Blanton Block Party. Celebrate the opening of Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” — a permanent installation in the form of a building on the grounds outside the Blanton — and explore the museum inside and out during this day-to-night community festival. The block party is the perfect fusion of live music and world-class art, providing outdoor family art activities, local food and tours throughout the day. Live music acts include the Peterson Brothers Band, Jackie Venson and the Bright Light Social Hour. An RSVP is requested but not required. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 24. Free. The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.
Craft Pride’s 5th Annual Pepper Beer Party. The Rainey Street bar brings the heat — in a good way — with the annual Pepper Beer Party featuring spicy brews from various Texas breweries, such as (512) Brewing’s Cascabel Cream Stout and Austin Beerworks El Sputniko. The beers will be on draft and in a cask. And the nearby Via 313 Pizza will serve a special pepper pizza. For live music, the likes of Oscar Ornelas and Beat Bodega will provide all-day entertainment. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 24. Free. 61 Rainey St. facebook.com/events/718863001641505/.
HOPE’s Eco Fair 2018. Interested in being part of Austin’s eco-friendly community? HOPE Farmers Market is teaming with the Austin Permaculture Guild for a fourth year of the Eco Fair, featuring live music, the market’s usual vendors and a variety of environmental organizations, including the guild, the Austin Plant Swap, the Fertile Ground Gardens and the city itself, which will have information about the compost rebate program and the chicken rebate program. Plus, there will be eco-centric activities for kids. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25. Free. HOPE Farmers Market, 412 Comal St. hopefarmersmarket.com.
Austin History Center 85th Birthday Party and Waterloo Press Art Sale. Celebarte the center with cake and lemonade as Waterloo Press holds an art sale featuring Mary Curtis watercolors and vintage photographs of Austin. 2 to 4 p.m. March 25. Free. 810 Guadalupe St. austinhistory.net.
“Cirque Éloize: Saloon.” The stage is set for a Wild West “Saloon”: America is expanding. The railroad is expanding to lands of untold promise. And in the middle of the desert, a town comes to life. With “Saloon,” Cirque Éloize uses the infectious energy of folk music and strains of fiddle to set the tone for an acrobatic comedy that will sweep audiences away. Expect exhilarating pace, inventive choreography and the timeless tunes of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. And, of course, there will be a love story — and a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns — at the heart of it. 7:30 p.m. March 29, 2:30 p.m. March 30. $29-$59. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.