SXSW takes over Austin, CUBA 512 celebrates three year anniversary and more for South Austinites to do this weekend, March 8-11

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South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals kicks off Friday with music, networking and film events available for attendance. Here are a few other events happening this weekend in and around South Austin.

Saturday, March 9-18

Attend annual SXSW Conference & Festival

The annual event brings industry professionals and enthusiasts together featuring sessions, screenings, exhibitions and a variety of networking opportunities.

All day. $495-$1550. Various venues. 512-467-7979. www.sxsw.com

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
• Interactive, March 9-13
• Film, March 9-17
• Comedy, March 9-17
• Music, March 12-18
FEATURED SPEAKERS
• March 9- Rachel Zoe, fashion designer
• March 10- Mark Cuban, investor; Lena Dunham, actress, with Samantha Barry, editor of Glamour Magazine
• March 11- Katie Couric, journalist; Ira Glass, creator of This American Life
• March 12- Steve Huffman, creator of Reddit with Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, journalist; Alex Rodriguez, athlete
• March 13- Alex Chung, creator of GIPHY; Susan Wojcicki, CEO of Youtube, with Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief of WIRED
• March 16- Keith Urban, musician
• March 17- Wendy Williams, talk show host

Thursday, March 8

CUBA 512 celebrates three-year anniversary with live music

CUBA512 Cuban Cuisine thanks the community for supporting the business. CUBA512 celebrates three years and hosts a live music concert featuring Austin-based group the Latin Dukes Band. The eatery is also announcing its plans for a Kids’ Zone this summer. Prizes will also be available.

7 p.m. Free to attend. CUBA 512, 6800 Westgate Blvd., Ste. 112, Austin. 512-382-1022. www.cuba512.com

Friday, March 9

Take a Mommy and Me art class

This week guests make art inspired by childhood favorite author/illustrator Dr. Seuss. Those in attendance explore rhyming words, make Dr. Seuss style mountain sculptures and a few other fun activities.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-366-8120. www.hiveaustin.com

Party Boi Rokk headlines Tre Pound music showcase

Get warmed up for SXSW with the Tre Pound Showcase at Little Woodrow’s Southpark Meadows. A line-up of music is available throughout the two-week festival. This multi-day event highlights live performers from Atlanta, Chicago, New York, LA, San Antonio, San Marcos, Dallas, Houston and Austin. Party Boi Rokk will headline Friday’s event.

6:30 p.m. Free attendance. Little Woodrow’s, 9500 S IH-35, Austin. 512-282-2336. www.littlewoodrows.com

Saturday, March 10-24

Rodeo Austin returns to expo center

Rodeo Austin features pro rodeo events, daily concerts, a livestock show and more. A carnival will be set up on the rodeo grounds. Musical guests include Chris Janson, Kevin Fowler, Gladys Knight and more. Ticket prices vary by event.

All day. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane, Austin. 512-919-3000. www.rodeoaustin.com

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