Our Favorite 13 Events for February & March
Words by Savannah Whitmer
February 10, 11am-5pm
Fall in love with the gifts and florals at REVELRY’s annual Valentine’s pop up. This soirée is the perfect date destination or shopping. The market is free, open to all ages, and will feature sips by Wright Bros. Brew & Brew and sweets from other local makers.
908 E 5th St. | thisisrevelry.com
February 14-18, 2-9pm
Witness wild creativity intersect with powerful commentary at the nonprofit OUTsider’s annual extravaganza at various locations around Austin, including The VORTEX. This community-hosted LGBTQ+ festival features performances, art, music and much more from local artists and academics. Discounted festival badges are on sale now for $40, or $25 for students.
Various locations | outsiderfest.org
Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm
The recently-launched and women-led Filigree Theatre Company dishes out the humor and the heartbreak in equal measures with their performance of A DELICATE SHIP at the Santa Cruz Theatre. This play follows the relationships of lovers and friends caught up in a love triangle through an unexpected series of events. Tickets are $30.
1805 E 7th St. | filigreetheatre.com
Parent’s Night Out
February 16, 5:30-10pm
Thinkery puts an exciting twist on the classic PNO on Valentine’s weekend. Forget a babysitter at home—kids 4 and up will get full hands-on access to the Thinkery museum while they snack on pizza and play interactive games. Plus, Thinkery has a list of partners who give discounts on date night. Ask for free popcorn at Alamo Drafthouse location or free s’mores at Halcyon Mueller. PNO is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.
1830 Simond Ave. | thinkeryaustin.org
February 16-17, 4-10pm
The Longhorn Corvette Club knows that the best way to raise money for charity is also the most delicious way. Register to show off your southern cooking skills and win cash prizes, or show up to taste test the best BBQ, salsa, and margaritas in Texas at the 29th annual Chilly Chili Cook Off. A portion of the proceeds goes to Travis County Special Advocates for Children, the Boy Scouts, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
500 VFW Rd.| facebook.com/8787ChillyChili
February 17, 2-9pm
This Mardi Gras, experience the Maslenitsa holiday of the Eastern Slavs. This celebration isn’t nicknamed “Butter Week” for nothing—nosh on Slavic delicacies and traditional ethnic fare like blini pancakes while you watch traditional performances, costume parades, and carnival games. This special Mardi Gras carnival will also have live music and dances, body painting, and vendors with time-honored treats and wares. Free and open to the public.
5220 Farm to Market Rd. 973 | slavicmardigras.wixsite.com/maslenitsa
February 23, 6pm-12am
This epic event will be held in a centralized East Austin location at the historic and spacious Scoot Inn with phenomenal headliners, musicians, and bands that have made their mark in Austin: Quiet Company, Harvest Thieves, SaulPaul, Dossey, & Deer Fellow. It’s time to celebrate the release of EASTside Magazine’s music issue and show off the local music scene. There will be food, drinks, and some outstanding local music! Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door.
1308 E. 4th Street | eastsideatx.com/sounds-of-east-event
Intro to Modern Calligraphy
February 25, 3pm
Craft your own Etsy-worthy items with local artist Jesilyn Kay at this calligraphy class for beginners by CRAFT. Learn how to create sophisticated stationary, and take home the techniques and tools you need for the perfect save-the-date or Mother’s Day card. Tickets are $85-92 and include all supplies.
4704B E Cesar Chavez St. | madeatcraft.com
March 2, 6-8pm
Boost your bartending skills to the next level with this creative cocktail workshop by REVELRY. The workshop is an interactive whiskey experience full of sips and snacks. You’ll leave with an impressive knowledge of bourbon, scotch and rye and a list of recipes just in time for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Tickets are $55, 21 and up only.
908 E 5th St. | thisisrevelry.com
March 3, 11am-1pm
In honor of health awareness month, guest speaker Carla Johnson will empower women through a discussion on health at a mother-daughter brunch, hosted by the Carver Museum & Cultural Center. RSVP at (512) 974-4926.
1165 Angelina St. | austintexas.gov
ABC Kite Festival
March 4, 10am-5pm
Since 1929, Austinites have welcomed spring to the city with a vibrant sea of kites flying over Zilker Park. The tradition takes place this year with competitions for kids ages 4-12 in categories ranging from steadiest to largest to most unusual kite. Make your own kite to participate in the competition, or take a break from flying to check out local food and retail vendors around the park. This event is free, but you can purchase a VIP pass that includes special parking spots, early access, and a catered Central Market breakfast. Proceeds benefit Communities in Schools of Central Texas and the Moss Pieratt Foundation.
2100 Barton Springs Rd. | abckitefestival.org
March 7, times vary
Take off at this donation-based Rocket Yoga class. Bikram Yoga’s Gil Perez teaches in the Ashtanga Vinyasa style for this class, offered on first Wednesdays each month. No need to sign up online—just pop in to Bikram Yoga East Austin.
3801 Berkman Dr. B | bikramyogaeastaustin.com
March 17, 7-9pm
This SXSW performance is the perfect way to kick off spring break, and possibly the only time you’ll ever hear a full orchestral ensemble meet hip-hop beats. Thee Phantom & The Illharmonic Orchestra return for their fourth year with music and comedy duo Treelah, along with other talented local hip-hop acts at Bates Recital Hall. Tickets are $15, and they go fast!
2406 Robert Dedman Dr. | universe.com/events