Pride parade and more things to do this weekend
After the original date was postponed because of Hurricane Harvey, Austin’s Pride celebrations are now split over two weekends. The festival at Fiesta Gardens will come Oct. 21, but the Pride parade is happening downtown this weekend.
The parade kicks off at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Capitol and continues down Congress Avenue and through the Warehouse District, ending at Republic Square Park. Find out more at austinpride.org/parade.
MORE FUN THIS WEEKEND
Big Mega Workout at the Long Center. This workout session gives you the chance to exercise with fitness boot camp Camp Gladiator — at your own pace. All you need to participate is a mat or towel and some water. For every person in attendance, Camp Gladiator and partner Outdoor Voices will each donate $10 to the One America Appeal, funding recovery efforts in Houston from Hurricane Harvey as well as in Florida from Hurricane Irma. Post-workout, enjoy free Flyrite chicken tenders, NadaMoo! ice cream and more. 9 a.m. Sept. 30. Free. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Soul Food Truck Fest. Austin’s inaugural Soul Food Truck Festival will give you a taste of the hidden soul food mobile truck gems that are tucked all over the city. From savory barbecue to Cajun-seasoned seafood to traditional soul food, 10 food trucks will be serving up piping-hot, mouth-watering dishes. These trucks include Down South Texas BBQ, My Granny’s Kitchen and Emoji’s Grilled Cheese. Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 30. $10-$75. George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St. soulfoodtruckfest.com.
Texas Craft Brewers Festival. The biggest Texas beer event of the year is back with more than 65 Texas breweries from Austin, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi and beyond offering nearly 200 beers total for sampling. The festival allows you to try beers not available in town as well as rare brews from local favorites, from Lorelei Brewing’s Manatus New England IPA to (512) Brewing’s Gin Barrel-Aged Wit. There will be food trucks and live music as well. 2 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30. $10-$120. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. texascraftbrewersfestival.org.
5th Annual AustOberfest. Austin’s biggest Oktoberfest of the year will celebrate Central Texas’ German heritage with German-style sausage and beer, a contest stage, bowling and live music. The sausages will come from some of the area’s best meat purveyors, including LeRoy & Lewis, Stiles Switch BBQ, Louie Mueller, Southside Market, Meyer’s Elgin Sausage, Hoovers and Micklethwait Craft Meats. Expect the beer to come from Austin’s Celis Brewery, Fredericksburg’s Altstadt Brewery and Houston’s Karbach Brewing. 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 30. $25-$50. Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. austoberfest.com.
Far East Fest. The first-ever Far East Fest encourages you to embrace Asian culture through one of the best possible ways to understand it: the diverse and glorious world of Asian cuisine, from Chinese to Indian. Taste your way through some of Austin’s best Asian restaurants at the festival, which will have bites from Wu Chow, Chi’lantro, Thai-Kun, Fukumoto, Kuneho and more. There are both general admission and VIP ticket options, and both provide you with all-you-can-eat food sampling for the day. 1 p.m. Oct. 1. $15-$100. Austin American-Statesman parking lot, 305 S. Congress Ave. fareastfest.com.