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
You might have heard of it. In fact you probably won't be able to avoid it as every venue and square foot of open space is filled with bands you've probably never heard of. Seriously, check your couch, there might be a musician there. However, if you can find parking (or take a train or bus or bike) there's some of the best people watching in the world right here this week. There's also a good chance you'll run into a party that doesn't require any kind of credentials and still has great performers playing. Through March 16.
allows you or your organization to adopt one of the stops along Cap Metro's bus lines. In exchange for helping keep your stop tidy, Cap Metro will let you spruce it up (Keep Austin Beautiful will even provide landscaping tools) to reflect the personality of your neighborhood.
Is the creek you love filled with beer cans and six-pack rings? All you have to do is gather some friends to clean it up, and Keep Austin Beautiful and Watershed Protection and Development Review will give you all the guidance and materials you need. Free.