Top picks for a Fun Fun Fun weekend (even without the festival)
Auditorium Shores is filled with the sounds of celebration today as the four stages of fun are multiplied times three. Three times the fun we say at Fun Fun Fun Fest!
The music/comedy/more festival is well underway, and everyone's just agog over the triumphant reunions, the celebrity comedians and the general overall vibe of excitement that makes this one of our favorite homegrown festivals.
But if you didn't get a ticket this year, don't worry. There's, of course, plenty to do in this fair city that doesn't require a wristband. (And you can always make a homemade friendship bracelet, if that will help you feel included in the fun!)
Warming up for the onset of Formula 1's invasion of downtown next weekend, everyone is welcome to get a first glance at the new Circuit of the Americas racetrack during the Formula Run 5K on Saturday morning. Runners will actually get to make their way across the official Formula 1 raceway that the cars will be racing on next weekend at much higher speeds (hopefully).
If you're in the mood for more car action, Camp Mabry will be open all day Saturday to the public for the traveling Hot Rod Revolution antique car show. All the vehicles on display are pre-1948 beauties, built to stand the test of time. This annual celebration in Austin is a full day of bands, photo shoots and miles upon miles of classic cars.
With their current Norman Bel Geddes exhibition examining the late visionary's concepts of "the future," The Harry Ransom Center has provided a fascinating insight into how the past relates to the future. This weekend until Saturday, they continue this discussion during the "Visions of the Future" Fair, where historians, architects, industrial designers and artists come together to discuss what comes next, when 2012 is just a thing of the past.
With a pair of impressive gala openings starring two of Broadway's brightest stars, ZACH Theatre recently consecrated the brand new Topfer Theatre, being used now for their larger-than-life production of Ragtime. This Saturday, they will welcome the entire community to the space and offer free tours of the renovated campus. Sculptor Cliff Garten will dedicate his latest piece for the site, and an official dedication of the Topfer Theatre will be made amid much merry-making.
For a completely different music experience than you'll get over at Auditorium Shores, The Golden Hornet Project invites you to Scottish Rite Theatre on Saturday evening to enjoy a competitive classical music bracket challenge where you get to decide the ultimate winner for the night. 16 anonymous compositions will be played in an NCAA bracket style challenge, and the final composition will be awarded a recording option and $1,000 in cash. Not your average night of classical music.
This nationwide fundraiser for breast cancer research comes to Austin on Sunday for its annual downtown 5K, starting at the Texas State Capitol at 9 a.m. If you're participating, you've hopefully registered and found your pledges to raise funds. Otherwise, everyone is welcome to put on their cutest pink outfit and come out and show your support for the walkers, joggers and runners raising money.
The Austin Food & Wine Alliance knows what Texans want. And what we want are giant Berkshire pigs roasting on a spit with plenty of drunken revelry to accompany them. This good-hearted fundraiser was such a hit last year that they brought it back again to Pioneer Farms on Sunday, complete with celebrity chefs, live music, cocktails and culinary creations. Mostly involving a lot of pork.
And for a completely different culinary experience, you're invited to take place in one of the most creative events hosted in a while at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. On Sunday night, Amanda Cohen, Dirt Candy vegetarian chef and the author of a graphic novel cookbook, prepares a meal with Alamo's Executive Chef Bullington based on the Japanese movie, The God of Cookery. Not only will you get a full vegetarian feast out of the deal, but you're guaranteed to laugh your ass off.
So there you have it. Plenty to do while your friends and neighbors are off at Fun Fun Fun Fest enjoying all the music and comedy and tacos shooting out of cannons. Who needs them? You've got your friendship bracelets and your other friends who like doing all the other stuff in town.
That's what we're here for: to provide you with options.