Take a free Pilates class, celebrate St. Patrick's Day at St. Elmo Brewing Co. and more events for South Austinites to attend in February and March

SXSW runs March 9-18 at locations throughout Austin.

SXSW runs March 9-18 at locations throughout Austin.

Your ultimate local guide for events and dates of note in February and March.

Feb. 28

Play Marvel trivia
Trivia will cover everything from “Iron Man” to “Thor: Ragnarok” as well as Marvel TV shows. Players can sip on the winery’s house wines. The event is only for players age 21 and over. Free to play. 7-10 p.m. The Austin Winery, 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. A-1. 512-326-1445.

March 3

Take a newborn prep class
The class will teach the basics of diapering, bathing, swaddling, calming a fussy baby and more. Attendees will also learn the basics of infant CPR including the Heimlich maneuver. This is not a certification class. $60 per couple. 1-3 p.m. The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road. 512-366-8120. www.hiveaustin.com

March 3

Practice free pilates

Pilates South Austin is offering free classes throughout the day in honor of its five-year anniversary. Classes include Pilates mat, restorative yoga and more. Free. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 9901 Brodie Lane, Ste 145. 512-280-6683.

March 4

Kite Fest returns to Austin
Guests can watch thousands of kites fly at this historic festival, which includes multiple activities such as a fun run, a kite showcase and contest, live music and more. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. 512-837-9500. www.abckitefestival.org

March 5-18

Attend annual SXSW Conference & Festival
The annual event brings industry professionals and enthusiasts together for sessions, screenings, exhibitions and  networking opportunities. $495-$1550. All day. Various venues. 512-467-7979.

5-8 EDU (education)
9-13 Interactive
9-17 Film
9-17 Comedy
12-18 Music

March 7

Hear an architecture lecture series
Architect Burton Baldridge will deliver a presentation for Articulture Architalks, an architecture lecture series. Complimentary refreshments and snacks will be offered. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Articulture Designs, 6405 Manchaca Road. 512-762-5228. www.articulturedesigns.com

March 10-24

Rodeo Austin returns to expo center
Rodeo Austin features ProRodeo events, daily concerts, a livestock show, live music and more. A carnival will be set up on the rodeo grounds. Ticket prices vary by event. All day. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane, Austin. 512-919-3000. www.rodeoaustin.com

March 12-16

Area school districts close for Spring Break
Students, teachers and staff in Austin ISD and Dripping Springs ISD will be out for spring break during the week. Normal classes will resume March 19.

March 17

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
St. Elmo Brewing Co. is holding a St. Patrick’s Day party that will feature music, beer and food. Musical guests include A Tiger Lily, Ginny Marie and Her Band, and Green Dazed. Attendance is free. 5:30-11:30 p.m. 440 E. St. Elmo Road. 737-300-1965. www.stelmobrewing.com

March 18

Learn to grow Texas plants
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is hosting a gardening for newcomers class for those who are new to Texas or new to gardening native plants. A guide will help students identify native plants and share gardening tips. $45. 1-4 pm. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100.

March 21

Take a cooking class at Tipping T
Chef Karen Montgomery will take students through a cooking lesson called “easy fancy” that provides tips on meals that are easy and fancy for weekends and special occasions. $75. 6:30-9 p.m.  Tipping T, 13127 Fitzhugh Road. 512-291-7101. www.tippingt.com/kitchen-basics

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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