1. Learn how to plan and design a green home
Austin Energy hosts workshops throughout August to teach the public about building, buying and remodeling green homes. Thursday’s workshop teaches attendees how to identify home design priorities and how location, site and climate affect the design of a sustainable home.
7-9 p.m. $15 (registration for students and city of Austin employees), $25 (general admission). Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-482-5300. www.greenbuilding.austinenergy.com/
2. Kick off AnimeCTX at Pinballz Lake Creek
Pinballz Lake Creek hosts a Geeks and Gamers mixer to kick off AnimeCTX. A general admission ticket comes with free food, drinks, a $10 reloadable Pinballz Rewards Member game card and entry into raffles. Guests must be age 13 or older.
7-11 p.m. $15. 13729 US 183, Ste. 1350, Austin. www.facebook.com/pinballzlakecreek
3. Shop at Domain Northside’s final First Friday event
The final First Friday event features live music by Drew Davis and specials in stores around Rock Rose, including a lip bar and complimentary services at Nordstrom and complimentary champagne at Joie. Attendees also have three chances to win CB2 outdoor room settings, which are raffled off at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Be sure to check out all the deals and discount happening at Domain Northside this weekend.
7-9 p.m. Free entry. Rock Rose Avenue in The Domain. www.domainnorthside.com
4. Try Falkor beer at Circle Brewing Co.
Circle Brewing Co. hosts a release party for Falkor beer, a new wheat beer brewed using experimental hops with subtle vanilla notes. The event includes beer specials and a "Never-ending Story" movie screening.
5-10 p.m. Free. 2340 W. Braker Lane, Ste. B, Austin. www.circlebrewing.com
5. Attend Austin Emergency Center’s Back to School Bash
Far West’s Austin Emergency Center hosts a back-to-school bash. The event includes pizza, snow cones, a raffle, a petting zoo and balloon animals.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 3563 Far West Blvd., Ste. 110, Austin. 512-481-2321. https://austiner.com
6. Visit the new Silverstone neighborhood
Meritage Homes celebrates the grand opening of Silverstone, a new community of highly energy-efficient homes in North Austin. The public is invited for a tour of the new neighborhood and model home with summer snacks and entertainment for children.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 3812 Bristol Motor Pass, Austin. www.meritagehomes.com/austin
7. Compete in the Local Post Pub’s 2017 Olympics
The Local Post Pub 2017 Olympics includes events such as human foosball, volleyball and dodgeball. These tournament-style games are played with teams of eight. At the end of the games, each contestant wins a prize, with the grand prize being from Flyrides Party Bus.
2-7 p.m. Free entry. 7113 Burnet Road, Austin. 512-375-5599. http://thelocalpost.pub