Escape the SXSW crowd this weekend by celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Yard and more for South Austinites to do this weekend, March 16-18

The St. Patrick's Day celebration at St. Elmo Brewing is one of the many events happening in South Austin this weekend.

The St. Patrick's Day celebration at St. Elmo Brewing is one of the many events happening in South Austin this weekend.

Looking to get away from South by Southwest this weekend? Here are a few events happening in South Austin that can help.


Friday, March 16
The Hive's toddler art class honors SXSW
In honor of SXSW the art class has a music theme. The group will read “Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo,” make bubble prints with whistles and make cardboard guitars. Registration is required 24 hours before. The class is appropriate for children ages 2-5. $15 per child.

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






Saturday, March 17
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at St. Elmo

St. Elmo Brewing Company hosts a St. Patrick’s Day party that features music, beer and food. Musical guests include A Tiger Lily, Ginny Marie and Her Band, and Green Dazed, a Green Day cover band. Tap beers and food truck available. Attendance is free.

5:30-11:30 p.m. 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin. 737-300-1965. www.stelmobrewing.com






Musical mini-fest takes over Still Austin
Emergent Agency and Still Austin Whiskey Co. host a day of entertainment including Austin musical talents, as well as mini-market of vendors, featuring everything from art and vintage clothes to a selection of handcrafted wares. A special discounted cocktail menu and on-site food trucks will also be available. Free admission.

1-11 p.m. Still Austin Whiskey, 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. F, Austin. 512-276-2700. www.stillaustin.com






Continue the SXSW celebration with a crawfish boil and wine party
The Austin Winery will host a crawfish boil and wine party as part of the SXSW craze. The menu includes a Viet-style crawfish smothered in garlic butter paired with an in-house made wine. The ticket includes a plate of food and glass of wine. $20.

Noon-4 p.m. The Austin Winery, 440 E. St Elmo Road, Ste. A-1, Austin. 512-326-1445. www.theaustinwinery.com






Spokesman throws unofficial SXSW party
Spokesman is throwing an unofficial SXSW day party with some of Austin's local talent. Musical guests include Ladyfang, Particle Kid, MAMIS, and more. Coffee and beer will be served. Free.

Noon-6 p.m. Spokesman, 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. A-2, Austin. 512-586-9657. www.spokesmancoffee.com





Sunday, March 18
Sip and stroll at Austin Flea
The Flea features handmade items and vintage wares from local vendors and artists. Shoppers can find one-of-a-kind gifts including jewelry, bath and body products, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and more. Coffee and beer menu available. On-site taco trucks are also included.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Radio Coffee and Beer, 4204 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-394-7844. www.austinflea.net




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