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

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

Desert Magic Witches' Market

A Southwestern take on an AWC classic market. Desert-goods and gadgets a plenty. Pan food truck to satisfy your shopping-induced hunger. 2-8pm. Free.

Hard Luck Lounge, 3526 E. Seventh,

Fix the System

Live music plus info on social, political, and environmental organizations benefiting Communities in Schools. $7.

Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562


If you are interested in the eco-friendly Austin community, you're in the right place. Bring the kids, enjoy the live music, and talk to folks from some of your fave environmental organizations. 11am-3pm. Free.

Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal, 512/727-8363

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.

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

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

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

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.

Steady Rock Steady

DJ jLa Soul spins Jamaican records from the 1960s to '80s. 3:30-6:30pm. Free.

Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2350


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

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