Austin Fashion Awards

How else would you end Austin Fashion Week than by attending a fete celebrating all the best local designers, salons, models, and boutiques? See who takes home a Golden Boot award before the models gear up in local designer garb and hit the runway before one well-dressed party. General admission tickets are sold on a first-come first-served basis. 7pm. $80 ($60, balcony).

Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces, 512/263-4146

Austin Fashion Week

means local boutiques and salons will be having mini- and megaparties all week in celebration. Enjoy each stylish venue à la carte or purchase a VIP ticket for red carpet treatment wherever chic people are found. The whole thing culminates with the Austin Fashion Awards at the Austin Music Hall on May 3. Through May 3.

Austin Heart Ball

Presented by the American Heart Association, this black-tie gala includes dinner, entertainment, dancing, and an auction. 7pm.

Hilton Hotel Downtown, 500 E. Fourth, 512/338-2403,

Austin Mini Maker Faire

A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness with crafts, science and engineering, food and music, and much more. Recommended if you like rockets, robots, stunts, toys, science, art, and pretty much anything awesome. 10am-6pm. $10-15.

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900

Bike Austin Strategy Summit

Let your voice be heard at this 2-day summit to make Austin more bike-friendly. Saturday's event ends with a party, and Sunday begins with a bike ride, so pace yourselves. Sat., May 3, 9am-5:30pm; Sun., May 4, 10am-5pm. Free.

Pure Austin, 907 W. Fifth, #201, 512/474-1800

Bollywood Bash

Dress as your favorite Bollywood vixen or villain, and sing and dance the night away to tunes spun by DJ Dan Singh. Not sure how to groove to the Eastern jams? The Flying Paneer Sisters will show you how it's done with a choreographed Bollywood routine. Otherwise, just let the music move your body. Proceeds go to Asian Family Support Services of Austin. 10pm-2am. $10.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765

CASA of Travis County Benefit

Join the TASSCC Masters for some live music, karaoke surprises, and much more. 8:30pm. $20.

Hills Country Club, 260 Club Estates Pkwy., 512/261-7200

Community Fit Blast

Get your mind and body on the path to fitness with the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas. 10am. $25.

Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th, 512/928-1982

Derby Day Run for the Roses

Experience the Kentucky Derby in style with raffle prizes, costume contests, and a live miniature horse. 2pm. $25-40.

TenOak, 409 Colorado, 512/472-2822

Derby Party Benefiting LIVESTRONG

Enjoy mint juleps and gourmet food, Derby festive attire contests, a silent auction, music from Starlings, TN, and a live stream of the Kentucky Derby. 3pm. $140.

Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande, 512/465-2162

Fiestas Patrias Cinco

Fiestas Patrias of Austin brings two days of music to celebrate the defeat of the French in 1862. Food, drinks, and more keep the proceedings spicy. Sat.-Sun., May 3-4. $7.

Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318

Herb Day

This 9th annual event at the American Botanical Council will have herbal lectures, herb walks through ABC's many medicinal theme gardens, plants, and much more. 10am-4pm. Free.

American Botanical Council, 6200 Manor Rd., 512/926-4900

Inside Austin Gardens Tour

Tour six local gardens around town. Purchase advanced tickets online or at each garden on tour day. Cash and credit cards accepted at each garden. For map and more info, see website. 9am-4pm.

Mother's Day Arabic Bazaar

Enjoy belly dance shows and classes, henna tattoos, and complimentary coffee and sweets while shopping for gifts during their Mother's Day sale. 10am-7pm. Free.

The Arabic Bazaar, 51st and Duval Street

Pecan Street Festival

This biannual street festival of arts & crafts vendors and live music knows how to party. Try an art class, or just park yourself in front of three stages with one of the many handheld food options and enjoy a performance from the likes of Gina Chavez, Residual Kid, or Vallejo, among others. Don't worry about bringing the kids, they'll be busy getting their faces painted, staring rapt at one of the traveling street magicians, or petting zoo animals. Sat.-Sun., May 3-4. Free.

Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35

Pioneer Day

Go back in time with hands-on activities, such as butter churning, dipping candles, and pioneer games. History reenactors and demonstrators are also on hand, as is live music. 10am-3pm. Free.

Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 512/218-5540

Re:Make Austin

Come to shop handmade, innovative, and out of the box goods from makers across the country. Try your hand at a creative DIY project, or learn something new from an expert in their craft. Sat.-Sun., May 3-4, 11am-5pm. Free.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

Texas NORML's Annual Texas Marijuana March

Help bring sanity to the drug war. 4pm. Free.

Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220


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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