If you want to spend the extra day off helping communities throughout the Gulf Coast, here’s some events you can attend throughout this weekend.
1. Watch a film for free at the Paramount Theater
The Paramount Theater announced Monday it will give residents who donate to the American Red Cross free admission to a film of their choice.
Screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Free with a donation. 713 Congress Ave., Austin. tickets.austintheatre.org/Default.aspx?_ga=2.36280228.509952522.1504125926-1961590668.1504125926
2. Go to a happy hour with Those Texas Women
The Goodnight cohosts a happy hour fundraiser with Those Texas Women. Forty percent of proceeds from $5 drinks and half-off games will be donated to two organizations: the ACLU of Texas and the American Red Cross of Greater Houston.
4-8 p.m. Free entry. 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin. www.facebook.com/events/502193696800748
3. Attend a benefit concert at the Mohawk downtown
Austin music acts Black Joe Lewis, Octopus Project and Walker Lukens all headline a benefit concert at the Mohawk Friday night. The proceeds from the show will go toward the Greater Houston Community Foundation. The venue is also accepting donations of diapers, baby formula, blankets, feminine products and toiletries. Check out other benefit concerts happening this weekend.
Doors at 7 p.m. $20. 912 Red River St., Austin. mohawkatx.queueapp.com/events/36640?priv=ae3f339e58486b57af717eb4c086cda2
4. Eat at a food truck
More than 40 food trucks plan to participate in “Fed Truck Friday,” an event organized to raise funds for the American Red Cross. The event will also still donate proceeds to Keep Austin Fed, a nonprofit that redistributes food that would have otherwise been thrown away.
All day. Free admission. Various locations in Austin. www.fedtruckfriday.com/index.html
5. Run across the Lamar Boulevard pedestrian bridge “Naruto Style”
Initially created by Austin resident Nathan Wilkins to participate in a nationwide joke, the event turned into a hurricane relief benefit early this week. Participants are encouraged to bring cash, sleeping bags, towels, canned food, diapers and blankets to be donated to hurricane relief efforts. For more information about the nationwide joke, visit here.
7-8 p.m. Free. 1250 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.facebook.com/events/159487791274438/
6. Visit Red’s Porch and donate supplies
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Red’s Porch’s Dog Days of Summer event will now be holding a donation drive for its animal shelter neighbors. Along with the drive, the restaurant will have happy hour specials, vendors on-site and a raffle.
2-5 p.m. Free admission. 4200 Braker Lane, Austin. www.facebook.com/events/142180109710767
7. Drink beer at a Cedar Park brewery
Cedar Park brewery and coffee shop Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Company will donate $1 from all beer and drip coffees sold this week toward recovery efforts.
7 a.m.-10 p.m. Free entry. 13010 W. Parmer Lane, Cedar Park. redhornbrew.com/
8. Take an evacuee to the Austin Aquarium
The Austin Aquarium will offer free admission to residents of all counties that were evacuated during Hurricane Harvey. Patrons must provide a photo ID with their address to get in free of charge.
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. 13530 US 183, Ste. 101, Austin. 512-222-5586. www.austinaquarium.com/
9. Do a CrossFit workout to raise funds
Both Austin locations of CrossFit Central will hold a donation-based workout open to everyone Monday. Proceeds will be donated to the gyms in need. CrossFit Central also set up a GoFundMe account to help all of the CrossFit gyms that have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. To donate, go here.
9-11 a.m. Donation-based. 6205 Burnet Road, Austin. www.facebook.com/events/1812881689024259