Austin by Austin

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.

Various locations

Austin Puppy Party 2K17

Austin Pets Alive! will have adorable puppies available for adoption and Lustre Pearl will supply free drinks and more. noon-4pm.

Lustre Pearl Rainey, 94 Rainey, 512/524-0076

Bazaar Brunch SXSW

Get ready for South by with hearty vegan/vegetarian food and then get your look together shopping at the local handcrafted and vintage market. Bring the dog. Thu.-Sat., March 16-18, 11am-3pm. Free.

Bouldin Creek Cafe, 1900 S. First, 512/416-1601

Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

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Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

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.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-8746

Heart of Texas Rockfest

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.

Mattress Firm Foster Kids Dollar Drive

Donate in-store at one of their 77 stores or online to benefit area foster kids and families. Free.

Mattress Firm, 3910 N. Lamar

Once in a Lifetime Pipe Show

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

Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan

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.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-8746

Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade From 1808 to 1865

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.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-8746

Resident Evil Escape Experience

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

Ride for Resistance: Stories from the Front Lines of Standing Rock

Jules – a Lakota woman from Red Warrior Society and a member of Mothers Against Meth Alliance – arrives in Austin with other Red Warriors to share their stories from Standing Rock's front lines. 6:30-8pm. $5-10 suggested donation.

MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925

Sherwood Forest Faire

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.

Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade

SXSW Gaming Awards

When you’re done with all the digital fun at the Gaming Expo head across the street to the awards show hosted by WWE superstar Xavier Woods and YouTube personality OMGitsfirefoxx. Be there to congratulate all the winners and console the losers. 8pm. Free.

Hilton Hotel Downtown, 500 E. Fourth, 512/482-8000

SXSW Gaming Expo

The gaming arm of the SXSW Fest is back but a little different this year. There will be the usual panels, cosplay competitions, parties, and of course, games, but it's not free like it has been in years past. The kids will likely stick to the pro-gaming tournaments, virtual reality rigs, and other flashy bits. Parking Downtown will be limited (and/or expensive). Thu.-Sat., March 16-18, noon-8pm. $25 (one-day wristband), $49 (three-day wristband).

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

The Austin Flea at Hops & Grain

Browse for handmade and vintage wearables, housewares, bath and body products, and more. Live music all day. noon-6pm. Free.

Hops & Grain Brewery, 507 Calles, 512/537-9756

Tucson Truck Show

Rummage through treasures found at the International Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show, some available for wholesale and special prices. Through March 19. Free.

Nature's Treasures, 4103 N. I-35, 512/472-5015

Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training

Get trained to register people to vote. Register in advance. 10-11:30am. Free.

First Unitarian Universalist Complex, 4700 Grover, 512/925-6938

Worthwich Wand Making Class

Make your very own Harry Potter-inspired magic wand and learn fun wand facts. 4pm. $30.

Art Garage, 11190 Circle Dr.


Call for Platelet Donors

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

Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.


Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.


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