'Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories'

A special screening and discussion of a 30-minute documentary that explores the issues of racial segregation and the civil rights movement in Austin. 2pm. Free.

Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe, 512/974-7480

Anime Overload

No surprises here, just a whole heck-of-a-lot of Japanese animation and pop culture events, panels, and workshops. We imagine there will be no shortage of outlandish costumes as well. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 8-10. $30.

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville, 512/451-5757

Awesmic City Expo

There will be keynote speakers, workshops, a peace wave concert, and much more at this expo of peace, the cosmos, and bongos. Patchouli optional. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 9-10. $5-10.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 888/509-8872

Barton Springs Fest

In addition to the cooling waters that are so dear to this sweltering city, this event has a little something for everyone, including live music courtesy of Atash and the Minor Mishap Marching Band, speakers, a diving competition, and free watermelon to celebrate. Throw in some yoga and poetry reading, and you have a uniquely Austin happening. 8am-7pm.

Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080

Denim & Diamonds Party: A Boot-Scootin' Ball

It's Last Act Theatre's third birthday, so put on your cowboy boots and get ready for a "classy country" celebration. Cocktails, music, raffle prizes, and more! 7pm. $15.

Private residence, 4404 Jinx Ave.

Divorce Workshop

With the guidance of trained professionals, workshop participants will gain a greater understanding of the often confusing divorce process. 8am-12:30pm. $45.

Riverbend Church, 4214 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 512/477-4707

Free Seminar on Harajuku Fashion

Karen Bravo hosts this seminar explaining the popular styles of dress in Japan's trendy Harajuku district. 2pm. Free.

Austin School of Fashion Design, 3216 S. Congress, 512/323-0633

Fun With LEDs

What to do with over two thousand LED lights? Make stuff! Workshops covering the how-tos take place all day, including tutorials on glow balloons, lanterns, and throwies. Insert epilepsy warning here. noon-6pm. Free.

ATX Hackerspace, 9701 Dessau #304

Ice Cream Festival

Kinda like the Hot Sauce Festival but less masochistic. All your favorite purveyors of things creamy and cold will be on hand to lower the temperature of your doubtlessly overheating body. Food and beverages for the lactose intolerant as well. Join in the ice-cream-eating contest or the popsicle-stick sculpture contest or enjoy the usual live music, games, rides, and carnival-style attractions. 10am-7pm. $10 (kids 8 and younger, free).

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

Lake Travis Hot Air Balloon Flight

Come see the beautiful sight of a bunch of big balloons in the sky, courtesy of the Central Texas Ballooning Association. 6am. Free.

Mansfield Dam Park, 512/481-2822

Pirate's Ball

Put on your best eye patch, sharpen your cutlass, and prepare to walk the plank at this party benefiting Austin Pets Alive! 2pm. $55.

Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3401 S. I-35, 512/448-2444

Rock Fest

The only head banging going on here would be if you fell into the 5000-pound amethyst geode you can win a chance have a photo op with. Otherwise, it's all things rocks and minerals, with games and activities, and the unveiling of the new fluorescent rock exhibit. 10am-6pm.

Nature's Treasures, 4103 N. I-35, 512/472-5015

Second Saturday Workshop

The group discusses "Recovery Sculpt," presented by Sabrina Beck. 10am. Free.

Austin Recovery, 8402 Cross Park Dr., 512/697-8500

State Library & Archives Open for Research

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

Tax-Free Weekend

Everything you need to go back to school will not be taxed this weekend: clothes, notebooks, crayons, glue, etc. Go online for a complete list of items free from the heavy hand of the man. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 8-10.

TCDP: Diversity Outreach Blockwalk & Meeting

Register voters and promote civic engagement. Please be sure to bring the following: snacks, water bottles, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes. 10am-2pm. Free.

Coordinated Campaign HQ, 1910 E. MLK

Texas Hunter Education

The class covers hunting ethics, safety, and shooting, and results in participants being certified to hunt legal game in the state of Texas, so long as you purchase a license, of course. 9am-1pm. $25.

Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park, 512/401-5514

TX NORML Senior Alliance Meeting

Help plan strategy to motivate, educate, and legislate senior involvement. Speaker will be Noelle Davis. 2-4:30pm. Free.

Opal Divine's Marina, 12709 MoPac N., 512/733-5353


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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