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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Donate in-store at one of their 77 stores or online to benefit area foster kids and families. Free.
Mattress Firm, 3910 N. Lamar
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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..
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, and unparalleled people watching. Weekends, March 4-April 23, 10am-dusk.
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
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.
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).
Browse for handmade and vintage wearables, housewares, bath and body products, and more. 11am-5pm. Free.
Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon
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
Texas' Health & Human Services Commission removed inclusive language for LGBTQ youth from their children's mental health grant proposal. This is one way Texas leaves queer youth and families in need of help. Come out, speak up for queer kids. Fri., April 28, 9am..
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
offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.
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.