There's plenty to do on Texas Independence Day this weekend
It's My Park Day. Thousands of Austinites will come together to help improve and transform more than 100 different parks, trails and greenbelts throughout the city, including Barton Creek Greenbelt, Shoal Creek, Waller Creek, Bouldin Creek, Mount Bonnell and more. Volunteer projects will include city-approved tree mulching, root collar clearing, habitat restoration and trail maintenance, as well as park and creek cleanups. Sign up for your shift on the website. Volunteers can get freebies later in the day at participating restaurants by wearing their volunteer T-shirts. austinparks.org/IMPD/.
2nd Annual East Side Cool Party. Taste your way through East Austin via all the beer it has to offer. Eight breweries, including Hops & Grain, Southern Heights Brewing and Oddwood Ales, have teamed up to offer eight new beers and fun activities at each of their taprooms. There will be branded glassware available. And did we mention it's all for a good cause (or, rather, multiple good causes)? Beers include Cool & The Gang, a kettle-soured pale mild ale with Earl Grey tea. 12 p.m. Saturday. Free. Multiple locations. facebook.com/events/2072416629481001/.
Texas Independence Day with Messina Hof Winery. One of our state's most esteemed wineries celebrates Texas Independence Day with Trace, where an evening of wine and bites captures the spirit of the Lone Star State. On the Trace patio, mingle with Messina Hof CEO and head winemaker Paul M. Bonarrigo while tasting some of the winery’s most exclusive and newly released wines. These include the 2018 Pinot Grigio, 2018 Grenache Rose and 2018 Gewurztraminer Tribute. 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. $35. Trace at the W Austin, 200 Lavaca St. traceaustin.com/texaswine.
Liberation & Libations with Garrison Brothers Distillery. The first high rise hotel in Austin joins the first legal whiskey distillery in the state to celebrate Texas Independence Day. Head to the wraparound terrace at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel for tastings from several Texas brands, including Garrison Brothers, while watching the annual Texas Independence Day Parade move down Congress Avenue. Mariachi music also awaits. 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. $5-$25. 701 Congress Ave. garrisonbros.com/events/liberation-and-libations.
Zombies at Mohawk outdoor. After years of knocking on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame door, the 1960s English rockers finally got in, with formal induction set for next month in New York. Co-founders Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone remain at the front of the band’s current lineup. They’ve released two albums this decade, but they’re still most widely known for their classic hits “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There.” Liz Brasher opens. $35-$38. 8 p.m. doors Saturday. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — Peter Blackstock
Theater & dance
“H.M.S. Pinafore In Concert.” Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pinafore" is the romantic tale of a lowly sailor and his love for the captain’s daughter. “H.M.S. Pinafore” is a comic opera full of topsy-turvy humor and boatloads of bright and cheerful tunes. There will be grand piano accompaniment by Jeanne Sasaki. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $8-$20. Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-474-5664, gilbertsullivan.org.
Austin Brunch Festival. You’ve heard of Sunday Funday. And maybe you’re familiar with brunch-only restaurants. But how about a food festival dedicated entirely to the unofficial meal of Austin? The current lineup of restaurants at this inaugural fest includes Bougie’s Donuts & Coffee, Cane Rosso, Hudson’s Hill Country, Mia Italian Tapas & Bar, Pacha Organic Cafe, Pink Avocado Catering and more. VIP tickets grant early entry and access to a build-your-own-bagel bar. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3. $25-$50. The Palm Door, 508 E. Sixth St. atxbrunchfest.com.