ABC Kite Festival returns to Zilker Park, take a free pilates class at Pilates South Austin and more for South Austinites to do this weekend

ABC Zilker Kite Festival is among the events happening this weekend.

ABC Zilker Kite Festival is among the events happening this weekend.

Pilates South Austin is offering free classes Saturday in honor of its five-year anniversary. See the other events happening this weekend:

Thursday, March 1
Cosmetics company opens flagship store

Officials with the Austin-based clean, luxury beauty line, Elevé Cosmetics, opened their first-ever flagship store March 1. Guests can browse the beauty boutique or lounge at the in-house champagne bar. The store’s best sellers—including Bombshell Beauty Balm, Flashdance Rose Gold highlighter, Nail POP nail polishes, and the new mascara Lash Party—will be available to sample. Free with RSVP to

4-8 p.m. Elevé Cosmetics, 8916 Brodie Lane, Ste. 500, Austin.

Friday, March 2
Local duo releases EP at St. Elmo area winery and bar

Pala, an Austin-based duo, is hosting an EP release party for its newest album “The Seven Earths.” The band will be showcasing its new album through a video projection. The Austin Winery will serve house-made wines and snacks at the event. Free.

6:30-9:30 p.m. The Austin Winery, 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. A-1, Austin. 512-326-1445.

Saturday, March 3
The Hive Austin hosts Tinkergarten Free Demo Day

Families are welcome for a Tinkergarten demo day, during which Tinkergarten leaders will take guests through outdoor play-based activities. Kids ages 18 months to 8 years old learn to develop core life skills and capabilities, including collaboration, creativity, persistence and problem solving. Free.

10 a.m.-noon. The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-366-8120.

Pilates studio hosts open house

Pilates South Austin is offering free classes throughout the day in honor of its five-year anniversary. Classes scheduled include Da Vinci BodyBoard, Pilates mat, restorative yoga, mini private sessions and more. Giveaways, refreshments and membership sale available. Free.

11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 9901 Brodie Lane, Ste. 145, Austin. 512-280-6683.

St. Elmo Brewing Company releases new Coffee Ale

St. Elmo Brewing and Spokesman Coffee teamed up to create a more balanced edition of St. Elmo’s coffee cream ale, VAYA. St. Elmo brewed a very light, yet full-bodied cream ale with flaked corn, lactose sugar and German pilsner malt. Spokesman lightly roasted Mexican Chiapas beans that add layers of milk chocolate, oatmeal cookie and toasted nuts. The first 50 beer drinkers get a free St. Elmo branded coffee mug. Free.

11 a.m.-11 p.m. St. Elmo Brewing Company, 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin. 737-300-1965.

Sunday, March 4
ABC Kite Fest returns for 89th year

The historic event where guests witness thousands of kites soaring along the city skyline is returning to Austin. The full-day festival includes multiple activities, such as a 2.1-mile fun run, a kite showcase and contest and more. Those in attendance can enjoy local eats, drinks and music. Free.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-837-9500.


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Wayfair has not yet finalized a space for its new office, but job postings list Southeast Austin as a location.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Austin government, nonprofit and business leaders recently participated in a weeks-long summit centered on unsheltered homelessness in the city. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Travis County establishes Civilian Climate Corps to tackle environmental projects

The program will create opportunities for residents to work on projects including wildfire prevention, solar energy promotion and park cleanups.

Residents march to the Texas Capitol in protests after the killing of George Floyd in May 2020. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Austin leaders react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

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Colorado River Constructors officials said the ACC Pinnacle site would be the safest and least impactful to local residents.

Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard speaks to reporters March 13 at the Delco Actiity Center in Northeast Austin. Residents can walk up to the Delco Center on April 22 and 23 and receive vaccines without an appointment. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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APH will also leave its registration portal open throughout most of the week.

Early voting for the May 1 election runs April 19-27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Hays County reports 500 votes in first day of early voting

Education-related election items in Hays County include $443.5 million in bonds as well as city council positions, school board seats and municipal utility district directors.

Early voting for Travis County's May 1 local elections opened April 19. In this file photo, voters line up ahead of the 2020 primary elections at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than 8,000 Travis County voters cast ballots on first day of early voting

Early voting for the county's May 1 election began April 19 and will run through April 27.

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Austin vaccine updates: Demand slows as state begins marketing push

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South by Southwest sells ownership stake in company to Rolling Stone owner Penske Media Corp.

SXSW leadership called the sale a "lifeline" for the conference and festivals.