Trace at the W will serve brunch and Bloody Marys through traditional breakfast and lunch hours during the Music Festival. Also, the first 300 people who arrive for KGSR's free daily music broadcast March 12-15 each morning will get free breakfast courtesy of the hotel. Required $5 donation to Make a Wish Foundation.
Chefs here will be grilling signature pizzas and Cuban sandwiches from a station on their comfortable patio so that busy SXSW guests can "grab & go" or relax with a specially-priced beer or wine selection Thursday through Sunday.
This is kinda like the most unofficial SXSW ever. Booths, food, drinks, a petting zoo, rides, kids games, and live music just south of town helps Hindus and non-Hindus alike celebrate the Festival of Colors. 2-8pm. Free.
This conflagration of DIY goodness brings more than 185 of today’s brightest indie makers from across the Lone Star State and beyond to SXSW – with hands-on workshops, live music, food, booze, and more. Thu.-Sat., March 13-15, noon-8pm. Free.
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).
You might have heard of it. In fact you probably won't be able to avoid it as every venue and square foot of open space is filled with bands you've probably never heard of. Seriously, check your couch, there might be a musician there. However, if you can find parking (or take a train or bus or bike) there's some of the best people watching in the world right here this week. There's also a good chance you'll run into a party that doesn't require any kind of credentials and still has great performers playing. Through March 16.
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.
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.