Get some sponsors and slay some pins for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Lanes will be open all weekend with a cowboys and zombies theme. Come dressed to two-step or limp and shuffle for a good cause. Register online. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 2, 3-10pm.
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.
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.
Come out for an etched pint glass (filled with Guinness, of course) and get ready to start celebrating St. Patrick. It's never too early! Don't forget to donate to the St Baldrick’s Foundation to help end kids cancer. 8pm.
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, 214 W. Fourth, 512/457-0172
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).
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
Educators, innovators, and everyone else who resides near the convergence of technology, creation, and inspiration are invited to see the latest gadgets and methods of inspiring others into STEM subjects. Bring the kids to enjoy the Interactive Playground. Sat.-Sun., March 1-2, 9am-6pm. $7.50-125.
J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Commons Center, 10100 Burnet Rd.
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.
Austin Energy customers are eligible for two free trees. TreeFolks will be giving away 1,300, 5-gallon trees, so bring a utility bill and the desire for shade. You must agree to plant said tree along the street. 11am-2pm. Free.