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We hit the ground running at the beginning of March and now that the month is in full swing, we are in a full-on sprint to the biggest events of the year. Rodeo Austin is still a week away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start the festivities a bit early. Enjoy a complimentary, Texas-sized breakfast to start the weekend, followed by a weekend full of fun events.

In addition to the upcoming rodeo and fair, the largest festival in Austin is officially upon us. That’s right, South by Southwest kicks off Friday and there is SO. MUCH. HAPPENING. Y’ALL. Have you made your SXSW plans yet? If not we have you covered.

Check out what else is going on this weekend, you won’t be disappointed!

Giddy up and get your booty out of bed bright and early for breakfast. After all, it is the most important meal of the day–and the best part is it’s all free! Kick off the Austin Rodeo with a Texas-sized breakfast complete with biscuits and gravy, brisket tacos, pancakes, doughnuts, and so much more. Plus, there will be plenty of coffee, milk, juice, and hot chocolate. If you’re wondering if it is worth getting up super early on a Friday morning, the answer is yes. All of the food and drinks are being provided by local restaurants, so we know it’s going to be extremely tasty.

Enjoy western music, two-step lessons, world renown trick ropers, and more. We can’t think of a better way to start the weekend and the Austin Rodeo & Fair.

Event Details
🗓 MAR 8 | 6AM–8AM
📍 Long Center for the Performing Arts
🎟 FREE

We’re always down for any type of food festival and the Austin Crawfish Festival is changing the way we look at crawfish boils. They’re bringing over 8,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish right here to Austin for all of us to enjoy. No crawfish boil is complete without beer, that’s why they’re also bringing along some of Texas’ top craft brewers! Don’t worry if you’re not a beer drinker, wine options will be available.

The best part about the festival is that it’s not one, but two days. If you can’t make it on Saturday, check it out on Sunday…or better yet, if you’re free all weekend you can go Saturday AND Sunday!

Event Details
🗓 MAR 8 & 9 | 11AM–10PM
📍 Barton Creek Square Mall
🎟 Starting at $5

It’s that time of the year again. South by Southwest is officially upon us and whether you’re attending any of the events or not, it’s good to know why hundreds of thousands of people are suddenly in Austin. The 10-day festival runs from March 8th to the 17th, and with five different parts (Film FestivalMusic FestivalComedy FestivalInteractive Festival, and the Gaming Expo) it’s nearly impossible not to find something you’re interested in attending. There are hundreds of events happening throughout the week and if you do not plan out what you want to see and do, it can become very overwhelming. Search #SXSWNATION in the UNATION app or website for SXSW events we have hand selected!

For you newbies, it is important to know that you don’t need to have an official badge to attend events, only the SXSW affiliated events. There are numerous events taking place that are not affiliated with the festival but are happening because it’s SXSW. If you are interested in free events taking place during SXSW check out our Best Free Events During SXSW blog!

Event Details
🗓 MARCH 8–17 | Times Vary
📍 Austin, TX
🎟 Prices Vary by Event

I run, you run, we all run for BEER! If there is one thing you can’t go wrong with it’s exercise followed by beer, right? Get up and get moving Saturday morning at the Brewtorium as you run a 5K while exploring the breweries surrounding neighborhood. The run begins and ends at the brewery and once you finish, reward yourself with an ice cold beer. Your ticket includes one drink, a signature pint glass to take home with you, goodies, and giveaways. Hang around the brewery for an afternoon full of live music, food, local vendors, and of course, more beer!

If you aren’t able to make it this Saturday, no worries. The run is part of the Texas Brewery Running Series and there are plenty more planned at different breweries around Austin. Such a fun and unique way to explore Austin on foot and try out local beers!

Event Details
🗓 MAR 9 | 11AM–2PM
📍 The Brewtorium
🎟 Starting at $30

I run, you run, we all run for BEER! If there is one thing you can’t go wra

According to the Austin Business Journal, the number of Jobs in the Austin area has risen 3.9 percent in the past year, placing us at number two for the fastest growth rate among American cities. Crazy, right?

Join Capital Factory as they bring together startup companies from all over Austin to throw the largest startup party this town has ever seen. Network, drink, learn about new companies, and possibly even find the job of your dreams. Once you register, you will select your starting location and from there a shuttle will take you where you need to go. Grab a free drink at each stop and explore Austin’s hottest startup scenes.

If you’re not ready for the fun to end, hang around for the Startup Crawl Afterparty, complete with an open bar for the first hour and a live performance from one of our local favorites, The Spazmatics.

Check out the event to see which companies will be present and to register now!

Event Details
🗓 MARCH 8 | 4PM–8PM
📍 Locations Vary
🎟 FREE

That’s not all, check out these other gems going on this weekend! And for you Outdoor Voices fans, peep the last event…you don’t want to miss out!

BBQ Austin

Rent the Runway x West Elm First Look + Celebration

10th Annual Hair of the Dog Brunch

Fifth Annual Open Door Showcase

5th Annual A Brunch of Joggers

We’ve got a great weekend ahead of us but we also have a great couple of weeks with SXSW and Rodeo Austin. Be sure to follow along on our Instagram and Facebook pages to stay up to date with the best stuff to do in Austin during these big events. We will keep y’all posted on any changes or last-minute events.

Don’t forget to tag us @StuffToDoInAustin for a chance to be featured on our page!

Have a great weekend, Austin!

ong with it’s exercise followed by beer, right? Get up and get moving Saturday morning at the Brewtorium as you run a 5K while exploring the breweries surrounding neighborhood. The run begins and ends at the brewery and once you finish, reward yourself with an ice cold beer. Your ticket includes one drink, a signature pint glass to take home with you, goodies, and giveaways. Hang around the brewery for an afternoon full of live music, food, local vendors, and of course, more beer!

If you aren’t able to make it this Saturday, no worries. The run is part of the Texas Brewery Running Series and there are plenty more planned at different breweries around Austin. Such a fun and unique way to explore Austin on foot and try out local beers!

Event Details
🗓 MAR 9 | 11AM–2PM
📍 The Brewtorium
🎟 Starting at $30

Lexi Hendrix

Lexi Hendrix

Lexi is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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