Inauguration Day 2017 events in Austin

Warriors Gather for Silent Prayers for our Nation — 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., near the African-American history statue on the southwest side. Those of all faiths will start silent prayers at 6:30 p.m.

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.

LGBTQ Human Rights Rally — 7 to 9 p.m. Friday on the south steps of the Capitol. For more information, visit bit.ly/2jantwR.

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.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Inaugural Address Watching Event & Discussion — 11 a.m. Friday. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is hosting a watch party and a discussion with experts after President-Elect Donald Trump’s speech.

Twerk the Inauguration — 11 a.m. Friday. Not into what’s happening Friday morning? Skip the inauguration address and learn some new moves instead.

The Taming: Inauguration Day Staged Reading — 4:30 p.m. Friday. A group of local female comedians will present a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming,” inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Tickets here.

Ghostlight Inauguration Vigil — 5:30 p.m. Thursday. A local comedy troupe honors the final day of the Obama administration.

Inauguration Rapture Happy Hour — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Whip In. Whether in protest or celebration, day drinking is totally acceptable on Inauguration Day.

State of the Uterus — 6 p.m. Friday at Cheer Up Charlie’s. BossBabesATX is hosting the event as a fundraiser for women’s health organizations.

44th Roe v. Wade Celebration Rally — 1 p.m. Sunday. Described as a “non-partisan grassroots rally,” the event at the Texas State Capitol will feature various speakers and performances.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Ring in 2017 with these New Year’s Eve events in Austin

 

Austin’s New Year 2017 at Auditorium ShoresThis is Austin’s big New Year’s Eve shindig, complete with local musicians and fireworks. It’s free and family-friendly, and it kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday, so the fun lasts all day long.

NYE 1989! at Hotel Vegas & The Volstead. Party like it’s 1989 on the east side with this themed party featuring tributes to some of the best bands of the late ’80s, from Kate Bush to My Bloody Valentine to INXS and the Beastie Boys.

photos-medleyphoto-4258048Related: Our top picks for a musical New Year’s Eve in Austin

Related: New Year’s Eve travel forecast

Bash from the Past: The Historic Scoot Inn NYE Party. If themed parties are your thing, the recently remodeled Scoot Inn is hosting a Wild West/saloon-themed event. It’s free and the drinks are cheap, and with the Scoot’s small size it’s sure to be an intimate, chill evening.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Punch Bowl Social. Keeping in theme with the themed parties theme (say that five times fast), Punch Bowl Social at The Domain is hosting a Great Gatsby-themed event featuring music from the 1920s. Admission is free (and there’s a free champagne toast at midnight), but VIP seating is $50 per couple. (If you don’t want to venture to the Domain but still want to ring in 2017 Roaring ’20s-style, try Eberly’s Prohibition Era-themed four-course prix fixe dinner.)

Willie Nelson & Family New Year at Austin City Limits LiveIt’s the quintessential Austin New Year’s Eve event, so maybe this is the year to cross it off your Austin bucket list. Austin treasure Willie Nelson is playing three nights in a row at ACL Live, with different special guests each night (and a performance from Nelson’s son’s band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real, on Saturday night).

Related: Where to eat on New Year’s Eve in Austin

Kids New Year’s Eve Eve Party at Pflugerville Public Library. If your kids insist on staying up to ring in the new year, this is a great compromise: Children up to age 12 can celebrate the new year with fun, dancing and a countdown to 12:00 (noon, that is) on Friday.

Keep It Quiet NYE 2016 at Fair Market. The annual Keep It Quiet party sells out every year, and for good reason: Your ticket gets you an all-inclusive bar, music, pizza, party favors and more. Plus, it’s for a good cause — this year, the party benefits the Clifford Antone Foundation.

Related: Eastside bash rings in 2017 with nostalgia, melodic guitar fuzz

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise on Lady Bird Lake. Lone Star Riverboat is offering a three-hour BYOB cruise on Lady Bird Lake for $65 per person, featuring fajitas for dinner and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, with a free champagne toast at midnight.

Justine’s Presents: Exquisite Underground NYE 2017. This party has everything: An open bar, dancers, separate bars for mezcal and champagne, “bites and candy and midnight snacks” and a massive balloon drop. It’s got a steep price tag of $200, but as the name promises, it’s sure to be exquisite.

Related: Austin bars ringing in 2017 with New Year’s Eve celebrations

New Year’s Eve at W Austin. The W Hotel is hosting not one, but two separate New Year’s Eve parties: The Gold Party, which promises “glitterati glam” and “ridiculous surprises,” and the Neon Party, which is described as a “magnetic night of music and revelry.” Take your pick or buy a pass to both parties, and the hotel is also offering room specials for the night. They’re even offering to help you recover the next day with a hangover brunch featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes and Bloody Mary and mimosa bars.

See all of Austin’s New Year’s Eve events here.

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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.