Avoid the first week of SXSW with Rodeo Austin, Umlauf and more events


1. Rodeo Austin

Opens March 10. 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through March 24. $2-$175. Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane. rodeoaustin.com.

It’s the official sport of Texas. Austin hosts one of the top 10 ProRodeos every March, when the top-ranked athletes in each event — which includes bareback riding, team roping, steer wrestling and the ever-popular mutton-bustin’ — compete for the title of champion. In two hours, you’ll watch the action, but that’s not all. Live music will follow the rodeo each night, with acts from Dwight Yoakam, Josh Turner, Ludacris and more. Come early to partake in the fairgrounds, open daily at 10 a.m. and will have the livestock show, a petting zoo, pony rides and more.

2. Hotel Vegas/Volstead 7-year anniversary

1:30 p.m. March 8. Free. 1502 E. Sixth St. texashotelvegas.com.

To celebrate seven years, the eastside dive is pulling out all the stops with a seven-stage bash featuring 77 bands, comedians and vendors. The musical lineup is loaded with a cross-genre roster of local heavies including pop powerhouse Sweet Spirit, art punk oddball’s Big Bill, Peligrosa’s DJ Orion Garcia and honky tonker Corey Baum of Croy and the Boys. Food and drink specials include $1.77 Lone Star Light tall boys, Deep Eddy cocktails and hot dogs before 7 p.m. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

3. Rude Mechs’ “Fixing Troilus & Cressida.”

8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday through March 31. $5-$100. Nowlin Rehearsal Hall, 1426 Toomey Road. rudemechs.com.

Offbeat theater collective the Rude Mechs is presenting a new Fixing Shakespeare play — a series that aims to make William Shakespeare’s least produced works more accessible. In this case, the Rude Mechs, using writer Kirk Lynn’s script, are producing Shakespeare’s take on Homer’s “Illiad.” “Troilus and Cressida” is the love story hidden in the center of history’s greatest war, the epic showdown between the Trojans and the Greeks. Note: There will be a lot of bad words in this version.

4. 1st Annual East Side Cool Party

10 a.m. March 10. Free. Multiple locations. facebook.com/events/604948066508390/.

Love the east side? Five East Austin breweries are hosting this celebration of their favorite neighborhood, the 78702, at each of their locations. For the East Side Cool Party, seven new beers are coming on tap, including the Lazarus and Blue Owl Brewing collaboration Cool & The Gang, a sour English mild ale infused with Earl Grey tea that will be available at both stops. Zilker Brewing, Hops & Grain and Southern Heights Brewing are participating as well. There will be food, live music and more.

5. March Family Day at Umlauf

12 to 4 p.m. March 11. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org/familyday.

The theme of this Family Day, a tradition held the second Sunday of each month, is women’s history. Umlauf will host a lineup of activities in the garden for the whole family to enjoy, explore and create. The day will kick off with children’s yoga, followed by a performance by AllRhythms Youth Ensemble and another from the Diverse Space Dance Company. There will also be a self-care workshop at 3 p.m., as well as art-making activities centered on women’s history, a booth from GirlStart and more.



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