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.

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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.


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