A livestock show, the MLK Community March and 5 other things to do in Central Austin this weekend, Jan. 12-15


There are plenty of opportunities to fulfill your New Year’s resolutions this weekend, from a workout class to a food drive.

Jan. 12

The Mutt-Cracker celebrates seventh year
Five rescue dogs and a scarlet macaw named Lauren Macaw stage this production of “The Nutcracker,” with some help from human artists. 4:30-8 p.m. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road, Austin. 512-771-8836. www.chickendog.net

Annual BowiElvis Fest returns to Austin
In honor of the Jan. 8 birthdays of David Bowie and Elvis Presley, Texas bands and a burlesque troupe will perform. There will also be themed games and a costume contest. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $15. The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 972-762-0345. www.splicerecordsatx.com/events/bowielvis-fest/

Jan. 12-13

Travis County Youth Show hosts livestock show
The nonprofit organization hosts its annual youth livestock show, which features children ages 9-18 who have raised animals, including steers, hogs, lambs, goats, chickens and turkeys. All day. Free. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane, Austin. 512-278-8498. www.traviscountyyouthshow.org

Jan. 12-14

Austin Home and Garden Show helps with DIY projects
With thousands of square feet of exhibits, this show connects Austinites to new products and services from builders, contractors, landscapers and more. 2-7 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). $9.50 (adults), $8.50 (seniors), free (active military and kids 16 and under). Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. www.austinhomeandgardenshow.com

Jan. 14

When I Grow Up Festivals lets kids try out jobs
Attendees of the When I Grow Up Festival will meet police officers, park rangers, ballet dancers, doctors, hair stylists, engineers, soccer players and EMTs. There will also be food trucks on site, performances and a baby room for younger children. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin. 512-665-4532. www.pipaustin.org/when-i-grow-up/

Hops & Grains hosts silent disco yoga class
Stretch Soundscapes is an hour-long, all-levels yoga class taught by Stretch Yoga Studio instructors. Participants wear headphones during the class and are treated to a beer afterwards. 10:30 a.m.-noon. $20 (by Jan. 11), $25 (after Jan. 11). Hops and Grain, 507 Calles St., Ste. 101, Austin. 512-840-1501. www.eventbrite.com/e/stretch-soundscapes-hops-grain-tickets


Jan. 15

MLK Community March and Festival includes food drive
This year’s event will begin with a march from the MLK Statue at The University of Texas at Austin to the State Capitol and will be followed by a festival with local vendors, musicians and a collection site for non-perishable items that will go to the Central Texas Food Bank. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. MLK Statue, The University of Texas at Austin, 305 E. 23rd St., Austin. 512-657-3064. www.mlkcelebration.com

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Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her reporting focuses include employment and economic development. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
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