The Hurricane Harvey benefit events are rolling in, but two previously scheduled upcoming events are now donating all their proceeds to relief efforts.
The Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam has raised more than $350,000 in the past eight years for local youth sports and music charities, but this year, all the proceeds from the event on Sept. 10 will go to charities benefiting Hurricane Harvey victims, the organizers announced. They are still picking the charities, but the Nolan Ryan Foundation will collect the proceeds from the event and then distribute it to areas where need is the highest. For details about the event, including the music lineup for the concert in the outfield or to find out which local food writer or World Series winner will be playing in the game, go to rkcsj.org.
Wrestle Circus, which is quickly becoming the biggest indie wrestling promotion in the state, announced a few days ago that their Sept. 9 show at the Travis County Expo Center would become a benefit for Hurricane Harvey relief, with all proceeds going to charities, including merch sales. You can buy tickets for the event and find out about the upcoming matches on wrestlecircus.com. Can’t attend the show? You can livestream the show for free and make a donation to the cause via Twitch.
— Addie Broyles
Austin Chefs Night Out: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey. Many of the best chefs in Austin are coming together Sunday evening at 800 Congress Ave. to host this benefit for Hurricane Harvey relief. Following the format of a food festival evening, the night will feature small plates, beer, wine and cocktails. The roster of chefs preparing dishes includes Shawn Cirkiel (Parkside Projects), Tyson Cole (Uchi/Uchiko), Todd Duplechan (Lenoir), Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye), Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), Bryce Gilmore (Odd Duck/Barley Swine), Yoshi Okai (Otoko), Rene Ortiz (Launderette) and Zack Perez (Paperboy). 5 p.m. Sept. 10. $75-$500. 800 Congress. austinchefsnightout.ticketbud.com.
— Matthew Odam
More things to do this weekend
Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival. Savor the flavors of Texas at the 10th Annual Dripping with Taste Festival, which will have a large assortment of the state’s wines, beers, spirits and food all under one roof. The festival was created to showcase the growing number of local vineyards, breweries, distilleries and gourmet food purveyors peppering the area. That number continues to grow; so does the festival. The afternoon includes cooking demonstrations, mixology classes, live music, specialty vendors, a free photo booth and grape stomping. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Rockport-Fulton rebuilding campaign. Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 9. $30-$50. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive. desintationdrippingsprings.com/p/events/drippingwithtaste.
Come Dance. Ballet Austin’s annual free day of dance offers a variety of dance classes in all styles and levels, from ballet to Bollywood dance. Each one is 40 minutes long. Signing up is not required ahead of time, but an RSVP is encouraged to help Ballet Austin plan. 12:30 p.m. doors Sept. 10. Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, 501 W. Third St. balletaustin.org.