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.
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.
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
Free and open to all high school juniors who would like to take a practice ACT/SAT test. Sat., Jan. 28, 1pm.
College Nannies + Tutors, 3908 Far West Blvd. Ste. C
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.
Michael Cannatti speaks at this month's Sierra Club happy hour. Learn more about the restoration of Zilker Park's historic gateposts, a proposed Visitor Education Center, and more. 7pm.
Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/751-5650
Rummage through treasures found at the International Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show, some available for wholesale and special prices. Through March 19. Free.
Bring your mat and a desire to get your Vinyasa flowed right. Every weekday, 8am. Free.
A 5-mile ride precedes your yoga class tailored to the cycling body. Enjoy a dip in the Springs afterward. Tuesdays, 7pm. Free.
Doug Sahm Hill, 885 W. Riverside (next to Palmer Events Center)
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
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.