Take a break during South by and check out some of Austin's finest local businesses and creative communities. The kickoff on Saturday features lots special events including rapper SaulPaul freestyling a new song on the spot at Wheatsville Co-op on the Drag, Tiny Pies, and Joe’s Amps and Magnecord Studios. Fun events continue throughout SXSW. Through March 19. Free.
Austin could not be a better home for this exhibit focused on the history of music festivals. Artifacts and concert footage bring the experience alive whether it's Hendrix at Monterey or Queen at Live Aid - both featured in a video montage of the Top 10 festival performances of all-time. Artifacts include Muddy Waters' '59 Martin acoustic played at the '68 Newport Folk Festival, a poster board stenciled sign by Banksy, and Dave Navarro's Jane's Addiction stage getup. Curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. March 10-July 23, Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, Sun., 12-5pm. $9-13.
Escape the SXSW madness and celebrate the beginning of spring with a planting party. Potluck encouraged. Sat., March 11 and Sun., March 12, 10am-3pm.
Take a look at how our vision of the future has changed over the last 40 years of sci-fi made real. Speakers include Jon Lebkowksy, David DeMaris, Todd Manning, Jonathan Morgan, Owen McNally, and others plus live electronic music, 8-bit LED video games, antique spygear, cyberpunk cosplayers, and more. 5pm-1am. Free.
The only youth and diversity-focused annual hackathon – organized and operated by students of color – in the U.S. Sat., March 11 and Sun., March 12, 7am-10pm.
Donate in-store at one of their 77 stores or online to benefit area foster kids and families. Free.
Mattress Firm, 3910 N. Lamar
Stevie Ray Vaughan fans will not want to miss this exhaustive exhibit guest curated by his brother, Jimmie Vaughan. Many of Vaughan's guitars (including his legendary "Number One" Fender stratocaster) will be on view as well as early family photos, concert posters, stage outfits, handwritten lyrics, exclusive archival concert footage, his famed hat, and more. March 10 through July 23. $9-13.
Want a say in city planning? D6 Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, D6 staff, and reps from the Austin Transportation Department will speak and answer questions on 2016 Mobility Bond funds allocated for Anderson Mill Road. 10am-noon.
Spicewood Springs Elementary School, 11601 Olson
This exhibit examines "the lives of individuals intertwined in the domestic slave trade by exploring slavery’s reach beyond New Orleans and Galveston, beyond Texas, beyond the South, and into the very fabric of America." Through July 9. Cost of museum admission, free for members.
Schedule your one-hour session in this interactive escape room honoring the survival horror stalwart. Through April 12. $35.
The Yard, 902 E. Cesar Chavez
Electronic Planet Ensemble presents the 20th iteration of Robot Daddy, featuring an original score accented by the poetry of David Jewell and a light show by Patrick Anthony. Thu.-Sun., March 2-12. $15-35.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
Register online or call EMS Safety Hotline (512.972.7233). Email EMSPubEd@austintexas.gov for more info. 9am.
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, March 4-April 23, 10am-dusk.
Create your own St. Patrick’s Day-themed tie-dye. Call ahead to pre-register. 4pm. $16 per shirt includes materials and instruction.
Art Garage, 11190 Circle Dr., 512/852-9900
Rummage through treasures found at the International Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show, some available for wholesale and special prices. Through March 19. Free.
Texas' Health & Human Services Commission removed inclusive language for LGBTQ youth from their children's mental health grant proposal. This is one way Texas leaves queer youth and families in need of help. Come out, speak up for queer kids. Fri., April 28, 9am..
The supply of platelets has fallen to an unsafe level. Anyone who is able is urged to make a platelet donation appointment as soon as possible. Platelet donation may be done every 7 days or 24 times per year. The entire process from the time a donor walks through the doors until they leave is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Call to make an appointment. Open seven days a week.
We Are Blood, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266
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.