Where to celebrate Texas Independence Day in Austin

Texas Independence Day is a big day in the Lone Star State. Every March 2, we Texans celebrate the day in 1836 when the Texas Declaration of Independence was officially adopted, making the state independent from Mexico after 15 years and officially creating the Republic of Texas. Wondering how to celebrate? As always, Austin has plenty of options.

Honor veterans of the Texas Revolution at the Texas State Cemetery on Thursday. Reenactors in period dress will fire off muskets, and members of Celebrate Texas will pause at the grave of their founder, Jay Johnson, before Texian Legacy Association members will lead a brief tour of other heroes buried in the cemetery.

Celebrate at the Capitol. The official celebration starts at noon Thursday.

Remember the AlamoThe names of the men who died defending the Alamo will be read aloud on the south steps of the Capitol, followed by a musket volley in their honor.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 18: A general view of atmosphere as HISTORY celebrates the epic new miniseries "Texas Rising" with "Texas Honors" event at the Alamo on May 18, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for HISTORY)
SAN ANTONIO, TX – MAY 18: A general view of atmosphere as HISTORY celebrates the epic new miniseries “Texas Rising” with “Texas Honors” event at the Alamo on May 18, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for HISTORY)

Run a 5K, then watch a parade. The run on Saturday will take place from the Congress Avenue Bridge through downtown and will be followed by a parade at the Congress Avenue Bridge.

Eat Texas-inspired dishes at one of Austin’s newest restaurants, Eberly, as a tribute to the restaurant’s namesake. Specials will be available all weekend, and $1 from each special item purchased will be donated to the Austin History Center.

Get your face painted, join in a coloring contest or University of Texas trivia and bid on auction items at the University Co-Op. The Co-Op’s event, sponsored by the Texas Exes Austin Chapter, is open to the public with fun for the whole family. (Also, free breakfast tacos.)

Drink beer, take part in Texas trivia and take in some live music at the newly opened YETI Flagship. If you buy a YETI tumbler, they’ll fill it up for free.

Learn more about Texas history through Living History Days at the Bob Bullock Museum. Hear what life was like in historic Texas, and check out the museum full of Texas history.

Eat chicken fried steak, because that’s the most Texan thing in the world. Hyde Park Bar and Grill is taking $3 off all chicken fried steaks ordered all day Thursday.

Compete in a celebrity golf tournament in honor of Jay Johnson, the Texan who started the Celebrate Texas nonprofit, which is responsible for many Texas Independence Day celebrations every year.

Celebrate Texas’ independence from Mexico with tequila, of course. Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill is hosting its 7th Annual Republic of Jack Party, selling $6 Republic of Tequila cocktails.

Drink Texas beers and listen to Texas music. Several breweries and bars around Central Texas are hosting events:

See all Texas Independence Day events from Austin360.

Get outdoors this weekend with these Austin events

The forecast for Friday and Saturday is looking mighty fine—this Texas winter is pretty killer, y’all. It even hit 90 degrees in Austin Thursday. Wondering how to spend your days of fantastic weather? We’ve got ideas.

Perla’s is one of the best options for outdoor dining in Austin. Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman

Dine on a patio. We’ve got a list of Statesman food critic Matthew Odam’s favorite outdoor dining in Austin, so you better call and make your reservations now.

Go swimming. Seriously, we can’t believe we’re even talking about this in February, but if you’re interested, Barton Springs Pool is set to reopen Friday after flooding earlier this week. Alternately, if you don’t feel like swimming but do feel like being charitable, two Austin lap swimmers are raising money to keep Northwest Pool a little chiller in the summer so that swimmers can enjoy it more.

Catch a movie at the drive-in. Blue Starlite Drive-In is hosting its 3rd Annual Harry Potter Drive-In Film Fest. On Feb. 24 you can see the very first and last movies in the series – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two – and on Feb. 25 the drive-in will show both Deathly Hallows installments.

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Get on the lake. You can take a guided kayak tour starting at the Waller Creek Boathouse every Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. between now and November, but with this perfect February weather, who can resist a winter tour of the lake?

Check out some of Austin’s live music. If you’re not sure where to start, Austin Detours is offering the Austin Live Music Crawl, featuring multiple venues over a three-hour span. You can also learn about Austin’s live music history, and tickets and cover charges are included in the price.

Take a trip to Gruene and take in a show. Gruene is a great little town to stroll around in and check out the sights and sounds, plus one of Austin’s most renowned local bands is playing at Gruene Hall Friday night: Shinyribs. If you can’t make it Friday, Uncle Lucius is playing Gruene Hall Saturday.

Win a brand-new Jaguar. No, seriously—Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is giving away a brand new Jaguar F-PACE to the first person to make a hole-in-one on its Fazio Canyons golf course. You have to be a hotel guest or a member of the Barton Creek Country Club to participate, but it’s worth a shot for that car, right? Even if you don’t win, you’ve got an excuse to hit the links on a beautiful day.

Tour some of Austin’s coolest modern homes. The 2017 Austin Modern Home Tour takes place Saturday, and you’re sure to see a variety of homes on the tour, from the sleek and beautiful to eco-friendly homes and even examples of indoor/outdoor living.

Celebrate Mardi Gras Austin-style. Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is hosting a Cajun-themed Smoke Out Saturday with live music all day, and chefs will cook a whole hog and serve it over dirty rice. Or you can check out the Mardi Gras Dog Parade at the ABGB (yes, you read that right) where you can bring your dog to “bark for beads” and enjoy a special Cajun menu—with King Cake, of course.

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There’s rain in the forecast for Sunday, but you might get lucky and celebrate outdoors for Parlor & Yard’s One Year Birthday Party featuring live music in the yard.

If the weather rains on your Sunday parade, you can always take in a movie or stay in and watch the Oscars.

Valentine’s Day events in Austin

It’s February. Are you feeling the love? Whether you’re coupled up, flying solo or somewhere in between (let’s face it, love is complicated) there are countless Valentine’s Day events in Austin for you. Here are a few for you to enjoy with your significant other, your friends or by yourself.

Humphrey Bogart and Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman appear in a scene from the classic 1943 film 'Casablanca.' It is among soom 300,000 films stored by the Library of Congress in its archives. (AP photo/pa)
Humphrey Bogart and Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman appear in a scene from the classic 1943 film ‘Casablanca.’ It is among soom 300,000 films stored by the Library of Congress in its archives. (AP photo/pa)

Valentine’s at the Drive-In at Blue Starlite Drive-In. Check out the best lovey-dovey movies, from Casablanca and Dirty Dancing to The Princess Bride and Love and Basketball. The series runs Feb. 3-14.

Valentine’s Flea at Oskar Blues. Get your Valentine(s) a gift at the local flea market. Feb. 4, noon.

W Austin Presents The Friend Zone. Grab a pal and schmooze with potential dates. Perks: If women bring a male friend, or men bring a female friend, you get in for free with an RSVP. Feb. 9, 9 p.m.

Moulin Rouge Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse. Sing along as Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman fall in love, and enjoy special props like glow sticks and flashing rings. Showtimes on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 at the Ritz.

Alice’s Table – Galentine’s Day with Kitty at Kitty Cohen’s. Celebrate your girlfriends while making flower bouquets, and you’ll leave at the end of the night with your own beautiful flower arrangement and a vase to keep. Feb. 9, 6 p.m.

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Ballet Austin's "Belle Redux" Photo by Tony Spielberg
Ballet Austin’s “Belle Redux” Photo by Tony Spielberg

Belle REDUX at the Long Center. It’s a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast, inspired by film noir and haute couture. What more could you want in a ballet performance? Performances Feb. 10-12.

Highball Burlesque, A Valentine’s Variety Showcase. Enjoy burlesque performances in two free shows at The Highball. Feb. 10, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Dead Sweethearts Ball at The ABGB. Sing or cry along to songs about dead sweethearts all night long — lovers killing each other, themselves or anyone they can take down with them. Feb. 10, 8 p.m.

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Scream Hollow Wicked Valentine’s Day. Make sure you bring somebody whose hand you can hold, because Scream Hollow just outside of Bastrop has three separate haunted houses. Enjoy a masquerade party with live music, lots of food and drinks, palm readers and fortune tellers. Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

Mix ‘n’ Mash: XOXO at Mexic-Arte Museum. For the art lovers out there, this party and art sale features the works of more than 200 artists, and each limited edition piece is specially made for the exhibition (including Valentine’s Day-inspired art). Feb. 10 and March 5.

Galentine’s Day with the Austin Flea at Zilker Brewing. Make your own love potion or a terrarium, and drink to benefit Mothers’ Milk Bank and Blue Dog Rescue. Feb. 11, noon.

2nd Annual Austin Lez Prom at Sterling Event Center. It may be called the Lez Prom, but all women are welcome at this formal dance featuring prom-themed cocktails, performances by drag kings and aeralists and even the crowning of a Lez Prom King and Queen. Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

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Sweet Barks: A Benefit for APA! at the ABGB. If you prefer dogs to people, then you’re going to fall in love at this event. Check out doggie speed dating, a kissing booth, cookie decorating and live music. Feb. 11, 1 p.m.

Anime Brunch Club: Galentine’s Brunch. The lineup is secret, but Drafthouse promises you’ll be entertained by old favorites or discover a brand new show. Feb. 12, 1:15 p.m. at Ritz.

PBS KIDS at the Alamo: Valentine’s Mix. Take your little ones to enjoy special Valentine’s Day episodes of PBS KIDS shows like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Nature Cat. Feb. 12 at Lakeline and Slaughter Lane.

Whisler’s Valentine’s Day Celebration. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, the East Side bar will have champagne cocktail specials, chocolates, live music and burlesque performances. Feb. 14, 6 p.m.

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Austin, TX - Bob Schneider & Tosca String Quartet performed at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on July 15, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman
Austin, TX – Bob Schneider & Tosca String Quartet performed at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on July 15, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra at ACL Live. One of Austin’s favorite Valentine’s Day traditions, Bob Schneider plays classic love songs and favorites from his songbook along with the Tosca String Quartet. Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Titanic Feast at Alamo Drafthouse. Feel like the king of the world while you eat a meal inspired by the final dinner served on board the Titanic. Feb. 14 at Lakeline, Slaughter Lane and Village.

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A Very Special (Early) Valentine’s Day with Dawn & Hawkes at the ABGB. What better music for a Valentine’s Day soundtrack than that of two people in love? Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Hotel Eleven. Beer and rosé specials and non-romantic revelry. If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, that’s music to your ears. Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

IMT Austin observes Galentine’s Day at the Infinite Monkey Theorum. 20 percent off your wine tab screams “girls’ night.” Feb. 14, all day.

Love and Happiness: The Nightowls present Al Green with Olivia & The Newton-Johns at 3Ten Austin City Limits Live. Austin-based soul dynamos The Nightowls will be performing the music of Al Green. Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

Terror Tuesday: My Bloody Valentine at Alamo Drafthouse. It’s the best Valentine’s Day slasher movie ever made. Feb. 14, 9:45 p.m. at Ritz.

Dale Watson and His Lone Stars at Gruene Hall. If you’d like to get out of town for the holiday, head on down to Gruene to see one of Austin’s treasures at the oldest dance hall in Texas. Feb. 14, 8 p.m.

Valentine’s Holiday Dance Workshop – “L.O.V.E. by Michael Buble” at Ballet Austin. Want to brush up on your dancing skills? This’ll help. Feb. 18, 2:15 p.m.

Bridesmaids Brunch at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. No puppy party favors, but there will be Wilson Phillips karaoke (and a champagne flute you can take home with you). Feb. 19, noon.

Make Everything Nice for a sweet Valentine's Day date with your significant other. Contributed by Tito's Handmade Vodka
Make Everything Nice for a sweet Valentine’s Day date with your significant other. Contributed by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

FEBRUARY DRINKING CALENDAR: Visit the Liquid Austin calendar for more Valentine’s Day drinking events, such as special wine tastings or beer and chocolate pairings

Valentine’s Day dinner and lunch specials:

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