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.
The full moon brings out all the witches and their wares. Philly cheesesteaks and veggie pizza to fill the bellies of hungry necromancers. 7pm. 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
Tumblr and Planned Parenthood team up to bring community activism to SX Interactive. Performances by Sleigh Bells, Girlpool, and more, with Tumblr’s David Karp speaking and PP reps sharing resources and tips to get and stay involved. 6pm.
Mohawk, 912 Red River, 512/666-0877
Tumblr and Planned Parenthood team up to bring community activism to SX interactive. Performances by Sleigh Bells, Girlpool and more, with Tumblr’s David Karp speaking and PP reps sharing resources and tips to get and stay involved. 6pm. Free.
Mohawk, 912 Red River, 512/666-0877
Adam Carmichael performs electronic music and the Smitten Kittens bring the burlesque. 7pm. Free.
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.
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
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, jousting, and unparalleled people watching. Through April 23, 10am-dusk.
A celebration of startups, community, and technology. Thirty of the buzziest in the world will be showcased. 8pm-12:30am. Free.
Maggie Mae's, 323 E. Sixth, 225/276-9289
Rummage through treasures found at the International Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show, some available for wholesale and special prices. Through March 19. Free.
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