Guided sunset bat tours, citywide interactive playdate and 7 other things to do this weekend in and around Northwest Austin, July 20-23

Austin Parks and Recreation will host a city-wide interactive playdate on Saturday, July 22.

Austin Parks and Recreation will host a city-wide interactive playdate on Saturday, July 22.

Here are some events happening this weekend in and around Northwest Austin.


1.  Third Thursdays at Domain Northside’s Rock Rose

Domain Northside’s Rock Rose continues its Third Thursdays series this month. Guests can enjoy live music by Mayeux & Broussard, take advantage of discounted happy hour specials from over 10 restaurants, and deals from local stores such as Raven + Lily and Viva Day Spa. The event ends with after-parties at St. Genevieve and Rose Room. 6-9 p.m. (after parties end at 2 a.m.) Free entry. Rock Rose Avenue.

2. The Texas Department of Transportation hosts a public hearing for 10-year plan

Public feedback provided will help guide the development of the agency’s 2018 Unified Transportation Program, a 10-year plan for future construction projects. Comments are accepted until Aug. 21. 4 p.m. Free. TxDOT district office, 7901 N. I-35.

3. Register to vote at Amy’s Ice Cream

Travis County Tax Office and Amy’s Ice Cream will team up for a voter registration guide at various Amy’s locations around Austin. Free entry. Noon-8 p.m. Northwest Austin has two locations at 10000 Research Blvd., Ste. 140, Austin and 13265 N. US 183.


4. Enjoy live music at Oskar Blues Brewery

Oskar Blues Brewery will have live reggae music Friday night. Local musician Lion Heights will perform music similar to Jamaican artists such as Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Bob Marley. Free. Must be 21 or older. 6:30 p.m. 10420 Metric Blvd., Austin. 512-243-7054.

5. Guided Sunset Bat Tours offer an up-close view

The two-person kayak tours run Wednesday through Sunday evening until Aug. 5 to see Austin’s colony of Mexican free-tail bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue bridge. Online reservations required. $35. Waller Creek Boathouse, 74 Trinity St. 512-809-8916.


6. Make a Hope Pack for foster children

Participants can drop off Hope Packs filled with essential items—including pajamas, stuffed animals and books—for foster children to have during their first 48 hours in a new home. 9 a.m.-noon. The Browning Hangar at Mueller, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

7. Participate in a citywide interactive playdate

Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s plans to host Keep Austin Playing, an event intended to inform the community about city programs that offer recreational activities for kids of all ages. Activities will include a portable climbing wall, inflatable batting cage, bike rodeo, human foosball, an obstacle course and corn hole. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

8. Attend iFly’s back-to-school bash

iFLY Austin will partner with Austin Partners in Education to provide a Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, kicking off a 4-week school supply and book drive, July 22 through Aug. 18. Participants will receive a 10 percent discount on their flight and iFly will donate $5 from each purchase to Austin Partners in Education. View prices on iFly’s website. 6:30-9:30 p.m. 512-774-4359.


9. Celebrate Pluckers’ anniversary with 75-cent wings and dollar beers

Pluckers kicks off its 22nd anniversary week celebration on Sunday with 75-cent wings, $1 Miller Lite beers and staff dressed in ‘90s gear.  The festivities will continue throughout the week, culminating with National Chicken Wing Day on July 29. Free entry. Northwest Austin has two locations at 9070 Research Blvd., Ste. 201C, Austin, and 11066 Pecan Park Blvd., Austin. Research: 512-533-9464. Pecan Park: 512-258-9464.