Spring in Cedar Park

Savannah Burchfiel

With spring break quickly approaching and summer in sight, the spring semester at Cedar Park High School is well under way. Temperatures are rising and students are itching for a long break from school. However, the spring season is well overlooked. Cedar Park and the surrounding area offer plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the season.

Every spring break, millions flock to Austin for the annual SXSW week of music, film and interactive festival. Although the cost of wristbands could possibly break your piggy bank, free shows appear spontaneously. You never know which celebrity crush or favorite band you could run into while strolling the streets downtown next week.

For those who favor the country music scene, the rodeo comes to Austin for spring break every year. From March 9 through 23, headliners include Josh Abbott Band, Eli Young Band and Josh Turner. The rodeo is a great place to get your fill of country music, cowboys, fried food, carnival games and rides.

This Monday kicked off the warm weather with the annual Zilker Kite Festival at Zilker Park in Austin. The windy day was one of kites, dogs, people and sun. Although the event comes only once a year, Zilker has year-round offerings. Popular pastimes include taking a refreshing dip in Barton Springs, riding round-trip on the Zilker Zepher and bringing your pooch to the friendly neighborhood dog park. The Zilker Garden Festival 2013 will be held April 6-7 at the botanical gardens.

If you’ve already wasted a tank of gas on the drive downtown, taking a detour to stop by the 360 overlook isn’t far out of the way. Bring a blanket and food for a fun scenic date and photo shoot. You’re guaranteed to get some likes on Instagram with this view. If you’d rather skip the popular spot in favor of a more natural area, head over to Mount Bonnell Park for a view of the bridge and Lake Austin. Enfield Park, which is home to a family of wild peacocks, is right next door.

The drive downtown can be long and time-consuming, so if you’d rather stay close to home, Cedar Park offers the same amount of fun for less gas money. Ifly, just a short drive down 183, offers indoor skydiving. Main Event is nearby and offers some discounted bowling nights in the spring.

Supporting your fellow Timberwolves is also a fun way to spend weekday and weekend nights. Baseball, lacrosse, soccer and track all have weekly games in the spring. Theater will ramp up again soon with their One-Act Play on March 26. Although the annual Powderpuff game will no longer be school-sponsered, you can still support the junior and senior girls while watching some entertaining hair-pulling on a date to be determined.