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Ditching the fest? 8 more things to do this weekend that don't involve ACL

Ditching the fest? 8 things to do this weekend that don't involve ACL

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Independence Brewing Co. is turning 10 years old on Saturday so they're having a little get-together with music, food and (of course) beer. Photo courtesy of Independence Brewing Co./Facebook
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Need something family friendly? Try Archeology Day at the French Legation Museum. Courtesy of the French Legation Museum
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ACL not your thing? Try the second Saturday of Ditch the Fest Fest at Empire Control Room. Designed by Paul Blake Bohls/Courtesy of Raw Paw
Ringo Starr at the International Peace Day celebration at John Varvatos store in California
The one-and-only Ringo Starr is performing on Sunday with his "All-Starr" Band. Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for John Varvatos
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Against Me!'s lead singer Laura Jane Grace premiered the first episode of her AOL series True Trans on Friday — just before they play Stubb's on Sunday. Photo by Jon Shapley
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The Austin Flea is a one-stop-shop for great local goods like artwork, jewelry, clothing and more. Courtesy of Austin Flea
beer bottle of Independence Brewing Co. Austin Amber
Dig In Archaeology Day_French Legation Museum
Ditch the Fest Fest 6 and 7
Ringo Starr at the International Peace Day celebration at John Varvatos store in California
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It's Austin City Limits music festival weekend ... again! For those of you not fest-ing it up this weekend, here are few things you can check out that have nothing to do with ACL or Zilker Park.

Ditch the Fest Fest
Okay, so maybe you do want to fest it up a little bit. On Saturday, October 11, there’s an alternative festival: Ditch the Fest Fest at Empire Control Room & Garage. The lineup is stacked (we're talking Marmalakes, Slomo Drags, Holiday Mountain, Speak, Growl and many, many more) — plus entrance only costs $5.

Independence Brewing Co.'s 10th Anniversary Party
Can you believe it? Independence Brewing Co. is turning ten years old on Saturday and it's celebrating with live music, barbecue and the release of a special tenth anniversary barleywine ale. Your ticket gets you a special commemorative glass and three free beer samples. If you're still thirsty, beer is available for purchase for $4, so make sure to bring extra cash.

Shop at the Austin Flea
Think of the Austin Flea as a recurring fancy flea market — your one-stop shop for the best handmade and vintage goods from some of Austin's most talented vendors. Browse through a selection of jewelry, glasswork, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles and more. The mini market returns to Opal Divine's Penn Field location on Saturday, October 11.

Dig In! Archeology Day at the French Legation Museum
If you're looking for something family-friendly, then get your hands dirty during Archeology Day on Saturday, October 11. This free event gives kids (and adults) the chance to learn about archeology through hands-on experiences including a mock dig, pottery puzzles and a chance to set up your own museum exhibit.

Hops & Grain's Third Anniversary Celebration
And another local brewery is having a birthday! Hops & Grain is celebrating their third anniversary with a "Sunday Funday" party. Sit back, listen to some live music, enjoy food from Slab BBQ. The brewery will be offering more than nineteen beers to taste, including the latest edition to its permanent lineup: a Baltic porter called PorterCulture.

Be a part of The Show! Austin
The Show! is Austin’s late night talk show where local filmmakers screen their latest projects in front of a live audience. Comedian and radio personality Charlie F'N Hodge will be your host and all the filmmakers will be forced — ahem — invited to chat with with him. This Sunday's flicks include: Rack, First DatePeople with Issues (new episode), Perils in Nude Modeling and Ol' Daddy.

See Ringo Starr or Against Me! in concert
Does Ringo Starr need an introduction? No. And if you're a Ringo or Beatles fan, then you probably already have tickets to their show on Sunday. But if you don't, tickets are still available as of Friday morning. If punk is more your speed, Against Me! is playing at Stubb's on Sunday as well. Before you hit the show, catch up on lead singer Laura Jane Grace's AOL series True Trans which premiered on October 10.