Circle Brewing Co. celebrates its third anniversary with food trucks, brewery tours, bands, and the release of its new Epic Hop Bock. First 500 attendees receive a complimentary anniversary glass. 1-5pm. $15.
Cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events are just a few of the things putting you in a countrified mood. Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, the Temptations, and Willie Nelson are some of the many headliners. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 1-16. Fairgrounds. $8 ($5, kids); carnival, $38 (includes fairground); rodeo & concert: $37-175 (includes fairground).
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900
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, Feb. 8-March 30, 10am-dusk. $20 ($10, kids).
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 farmer's market. Saturdays through April 19, 10am-2pm.
It's kinda like office hours except you can meet with the official history of the Texas government. That means access to newspapers, journals, books, manuscripts, photos, old maps, and other resources is at your fingertips. Perfect for that dissertation on Texas history or genealogical snooping. Second Saturdays of the month, 9am-4pm. Free.
Texas State Library & Archives, 1201 Brazos, 512/463-5455
The gaming arm of the SXSW fest takes over the Palmer Events Center. Nintendo, NASA, and lots of other folks will be supplying the fun and, of course, games. The adults might want to check out some of the panels, but the kids will likely stick to the pro-gaming tournaments, real-life Mario Karts, and other flashy bits. It's free; there's parking; it's everything SXSW can be without all the hassle. Check our SXSW coverage for more info. Fri.-Sun., March 7-9. Free.