A barbershop birthday, the state's largest beer fest and 5 more things to do in Central Austin this weekend, Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Thursday, Sept. 28


1. Celebrate 10 years of Birds Barbershop on Burnet 
The Burnet Road hair salon offers more than affordable haircuts: Independence Beer, arcade games and great music are all part of the package. Celebrate the location's 10th birthday at a '90s-themed party, complete with themed hairstyles, music, wine coolers and a photo booth. The first 50 guests will receive a free fanny pack. 6-9 p.m. Birds Barbershop, 6800 Burnet Road, Austin. 512-454-1200. www.birdsbarbershop.com

Friday, Sept. 29


2. Recognize American Indian Heritage Day at the Bullock Museum
In 2013, the Texas State Legislature recognized the last September as American Indian Heritage Day in recognition of the historic, cultural and social contributions American-Indian communities have made to the state. The Bullock Museum is hosting a public celebration with American-Indian art, dancing and drumming performances. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin. 512-936-8746. www.thestoryoftexas.com

Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 1


3. Browse through one million records at the Austin Record Convention
Join more than 300 dealers from across the U.S. and Europe at this major convention, which culls together more than a million 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs, cassettes and other music-related memorabilia. The event has been a twice-annual fixture in Austin since 1981. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Friday, early shoppers only, and Sunday), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Saturday). $5-40. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-288-7288. www.austinrecords.com

Saturday, Sept. 30


4. Austin Pride turns 26
The pride festival is the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas, and the parade, which winds through downtown Austin, is the capstone event. (The Pride festival and parade were rescheduled from earlier this year due to heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey.) 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (festival), 8-10 p.m. (parade). $17 (general admission). Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. www.austinpride.org

5. Catch a food coma at the inaugural Soul Food Truck Festival 
Ten food trucks will be on hand to help induce a food coma, including chicken-and-waffle purveyor The Rolling Rooster, Down South Texas BBQ, Krab Kingz and Emoji's Grilled Cheese. There will also be arts and crafts for sale, music provided by DJ A/C and kid-friendly activities. General admission tickets are $10, with $1 from each ticket going to the Central Texas Food Bank. Noon-5 p.m. Freedom Plaza at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St., Austin. 512-410-0125. www.soulfoodtruckfest.com

 

6. Don't miss Texas' largest beer festival
The Texas Craft Brewers Festival returns with more than 200 beers from more than 65 Texas craft breweries, including (512) Brewing Company, Jester King Brewery and more. Food vendors include Noble Sandwich Co. and Leo's Gorditas. Music provided by Abram Shook, Caroline Says and DJ GrossYall. 2-6:30 p.m. $10-120. Fiesta Gardens, 1201 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin. www.texascraftbrewersfestival.com

Sunday, Oct. 1


7. Join in for the first Far East Festival
This first-time event invites guests to embrace Asian culture through its food. Dozens of local restaurants are participating, including Wu Chow, sway, The Peached Tortilla and Thai-Kun. Noon-5 p.m. $55 (general admissions ticket includes free and unlimited food). Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin. www.fareastfest.com


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