Bring on the Weekend in Austin for Sept. 17-19

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From sampling tequila to running a 5K in Manor, you won’t be bored in Austin, Texas this weekend. Check out this weekend’s fun picks.

Sample Tequila with Arte Agave

Inspired by Latin culture, this Friday festival will feature more than 100 varieties of agave spirits, plenty of art, and an artisan marketplace. Learn how to make new cocktails then stock up on gifts for friends and family. Hungry? Pick up dinner at one of the on-site food trucks. Tickets to the 21+ event can be purchased here. Friday, 6-10 p.m., 979 Springdale Road

Clear The Shelters with KXAN

Thinking of adopting a new furry friend? Each year, KXAN partners with local animal shelters to help find pets in their forever homes. Austin Animal Center will be opening early at 9 a.m. this Saturday and are waiving all adoption fees, while Austin Pets Alive will be hosting a party at its Cesar Chavez location from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with photo ops, food trucks, and pay-what-you-can pricing on all adoptions. Check out KXAN’s website for all other participating locations. Saturday, multiple locations

Join Us for a Performance by Jordan Matthew Young

Austin Monthly and Texas Music’s next Front Porch Sessions will feature local musician Jordan Matthew Young at Whisper Valley, Austin’s first zero-energy capable community. The show starts at 7 p.m. but doors open at 5 p.m.—Come early to check out the community, enjoy complimentary cocktails (RSVP to reserve a free Balcones Whiskey tasting kit here), and grab dinner from an on-site food truck. Craving a night in? Stream the show live from Austin Monthly’s YouTube channel. Sunday, Whisper Valley, 9400 Petrichor Blvd.

Pre-Game with Salt-N-Pepa

Longhorn City Limits is bringing international hip-hop icons Salt-N-Pepa to the 40 Acres prior to this weekend’s UT vs. Rice football game. This entirely free concert series will kick off at 2 p.m. on the LBJ Lawn, located at the northeast corner of Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium off Robert Dedman Drive. Sip in the shade with drinks from the Deep Eddy Lounge before heading over to root for the burnt orange. Saturday, 2139 San Jacinto Blvd.

Enjoy a comedic musical tribute to Britney Spears

Inspired by the life of the pop-sensation, It’s Britney, Bitch features a rotating cast of Austin performers coming together to explore themes of empowerment, fame, mental health, media, and pop culture. A portion of ticket sales will go to the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. Saturday, The Fallout Theater, 616 Lavaca St.

Get Creative With Cacti

Succulent Native is celebrating the Grand Opening of their South Lamar location—and they want you to join in the fun. Festivities include pop-up planting parties, giveaways, coffee, cocktails, and more. As an unconventional succulent and cactus boutique, Succulent Native’s goal is to create “gasp-invoking” arrangements for those of us with black and green thumbs alike. Shop their unique planters and plants from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. all weekend long. Saturday & Sunday, 2058 S. Lamar Blvd.

Hop Around Austin’s Museum Scene

This Sunday is the 24th annual Austin Museum Day, where more than twenty participating museums open their doors to attendees for free. Many are offering special programming, including guided or self-guided tours, specialized site activities, and more. Sculpt salamanders at the Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center or have your complimentary portrait taken by a community exhibit photographer at the Asian American Resource Center. Reference Austin Museums for a full list of participating locations and programming. Sunday, multiple locations

Whisper Valley 5K

This year, the 5K event also showcases a Farmers Market featuring local Austin vendors and food available for purchase by El Xolo Tacos food truck. Following the event, Whisper Valley will host a free concert featuring The Voice finalist Jordan Matthew Young.   The event will be held on September 18 at 8:00 a.m. at Whisper Valley Austin at 9400 Petrichor Blvd., Manor.   For more information visit their website

Neill-Cochran House Museum presents Austin Museum Day

Neill-Cochran House Museum will celebrate Austin Museum Day by featuring Civil War Reenactors and Victorian Ladies on their shaded front lawn. There will also be lawn games set up, historic crafts, art, ice cream, lemonade, and music for families. Guests can bring a blanket and enjoy lunch in the shade of their beautiful 100-year-old pecan tree. Math Happens will be on site serving up sweet cupcakes for dessert. This event will also coincide with Art on the Lawn, where art from 12 artists will be featured. The museum will also be open to experience the exhibition Annie Lyle Harmon: “On Her Own Path.”   The event takes place on September 19th at 11:00 a.m. and is held at the Neill-Cochran House Museum located at 2310 San Gabriel St., Austin.  For more details, visit their website.

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Darian Rausch is the Broker/Owner of Urban to Suburban Realty.

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