March to-do list: 14 events to check out in Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs this month

Courtesy Rodeo Austin
Courtesy Rodeo Austin

Courtesy Rodeo Austin

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March 7 It’s My Park Day The Austin Parks Foundation’s springs cleanup event takes place at parks across the city of Austin, with over 3,000 participants in the fall 2019 cleanup. Volunteer opportunities for specific parks or projects can be found online. Times vary. Free. Locations vary. 512-477-1566. (Courtesy Austin Parks Foundation)
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March 25-29 Dell Technologies Match Play The Austin area’s annual World Golf Championship match play event features 64 of the top-ranked golfers in the world. Golfer Kevin Kisner was the event’s 2019 champion. Match times vary each day. Children under 15 are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Daily tickets begin at $120, while weekly ticket options are also available. Event takes place at the Austin Country Club, 4408 Long Champ Drive, Austin. Off-site parking is and transportation is available at the Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones Road, Sunset Valley. (Jay Jones/Community Impact Newspaper)
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South By Southwest (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Feb. 29, March 7, 14: 'I Picked You A Flower' art exhibit

Vault Stone Shop’s art exhibition runs Saturdays through March 14. The gallery features works by artists Alison Sagebiel, Carlos Carballo, M.E. Laursen, Jaime Reynolds, Josh Row, Navasota Sering, Rohitash Rao and Scott David Gordon. Noon-4 p.m. Free. 4361 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 103, Austin. 512-831-9342.

March 3: Texas primary election

Registered Texas residents can vote in local, state and national primary elections. A full list of local candidates that will appear on the South Austin ballot can be found here. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. All Travis County and Hays County polling locations.

March 5-6: Amplify Austin Day

Austin’s eighth annual day of giving—organized by I Live Here I Give Here—returns with a 24-hour period to support local nonprofits. Amplify Austin Day has raised $57 million for charities over the past seven years. This year’s goal is to raise $12 million for more than 750 organizations. 6 p.m.-6 p.m. Donations can be made online. 512-717-4190.

March 7: Ride for a Reason-South Austin

The four-hour indoor cycling relay at Life Time Fitness raises funds to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital—which offers families free medical care—and the Life Time Foundation—a nonprofit that promotes healthy school food. Participants can ride solo or with a team and can ride for anywhere from one to four hours. 8 a.m.-noon. Registration is free, but a minimum fundraising goal or donation of $250 per participant is suggested. Life Time Fitness, 7101 S. MoPac, Austin. Registration and donations can be made online at
March 7: Austin Water Lantern Festival

The festival includes food trucks and live music, a chance to design your own lantern and a nighttime launch in the Mueller area in East Austin. The festival is organized by the same group that hosts the event in cities around the world, including Athens, Greece; Bogota, Colombia; and Hanoi, Viternam. 4-10 p.m. Prices start at $45.99. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin.

March 7: It’s My Park Day

The Austin Parks Foundation’s springs cleanup takes place across Austin. Volunteer opportunities for specific parks can be found online. About 3,000 people participated in last year’s cleanup. Times and locations vary. Free. 512-477-1566.

March 7: Austin Bold FC game

The Bold take on New Mexico United for their first home game of the 2020 USL Championship soccer season. 7:30 p.m. $15-$35. Bold Stadium, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. 512-872-8700.

March 7-8, 17-19: Baby goat cuddling

The family farm and goat dairy welcomes the public to play with and feed the farm’s baby goats on weekends in March. Tickets must be purchased in advance on 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15 (children), $25 (adults). Pure Luck Farm and Dairy, 3000 Martin Road, Dripping Springs. 512-659-5516.

March 13-21: South By Southwest Conference & Festivals

The annual conference and festival brings artists, musicians, politicians and speakers to the Austin area. Official South By Southwest conference tracks and exhibitions begin March 13 and continue through March 21. Conference topics include climate and social action, media and journalism, sports, health business, video games and design. The SXSW film and comedy festivals also run from March 13-21. The music festival begins March 16 and ends March 22. Official SXSW shows and conference events require badges for entry. Other free shows also take place throughout the week at various Austin locations. Badge prices start at $1,270. Pricing for individual shows may vary. Times and locations vary.

March 14-28: Rodeo Austin

Rodeo Austin features rodeo events, livestock shows, daily live music and other entertainment over the course of two weeks. Event times vary. Tickets start at $20. Travis County Exposition Center, 9100 Decker Lane, Austin. 512-919-3000.

March 16-18: Campfire Gathering music festival

Camp Lucy Resort will host its inaugural music festival in Dripping Springs, with artists including Shakey Graves, Margo Price, Colter Wall, Orville Peck, Deer Tick, White Denim and more. Marketed as a “summer camp for music lovers,” festival guests can also participate in activities at the resort, such as fishing, archery, hiking and swimming, and can shop at a marketplace. On-site lodging options are also available for purchase. The event runs from 6 p.m. (Mon.)-noon (Wed.). Three-day tickets start at $600. Camp Lucy Resort, 3509 Creek Road, Dripping Springs.

March 18: Revival Experience

Lucky Arrow Retreat hosts Revival Experience, a one-day festival with music, food and activities. On-site lodging at Lucky Arrow Retreat is also available. Noon-11 p.m. Tickets start at $229 and can be purchased online. 3600 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs. 512-400-4197.

March 22: Pug Spring Gala 2020

Mercury Hall hosts an event that celebrates the start of spring while raising money for Pug Rescue of Austin. The pug-themed event includes a silent auction, live music, small bites and drinks for purchase. Dogs are not permitted at the gala. 4-7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal Lane, Austin.

March 25-29: Dell Technologies Match Play

The Austin area’s annual World Golf Championship match play event features 64 of the top-ranked golfers in the world. Match times vary each day. Daily tickets begin at $120. Austin Country Club, 4408 Long Champ Drive, Austin.
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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