Free Week, Souper Bowl of Caring and 5 other things to do in Central Austin this weekend, Jan. 5-7

Austin Free Week began Jan. 1.

Austin Free Week began Jan. 1.

Now that it's warming up, Central Austin is returning to the oasis that we know and love. Here are some activities—both indoors and outdoors, depending on your cold weather tolerance—happening this weekend.


Monday, Jan. 1-Monday, Jan. 8
Austin Free Week kicks off the year
To get music fans into venues across the city during one of the slowest weeks of the year, owners and organizers devised Austin Free Week. Venues including Mohawk, Stubb's Bar-B-Q and Cheer Up Charlies wave their cover charges and pack their schedules full of local musicians and bands. Showtimes vary. Free. Locations vary. www.freeweek.do512.com/





Friday, Jan. 5
Central Texas Food Bank looks ahead to Super Bowl Sunday
In anticipation of the big game, the food bank hosts its annual Souper Bowl of Caring, part of a nationwide campaign that rallies food and monetary donations to help end hunger locally. The kickoff event launches a weeklong food drive. 6 a.m. 6500 Metropolis Drive, Austin. 512-282-2111. www.centraltexasfoodbank.org






Saturday, Jan. 6
Hot Chocolate Run offers fitness and indulgence
Run, skip, walk or stroll this 3-mile loop that crosses Lady Bird Lake, passes the Willie Nelson statue and ends by the Austin American-Statesman building. 8 a.m. Free. Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin. www.cap10k.com






Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center hosts a Children's Book Fair
Meet Peter Rabbit, enjoy story time and discover new favorites to take home at this outdoor event. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with regular admission ($10 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-17, free for members and children age 4 and younger). Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100. www.wildflower.org






Cornell University Chorus performs with Austin Girls' Choir
Austin is the first stop on the renowned treble choir's Gulf Coast tour. The program focuses on themes of solitude and community. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20. St. Austin Catholic Parish, 2026 Guadalupe St., Austin. www.eventbrite.ca/e/cornell-chorus-in-austin-featuring-the-girls-choir-tickets






Sunday, Jan. 7
Group meditation offers chance to recharge for the year ahead
Rise
Wellness center Wellful organized this 45-minute guided meditation to help Austinites set intentions for 2018. All experience levels are welcome, and attendees are expected to RSVP in advance. 10:30-11:30 am. Donation based. 2503 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin. 512-931-4521. www.eventbrite.com/e/rise-recharge-meditation-new-year-edition-tickets






WeatherFest turns 17
The American Meteorological Society hosts its 17th annual event, which takes a cool look at weather, water and climate. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. 830-310-3159. www.annual.ametsoc.org




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