Clear your calendar for the weekend ahead. We’ve got the scoop on the five best events that you’ll want to attend, whether you’re looking to dance the night away in tribute to David Bowie or needing an excuse to break out your lightsaber. For a full list of happenings in the city, check our events calendar.
The Amazing Acro-cats Ambush Austin
Cat lovers, brace yourselves. The cutest troupe of all feline acrobats makes a stop on their West Coast tour in Austin for one weekend only at the Stateside theater. Witness the Amazing Acro-cats perform stunts like riding skateboards and jumping through hoops. While you watch in awe, listen to the only all-cat band, The Rock Cats, play tunes on real instruments. You’re going to want to charge your phone battery — all of this cuteness must be captured. Tickets are $26 to $34.
Thursday, January 14 through Sunday, January 17 at 7 pm
Texas Booksellers Association presents Austin Book, Paper & Photo Show
Gather your book club buddies and head to the Norris Conference Center for a weekend celebrating literature. Experience Austin’s only rare and collectible book show featuring more than 50 exhibitors. Get an exclusive look at gorgeous books, postcards, posters, maps, and more. Whether you’re looking to snag a $5 vintage postcard or a rare $5,000 first edition, there’s bound to be something you’ll love. Tickets are $8.
Friday, January 15 at 6 pm; Saturday, January 16 at 10 am
Prevention R3 Summit
The Prevention R3 Summit centers around the pillars of health: mind and body, diet, beauty, and fitness. Bringing together experts in the fields of entertainment, health, and wellness, the summit includes an opening night dinner with Top Chef Masters alum Monica Pope, cocktails, and a talk with Transcendental Meditation's Bob Roth. On Saturday, enjoy an all-day event of wellness workshops, cooking demos, fitness, personal consultations, and pampering. Tickets range from $75 for opening night to $180 two-day passes.
Friday, January 15 at 6 pm; Saturday, January 16 at 8 am
Star Wars Family Fan Fest
Ready your Stormtrooper suits and lightsabers — this Saturday is going to be one you won’t want to miss. Bring the entire family to the Bullock Texas State History Museum and celebrate all things Star Wars. The free, family-friendly event features tons of activities including lightsaber demonstrations and photo opps. Spring for a movie ticket and watch The Force Awakens on the biggest screen in Texas at the IMAX 3D theater.
Saturday, January 16 at noon
God and Man: A David Bowie Tribute
In the wake of music icon David Bowie's passing, the Alamo Drafthouse invites all fans to a sing-along celebration in his honor. Score a seat at Austin Music Hall and enjoy a special preshow, a live set by Austin's favorite Bowie cover band, Sugar Creeps, and more. Proceeds from your $22.09 ticket goes to the Livestrong Foundation.
Saturday, January 16 at 8 pm