Lunar New Year, artists market & more for Northwest Austinites to do this weekend, Feb. 2-6

Athletes from throughout Texas compete in Austin this weekend in the 24th annual Special Olympics Texas Winter Games.

Athletes from throughout Texas compete in Austin this weekend in the 24th annual Special Olympics Texas Winter Games.

Here are several events happening this weekend in and around Northwest Austin.

FRIDAY


1. Special Olympics Texas Winter Games

Athletes from throughout the state compete in one of three sports—bowling, powerlifting or volleyball—at the 24th annual event. Competitions are open to the public, and volunteers are needed.

Through Feb. 5. Various times. Free. Various locations. 512-835-9873. www.sotx.org/wintergames

SATURDAY


2. NW ATX Artists' Market

The event will include fine art and craft vendors as well as poetry readings and workshops and live music. NW ATX Artists' Market hosts monthly events to support makers of artisan, vintage and craft goods.

1-7 p.m. Free. 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, 10615 Metric Blvd., Austin. www.facebook.com/nwatxartmarket


SUNDAY


3. WeatherFest 2017 

The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin hosts a day of science and family fun in partnership with Spectrum Networks and Girlstart. The event includes exhibitor demonstrations that will let kids catch clouds in jars and learn how tornadoes form. Admission to the entire museum is also free Sunday from noon-5 p.m.

Noon-3 p.m. Free. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-936-8746. www.thestoryoftexas.com

4. Chinatown Center's Year of the Rooster


Austin’s Chinatown Center celebrates the Lunar New Year with a day of family activities including face painting, a rock-climbing wall, a community resource fair and a petting zoo. The event includes entertainment and dance performances from The Love of China, Austin Dance India, Hawaiian Kona Isle, Texas Vovinam Viet Vo Dao Martial Arts, April Rain Chinese Dance and the Thien Hau/Linh Son Lion Dance Team. Special guests include Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who will help light traditional celebratory firecrackers. KVUE television news anchor Jenni Lee will lead ceremonies.


10 a.m.-midnight. Free admission (some activities may have fees). 10901 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-502-8887. www.chinatownaustin.com




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