St. Patrick’s Day may have its roots in Christianity, but modern society has turned it into a celebration of Irish roots, green beer, green clothes and well, green everything. Here’s where you can celebrate in Austin.
Scoot x St. Paddy’s. Check out live music at the Scoot Inn with Low Cut Connie, Night Drive, Manatee Commune, Sweet Crude, Black Eyed Vermillion and more. The party starts at noon, but arrive early (it is South by Southwest, after all).
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.
Remember the Alamo. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Saturdaywith 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Austin Playhouse’s “Bloomsday.” The Texas premiere of this production by Austin Playhouse comes from one of Austin’s most acclaimed playwrights, Steven Dietz. In his literature-laden love story, an American man searches for the Irish woman who captured his heart 30 years earlier while leading a Bloomsday walking tour in Dublin. As they stroll backwards through time, the couple rediscovers their younger selves and reflects on what might have been, had they made very different life decisions. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 5. $14-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd.austinplayhouse.com.
The Amazing Acro-cats. They are a troupe of real house cats that will jump and pounce their way into your heart. Reaching out to shelters in need and accepting cats found homeless in the streets, Samantha Martin has not only rescued her own cats but has also found homes for more than 182 cats and kittens. After she’s given them a second chance with positive reinforcement-only clicker training, the cats take these amazing abilities on the road and tour the nation in the infamous Acro-cat Bus. Their act — including tightrope walks — is something you must see to believe. 7 p.m. Jan. 19-20, 21 and 23; 3 p.m. Jan. 21; 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 22. $27. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470, austintheatre.org.
Guided Garden Tour.Tour the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent, learning about native plants and the history and architecture of the center. Each of the docents brings their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. 11 a.m. Saturday. $4-$10. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org.
KUTX Winter Jam at ABGB. Public radio station KUTX 98.9 FM showcases a diverse cross-section of top-notch Austin sounds at this free, family-friendly event. Politically charged Austin/San Antonio hip-hop act Third Root takes the 5 p.m. headline spot, performing songs from their 2016 work of crucial rap scholarship, “Libertad.” Tele Novella plays tracks from their beautifully crafted psych pop platter “House of Souls” at 4, and country artist James Hand kicks things off at 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Sarah Silverman at Bass Concert Hall. On stage, two-time Emmy Award winner Silverman continues to cement her status as a force in stand-up comedy. But she is also one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer and author. Silverman will next be seen in both “The Book of Henry” and “Battle of the Sexes,” both of which are set for release this year. 8 p.m. Sunday. $39.75-69.75. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
March for Justice and Families — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Marchers will meet at 5 p.m. at Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, march together up Congress Avenue towards the Capitol and then march back Lady Bird Lake for a rally starting about 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.oneresistance.com. A group of University of Texas students is also planning an event called J20 UT Walkout on Friday that will join the OneResistance march.
Women’s March on ATX — 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Marchers will meet on the south lawn of the Capitol in advance of the march, which begins at noon and takes a circular route from the Capitol on 11th Street, south on Congress Avenue, west on Sixth Street, and north on Lavaca Street to return to the Capitol to hear speakers. For more information, visit marchonaustin.com.