The Main Event

Formula One

The international racing event is gearing up to out-clusterfuck even South by Southwest with 300,000 alleged visitors to our town. So, you can either complain about the traffic or jump on the bandwagon and get in the spirit of the race. This bandwagon ain't cheap though with weekend passes ranging from $340 to $4,700. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18.



The Home Teams

Southwestern University

Women's Basketball Southwestern University Tip-Off Tournament: Sat., Nov. 17: Mary Hardin-Baylor Vs. Whitworth, 5pm; Southwestern Vs. Texas Lutheran, 7pm. Corbin J. Robertson Center.


Texas Stars

Saturday's game features a special teddy bear toss. Bring a new teddy bear or stuffed animal and toss it onto the ice after the Stars' first goal. They'll be donated to Operation Blue Santa and fans who particpate will reciev one free ticket to the Dec. 19 Stars game. Vs. San Antonio: Thu., Nov. 15, 7:30pm. Vs. Charlotte: Sat., Nov. 17, 7pm. Vs. Oklahoma City: Wed., Nov. 21, 7:30pm. $11-64 plus fees.

Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000


Recreation & Fitness

Austin Table Tennis Club

is Austin's premier table tennis facility featuring 16 tables, wi-fi, a weight room, a lounge, and much more. Austin Table Tennis Club, 8956 Research Blvd.



Chess Club

Beginners through advanced, ages 8 and up. BYOCB (chess board). Tuesdays, 5-6pm. Oak Springs Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr. Saturdays, 1-2pm. Spicewood Springs Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd. Free.



Mueller Tennis Club

Call or text to RSVP for this fun open-play all-skill-levels-welcome tennis club that meets Saturdays at 10am. Free.

Patterson Park, 4201 Brookview, 512/789-6773

Stand-Up Paddling With the Expedition School

Find out why stand-up paddling is all the rage. All ages are welcome with multiple sessions to choose from. See website for prices and more.

Lorriane "Grandma" Camacho Activity Center, 34 Robert Martinez Jr., 512/391-1863


The African-American Fitness Circle

is an exercise group that meets every other Saturday to walk laps at Highland Mall. Open to men and women; please bring some water, and wear comfortable shoes. Meet at the Food Court. Free.

Highland Mall, 6001 Airport


The Rules of Basketball

Features an exhibition by artist Paul Pfeiffer and a display of James Naismith's 1891 document the Original Rules of Basketball. You won't want to miss this in-depth and historical look into the sport of basketball. Runs through Jan. 13, 2013.

The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 512/471-7324


Try Stand-Up Paddling for Free

The new sport of stand-up paddling has arrived in Austin, and you are welcome to come out and learn how to do it for free. All ages and athletic abilities welcome. Saturdays, 10am-noon. Free.

North side of Lady Bird Lake under the MoPac bridge


Unarmed Stage Combat Workshops

For those who want to learn all the basics of how they make all those fights on stage and screen look so real. Taught by Andrew Rodgers. Every Saturday in November, 3pm. The Collective, 2015 E. Riverside. $125 for all four sessions.


Runs, Walks, & Rides

Freedom Run 5K

10am. $35.

Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th, 512/474-0022


Guided Hike at Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve

Guided birding and nature hikes held every third Saturday of the month. Sat., Sept. 17, 9-11am. Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.


Slaughter Creek Walk

Walks of 5 and 10 miles. Hosted by the Colorado River Walkers. Mary Moore Searight Park, 907 W. Slaughter. 8am.


St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.

Proceeds will benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 8am. Free.

Austin's Park: Amusement Center, 16231 N. I-35


Vern’s No Frills 5k No. 44

8am. $1.

Berry Springs Park & Preserve, 1801 CR 152, Georgetown, 512/724-3774


Walk To Defeat ALS


Mueller Lake Park, 1829 Simond, 371-1718


Weekly Community Run

Every Saturday, 7am, till Dec. 22. Free.

Tetra Fitness, 1717 W. Sixth, Building 2 Ste. 110-R



Recreation & Fitness


All leagues are coed with happy-hour fun following all games.


Free Ice Skating Class

Austin's premier rink folks are offering free first lessons every Saturday for ages 6 and older. Also, check out their men's, women's, and youth hockey leagues. "Try Me" clinics: Saturdays, noon. Chaparral Ice, 14200 N. I-35, 252-8500 and Northcross Mall, 451-5102. Free.


Runs, Walks, & Rides

Austin Cycling Association

Check website for fun biking adventures.


City Running Tours

For those looking to learn more about Austin and get some exercise at the same time, this might do the trick. Choose the type of run, the mileage, and when you'd like to do it, and they'll handle the rest. Advance purchase required.


Wild Basin Wilderness

has a plethora of available walks, hikes, and more.


Wild Cards

Mojo Kickball

is multiball kickball with elements of dodgeball, tag, and a little touch of football mixed in. Tutorials held before every game with a $3 suggested donation.