A special screening and discussion of a 30-minute documentary that explores the issues of racial segregation and the civil rights movement in Austin. 2pm. Free.
No surprises here, just a whole heck-of-a-lot of Japanese animation and pop culture events, panels, and workshops. We imagine there will be no shortage of outlandish costumes as well. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 8-10. $30.
There will be keynote speakers, workshops, a peace wave concert, and much more at this expo of peace, the cosmos, and bongos. Patchouli optional. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 9-10. $5-10.
In addition to the cooling waters that are so dear to this sweltering city, this event has a little something for everyone, including live music courtesy of Atash and the Minor Mishap Marching Band, speakers, a diving competition, and free watermelon to celebrate. Throw in some yoga and poetry reading, and you have a uniquely Austin happening. 8am-7pm.
Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080
It's Last Act Theatre's third birthday, so put on your cowboy boots and get ready for a "classy country" celebration. Cocktails, music, raffle prizes, and more! 7pm. $15.
Private residence, 4404 Jinx Ave.
With the guidance of trained professionals, workshop participants will gain a greater understanding of the often confusing divorce process. 8am-12:30pm. $45.
Riverbend Church, 4214 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 512/477-4707
Karen Bravo hosts this seminar explaining the popular styles of dress in Japan's trendy Harajuku district. 2pm. Free.
What to do with over two thousand LED lights? Make stuff! Workshops covering the how-tos take place all day, including tutorials on glow balloons, lanterns, and throwies. Insert epilepsy warning here. noon-6pm. Free.
Kinda like the Hot Sauce Festival but less masochistic. All your favorite purveyors of things creamy and cold will be on hand to lower the temperature of your doubtlessly overheating body. Food and beverages for the lactose intolerant as well. Join in the ice-cream-eating contest or the popsicle-stick sculpture contest or enjoy the usual live music, games, rides, and carnival-style attractions. 10am-7pm. $10 (kids 8 and younger, free).
Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
Come see the beautiful sight of a bunch of big balloons in the sky, courtesy of the Central Texas Ballooning Association. 6am. Free.
Put on your best eye patch, sharpen your cutlass, and prepare to walk the plank at this party benefiting Austin Pets Alive! 2pm. $55.
The only head banging going on here would be if you fell into the 5000-pound amethyst geode you can win a chance have a photo op with. Otherwise, it's all things rocks and minerals, with games and activities, and the unveiling of the new fluorescent rock exhibit. 10am-6pm.
The group discusses "Recovery Sculpt," presented by Sabrina Beck. 10am. Free.
Austin Recovery, 8402 Cross Park Dr., 512/697-8500
It's kinda like office hours except you can meet with the official history of the Texas government. That means access to newspapers, journals, books, manuscripts, photos, old maps, and other resources is at your fingertips. Perfect for that dissertation on Texas history or genealogical snooping. Second Saturdays of the month, 9am-4pm. Free.
Everything you need to go back to school will not be taxed this weekend: clothes, notebooks, crayons, glue, etc. Go online for a complete list of items free from the heavy hand of the man. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 8-10.
Register voters and promote civic engagement. Please be sure to bring the following: snacks, water bottles, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes. 10am-2pm. Free.
Coordinated Campaign HQ, 1910 E. MLK
The class covers hunting ethics, safety, and shooting, and results in participants being certified to hunt legal game in the state of Texas, so long as you purchase a license, of course. 9am-1pm. $25.
Help plan strategy to motivate, educate, and legislate senior involvement. Speaker will be Noelle Davis. 2-4:30pm. Free.
offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.
This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your
neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org
to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.