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    May 6 Joint General & Special Elections

    The May 6 election includes Austin propositions about police oversight and several Travis County bond propositions and local offices. Learn more at austinchronicle.com/elections.
    Early voting, April 24-May 2; election day, May 6  
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      Austin Record Convention

      Audiophiles, head down to the largest sale of recorded music in the USA. From the 78s of the 1930s to CDs (and probably even a few 8-track tapes), there are over 1 million 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs, cassettes, posters, collectibles and music-related memorabilia available from over 300 different dealers.
      Early shop: Fri., May 5, 10am-5pm. GA: May 6-7. Sat., 8am-6pm; Sun., 9am-5pm. $5; $30 for early shop Friday.  
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      Dachshund Dash & Kentucky Derby Watch Party

      On your marks, get set, GO! ... to the cutest 30-second race you'll ever see. They'll have frozen mint juleps, $1 coneys, a Best Derby Hat contest for the humans, and of course the much-anticipated dachshund race where one lucky pup will be awarded Best Weiner! Hosted by the lovely Eileen Dover, with music by DJ TJ the DJ. Interested in entering your dashing dach in the race? Email [email protected] for more information.
      Sat., May 6, 4pm. Free entry, 21+.
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      Fiesta Austin

      This celebration pays tribute to Hispanic history, heritage, and tradition, with dancing, live music, arts, and of course lots of great traditional Mexican dishes.
      Sat., May 6, 10am-11pm. $5-7; free until noon.  
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      "Texas Governors and Their Times, 1846-1946"

      This exhibit showcases materials from the State Archives documenting the official work and daily business of the state’s chief executive spanning 100 years. Can't visit in person? It's available to explore online.
      Sept. 19, 2022-May 15, 2023. Free.
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      A Kinda Good Tattoo Convention

      It's more than kinda good, it's a creative collab between Kinda Tropical and No Good Tattoo, with 30 artists plus panels, music, vendors, and more.
      Sat.-Sun., May 6-7, 11am-10pm. Free.  
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      Adult Skate Night

      Leave the rugrats at home and enjoy the roller rink with other grownups.
      Tuesdays, 7-11pm; Saturdays, 9pm-midnight  
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      Austin Flea

      Two chances to catch the local vendor market this weekend: Saturday at Mañana Dos, 10am-2pm (with adoptable dogs from Safe Refuge of Central Texas), or Sunday at Lazarus on Sixth, noon-5pm.
      Sat.-Sun., May 6-7
      Mañana Dos, 111 Sandra Muraida Way; Lazarus Brewing Co., 1902 E. Sixth
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      Austin Train Show

      Choo-choo! The Austin Train Show celebrates 50 years of fun for railroad fans of all ages. Enjoy over 25K square feet of operating model trains, including a railroad made entirely of Legos, and over 100 vendor tables with gear for kids, beginners, or the most devoted and advanced railroad enthusiast. Sponsored by the nonprofit Austin Model Railway Society.
      May 6-7. Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 10am-4pm. $8-10; kids 12 and under, free.
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      Beer Release Party With Texas Living Waters Project

      Meanwhile Brewing and Texas Living Waters Project release a special collab beer called Take Me to the River, with proceeds going to keeping Texas rivers clean, healthy, and beautiful. A "Ground Water vs. Surface Water" soccer tourney opens the day, and the nonprofit will be around from 11am to 3pm with info about their work. In addition, purchasing the beer and signing up for the TLWP newsletter will get you in a raffle to win prizes from Patagonia and Yeti.
      Sat., May 6, 10am-3pm. Free.  
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      Best Day Ever Party & County Fair

      Try your luck at several county fair-style games, listen to the Lake Travis Fiddlers, and grab a beverage in the saloon, then join the program and live auction to raise funds for Colin’s Hope. Funds go to the org's vital work to prevent drowning.
      Sat., May 6, 6pm. $100.
      Star Hill Ranch, 15000 Hamilton Pool Rd.
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      Bike Through History

      Visitors are welcome to bring their bike and "Ride Through History" to see an exhibit on the Iron Riders, Buffalo soldiers who tested the bicycle as a replacement for the horse in the U.S. Army, and a display of antique cycles and riders in costume, courtesy of the Wheelmen, a national cycling history organization.
      Sat.-Sun., May 6-7, 11am-2pm  
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      Blue Action Block Walks & Phone Banking

      Area Democrats wanting to get involved are welcome to join Blue Action to help get out the vote for the May 6 election.
      Ongoing
      Various locations
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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar's May Market

      We always shop Blue Genie Art Bazaar during the winter holiday season, but we don't have to wait seven more months! At this spring market, see the work of more than 100 regional artisans and craftspeople and pick up gifts for Mother's or Father's Day, graduation, weddings, or any other spring/summer occasion. Raffles, samples, and demos will be offered throughout the show.
      Through May 29. Fri.-Sun. (and Memorial Day), 10am-8pm. Free.
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      CANtucky Derby

      For a fun twist on the usual KD celebrations, Blue Owl allows patrons to select which beer will be the most popular. From noon to 5pm, select your beer can "horse," and stick around to find out the winner and get prizes at 6pm.
      Sat., May 6, noon-6pm  
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      Children's Mental Health Acceptance Day

      To kick off Children's Mental Health Acceptance Week, Texas System of Care will join communities across Texas to host a day with musical performances, guest speakers, and interactive exhibits focused on breaking down stigma and improving the mental health of young ones.
      Sat., May 6, 9-11am. Free.
      Texas State Capitol, 11th & Congress
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      Community Swap: Bikes

      Stop in to trade bike parts and/or gear.
      Sat., May 6, 11am-1pm. Free.
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      Derby Gala With the Extragrams

      Sip on frozen mint juleps and enjoy drag and commentary from Extragrams.
      Sat., May 6, 5:30pm  
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      Dog Fashion Show

      Kim Ortiz Portrait Art, Healthy Pet, and Camp Bow Wow present a furry fashion show with prizes from sponsors.
      Sat., May 6, 10am-noon  
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      Doom Metal Goat Yoga

      Jester King partners with Oak + Lotus Yoga for sessions where you can sink into doomy and melodic sounds while being guided through a yoga session surrounded by JK's glorious goat herd. Bring forth the beasts!
      March 4-May 27. Saturdays, 10am. $25.  
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      Free Comic Book Day

      Dragon's Lair gets in on the fun with a bouncy castle, cosplayers, and more family-friendly fun on top of free comics.
      Sat., May 6, 10am-4pm. Free.
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      Free Comic Book Day

      Tribe will be giving out free comics as well as offering 10% off everything and 50% off selected items.
      Sat., May 6, 10am-8pm. Free.  
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      Free Meditation Classes

      Get a brief intro and experience Sahaja Yoga, a method of meditation that takes you beyond mental, emotional, and physical activity and allows you to experience the true self which lies within.
      Tuesdays, 7:15pm; Saturdays, 10:30am. Free.
      Sahaja Yoga Meditation Center, 8711 Burnet Rd. Suite A-12
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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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      Future Front Community Meetup

      Women and LGBTQ+ creatives of all kinds are welcome for coffee, good conversation, community stories, and old and new faces.
      Sat., May 6, 11am-1pm. Free.  
      Future Front HQ, 916 Springdale #3
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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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      Grupo Folklórico Ocotochtli

      Texas State University's award-winning mariachi and ballet group will perform, and Roughhouse releases a new Mexican lager with proceeds benefiting Somos Tejas State, which supports the professional development of Latinx students at Texas State.
      Sat., May 6, 2-3:30pm. Free.
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      HerbDay at the American Botanical Council

      Renowned herbalists will give educational presentations and lead a plant walk around ABC's medicinal and culinary theme gardens, and there'll be plants and books for sale among other things, plus music, children's activities, and more.
      Sat., May 6, 10am-4pm. Free.  
      American Botanical Council, 6200 Manor Rd.
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      Hill Country Galleria Saturday Night Concert Series

      Austin City Limits Radio hosts a seven-week music series featuring local faves like Bob Schneider, Rosie Flores, Two Tons of Steel, and more. Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy music on the lawn, as well as dining options like Buenos Aires Cafe, Cafe Blue, and the League Kitchen & Tavern.
      Saturdays through May 6, 7-9pm. Free.
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      John Slatin AccessU

      AccessU is the No. 1 training conference in accessible digital design and is trusted by professionals nationwide. Whether you’re a designer, code slinger, researcher, manager, or any other role, AccessU is the best way to deepen your learning, strengthen your skills, and expand your network. Attend in person or online, and consider volunteering: the conference seeks volunteers for the help desk, AV/tech support, and session moderators. Volunteers are encouraged to apply by May 1, but may do so through May 8.
      Tue.-Fri., May 9-12. Get full schedule of conference and after-hours events online. $445-895.  
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      Karaoke Underground

      You won't find Britney or Mariah on this song list: This one's for punk and indie fans who want to belt out tunes from Misfits, Black Flag, Pixies, et al.
      First Saturdays, 9pm  
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      Karaoke With Molly

      Sing some tunes with comedian host Molly Vivent.
      Sat., May 6, 10:30pm. Free; 21 and up.  
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      Kitten Shower

      The Austin Animal Center is expecting ... kittens! It's kitten season, folks, so AAC will have info on fostering, games, cookies, and a donation drive. See the wish list online, which includes items like baby spoons, corn syrup, kitten treats, carriers, hand warmers, and other supplies to help take care of the influx of baby kitties.
      Sat., May 6, 2-4pm  
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      May Landscape Learning Day at the Ney

      Spend the morning learning about local flora and fauna, then work in the landscape planting native seeds and removing invasive plants.
      Sat., May 6, 9-11am. Free.  
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      May Market Pop-Up

      Eastside Pop Up hosts a garden party pop-up with 15+ vendors toting handcrafted and vintage items. Plus: 604 Coffee truck serving seasonal sips.
      Sat., May 6, 10am-3pm
      Garden Seventeen, 604 Williams St.
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      Meditation & Music

      An evening of meditation and music followed by light refreshments.
      Sat., May 6, 7:30pm. Free.
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      Mother's Day Picnics & Bouquets

      The Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy teams up with Antonelli’s and Good Juju Flowers to offer a special surprise for Mom. Preorder a picnic platter and add an optional bouquet, then pick up your goodies and enjoy some quality time in the gorgeous garden.
      Order by May 7 for May 13-14 pickup. $52-106.  
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      Native Landscaping Walk & Talk

      Horticulturist Jill Nokes leads a walk through nature and discusses how to incorporate native plants into your own garden.
      Sat., May 6, 10am. Free.  
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      Pecan Street Festival

      Austin's beloved biannual arts festival returns, taking over Sixth Street with booths featuring hundreds of visual artists and artisans, 40 live bands over three stages, dozens of food concessions, plus pet adoptions, dance lessons, children's rides, and more. It's a fabulous fam-friendly weekend not to be missed.
      May 6-7. Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 11am-8pm. Free.  
      Sixth Street, Downtown
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      SFC Farmers' Market: 20th Anniversary

      In addition to the weekly farmers' market, enjoy live music, crafts, chef demonstrations, and a birthday bash that's been two decades in the making – all free, family-friendly, and in support of the Sustainable Food Center.
      Through May 27. Saturdays, 9am-1pm  
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      SISTEMS: Midnight Navy

      An immersive storytelling experience designed to introduce emerging artists to Austin's local music connoisseurs.
      Sat., May 6, 9pm. Free.  
      Lulu's, 10402-C Menchaca
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      Texas State Parks Photo Contest

      Capture your adventures at Texas State Parks. Explore a new trail, discover a cool critter, or catch an awesome sunset, then submit your pics or tag them on social media (#TexasStateParks and #TexasParks100) to win parks passes or H-E-B gift cards.
      Deadline: Nov. 27  
      Submit online
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      The Cabinet Oak Project

      More than 50 invited artists worked with pieces from a fallen branch of the Cabinet Oak on the lawn of the Texas White House, a historic 300-year-old tree with a legacy of its own, to create vibrant and unique works of art representing a wide range of artistic practices, genres, techniques, and media. At this special event, pieces will be auctioned and the night will include entertainment, delicious food, drinks, and surprises. Hosted by the Friends of the LBJ National Historical Park, proceeds will support the restoration of the "Texas White House" and the creation of an Artist-in-Residence program at the LBJ Ranch.
      Sat., May 6, 6-9pm. $150.  
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      Visit Lake Charles at Pecan Street Festival

      Gulf Coast goodness comes to Austin for the weekend via Louisiana's Visit Lake Charles "Joy" activation. They bring danceable zydeco melodies with four-time Grammy nominee Sean Ardoin, delectable Gulf shrimp on cheesy grits from chef Stephen Coblentz, fun and games with casino tables, craft beer from Crying Eagle Brewing Company, and a chance to win a getaway to Lake Charles at L'Auberge Casino Resort, Golden Nugget Lake Charles, Horseshoe Lake Charles, or Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel. And of course, free swag!
      May 6-7. Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 11am-8pm
      Sixth & Neches
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      We Are Blood Baseball Cap Giveaway

      Get ready for sunny weather with a fresh new cap as a reward for donating blood or platelets.
      May 1-14  
      We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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      Women's Health Event

      Learn how to maintain your health through all phases of life at a lively interactive event. It being Derby Day, creative headpieces are encouraged, with prizes to be awarded in several categories!
      Sat., May 6, 2-5pm. Free.  
      Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, 5251 U.S. Hwy. 290 W.
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      Women's Self Defense

      Practice using mixed martial arts techniques in a hands-on environment and gain a basic understanding of how to defend yourself using your body and tools like a baton, pepper spray, and a tactical flashlight. Registration required; email [email protected].
      Sat., May 6, 3-4:30pm  
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      Zoom Room Dog Training Grand Opening Party

      Enjoy refreshments, caricature and photo booth portraits, bobbing for hot dogs, agility runs, and more. Bring your dog and save one: They'll donate $5 to Soulfull Is PAWSible for each RSVP.
      Sat., May 6, 9am-noon. Free.  
      Zoom Room Dog Training, 5300 S. MoPac #504

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