A.N.G.E.L. (Au Naturel Girls Everyone Loves)

Celebrate the unfettered side of African hairstyles like fades, afros, curls, or locs. Local vendors make sure you're looking good and DJed music and food will be available. Attendees are encouraged to dress to impress. Beauty is the theme after all. noon-4pm. $5.

Sully's Side Bar, 300 Colorado

Austin Fabric Shop Hop

Local shops will be putting their best fabrics forward. Go online to see the participating stores and win prizes for visiting them all. Fri.-Sat., Aug. 28-29.

Daytrippers: San Antonio Missions

Get on the bus and take am educational trip south to check out the Spanish missions in and around San Antonio. 10am. $65.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-8746

Eastside Music School Open House

Check out the teachers and the facility and sign up for a free introductory lesson. 11am-2pm. Free.

Eastside Music School, 501 N. I-35 #110,

Fall Home and Garden Show

Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, Jeff Lewis from Bravo's Flipping Out adds some star power to the proceedings. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 28-30. $8.50 (free, kids).

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

International Afrikan Fashion Week

Runway shows, trunk shows, parties, and more will showcase fashion from black designers and industry professionals all weekend at various locations. Go online for a complete list of events and to buy tickets. Thu.-Sun., Aug. 27-30.

Le Garage Sale

You can tell it's going to be one fancy garage sale because of the "le." Don't expect hand-me-downs and suspiciously stained linens. Local boutiques will show their stuff. Changing rooms are absent, so bring a sheet and a friend. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 29-30. $10.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 512/965-5708

South Central Waterfront: Walk & Draw Workshop

The City of Austin and local artist Ann Armstrong of Austin's Atlas are teaming up to produce a crowdsourced Peoples' Field Guide to the South Central Waterfront. Thu., Aug. 27, 6:30-8:30pm; Sat., Aug. 29, 10am-noon.

Statesman Bat Observation Center, under the Congress Avenue Bridge

Summer Days: Kitten Craze at Austin Animal Shelter

There's still ample time to pick up a feline friend during the Austin Animal Center's summer adoption special. For $25, take home a cat or kitten that is spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and microchipped. Pets over 7 years old are free. Through Sept. 7.. $25 adoption fee (all pets over 7 years, free).

Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop

The Juvenile Justice Project: Journeys to Justice Exhibit

An exhibit of reflective and provocative work of Austin teenagers at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center exploring juvenile justice in America. 1pm.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926

The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936

Learn more about one of the most controversial Olympics courtesy of this mobile exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Exhibit is open every day. Free.

HJ Lutcher Stark Center, 512/471-4890


23rd Street Artists' Market

This Drag stalwart features original handcrafted work from local artisans. Open every day but Saturday features an above average number of vendors.

23rd Street & Guadalupe

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.

Blood Center of Central Texas, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266

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


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