Free events to kick off the new year include Free Week and more
National Bacon Day at Hyde Park Bar & Grill. Pig out on one of America's favorite foods on the biggest brunch day of the week. Perfectly planned, right? Bacon offerings will be available all day at the restaurant's Westgate location. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. 4521 Westgate Blvd. facebook.com/events/283628985545227/.
New Years Eve: A Labyrinth Themed Masquerade Ball at Indian Roller. The far South Austin bar is hosting a David Bowie-themed masquerade ball to celebrate the new year. (2018, you have no power over me.) Wear a mask to the event that will include a live music show and DJ set, as well as photo booth and free champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m. doors to 1:55 a.m. Monday. 10006 Manchaca Road. indianrolleraustin.com.
'90s Throwback New Years Eve Party at Whitestone Brewery. Feel nostalgic for a past decade as we celebrate the start of a new year. The Cedar Park brewery will welcome 2019 with specialty beers on tap, including a tequila barrel-aged Margarita Kolsch; there will also be DJ beats and Whitestone's annual balloon drop. 7 p.m. to midnight Monday. 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite 500, Building 5, Cedar Park. facebook.com/events/271041296916011/.
Free Week begins. It’s not hard to find quality music for free in Austin on any given week, but the first few days of January have marked an official “Free Week” run in clubs along Red River Street (plus a few east side venues) for around a decade now. Highlights of the first few days include Marfa Crush and Rival Waves at Stubb’s indoor on Tuesday. Check individual venue websites for show times, and freeweek.do512.com for a full list of shows. — Peter Blackstock
High Noon Talk: Austin Dam Disaster of 1900. The Bullock Museum's monthly discussion about often untold topics in the state's history brings in author Liz Clare to explore the catastrophe that befall our city when the Austin Dam, one of the largest in the world, failed at the turn of the century. 12 p.m. Wednesday. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
"The Matter At Hand" at ICOSA Collective. A two-person exhibition featuring the work of Darcie Book and Sarah Hirneisen, who both push the boundaries of traditional art-making techniques, runs for one final weekend. Through materials and process, the artists manipulate the familiar into unanticipated forms. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Jan. 5. 916 Springdale Road. icosacollective.com.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Happy 65th Birthday Party at El Patio. One of Austin's oldest restaurants is celebrating a milestone birthday with Mexican food and more. At a special outdoor area set up for the party, visit with the Joseph family — the founders of El Patio — and enjoy live music, margaritas and more. Plus, KLBJ Austin will be doing a live show from 5 to 6 p.m. with radio show co-host Ed Clements. 11 a.m. Jan. 5. 2938 Guadalupe St. facebook.com/events/771665233170851/.