Fundraisers, festivals and more things to do in and around Northwest Austin this weekend, Nov. 2-5

The We Are Girls Austin conference previously filled the gymnasium at Austin High School. This year it will be hosted at Anderson High School.

The We Are Girls Austin conference previously filled the gymnasium at Austin High School. This year it will be hosted at Anderson High School.

There are several opportunities to give back to the community this weekend.


THURSDAY







1. See works from international artists at Polish Film Festival
The Austin Polish Film Festival and Polish Film Poster Exhibit returns for its 12th year with screenings of award-winning films, a short film competition, an art exhibit and Polish food. Screenings will take place throughout the weekend.

$70 all access pass, some events free to public. Times vary. AFS Cinema, 6406 I-35 Ste. 3100, Austin; Regal Arbor 8, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin. www.austinpolishfilm.com





FRIDAY







2. Try out Central Texas small batch brews at Austin Homebrew Festival
The Austin Homebrew Appreciation Society hosts a Homebrew festival Saegerrunde Hall. Over a dozen homebrewers offer tastings that will be judged by local craft brewers. Attendees can vote on a people’s choice favorite and listen to live music. The event benefits AHB Community school, a local nonprofit progressive elementary school. Registration prior to the event is required per Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission policy.

6-9 p.m. $12-$60. 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin. www.ahbfestival.org





SATURDAY







3. Gain advice, inspiration from influential women
Austin-based organization, Girls Empowerment Network, hosts its 10th annual We Are Girls Austin conference at Anderson High School. Speaker and panelists include anti-bullying activist and author Lizzie Velasquez and Denise Hamilton, founder of Watch her Work, an initiative that aims to close the achievement gap between men and women in the U.S. The Girls Empowerment Network is still accepting donations to fund attendees seeking funding to cover ticket costs.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. $30. Anderson High School. 8403 Mesa Drive, Austin






4. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Stubb’s
Easterseals Central Texas, an organization serving people with disabilities, hosts its annual Dia de los Muertos concert at Stubb’s BBQ with performances by Tiarra Girls and DJ King Louie.

5-11 p.m. $30 (general admission). $100 (VIP). 801 Red River St., Austin. www.austindiadelosmuertos.com






5. Volunteer at a local park
Nonprofit Austin Parks Foundation hosts It’s My Park Day,  a twice-annual citywide park cleanup. The event, in which volunteers work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city, drew 3,200 participants in the spring.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Locations vary. 512-477-1566. www.austinparks.org





SUNDAY







6. Golf for a cause
The Neuropathy Alliance of Texas, an Austin-based nonprofit that raises money for neuropathy research, hosts a fundraiser with a raffle, a silent auction and a lunch buffet at TopGolf Austin.

Noon-4 p.m. $35-$150 (individuals), $720 (six-person). 2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin. neuropathyalliancetx.org/topgolf






7. Attend a fundraiser with Mario Lopez
Finding Freedom Through Friendship, a nonprofit that provides food, shelter, education and micro loans for single mothers in Guatemala and other developing countries, hosts a fundraiser featuring live music, dinner, a silent auction, cocktails and a celebrity guest, Mario Lopez.

4-8 p.m. Prices vary. 10201 Jollyville Road, Austin. www.manuels.com/nov5


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.