Kite fest, St. Patrick's Day and 6 more things Central Austinites can do in March

Dream Wife performs onstage at the BBC R1/PPL music showcase.

Dream Wife performs onstage at the BBC R1/PPL music showcase.

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the month of March.

March 1-2

Austinites give back during Amplify Austin
Austin’s annual day of giving returns with a 24-hour period to help local nonprofits. Amplify Austin has raised more than $35 million for area organizations over the past five years. 6 p.m.-6 p.m. Areawide.

March 3

Texas Independence Day parade marches on
Parade participants are encouraged to dress up like pirates, as Austin residents celebrate the March 2, 1836, day of independence in Texas. Congress Avenue. 9-11 a.m.

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March 3

Volunteer at a local park
Nonprofit Austin Parks Foundation hosts It’s My Park Day, a twice-annual citywide park cleanup. Northwest Austin parks with volunteer opportunities include Bull Creek District Park. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Free. Locations vary.

March 4

Kite festival soars over Zilker Park
ABC Kite Fest returns to Zilker Park with a kite flying contest, a 2.1-mile fun run and a children’s concert. The event also includes a fun run. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 2100 Barton Springs Road.

March 8

Give input on plans for two Central Austin corridors
The public is invited to share its feedback on the North Lamar Boulevard and Guadalupe Street corridor plans, which aim to address mobility, safety and connectivity along the roadways. 5-8 p.m. Free. McCallum High School, 5600 Sunshine Drive.

March 10

Learn about self-expression via technology

Latinitas, a nonprofit that focuses on empowering young Latinas, hosts a free workshop addressing identity and self-expression through media. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. 7500 Blessing Ave.

March 10-24

Rodeo Austin returns to Expo Center
The festival features professional rodeo events, a livestock show and live music over the course of two weeks. Times vary. Prices vary by event; free kids’ 1K fun run on March 10. Travis County Exposition Center, 9100 Decker Lake Road.

March 17-18

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at an Irish pub
Donning green clothes, festivalgoers converge on the downtown Irish pub to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland with live music, an outdoor beer garden and cocktail stations. 6 a.m.-2 a.m. $15 (general admission). Fado Irish Pub, 214 W. Fourth St.



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