SXSW, BrisketU class and 6 other things for Northwest Austinites to do this weekend, March 9-12

Updated March 9 at 10:13 a.m.

Plan a weekend with these events happening in and around Northwest Austin.


1. SXSW Conferences & Festivals
The annual festival features independent films, emerging technologies and live music. This year, the nine-day film festival and seven-day interactive conference begin March 10, and the music showcases begin March 13.

All day. $825-$1,650 (SXSW badges). Various venues throughout Austin. 512-467-7979.

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2. Red Riding Hood tales from Asia
Children are invited to hear renditions of “Little Red Riding Hood” set in China, Korea and Sri Lanka. After storytime, the event includes a Red Riding Hood treasure hunt.

10-11:30 a.m. Free. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. 512-974-1700.

3. Coffee & Conversation with AARP Texas
The public is invited to learn about AARP programs, age-friendly Austin, and advocacy and volunteer opportunities from AARP Texas staff and volunteers. The event is open house-style and features coffee and refreshments.

1-3 p.m. Free. Little Walnut Creek Branch Public Library, 835 W. Rundberg Lane. 877-926-8300.


4. Anderson Mill Road meeting
Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, who represents District 6 in Northwest Austin, hosts a meeting for residents to weigh in on suggestions to improve Anderson Mill Road, which will receive $5.5 million from the $720 million mobility bond voters approved in November. Improvements could include sidewalks, medians, driveways.

10 a.m.-noon. Free. Spicewood Elementary School, 11601 Olson Drive, Austin. 512-978-2175

5. Greg Rucka signing
Dragon’s Lair Austin hosts Greg Rucka to sign copies of “Wonder Woman TP Vol. 01 The Lies (Rebirth)” as well as his new book from Image, “Old Guard No.1 (MR).” Other books are also available. Guests are invited to bring other items for Rucka to sign, within reason.

Noon-5 p.m. Free. Dragon’s Lair Austin, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. B-1. 512-454-2399.

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6. BrisketU-Brisket Cooking Class
The introductory class is designed to teach the average barbecue lover how to work a pit and create the quintessential smoked brisket, the toughest piece of beef to master. Participants learn about Texas pits, choosing the right brisket, trimming techniques, rubs and preparation, wood selection and smoke profiles, starting and managing a firebox, cook timings, and slicing the final product. Participants must register online.

Noon-3 p.m. $69. Oskar Blues Brewery Austin, 10420 Metric Blvd. 512-243-7054. [email protected]

7. Rodeo Austin
Dwight Yoakam, Elle King, Fitz and the Tantrums, and the Randy Rogers Band highlight the list of nightly musical performances scheduled following each day of ProRodeo events.

Various times. $25-$175. Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane. 512-919-3000. [email protected]


8. Community volunteer fair
The public fair is open to members of the community and features local and global nonprofit organizations seeking volunteers, including Hill Country Community Ministry, Hope Alliance Crisis Center, Austin Sanctuary Network, Care Communities and Literacy Coalition of Central Texas.

1-3 p.m. Free. Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Road. 512-335-4449. [email protected]

Correction: An initial version of this story included an incorrect proper name for Spicewood Elementary School. 


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