A grand opening, an EPIC happy hour and 5 other things to do in Central Austin this weekend, Jan. 18-21

A new food hall will open at 111 Congress Ave. Jan. 18.

A new food hall will open at 111 Congress Ave. Jan. 18.

The deep freeze has begun to thaw in Austin, just in time for the city's newest indoor-outside food concept the Fareground as well as to imagine boating on Lake Travis this summer.

Thursday, Jan. 18
Food hall Fareground opens
Fareground, a combination park and food hall, opens to the public. Vendors include Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Contigo, Dai Due, Easy Tiger, Henbit and Ni-Kome. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Fareground, 111 Congress Ave., Austin. www.faregroundaustin.com

Thursday, Jan. 18-Sunday, Jan. 21
Central Texas’ largest boating event returns to Austin
The 2018 Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show is docking downtown this weekend, with plenty of watercraft and land vehicles on display and available for order. 4-9 p.m. (Thurs.), noon-9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday). $10 (adults), $6 (children 7-12, seniors 60 and older), free (children under 7). Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. 512-494-1128. www.austinboatshow.com

Friday, Jan. 19
Forum addresses homelessness in Austin
Austin Public Health is seeking input from the community about the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless downtown. The emergency night shelter serves men experiencing homelessness and doubles as a resource center during the day. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. City Hall, 301 W. Second St., Austin. 512-972-5027. www.austintexas.gov

EPIC hosts happy hour for nature lovers
Outdoors club Emerging Professionals In Conservation is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a happy hour and environmental conservation talk. Free ABGB beer and snacks from Easy Tiger will be provided. 6-9 p.m. Free. REI, 601 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-328-2481. www.hillcountryconservancy.org

Saturday, Jan. 20
MACC master planners seek public input
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is developing a new vision for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The architects behind the plan will present the proposed plan and also solicit input. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St., Austin. 512-974-3772. www.maccaustin.org

Banger’s hosts Second Annual Barrel Bonanza
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden kicks off 2018 with a smokeout, including a whole hog smoked on site, live music and an extensive lineup of barrel-aged beer. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free ($15 for Smokeout plate). Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St., Austin. 512-386-1656. www.bangersaustin.com

Sunday, Jan. 21
Power for Parkinson’s hosts fifth birthday
Nonprofit organization Power for Parkinson’s offers free exercise classes and videos to Central Texans hoping to delay or offset symptoms of the disease. Members of the public are invited to the celebration, which will include a performance by the members’ dance troupe, dinner and live music. 4-7 p.m. Free. Jewish Community Center of Austin, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin. 512-464-1277. www.powerforparkinsons.org


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