Oceans of grief
attend our ships of state
with ultramarine crowds
that swell and subside, swell and subside.
All those lost at sea each day,
flotsam upon the receding waves,
left ashore at last to dry in a merciful minus tide.
– Ken Stalling
Bring the bounty from your garden or a craft you made, or just offer your services to folks in exchange for something you want or need. It's bartering at its best to keep waste at a minimum. Untraded items can be donated to local nonprofits. Third Saturdays of the month, noon-4pm. Free.
Hot Mama's Espresso Bar, 2401 E. Sixth, 512/476-6262
Gather at the state Capitol and march down to City Hall for a rally against the Iraq occupation making a righteous noise along the way. Bring a drum, trumpet, kazoo, or just your voice, and make sure you're heard. 1-6pm. Free.
Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 694-9593
It's outlasted South by Southwest, but this is the last weekend. More cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events. Oh yeah, Kyle Park and Gary Allan take the stage this weekend. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 8-23. Fairgrounds admission: $8 ($5, children); carnival: $38 (includes fairground admission); rodeo and concert: $37-175 (includes fairground admission).
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900
Forget South by Southwest for a day and burn your bragh in honor of St. Patrick. Get an early start on Saturday with St. Patrice Day with rugby on TV and live music all day. The next day Fadó opens its doors at 7am for pints and a traditional Irish breakfast. Come midday, the tent in front of Austin's Downtown Irish pub begins to fill up with live music, dance performances, and more. Wear green or prepare to be tarred and feathered. All ages until 3pm. Sat., March 16, 9am-2am; Sun., March 17, 7am-2am. $7 ($10, two-day pass).
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, 214 W. Fourth, 457-0172
The Tinplate Trackers of Austin bring their elaborate model train setup to the Bullock in conjunction with screenings of Rocky Mountain Express (price of movie not included with museum ticket). 11am-3pm. $9 ($6, kids).
Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 936-8746
Costumed characters will be teaching kids about life in the 1800s with games, crafts, and even a few old-timey chores. Admission is only $3 on Friday. Fri.-Sun., March 15-17. $8 ($6, kids).
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., 512/837-1215
The Barbecue Capital of Texas hosts one of the granddaddys of chili cook-offs that attracts some of the best cooks competing for a ticket to go Terlingua. Fri.-Sun., March 15-17. Free.
City Park, 504 E. City Park Rd., Lockhart
One of the biggest disc golf tourneys in the world is finally coming to Austin. Top pros from across the land will battle for prizes and bragging rights at three parks across the city. See website for more details. Fri.-Sun., March 15-17, 8:30am. Free.
Roy G. Guerrero, Met Center, and Manor disc golf courses
Baseball Vs. Texas Tech: Fri., March 15, 6:30pm; Sat., March 16, 2pm; Sun., March 17, 1pm. UFCU Disch-Falk Field, 1300 E. MLK. $12, reserved; $7, adults; $5, youth.
Women's Tennis Vs. Oklahoma: Fri., March 15, 2pm. Vs. Oklahoma State: Sun., March 17, noon. Penick-Allison Tennis Center, 1701 Trinity St.