Festivals, art workshops and more for Southwest Austinites to do this weekend

The Pecan Street Festival will celebrate its 37th year this weekend. The event will feature food, music and artisan jewelry and art.

The Pecan Street Festival will celebrate its 37th year this weekend. The event will feature food, music and artisan jewelry and art.

Downtown Austin will be bustling this weekend as the Texas Tribune Festival and Pecan Street Festival kick off their 2017 runs. Southwest Austin residents can also participate in a blood drive and art workshop Sunday. See what other events are happening this weekend:

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24
Texas Tribune Festival

More than 60 sessions and 250 speakers are planned for the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival. Austin stakeholders including former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt will present. $50-$2,500.

Times vary. Locations vary. www.texastribune.org/festival

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 23-24
37th Annual Fall Pecan Street Festival

The two-day arts festival features local and national artisans who sell wares in a variety of forms, including metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone. Musical performances and food vendors are also present at this twice-per-year Austin tradition. Free.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.). Sixth Street Historic District, between Brazos Street and I-35, Austin. www.pecanstreetfestival.org

Saturday, Sept. 23
Central Texas Medical Orchestra season premiere

The Central Texas Medical Orchestra will hold its season premiere concert featuring chanteuse Kiki Ebsen and cellist Ray Kim. All proceeds will benefit the Easterseals Central Texas, a nonprofit serving children and adults with disabilities. $10-$25.

7:30-10 p.m. Westover Hills Church of Christ, 8332 Mesa Drive, Austin. 512-422-1165. www.ctmorchestra.org

Sunday, Sept. 24
Cobalt Blue Salon’s Cut-a-thon

Receive a complimentary hair trim by donating blood, joining the Be the Match bone marrow donor registry, or donating a minimum of $20 to the Leukemia Research Foundation. To donate blood, reserve your time at www.inyourhands.org under the Cobalt Blue Salon Blood Drive.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cobalt Blue Salon, 4220 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. 140, Austin. 512-453-4140. www.cobaltbluesalon.com

Make a Kokedama Mobile
Articulture Designs is hosting a kokedama mobile workshop for area residents and crafters. Kokedama is Japanese for "moss ball." The end result is a a moss ball with a plant portruding from it. This workshop will include all materials, as well as expert instruction and care guidance from Articulture owner Monique Capanelli. All class registrants will receive 10 percent off any purchases in the Articulture boutique and nursery during this class. Registration closes Sept. 23. $40.

3-5 p.m. Articulture Designs, 405 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-762-5228. www.articulturedesigns.com


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