SXSW free shows at Auditorium Shores. Downtown clubs remain jammed through the weekend with official South by Southwest showcases that mostly require badges or wristbands. But that’s why the festival long ago adopted Auditorium Shores as a wide-open space where all locals can go hear some free music during the festival. Saturday’s lineup serves Americana fans, with Patty Griffin, Andrew Bird, Courtney Marie Andrews and William Tyler. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 16. 900 W. Riverside Drive. A free SXSW guestpass is required for admission; get it at guestpass.sxsw.com. — Peter Blackstock
Still Austin Whiskey Rocks. There's no need to head downtown for music during SXSW this weekend. South Austin's urban whiskey distillery, Still Austin Whiskey Co., hosts live music shows throughout the day, as well as a craft marketplace and a Balanced Breakfast community gathering — with all proceeds benefiting Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM). Plus, the bar staff has created a themed cocktails named after the bands and hit songs by the bands, which on Saturday include Cat Jaguar and Various Blonde. 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Free. 440 E. St. Elmo Road. stillaustin.com/events/.
"House Party 4." Mondo Gallery announces the return of its all-originals gallery show during SXSW: House Party 4. The two-day exhibit that debuted Friday will feature more than 100 pieces of one-of-a-kind, original artwork at a fixed $200 price point from an incredible lineup of artists. Artists include Dave Quiggle, Becky Cloonan and Teagan White. Purchases at the show are limited to two pieces per person. 12 p.m. Saturday. Free. 4115 Guadalupe St. mondotees.com/blogs/news/mondo-gallery-house-party-5.
Crispy Boi IPA Can Release at Pinthouse Pizza. The IPA-loving brewpub keeps the cans coming. Crispy Boi IPA is Pinthouse's first collaboration beer of the year, after teaming up with Minneapolis' Fair State Brewing Cooperative. Their head brewer, Niko Tonks (formerly of Live Oak Brewing), teamed up with Pinthouse's director of brewing, Joe Mohrfeld as a tribute to hop-growing region Yakima, with some of the freshest Amarillo, Galaxy, Chinook, Citra, and Mosaic hops they could find. 9 a.m. Saturday. Free. 2800 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock. facebook.com/events/2265523693669241/.
Complimentary St. Patrick's Day Chocolate & Beer Tasting. Delysia Chocolatier and Uncle Billy's have teamed up to host a pairing event with beer and chocolate in celebration of the flavors of popular Irish fare. The featured flavors available for this tasting include Guinness, Irish coffee and Killian's Irish Red. These chocolate truffles will be paired with three Uncle Billy's beers: Shokolad Dark Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout, espresso porter and Barton Springs Pale Ale. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Free. 2000 Windy Terrace. eventbrite.com/e/complimentary-st-patricks-day-chocolate-beer-tasting-tickets-57132481791.
"Starring Y'all We Asian" at ColdTowne Theater. Your search for an Asian-American lead stops at “Starring Y’all We Asian." After years of Hollywood’s whitewashing, the B. Iden Payne-winning cast of Y’all We Asian is reclaiming the narrative with snappy, character-driven improv inspired by upcoming movie trailers. Come see what it looks like when Asians play more than just the sidekick. 8:30 p.m. Saturday through April 6. $10. 4803-B Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Dinosaur Day. Go prehistoric with the Zilker Botanical Garden at this event rescheduled from February. The family-friendly afternoon will feature a dinosaur parade at 1 p.m., so come dressed in your favorite dino costume or bring a friendly dinosaur stuffed animal. There will also be a prehistoric scavenger hunt and other fun dinosaur-related activities, such as creating your own prehistoric planter. The event takes place rain or shine. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. $1-$3. 2220 Barton Springs Road. austintexasgov.givepulse.com/event/102843-Dinosaur-Day-at-Zilker-Botanical-Garden.