Austin Auto Show

The latest car tech and models join some recognizable rides (a landspeeder, 1989 Batmobile, Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds) for the auto enthusiast or just fans of shiny things. Come to buy or drool. Fri.-Sun., March 24-26, 10am. $3.75-6.

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

Blanton Block Party

All-day fest celebrating the newly reinstalled permanent collection galleries with family art activities, a museum studies symposium, and tours throughout the day. As the sun sets the cash bar opens accompanied by after-hours art viewing, food, live music and dancing, a photobooth, and more. 11am-11pm. Free.

The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK, 512/471-7324

Bluebonnet Family Platter

Learn how to make a bluebonnet platter with your fingerprints. 4pm. $20 reservation goes toward the cost of your platter.

The Art Garage Austin, 22290 Circle Dr. #202

CodeNEXT Public Outreach Sessions

Each meeting will include a brief presentation, a display of key points in the code, and mingling to discuss and answer questions. Sat. April 8, 2-4pm.

Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa, 512/414-2538

Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

Muddy Waters

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

Free Homebuyer Education Workshop

Every fourth Saturday, the AAUE offers a workshop covering home-purchasing, mortgage-securing, and money management. Classes fill up quickly, so call to get on the waiting list. Personalized sessions are available. 10am-4pm.

Austin Area Urban League, 8011-A Cameron #100, 478-7176

Handbags for Hope Brunch with Texas Advocacy Project

Bring a new or gently used purse to donate to the Project's Handbags for Hope Campaign and enjoy brunch plus two cocktails. Bags are given to women transitioning out of domestic violence shelters along with life-saving legal info. This year’s campaign ends March 31. 11am-2pm. $35 for 21 and up, $25 under 21.

Juliet Ristorante, 1500 Barton Springs Rd., 512/479-1800

Kriser's Natural Pet Grand Opening Celebration

So much free stuff – nail trims & pet IDs (10am-4pm), etc. – plus raffles for free grooming and gift cards, treats, samples, and more. Sat.-Sun., March 25-26, 10am-4pm. Free.

Kriser's Natural Pet, 4400 N. Lamar Blvd.

Lifeguard Job Fair

Applicants 15-16 years old will need a guardian present for interviews, 17-year-olds will need a guardian's signature. All applicants must bring ID and Social Security card. noon-4pm.

Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez, (512) 974-9330

Mad Hatter's Ball

Throw on the top hat and it's down the rabbit hole for dinner, an open bar, live auction, interactive entertainment from Austin Oddities, and a live music from the Statesboro Revue. 7:30pm. $100, $1,500 table for 8.

Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th, 512/858-4258

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

Our Austin Story Public Meeting

Telling the story of Austin through our historic city squares: Brush, Republic, and Wooldridge. Learn more about the project and, most importantly, share your own stories. 11am-1pm. Free.

The Departure Lounge, 311 W. Fifth #102, 512/469-1766

Paint Your Nails & Give

Get your nails did and donate the funds to charity. Paint your own, get 'em done by a pro, and/or get a foot or chair massage. Benefiting the Refuge. noon-3pm.

Austin Ridge Church SW Campus, 7416 Hwy. 71

Parent Resource Fair

Learn about businesses and resources that support children, parents, and families in the area. noon-3pm. Free.

Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd.

Post SXSW Detox

Salons and fitness centers throughout town and Those Texas Women host post SXSW events across town. Afterparty at Big Red Sun ($20). See website for details. 9am.

1102 East, 1102 E. Cesar Chavez

Post-SXSW Detox Day + After Party for ACLU of Texas

A day of self-care benefiting ACLU of Texas. Those Texas Women invite you to detox from SX with yoga, Pilates, and salon services followed by a night of free drinks, snacks, and live music. 8am-10pm. $20-50.

1102 E. Cesar Chavez

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

SAT/ACT Practice Test

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

Save Texas Schools Rally

School vouchers, underfunding, budget cuts, standardized testing, school rating systems – this is why we rally. "With anti-education forces here and in Washington, it's time to rally like never before." Sat., March 25, 10am-noon..

Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400

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

Songkran Festival

Celebrate the Thai/Cambodia/Laos New Year with traditional holiday foods and a Thai Talent Beauty Pageant . 10am-11:30pm. Free.

Wat Buddhananachat, 8105 Linden Rd., Del Valle, 512/247-4298

South Austin Record Fair

Browse for some cool vinyl (and other rock memorabilia) to add to your collection while enjoying a cold beverage. DJs, free parking, and a food truck round out the deal. noon-9pm. Free.

South Austin Brewery, 415 E. St. Elmo, 512/354-2337

Spring Home & Garden Show

Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gape at the work of pros, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Animal Planet’s Tanked supply the star power. Fri.-Sun., March 24-26. $9.50 (free, kids).

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

The Austin Flea at Whole Foods Arbor Trails

Browse for handmade and vintage wearables, housewares, bath and body products, and more. 11am-5pm. Free.

Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon

Women’s Only “Dangerously Cute” Self Defense Seminar

A five-hour, hands-on workshop teaching self-identifying women (12 and up – senior citizens welcome) lifesaving defense skills. Proceeds benefit “It Starts With Soccer” and Vandegrift Lady Viper Soccer. 11am-3pm. $30.

Vandegrift High School, 9500 McNeil


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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