SXSW's virtual festival, the PGA Tour returns and more events in Austin this month

Matthew McConaughey, see, here at SXSW 2019, will be one of this year's virtual SXSW speakers. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)
Matthew McConaughey, see, here at SXSW 2019, will be one of this year's virtual SXSW speakers. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)

Matthew McConaughey, see, here at SXSW 2019, will be one of this year's virtual SXSW speakers. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)

From Amplify Austin Day beginning 6 p.m. on March 4 to Bill Gates discussing his new book, "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster," here are eight events happening this month in the Austin area, including both in-person and virtual options.

March 2

Virtual art workshop

In March’s installment of this monthly virtual series, studio coordinator Izobeau Loureiro discusses mold making and 3-D objects. Those who sign up receive a kit with supplies for arts and crafts. 5-6:30 p.m. $5. 512-453-5312.

March 4

DivInc’s Champions of Change banquet

Austin-based nonprofit DivInc hosts its third annual Champions of Change awards banquet and fundraiser virtually. The nonprofit, which works to promote diversity, equity, social justice and inclusion, aims to raise $100,000 at the event. 5:30 p.m. $50-$100.

March 4-5

Amplify Austin Day

Organized by local group I Live Here I Give Here, Amplify Austin Day is an annual 24-hour campaign that aims to raise funds for local nonprofits. Last year, the virtual day of giving brought in 28,000 donations totaling $12.3 million. Because of increased need related to COVID-19 and the winter storms, the organization is aiming for contributions from 60,000 individual donors this year. The campaign officially runs from 6 p.m. March 4 to 6 p.m. March 5, but donations can be made early.

March 8

Bill Gates discusses climate change

BookPeople will host a virtual presentation with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Khan Academy CEO Sal Khan, who will discuss climate change and the challenges facing the planet. Tickets include a copy of Gates’ new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” 7 p.m. $39-$59.

Through March 16

Texas Science Festival

The University of Texas hosts its annual Texas Science Festival virtually. Experts lead panels with programs titled “Saving the Bees,” “Diversity in a Changing Ocean,” “The Science of Love” and more. Event times and dates vary. Free.

March 16-20

SXSW Online Showcase

This year, South by Southwest Conference & Festivals presents an entirely virtual experience, with online presentations, speakers, musical performances and film screenings. The event’s keynote speaker will be musician Willie Nelson, with others including Queen Latifah, Matthew McConaughey and Chris Webber. Online passes are available for $249 in February with prices increasing to $399 in March. Event times and dates vary.

March 24-28

World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play

The tournament bringing together some of the PGA Tour’s best golfers returns to Austin Country Club after it was canceled in 2020. Tournament Executive Director Jordan Uppleger said in a letter to fans attendance would be extremely limited. Austin Country Club, 4408 Long Champ Drive, Austin. Times vary. Ticket prices to be determined.

Through April 7

Good Vibes Only music series

Performances by local musicians in the Long Center’s virtual concert series will air on Feb. 24, March 10, March 24 and April 7. 8 p.m. Free. 512-474-5664.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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