Free events top our list of the hottest happenings in the city. Find your valentine at the W Austin’s Friend Zone party or get your foodie fix at the Jo’s Coffee Chili Cook Off. For a full list of happenings, visit our calendar.
Thursday, February 9
Harry Ransom Center presents "From Mainz to Austin: Carl H. Pforzheimer’s Gutenberg Bible"
Join an intimate discussion about the Harry Ransom Center’s copy of the Gutenberg Bible. Princeton University Rare Books curator Eric White will discuss the historic book and new discoveries related to its place of origin. Stick around after the free discussion for a reception in the lobby.
W Austin presents The Friend Zone
No valentine? No problem. The W Austin Hotel invites the singles of the city to the ultimate friend fete. Entry is free with an RSVP, and ladies and gentleman are encouraged to bring a buddy of the opposite sex. Spend the evening mingling and enjoy all-night happy hour specials.
Friday, February 10
Ballet Austin presents Belle REDUX / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast
Ballet Austin brings Belle REDUX back to the Long Center. This grown-up retelling of the tale as old as time features gorgeous costumes, stunning dance numbers, and an original score by Graham Reynolds. Performances run through February 12.
Saturday, February 11
Austin Chamber Music Center presents The Black Composers Concert
Celebrate Black History Month with an evening of music at the 14th annual Black Composers Concert. The free experience features soprano Icy Simpson-Monroe and pianists Artina McCain and Rochelle Sennet at the St. Andrew’s Upper School. Another performance will take place at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center on February 12.
Sunday, February 12
Jo’s Coffee presents 11th Annual Chili Cook Off
Jo’s Coffee on South Congress Avenue invites foodies to eat their fill at the 11th annual Chili Cook Off in the Hotel San Jose parking lot. Sample some of the best chili in the city and jam to live music by Jeff Hughes & Chaparral and The Jo’s House Band.