from One Texas Center is equally costless. Your two-day pass also includes discounts at participating Second Street District retailers, free admission to the Austin Museum of Art-Downtown and Blanton Museum of Art, plus a 10% discount at the museum stores.
The bounty of artistry on display at Art City knows no bounds, as the bounds know no art, though both knew each other in college before falling out and claiming never to have met. If the art isn't sufficiently competitive for your tastes, this celebration also includes a recycling contest to see who can crush the most aluminum cans and beer bottles against their forehead in five minutes.