One weekend each year, state law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes. Aug. 10-12, shoppers can save about $8 on every $100 they spend, according to the Texas comptroller. Several Central Texas malls and outlets are extending their hours, hosting special events and giving away prizes during tax-free weekend.
In addition to tax free weekend, other events and activities are being held in South Austin this weekend.
Saturday, Aug. 11
Sample barrel-aged ale
The one-day event will showcase Vista Brewery’s wine barrel-aged Brett beers. The brewery is releasing four variations of the Rosanna Barrel-Aged Brett Ale, each aged in a different single varietal, freshly-emptied red wine barrel. Brewmaster Josh Watterson will host an RSVP-only brewery tour and barrel talk. Only 40 spots are available for the Tour & Barrel Talk, so be sure to RSVP on the website. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Free. Vista Brewing, RM 150, Driftwood. 512-766-1842. https://vistabrewingtx.com/event/rosanna-single-varietal-barrel-release/?v=7516fd43adaa
Support wildlife rescue work in Central Texas
Austin Wildlife Rescue hosts a Caring for Critters Brunch to benefit Central Texas Wildlife. Attendees can meet a barn owl, learn about the program and enjoy food. 9-11 a.m. $50. Austin Marriott South, 4415 S. I-35, Austin. 512-472-9453.
Listen to Heather Victorino in concert
Heather Victorino performs songs from her album, “Bullet Proof,” at Hill’s Cafe. The country music singer-songwriter is known for her energetic stage presence. 7-9 p.m. Free. Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-851-9300.
Create a floral mandala
Learn how to make art with dried florals and other natural elements. All materials are provided, and mimosas are included. Choose from two designer glass frames with gold edging. 10-11:30 a.m. $55-$75. Articulture Designs, 6405 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-762-5228.
Sunday, Aug. 12
Participate in a plant talk at a local distillery
Desert Door Distillery hosts a plant talk, featuring a discussion with local expert and founder of the Native Plant Research Institute, Ben Glover. The talk is open to the public and will include samples and a cocktail. Tickets can be purchased via the ticket link included on the Facebook event page. 6:30-8 p.m. $35. Desert Door Distillery, 211 Darden Hill Road A200, Driftwood. 512-829-6129. www.facebook.com/events/281242065954979
Attend a craft workshop
Create a rustic jewelry hanger, paint a wooden sign, build a centerpiece, make a bottle opener or choose from dozens of other craft projects offered during the guided workshop. 1-4 p.m. Price depends on project selected. Austin Craft Lounge, 12919 Nutty Brown Road, Austin. 512-961-6101. www.austincraftlounge.com