Locavore chef/author/hunting guide Jesse Griffiths leads two hog hunting and butchering schools every year at Madroño Ranch in the scenic Texas Hill Country. Call or go online to register. Jan. 10 -12. $1,875.
Enjoy season 4 of Downton Abbey in a 19th-century Austin mansion. Slip into your slinkiest flapper dress and make sure his lordship wears a tux to earn a free drink at weekly happy hour and viewing parties at the Hotel Ella. Sundays through Feb. 9, 6-9pm.
Goodall's Kitchen & Bar, 1900 Rio Grande St., 512/495-1800
Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk 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 zone and various sources of info for remodelers and new homeowners. HGTV's Jeff Devlin supplies some star power. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 10-12. $8.50.
Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
Come out and learn about this new app that empowers users to suggest improvements to the streets and walkways around them using their phones and imaginations. If you're impressed or just inebriated, consider helping support their Kickstarter. 4-9pm. Free.
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., 1305 W. Oltorf St., 512/298-2242
Congress Austin bar manager and Bad Dog Bar Craft co-owner Jason Stevens offers this Arts and Drafts informal class on creating your own cocktail ingredients using locally sourced products and produce. Email to register. 3pm. $45.