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Arianna Auber
Get a head start on crawfish season with the veritable explosion of crawdads at Austin Crawfish Festival. [AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

1. Austin Crawfish Festival

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 8-9. $5-$60. Overflow Lot D at Barton Creek Square, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Highway.

More than just a boil: This festival celebrates two springtime essentials, with both crawfish and beer highlighted at this two-day event. More than 10,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana-grown crawfish is arriving in Central Texas to provide good old-fashioned Southern fun. Plus, local and regional breweries will provide you beer by the pitcher, and there will be live music, bounce houses and garden games. VIP tickets give you access to all-you-can-eat crawfish and a special area to hang out.

2. Dandy Rosé Release Garden Party

5 to 8 p.m. March 7. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road.

Kick off rosé season with Austin's very own rosé from local winemaker Rae Wilson, and don your dandiest to enjoy a toast of the new 2018 Dandy Rosé, as well as live music, Garbo's lobster rolls, special video screenings and more. Dandy Rosé is a dry rosé always made from 100 percent Texas-grown grapes, and last year's vintage was named one of the top rosés of 2017 by Texas Monthly and Texas Wine Journal.

3. "Murder by Natural Causes" at Sam Bass Theatre

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through March 17. $12-$15. 600 N. Lee St.

Sam Bass Theatre produces the suspenseful Tim Kelly play about Arthur Sinclair, a world-famous mentalist, and his greedy wife, Allison. While Arthur performs his act on "The Tonight Show," his wife prowls the study of their stylish Beverly Hills home, conspiring with a struggling young actor to murder Arthur and claim his fortune. Her foolproof plan couldn't possibly misfire because it's too skillfully inventive — or could it? Nothing is as it seems in this exciting mystery.

4. Rodeo Austin's Cowboy Breakfast

6 a.m. March 8. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Rodeo Austin kicks off the same way every year: with a super-size Texas breakfast. Head to the Long Center to enjoy pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits, doughnuts, brisket tacos and more at this free event. But that's not all. Featuring western-themed entertainment, live music, world-renowned trick roper, a longhorn and two-stepping lessons, the Cowboy Breakfast is fun for all ages. Rodeo Austin runs from March 16-30 this year.

5. Libation Bible School at Drink.Well

2 to 4 p.m. March 10. $25-$125. 207 E. 53rd St.

Get in the spirit at a totally different kind of church. North Loop bar Drink.Well's Libation Bible School has returned with a new round of boozy classes. Get an inside look into the ingredients, techniques and ideology that one of Austin's top cocktail bars employs to make your drink so spectacular and what you can do at home to mirror the pros. This Sunday's workshop is a St. Patrick's Day primer covering all things Irish whiskey.