The weekend roundup for Aug. 4-5 includes a back to school bash, networking event, tour of a BBQ pit, Medicare basics class and more.


Saturday, Aug. 4
Meet the pit masters at The Switch

The Switch, a Texan/Cajun barbecue joint, hosts tours of the pit room by lead pit masters Christopher McGhee and Bill Dumas and pit masters Marco Oglesby and Troy Warlick. The restaurant offers all-day happy hour specials, including $2 off cocktails, $3 domestic pints and $5 pints of select craft beer. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The Switch, 166 Hargraves Drive, Ste. G100 Austin. 512-212-7211. www.theswitchdripping.com





Attend Austin ISD's Back to School Bash
The annual event offers free backpacks to about 4,500 students as well as health screenings and resource information. Supplies are given out first come, first served. Noon-3 p.m. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-414-9955. www.austinisd.org/bash





Saturday, Aug. 4
New to Austin? Network with a life-long local


Learn from and chat with Cara Keenan, a life-long local who has helped newcomers transition careers and families into life in Austin. The venue provides two hours of free childcare—for those who register in advance and use the code TRANSPLANT—and complimentary mimosas. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. The Hive, 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-366-8120. www.hiveaustin.com





Saturday, Aug. 4
Master Medicare basics


The Austin Public Library hosts a presentation by a licensed insurance agent. Topics include signing up for Medicare and the difference between a supplement and the Medicare Advantage plan. 2 p.m. Free. Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-974-8700. https://library.austintexas.gov





Sunday, Aug. 5
Learn about organic vegetable gardening


Linda Wall, horticulturist at the Natural Gardener, explains the basics of organic vegetable gardening, from soil preparation to raised beds to planting in the right season. 10 a.m. Free. The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-288-6113. www.naturalgardeneraustin.com