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 Alamo. On Sunday afternoon, 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.

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017 events in Austin

Spend your holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. at these events around Austin.

MLK March A: wall at MLK Memorial Park in Smithville displays the famous I have a dream speech of Martin Luther King Jr. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times.
MLK March A: wall at MLK Memorial Park in Smithville displays the famous I have a dream speech of Martin Luther King Jr. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times.

2017 MLK Day of Service. Honor King’s legacy by spending your day volunteering at events around the Austin area, sponsored by the United Way. Register to volunteer here.

24th Annual MLK Citywide March, Rally and Festival. March from the MLK statue on the University of Texas campus to the Capitol for a short program, then continue on to Huston-Tillotson University. While you’re at the Capitol, check out the Austin Remembers: MLK app for Android and iPhone. Visitors to the Capitol will be able to view a virtual installation and four mini-documentary videos from the app.

Eat pie for a good cause with Peace Through Pie celebrations across Austin. There are various times and locations for the events throughout the weekend on Addie Broyles’ blog, and you can read more about the program here.

San Marcos MLK Day Parade. The parade will start on West San Antonio Street at Guadalupe Street in San Marcos and then will continue to Dunbar Park.

Georgetown MLK Day March and Program. The march will start at the Williamson County Courthouse and end at Macedonia Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

 

 

 

 

 

Take a break from Thanksgiving at home with these events

Tater and Tot, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate, are shown to members of the media during a press conference held by the National Turkey Federation November 22, 2016 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. The two turkeys will both be "pardoned" following the presentation of the national turkey to U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled for tomorrow.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Tater and Tot, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate, are shown to members of the media during a press conference held by the National Turkey Federation November 22, 2016 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. The two turkeys will both be “pardoned” following the presentation of the national turkey to U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled for tomorrow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving means a few things: the president will pardon some turkeys, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will continue to amuse and terrify with its huge balloon characters and family bonding time probably will wear you out. Family time is wonderful, but sometimes you need to take a breather from all the food and any family drama. Here are a few suggestions for you to get away this Thanksgiving weekend.

Wake up early and do the Turkey Trot. A classic Thanksgiving activity that gets you out of the house in the morning and on the right foot. Not only are you kick-starting your metabolism before dinner, you’ll be helping raise money for charity.

Catch a live show. Bands like Shady Rest, Myles & The Longshots and Dale Watson & his Lonestars are all playing on Thanksgiving Day. For a full list of events, check out our events page.

Go Christmas tree shopping together. We may start planning for Christmas right after Halloween, but if you want to give Thanksgiving its due, you probably haven’t bought a Christmas tree yet. Why not start right after the holiday ends? Elgin Christmas Tree Farm opens the day after Thanksgiving and will sell trees until Dec. 21. Dogs are welcome.

Do a street musical performance to practice for your Salvation Army Santa gig. Every year, we see smiling volunteers ringing a bell, saying hello and thanking people for any donations they stuff into the traditional Salvation Army red kettle in front of stores. The organization is looking for musicians to perform while collecting donations this year. The Salvation Army is requesting performers from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24, at The Domain, Barton Creek Mall and Lakeline Mall. If you need a rehearsal before playing in public, grab your guitar or tambourine and do a few songs for people downtown.

Wander a museum or two. While museums won’t be open on Thanksgiving Day, if you fall asleep early and get a good night’s rest, the next day you’ll be reinvigorated for a day to stroll through some exhibitions. The Harry Ransom Center opens its doors 10 a.m. on Nov. 25, and the current exhibition showcases renowned photographer Elliot Erwitt’s work throughout his career.

Take a walk to trot off that turkey. Overeating is a classic American holiday tradition. While it’s tempting to fall asleep right after you finish that last slice of pumpkin pie, putting on a sweater and leaving the house for a few circles around the block will make you feel less groggy for the rest of the night. Plus, a walk has the customization options of either bringing family along, or taking a break from too many people talking to you at once. If you want to add philanthropy to your after-dinner exercise, consider visiting Austin High School’s track for a jog and donating to their renovation costs.

Walk a dog. There might be a few dog owners in food comas on Thanksgiving. If you want to help them exercise their dogs, sign up for Wag! Conversely, if you are a dog owner in a food coma on Thanksgiving and your dog needs to go on a walk, use Wag! to find a dog-walker.

Check out these Veterans Day events in Central Texas

Veterans Band members play music duirng the Veterans Day ceremony at Sherrill Park on Sunday morning. from left: Dan Carranza; Frank De Los Santos; Alex Muro. 6/22/2015
Veterans Band members play music duirng the Veterans Day ceremony at Sherrill Park on Sunday morning. from left: Dan Carranza; Frank De Los Santos; Alex Muro. 6/22/2015

Austin Veterans Day Parade, Congress Avenue to the Texas State Capitol. Free. 9:30 a.m., Nov. 11.

Georgetown Veterans Day CeremonyGeorgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza. Free. 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

Pflugerville Veterans DayPfluger Park. Free. 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

Round Rock Veterans Day CeremonyVeterans Park. 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

American flag exhibit at the Bullock Museum. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Free for members, admission is $9 for children, $11 for military and $13 for adults. On view at the museum through Jan. 16, 2017. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Veterans bowl freeMain Event. Free. From open to 3 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Close Assault 1944 film screening. Texas Military Forces Museum. Free. Showings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 12-13.

Veterans Day benefit with Kevin WelchThe Saxon Pub. $10. 9 p.m., Nov. 11.

The Traveling Wall exhibit. Pfennig Park, Pflugerville. On view from Thursday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. 

Veterans Day happy hour benefiting Merivis FoundationBlackfinn Ameripub. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 11.

Veterans Day celebrationSerranos Southpark Meadows. Free meal up to $12 starting at 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

 

Austin weather finally, maybe, feels like fall: Get outside and enjoy it

It finally feels a little like fall out there — or close! No temps past 80 in the current forecast — and  we have ideas for getting out there and enjoying this less sweaty weather:

With multiple corn mazes, a lifeguard sits high above the corn to make sure attendees are safe. FRAN HUNTER/ FOR BASTROP ADVERTISER OCT. 23, 2016
With multiple corn mazes, a lifeguard sits high above the corn to make sure attendees are safe.
FRAN HUNTER/ FOR BASTROP ADVERTISER
OCT. 23, 2016

Two of the year’s last big festivals are this weekend: Sound on Sound Fest commences at 1 p.m. Friday and continues through Sunday at Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade. Read our Renaissance-themed preview and check out our band picks. We’ll have live reports all weekend in the Austin Music Source blog.

The Texas Book Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. We have previews and picks.

More ways to get outside this weekend:

Sweet Berry Farm fall fun. The Texas-shaped hay maze and smaller candy corn hay maze are open through Nov. 6. You can also find hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a train and more. Priced per event. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com.

Austin Nature & Science Center. Fall Festival. Meet Texas wildlife, see a planetarium, learn how to leave no trace and more. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive. austintexas.gov Watch our video guide to the center. 

Barton Hill Farms fall festival. Find a lot to do including the maze in the shape of Lonesome Dove, live music, pumpkin painting, train rides and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 13. $11 adults, $8 3-10 years old, free for children 2 and younger. $1 off online. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com

Nicole Villalpando has more family weekend events in her Raising Austin blog.

Park yourself at one of Austin’s many parks: Check out this guide to some of the area’s best.  (It was written for the spring, but all but the swimming should still apply.)

Commune with nature: Here’s a 2014 roundup of some of the lesser-known places to camp around the area. You might be able to get day-of reservations, or start planning now for future great-weather weekends.

Get moving outdoors: Swim at Big Stacy Pool, bird watch at Reimers Ranch, or walk your dog on the Turkey Creek Trail? Pam LeBlanc has those and other ideas on a list she put together for last year’s holiday season.

Looking for grownup Halloween fun tonight? Try these events

By Mackenzie Palmer

It’s Halloween! Check out these ways to get into the spirit of the holiday.

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Halloween on Sixth Street brings out all types. Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Central Market’s 8th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration

North Lamar Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Free

centralmarket.com

Central Market presents its eighth annual event in partnership with Acadêmicos da Ópera and Las Monas de San Antonio. Expect 8-foot-tall traditional puppets, lavish costumes and Brazilian Carnaval music and dance to give you a different taste of Halloween.

KreweDMC Halloween Parade & Anniversary Party

Pan Am Park, 2100 E. Third St.

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Free

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Enjoy a stroll through the streets of downtown Austin in KreweDMC’s 10th annual Halloween Parade: “Midnite in the Court of Sound and Vision.” It is sure to be an elaborate affair; after-party follows featuring Wino Vino at Esquina Tango.

A Funeral for Austin

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road

6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

 Vortexrep.org

The Vortex is teaming up with the Butterfly Bar for “A Funeral for Austin.” This event will pay homage to the recently lost parts of Austin that made this city so unique and special, such as music venues, coffee houses and restaurants. There will be live music, pumpkin carving (but bring your own), a spooky piñata and a costume contest.

#Slaughterhouse Film Roadshow

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$12

 Drafthouse.com

Dressing up not your style? Want to relax but still be in the Halloween spirit? Halloween at the Alamo Drafthouse is presenting “#Slaughterhouse.” In this film, a romantic getaway changes into a desperate escape as five murderous lunatics interrupt a couple’s vacation. Your ticket gets you into the screening and all of the preshow events – red carpet photos, games, contests, prizes and giveaways, meet a cast member, spot the killers, drinks by Deep Eddy Vodka, an after party and more.

Perpetual Groove & FunkOTron Halloween ’16

Parish Austin, 214 E. Sixth St.

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

$20

Theparishaustin.com

Let the Halloween spirit bring out that funk with a night filled with fresh beats. FunkOTron will open the show and, for the first time in five years, Perpetual Groove will make a reappearance in Austin.

Solstice Presents: CAPYAC Halloween Bubble Party

Vulcan Gas Company, 418 E. Sixth St.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

$10

Vulcanatx.com

Hosted by Solstice Presents, this Halloween-themed party is sure to blow the competition away. Expect live music from currently touring band Capyac as they return for their homecoming show and a love fashion show from local artist Witchxxdoctor. Come dressed to impress for your chance to win the costume contest and take home some bubbly prizes.

Tele Novella LP Release Halloween Ball

Barracuda Austin, 611 E. Seventh St.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

$5

Barracudaaustin.com

It is sure to be the ball of all balls on Halloween night. Tele Novella is set to release its first record, “House of Souls LP,” and this live set will “feature spooky songs of haunted houses, wistful odes to longing for unreachable true love and vampy anthems that will chase you in the dark.” There’s also a costume contest, so get ready for prizes.

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah

Spiderhouse Café and Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St.

7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

$5

 Spiderhouse.com

It is sure to be a scary night with this killer lineup – SIP SIP, Slomo Drags and Whiite Walls.

Looking for things to do in Austin this weekend? We have ideas

Check out 5 fun things to do this weekend in Austin above, then find even more here.

Saturday’s event pick: Pump Project’s “Femme National(e)”

"Untitled (Orange)" by Juliana Isabel Ramirez is one of the pieces in Pump Project's new multi-artist show, "Femme National(e)."
“Untitled (Orange)” by Juliana Isabel Ramirez is one of the pieces in Pump Project’s new multi-artist show, “Femme National(e).”

“Femme National(e)” is a multimedia collection of works by six visual artists, including Audrey Brown and Christina Coleman, brought together for their vivid imagery, intricate processes and feminine sensibilities.

French for “national women,” the show’s title seeks to capture the essence of collective and individual expression and was inspired by the desire to exhibit contemporary femininity through creative practice, color and narrative.

Details: Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment through Sept. 25. 702 Shady Lane. 512-351-8571, pumpproject.org.

Friday’s event pick: 21st Annual Austin Fall Home & Garden Show

The Austin Home & Garden Show returns for another weekend of cool home improvement ideas and products.
The Austin Home & Garden Show returns for another weekend of cool home improvement ideas and products.

With fall approaching, now is the time to get your home and garden revitalized with fresh ideas and the latest products. Among the items to explore are beautiful furnishings; state-of-the-art kitchen, wall design and countertop displays; closet organization and storage; entertainment and technology; the latest in sinks, tubs and fixtures; and even pools, spas and outdoor living areas.

You’ll be able to find a wide variety of plants and garden accessories to boost curb appeal.

Details: 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $7-$9. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. austinhomeandgardenshow.com.

Thursday’s event pick: Unplugged at the Grove with Jackie Venson

10/23: Jackie Venson plays Sunday at One-2-One Bar. Jackie Venson performs at her CD release party at the Skylark Lounge
10/23: Jackie Venson plays Sunday at One-2-One Bar.
Jackie Venson performs at her CD release party at the Skylark Lounge

One of the city’s great undersung talents, emerging blues phenom Venson brings sensitive artistry to her guitar work that is best experienced live. She excels on the electric, making her six-strings sing like a voice, but we’re confident her formidable skills will shine even in an unplugged set. Consider this free show a lovely end of summer get-together for the whole family.

Additional parking is available at Bicycle Sports Shop on South Lamar Boulevard.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Road. Kgsr.com.