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.
Get an early look at some of the hot new video games and tabletop games under development. Free but RSVP. 6pm. Free.
Austin Brass Tap, 10910 Domain Dr. #120
This event features on oral histories from family members of John Holmes, who founded the Victory Grill in 1945. Guest speakers will include community leaders, historians, patrons, and musicians with the evening ending with a blues jam. noon-7pm.
Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th, 504/495-8992
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.
SxSan José partners with Wendy Davis' Deeds Not Words, Whole Woman’s Health, and Planned Parenthood to raise money for and awareness about women's rights and reproductive healthcare. Look for Feathers, Fort Lonesome, a silent auction, and a hands-on political action station. noon-8pm. Free.
Hotel San José, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360
Purposely timed to intersect with SXSW, this free festival is spread across several venues, including nightclubs and outdoor stages Downtown. Unsigned indie acts, both local and national, will play alongside big names. March 15-18. Free.
Don't have a job or have an understanding boss? Take some time to get in a quick ride and a bite to eat along the way. Wednesdays, 11:45am.
Donate in-store at one of their 77 stores or online to benefit area foster kids and families. Free.
Mattress Firm, 3910 N. Lamar
Belly dancers, hookah specials, free belly dancing lessons, a henna tattoo artist, and more. Wednesday nights, 8pm. Free.
77 Degrees Rooftop Bar, 11500 E. Rock Rose Ave.
Find that special pipe artfully created by local glass blowers ATX and Grav Labs. Wed.-Sun., March 15-19, 2-8pm. Free.
Planet K @ Cox Plaza, 10938 Research
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.
Join Refuse Fascism for a teach-in that will address facism, the Trump administration, and why/how we can drive them from power. 2-3:30pm.
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
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.
As SB 4 enters the House, we need to let reps know this harmful legislation should not be made law. "This bill will separate immigrant families, make our communities less safe, and hurt our economy." 8am.
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.
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
The Carver is the first museum in the nation to feature a permanent exhibit honoring Juneteenth. Up all year round, the museum's core exhibit is dedicated to the history and evolution of Juneteenth, told through a combination of visual and interactive activities. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Free.