Video games, chicken keeping and 7 more things to do in Central Austin this weekend, July 27-July 30

Here are 9 things to do in Central Austin this weekend, July 27-July 30.

Here are 9 things to do in Central Austin this weekend, July 27-July 30.


1. Reverse happy hour on a rooftop

The nightclub RIO announces the return of its reverse happy hour this week. The establishment features a rooftop lounge.

9-11 p.m. $3 (domestic beers), $5 (well drinks). RIO, 601 Rio Grande St., Austin.


2. Painting gallery set for opening reception

This open-to-the-public opening reception features works by Ellen Siebers. The series of paintings, called "Sunbathers," are inspired by the confined space found in both interior and exterior environments. Complimentary drinks are available to attendees.

7-10 p.m. Free. 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 2, Ste. 101, Austin.


3. Retro game festival returns

Classic Game Fest convenes for its 10th annual event featuring two days of classic video games, tournaments and costume contests.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free (age 12 and under), $15-$30 (adults). Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.


4. Museum exhibit explores first 50 years of video games

"Pong to Pokemon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming" explores the past and future of electronic gaming through the player's experience. Museum-goers can play classic games such as Oregon Trail, Centipede, Ms. Pac-Man, Tetris and Super Mario Bros.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. $9-$13. The Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin.

5. Bake sale to benefit local food bank

Fixtures in the local dining scene Barley Swine and Odd Duck announce the newest addition to their restaurant group, Sour Duck Market, with a bake sale benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank. Offerings include croissants, danishes, kolaches and beverages. Proceeds help the food bank raise a million meals for children, families and older adults this summer.

10 a.m. until sold out. Cost varies by item. Odd Duck, 1201 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

6. Learn about chicken keeping

The city of Austin presents a free chicken keeping class for local residents. Keeping chickens can help keep food waste out of the landfill while creating healthy soil.

1-2 p.m. Free. Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, Austin.

7. YETI giveaways

KGSR's Blues on the Green and YETI host the event featuring giveaways, such as a Blues on the Green YETI prize pack and a complimentary drink. The prize pack includes VIP passes to the next concert, two YETI tumblers and a cooler.

4-6 p.m. Free. YETI, 220 S. Congress Ave., Austin.,

8. Beer and yoga for $10

CorePower Yoga teaches an hourlong yoga class and the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium provides two beers for a grand total of $10.

7-8 p.m. $10 (two beers and a one-hour yoga session). Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 815 W. 47th St., Ste. 103, Austin.


9. Restaurant industry workers invited for free drinks

Service industry workers get free drinks at this party on the east side, including draft beer, frozen cocktails and tequila watermelons. The LeRoy and Lewis food truck will serve barbecue at the event.

7-10 p.m. Free (admission). Contigo, 2027 Anchor Lane, Austin.