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    14th Annual Garden Party

    The fête champêtre, or rural party, was popular with 18th-century French nobility. According to the countess of Carnarvon’s official blog, these were set within the beautiful Gardens of Versailles and filled by all the Franco-tomfoolery favored by the powdered-wig set. You, however, don’t need to be royalty to cavort through the Vortex grounds at this upcoming fête champêtre. To enjoy the various activities – live music! Tiny Tails animal petting! Excerpts from upcoming Vortex Theater shows! – all you must be is pure of spirit and character. Oh, and if you want to bring a li’l donation to help keep the gardens running as a certified butterfly sanctuary, well. That’d be real kings and queens behavior. – James Scott
    Sun., March 10
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      Rodeo Austin

      You thought SXSW was the only days-long party in town promising loud music and smelly animals? Then this must be your first rodeo! OK, this one’s slightly more wholesome: Activities include a stock show, pro rodeo, petting zoo, pig races, carnival rides, and your favorite fareground vittles, plus a fresh headliner every day, including Lukas Nelson, Los Huracanes del Norte, Wynonna Judd, and Flatland Cavalry. Too wholesome? Pull on your finest shitkickers and hit the dance hall; there’s a full bar and, Rodeo Austin teases, a “chance to dance with a real cowboy.” Runs through March 23. – Kimberley Jones
      Through March 23
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      Wednesday Trivia

      I’m getting a psychic premonition, much like a certain braid-wearing goth icon. With trivia questions focused on season 1 of the Tim Burton-directed and Jenna Ortega-starring Netflix show, you’ll compete against other Addams addicts to win the creepy, kooky, and altogether ooky crown. Not ready to drop the $5 pay-to-play because you’re an Addams Family Values purist? The Velvet Casket’s free to enter, as is its mother store the Glass Coffin: Shop their gothic wares and find a dark-hearted treasure. Maybe there’s a Thing in there just waiting to become your eternal companion. – James Scott
      Sun., March 10
      The Velvet Casket, 3007 N. I-35
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      Bazaar Brunch

      Oh, my poor pocketbook. She cries for how empty she’ll become after the marvelous market Eastside PopUp’s got waiting this Sunday. Organized on the little lawn outside of vegan hotspot Bouldin Creek Cafe, the discerning shopper will find much to unburden their wallets for. Might you snap up an embroidered so-and-so from thread-smith Cousin Kenny’s, or a comfy sweatshirt that also declares your support for Texas queers by Emsbrynart? Perhaps you’ll pick a piece of porcelain turned planter from Flora & Fauna, or munch a watermelon CBD gummy from Redeemer. These and many more futures await you in this bizarre bazaar. – James Scott
      Sun., March 10
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      The Kitsch Market

      Some of you never had a mom who dragged you around antiquing, and it shows in your Ikea-stuffed apartments. How about you liven up the joint – and your outfits, your office, your life, even – by checking out this wide array of vintage, gifts, and more? Side Kitsch, attached to local coiffeur/ses Scissor Sisters Hair Show, contains tons of kooky artifacts from cool peoples past. Explore their indoor selection as well as a new slew of vendors outside. Gonna miss this Saturday’s affair? Check back in on March 30, when they’ll be doing it all again. – James Scott
      Sunday, March 10 & Saturday March 30
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      Barton Creek Farmers Market

      A great selection of local farmers bringing fabulous pastured meats, eggs, dairy, vegetables, and fruits, plus prepared-food vendors, artisans, bakers, and of course, live music.
      Sundays, 9am-1pm. Free.  
      4805 Hwy. 290 W., Sunset Valley (Kohl's parking lot)
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      Community Hours at Thinkery

      Thinkery provides admission by donation as part of its Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore STEAM concepts and develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
      Sundays, 3-5pm; Tuesdays, 3-7pm  
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      Dungeons & Dragons Night

      Pinballz offers themed rooms, tavern music, an interactive drink menu, and more to help immerse you in the campaign experience.
      Sundays, 6pm-close  
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      Fresh for Less Mobile Markets

      This program from the city of Austin, run by Farmshare Austin, has opened new market locations. There are now six weekly markets around town that sell Texas-grown produce, eggs, honey, and other groceries all at reduced prices. Most major cards are accepted at these markets and if you are a SNAP customer, you can also use your Lone Star card and Double Up Food Bucks. Locations and schedules are subject to change, so check the current info online to find one near you.
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      Geeks Who Drink Trivia

      The masters of minutiae present trivia games for prizes, covering everything from Hungary to The Hunger Games, science to sports, the Billboard Hot 100 to Better Call Saul. Find them at watering holes all over town each week.
      Ongoing
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      GoldenGaia Vendor Market + Holistic Fair

      Explore a diverse selection of vendors, including artisans, psychic readers, and holistic practitioners who can help heal mind, body, and spirit.
      Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Free.
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      Guided Breathwork & Journaling

      Weekly guided breathwork sessions incorporate lunar and solar cycles, card readings, Kundalini, journaling, and more, and are led by Margaret, who has studied around the world and is a trained midwife, birth & postpartum doula, Reiki master, registered yoga teacher, and kinesiologist.
      Sundays, 7:30pm. Donations appreciated.  
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      Sherwood Forest Faire

      The 15th annual Sherwood Forest Faire begins this Saturday and remains open on weekends from 10am to dusk, rain or shine, till April 21. Over 170 artisans will be peddling their wares and showing off demonstrations of the serious craft it takes to make them, ranging from glass blowers, blacksmiths, potters, and leather armor makers to weavers, jewelers, and visual artists. With over 150 live performances a day to choose from, you could witness full-contact jousting, falconry, swordplay, archery, juggling, comedy, or theatre. We all know the best part of the faire is the turkey legs though – so don yourself a cheeky costume, let the mead flow, and get thee to McDade this spring. – Lina Fisher
      Saturdays, Sundays. Through April 21
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      Small Business Division Webinars

      Do you own a small business or have entrepreneurial dreams? The city's Small Business Division is here to help! Find resources and a selection of instructional webinars on the city's site, with many free classes and some with a small fee.
      Ongoing  
      Virtual
    Ongoing
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      Civic Events

      WIC Mobile Unit

      Resources and info about Austin Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program for qualifying pregnant women, new mothers, and young children.
      Check online for current schedule. Free.  
      Various locations

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