Whether you want to celebrate, laugh it off, or rally with others, there’s a little something for everyone on Inauguration Day — and throughout the weekend — in Austin. Check out our guide to this year’s local inauguration events, including a watch party, happy hour, and timely visit from a political comic.
Friday, January 20 (Inauguration Day)
Inaugural Address Watching Event & Discussion
Join the Texas Public Policy Foundation for a live stream of the inauguration ceremony, followed by a discussion spearheaded by local policy experts. Held from 11 am to 1 pm at the foundation’s headquarters (901 Congress Ave.), word has it that there’ll also be a free lunch. For more information, and to register online, check out the event page here.
Inaugur-Rapture Happy Hour at Whip-In
Regardless of your political affiliations, we can agree on one thing: drinking is a must on Inauguration Day. Head to Whip-In for the special Inaugur-Rapture Happy Hour — from 11 am to 7 pm, all local brews will be just $3.
One Resistance: Rally and Protest on Trump’s Inauguration
As a warm-up for the Women’s March on Saturday, thousands of Austinites will be participating in the One Resistance rally. Protestors will meet at Auditorium Shores at 5 pm, march up Congress Avenue to the Capitol, and then head back to Auditorium Shores for a rally at 6:30 pm.
State of the Uterus at Cheer Up Charlies
Presented by BossBabes ATX, Cheer Up Charlies is hosting State of the Uterus, a fundraiser for several local reproductive health organizations. Doors open at 6 pm; tickets are $5 and available online or at the door. The Austin Commission for Women will be in attendance to talk local politics, and your ticket gets you into a raffle of goods from various women-owned local businesses.
Saturday, January 21
Free Meditation Class at Windsor Park Library
After this election cycle, everyone deserves some stress release. Cleanse your political frustrations in a healthy way with a free meditation class put on by Eastside Yoga at Windsor Park Library. The class will be held from 10:30 am to noon.
Women’s March on Austin
A sister event to the Women’s March on Washington, the Women’s March on Austin will begin promptly at noon on the south lawn of the Capitol grounds. From there, participants will march down Congress Avenue, across Sixth Street, north on Lavaca, and back to the Capitol. The march route itself is expected to take roughly one-and-a-half hours; everyone is encouraged to arrive at least one hour early to assemble.
Bill Maher at ACL Live
Political comedian and author Bill Maher is making a timely visit to Austin. The event, held at ACL Live, is currently sold out — but you may still be able to score tickets via the Facebook event page.