Welcome the upcoming spring season with our list of the best things to do in Austin this weekend. Feast on all the smoked meats during BBQ Austin or enjoy an illuminating evening at the Water Lantern Festival. If boozy bashes are more your style, head to Circle Brewing Co. for its newest IPA release in celebration of International Women’s Day. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, March 5
American Genre Film Archive presents The AGFA Horror Trailer Show
The American Genre Film Archive hosts a cinematic evening of 35mm film print screenings at Alamo Drafthouse - South Lamar. Movie buffs can enjoy a curated compilation of rare horror film trailers straight from the AGFA vaults. Tickets include admission and the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition commemorative T-shirt.
Friday, March 6
Rodeo Austin present BBQ Austin
Smoked meats and good eats return to the Travis County Exposition Center for another year of BBQ Austin. Guests can chow down on a variety of dishes prepared by participating teams and enjoy a little cowboy-inspired fun before the official start of Austin Rodeo. Additional highlights include a carnival, fair festivities, and a fireworks show. Visit the BBQ Austin website to purchase tickets.
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul Reubens
Actor Paul Reubens, better known as beloved character Pee-wee Herman, makes his way to ACL Live at the Moody Theater in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. During the special evening, the audience can enjoy a screening of the movie followed by trivia with Reubens himself. A limited number of tickets are still available.
Saturday, March 7
Water Lantern Festival
Celebrate lost loved ones during the magical Water Lantern Festival. Activities during the family-friendly event include food, games, a specialty market, music, and illuminated (and sustainable) lanterns afloat on the water at Mueller Lake Park. Admission is free for children ages 7 and younger.
Sunday, March 8
Circle Brewing Co. presents Pink Velvet IPA Release Party
Toast to the females in your life with the help of a new Circle Brewing Co. beer brewed by women. Guests to the beer release party can participate in an hour-long yoga class and rehydrate with a pint of Pink Velvet IPA following the final pose. A variety of local and female-owned vendors will provide food and other goodies all day long. Purchase tickets on the release party website.