Banger's Smoke Out Saturday

This month's event features a Low Country crab shellfish boil and live music all day. Food served at 8pm. 11am-11pm. $15.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey, 512/386-1656


Cedar Bark Festival

Bring the family and the family dog for this benefit complete with an ugliest dog contest, costume contest, fastest dog races, a dog jog, and more. Bring donations for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. 10am-2pm. Free.

Cedar Bark Park, 2525 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park


Counter Culture Turns 2

What says happy anniversary better than a vegan corn dog and some live local music? 4-7pm. Free.

Counter Culture, 2337 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/524-1540


East Austin Handmade Arts Market

Stuff. Made by hands. Local hands. Saturdays April 12 & 19, 11am-4pm. Free.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282


Hopfields Prairie Explosion and Bottle Share Event

Beer aficionados will not want to miss this tapping and tasting of four rare and exclusive Prairie Artisan beers. 3pm. Free.

Hopfields, 3110 Guadalupe, 512/537-0467


Housing Choice Survey

Chime in on household affordability and fair housing in Austin.


Jo's Coffee Pet Parade

Costumed pets will parade from Annie Street up Congress Avenue with a marching band and be judged for cool prizes and trophies upon arrival in the parking lot at Jo's. noon. $15 ($10, advance).

Jo's Coffee, 1300 S. Congress, 512/444-3800


Nationwide Tour of Gowns

Take a gander at hundreds of new and worn wedding dresses ranging from $100 to $4,000. Don't feel guilty about splurging, the proceeds go to Brides Against Breast Cancer. 1-7pm. $7 ($5, advance).

Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234


Noble Sandwich Co. Dinner Series

Chef John Bates kicks off the spring dinner series in the new RR 620 location with a garden-fresh, four-course meal. BYOB. 8pm. $65.

Noble Sandwich Co., 12233 RR 620 N., #105, 512/382-6248

www.noblesandwiches.com, noblepigaustin@gmail.com

Pints for Pups Fundraiser

This great dog-friendly event raises money for Austin pet-rescue nonprofits while offering beer and plenty of pet-related activities. 1-4pm. $10.

Independence Brewing Co, 3913 Todd Ln. #607, 512/707-0099


Record Store Day

You should support your local record store every day, but on this special occasion there will be one of a kind offerings from artists and labels to entice you. Go online or check out this week's Playback column for more.


Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz: A Tribute to Mexican Women

Two-day forum on the issues women face in and out of prison. Schedule online. 2pm. Free.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/974-3772

www.maccaustin.org, elizabeth.castillo@austintexas.gov

Spring Transplants Sale

Start planning your spring veggie garden with Johnson's Backyard Garden's organic transplants sale, including heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, squash, and more. You can also order online and arrange for pickup at an area farmers' market. Saturdays through April 19, 10am-2pm.

Johnson's Backyard Garden, 9515 Hergotz Ln., 512/386-5273


Traveling Psychic Supper Club

Meet with intuitive minds and get better connected with your psychic self. With dinner. 5pm. $20.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill, 4206 Duval, 512/496-4294


Volente Olive Fest

This free family-friendly event offers cooking demos and olive oil tastings, as well as food, drinks, and plenty of fun. 2:30-8pm. Free.

Volente Beach Waterpark, 16107 Wharf Cove (FM 2769), Volente, 512/258-5109


Vortex Garden Party

It's a volunteer event in the guise of a party. So, as you help get the theatre's garden looking spiffy both you and the kids will be entertained. Bring a wheelbarrow if you have one. noon-4pm. Free.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282



Barton Creek Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/327-7040


Barton Springs Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Austin's favorite swimming hole. All you have to do is download the audio files and map from the Save Our Springs Alliance website, and off you go.

Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080


Cedar Park Farmers Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/257-8500


Central Market Cooking School

Whether you need to brush up your knife skills or throw together a romantic Thai dinner for two, these guys have you covered year round with an eclectic array of classes spanning all skill levels.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000


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 www.emancipet.org to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.



Habitat for Humanity now offers free, once-a-month tours of recent and past home-building sites. See how much they've accomplished, and find out what's yet to be done. Call or e-mail to reserve a seat.

Tours begin and end at 310 Comal, 472-8788 x401


Helping Hands Center

needs strong, dependable males to help load/unload groceries twice monthly.

Helping Hands Center, 1151 San Bernard St., 472-2298

SFC Downtown Farmers’ Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, 512/974-6700


SFC Sunset Valley Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096


Tokyo Happy Hour Brunch

Check out the new Tokyo Brunch menu on weekends where made-from-scratch Japanese dishes are paired with sake cocktails. Enjoy happy hour prices from 10-11:30am at brunch during an introductory period.

Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081