Rocktoberfest, boutique anniversary party and other things to do in Northwest Austin this weekend, Sept. 22-24

5 things to do this weekend in and around Northwest Austin.


Hear from notable speakers at annual Texas Tribune Festival
More than 60 sessions and 250 speakers are planned, including former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt.

Sept. 22- 24. Times vary. $50-$2,500. Locations vary.


Take part in a Rocktoberfest celebration for charity
Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub in Domain Northside’s Rock Rose District hosts the Samuel Adams Rocktoberfest. The event includes performances from local musicians, a live graffiti mural art painting that the artist will auction off and a beer stein hoisting competition. Proceeds from the auction items benefit Austin Pets Alive, and $1 per minute completed of the beer stein hoisting competition will be donated to The American Red Cross’ efforts to assist in Hurricane Harvey recovery. The event is child- and pet-friendly.

3-9 p.m. Free admission. 11500 Rock Rose Ave., Austin.

Meet a New York Times Best-Selling children’s book author
Grace Lin, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, reads aloud and signs copies of her best-selling books at the Asian American Resource Center. The family-friendly event includes face painting, snacks and opportunities to win prizes from local favorites, such as  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Pinthouse Pizza and Austin Bouldering Project.

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free admission with accepted donations. 8401 Cameron Road, Austin.

Attend a Central Texas Medical Orchestra benefit concert
The Central Texas Medical Orchestra holds its season premiere concert. Proceeds benefit Easterseals Central Texas, a nonprofit serving children and adults with disabilities. The orchestra is comprised of medical professionals and professional soloists. 

7:30-10 p.m.. $10-$25. Westover Hills Church of Christ, 8332 Mesa Drive, Austin.


Shop for a cause at Cotone Italian Clothing + Beauty Bar anniversary party
To celebrate one year in business at The Domain 2, Cotone Italian Clothing + Beauty Bar hosts an anniversary party benefiting Beautifully Loved, a nonprofit organization supporting families facing childhood illness. Local vendors, including Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Polkadots Cupcake Factory, provide refreshments. Attendees can also receive beauty treatments and massages as well as enter a raffle. The event culminates with a fashion show.

1-3 p.m. Free admission. 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Ste. 124, Austin.

By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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North Austin YMCA Community Garden
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