Duck Race Derby, White Linen Night and anniversaries galore: 8 things to do in Central Austin this weekend, Aug. 4-6

Duck Race Derby takes place Saturday, Aug. 5.

Duck Race Derby takes place Saturday, Aug. 5.


1. West Sixth Street steakhouse turns 85

The Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse, a longtime fixture on West Sixth Street, celebrates its 85th anniversary with food and drink specials, including an 8-ounce sirloin steak and a birthday cake for $8.50 or a 10-ounce boneless rib-eye steak plus birthday cake for $19.32. The restaurant was founded in 1932.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free (admission). The Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse, 613 W. Sixth St.


2. Austin Emergency Center hosts back-to-school event

This kid-friendly event features free pizza, snow cones, raffle prizes, petting zoo and balloon animals just before the start of the school year.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Austin Emergency Center, 3563 Far West Blvd., Ste. 110. 512-481-2321.

3. Red River Street cleanup

The Central Texas Parrothead Club hosts a Keep Austin Beautiful cleanup of Red River Street. A lunch at Jason's Deli follows.

10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jason's Deli, 1000 E. 41st St.

4. Restaurateurs gather for downtown block party

The Second Street District holds its fifth annual White Linen Night with proceeds benefiting the Austin Food and Wine Alliance. The ticketed block party features samples from Austin restaurants. 6-9 p.m. $50-$75. Second Street District, 214 Guadalupe St.

5. Duck Race Derby to raise money for Boys & Girls Club

Participants release 17,000 rubber ducks into Lady Bird Lake from the Ann Richards/Congress Avenue Bridge.

11 a.m. Free (to attend), $5 (duck adoption). Congress Avenue Bridge, 100 S. Congress

6. Beer, sausage at Banger's anniversary party

Banger's Five-Year Anniversary Party & Beer Festival cooks three pigs three ways as 96 beers are among the selection at the event. Live music is performed all day, and growlers filled with Pinthouse Pizza's Electric Jellyfish beer will be given at every hour.

11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Free (admission). Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St.

7. Organic grocery store on Manor Road celebrates five years

Pirate costumes, live music, tacos and local beer feature at neighborhood grocer In.gredients' fifth anniversary party. Attendees can bring a tote bag or t-shirt to receive free screen printing with In.gredients anniversary artwork. The event also features face painting and local vendors.

6-9 p.m. Free (admission). In.gredients, 2610 Manor Road.


8. Free beer at Kerlin BBQ

The East Cesar Chavez Street barbecue purveyor provides complimentary beer to its patrons in honor of its fourth anniversary.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). Kerlin BBQ, 1700 E. Cesar Chavez St.