You know that big school in the middle of our city? Maybe you should get to know it better. The entire campus will be rife with activities, music, tours, and more for kids and adults. No registration is needed for most events. Go online for a list. 11am-5pm. Free.
UT Campus, 471-7753
Get in on this day of park appreciation by joining or leading a park cleanup project. Go online for a list of current cleanup sites or register to start your own with a group of friends or neighbors.
Catch the parade up Congress Avenue at 9:30am as we celebrate our state pride. Later that day an Alamo remembrance ceremony keeps the state flag flying high at the Capitol at 2pm. Go online for a complete list of events. 9:30am.
Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400
This Australian group brings its prehistoric creations with them so the kids can, in fact, interact with dinosaurs. The elaborate puppets ensure all the fun without any of the harsh lessons we learned from Jurassic Park. Feb. 26-March 3. $24.
The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664
The fierce ladies of TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls and CLAWstin (Confederation of Lady Arm Wrestlers Austin) will show their strength in a possibly not so friendly exhibition arm wrestling competition prior to Power Chief's CD release performance. Gilded Splinters and Chili Cold Blood round out the musical portion of the bill. 8pm. Free.
The White Horse, 500 Comal, 553-6756
The state's best girls basketball teams play on the hallowed Erwin Center court. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 28-March 2, 8:30am. $12; $75, all tourney.
Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 512/471-7744
Fans can get a first peek at some of the stadium upgrades such as the new HD LED video board, outfield ribbon boards, and premium seating options as well as clubhouse tours, batting practice on the field, tryout out some new concession stand items, and more. 10am-2pm. Free.
Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 512/255-2255
The Stars host the Oklahoma City Barons and Chicago Wolves. Friday's game features $3 beers and a player magnet giveaway and Saturday nights it's family four-pack night (four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas starting at $48) plus free T-shirts! Vs. Chicago: Fri., March 1, 7:30pm; Tue., March 5, 7:30pm. Vs. Oklahoma City: Sat., March 2, 7pm. $11-64 plus fees.
Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000
Men's/Women's Swim/Dive Big 12 Championships: Wed., Feb. 27-Sun., March 3. Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, 646 E. MLK.
Women's Soccer Vs. North Texas: Sat., March 2, 2pm. Mike A. Myers Stadium, 707 Clyde Littlefield Dr. $5-7.
Women's Tennis Vs. Rice: Sat., March 2, noon. Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
Baseball Vs. Texas-Pan American: Tue., March 5, 4:30pm. UFCU Disch-Falk Field, 1300 E. MLK Blvd. $6-15
Men's Basketball Vs. Baylor: Tue., March 4, 8pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-40.
Women's Basketball Vs. West Virginia: Tue., March 5, 7:30pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-16.
Softball Vs. Louisiana-Lafayette: Wed., March 6, 5pm (doubleheader). Red and Charline McCombs Field. $7-9.
Shiny, shiny ... shiny boots of leather. First Saturdays, 8-10pm. $5 to benefit CTBOL charities.
Chain Drive, 84 East Ave. (I-35 access road), 512/480-9017
It's not a gamble if AIDS Services of Austin and the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project benefit from your faux habit. Copa Kings, Coty Ross, and the Mouthfeel DJs will play til daddy gets that new pair of pants. 8-11:30pm. $50.
Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 MoPac N., 512/261-0142