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, 512/476-6666
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. Kid friendly opportunities are available. Volunteers get snacks, Chipotle coupons, and other perks. 9am-noon. Free.
Cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events are just a few of the things putting you in a countrified mood. Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, the Temptations, and Willie Nelson are some of the many headliners. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 1-16. Fairgrounds. $8 ($5, kids); carnival, $38 (includes fairground); rodeo & concert: $37-175 (includes fairground).
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900
Get out your corsets and chain-mail and join the fun and fantasy in the medieval village with scads of performances each day, plus food, shopping, live music, and unparalleled people watching. Weekends, Feb. 8-March 30, 10am-dusk. $20 ($10, kids).
Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade
Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gape at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, there will be a kids area and even a few dog classes to keep the pets in line. John Gidding of HGTV's Curb Appeal supplies the star power. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 2. $8.50.
Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
Celebrate our state pride with a parade up Congress Avenue Sat., March 1, at 9:30am followed by a celebration in the Capitol Rotunda at noon. The next 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, 4am.
Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400
The Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston presents a program designed to teach language and culture, the metric system, nutritional basics, and culinary traditions for children aged 5-12. During this class, they will prepare a pastry called le chiacchiere or angel wings. Each child receives an apron, chef's hat, tools, ingredients, and recipes. Reservations required. noon. $45 ($30, members).
Andiamo Ristorante, 2521 Rutland, 512/719-3377
The classic Seuss tale comes to life onstage complete with the siblings, Thing 1 and 2, and, of course, the infamous cat. Recommended for kids over the age of 3. Saturdays through May 3, 11am & 2pm. $16 ($14, kids).
Zach Theatre's Kleberg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside, 512/476-0541
Will UT's men and women take home the conference titles again this year? Keep your eyes on the water. Check the UT site for a complete schedule of events
. Wed. Feb. 26-Sat., March 1. $10 ($6, prelims).
Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, MLK & Trinity, 512/471-7771
Five games over the course of three days. Fri., Feb. 28, 4pm, vs. Louisiana at Monroe; Fri., Feb. 28, 6:30pm, vs. Southern Mississippi; Sat., March 1, 1pm, vs. Texas Southern; Sat., March 1, 6:30pm, vs. Lousiana at Monroe; Sun., March 2, 2pm, vs. Texas Southern.
Red & Charline McCombs Field, Comal & MLK, 512/471-3333
Shiny, shiny ... shiny boots of leather. First Saturdays, 8-10pm. $5 to benefit CTBOL charities.
Chain Drive, 84 East Ave. (southbound I-35 access road), 512/480-9017