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Free things to do in Austin the week of March 31-April 6

Arianna Auber
Street bands will parade through East Austin as part of the HonkTX! finale on Sunday. [Rodolfo Gonzalez / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


Finale of HonkTX! Street Band Festival. More than two dozen crews of marching merry-makers decked out in D.I.Y. finery will descend on Austin for the ninth annual edition of the community event. On Sunday, the grand finale includes a parade through East Austin and an all-band revue in Pan Am Park. All events are free. Check for detailed schedule information and stage locations. — Deborah Sengupta Stith


Crawford & Crawfish at Shoal Creek Saloon. Baseball season is in full swing, and the Houston Astros start with an especially big bang by going against fellow Texas team the Rangers for the first three days in April. Shoal Creek Saloon celebrates specials on Karbach beers, particularly the new Crawford Bock that was created in collaboration with the Astros. 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. 909 N. Lamar Blvd.


Sara and Shane Scribner. Wally Workman Gallery opens its fourth show with the two figurative painters. Both accomplished realist painters in technique, the artists have created ethereally illuminated subjects that occupy a space both of this world and a bit beyond. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through April 20. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428,


Beer Release: Tropical Brut at Blue Owl Brewing. The sour-focused Blue Owl adds a new beer to its seasonal lineup — the Tropical Brut, a passion fruit and pink guava sour dry ale. What's remarkable about it is that there are no hops in it whatsoever, instead just dry malt and funky fruit. 3 p.m. Wednesday. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St.


Harry Ransom Center presents Joyce Maynard. The New York Times bestselling writer will reflect on her correspondence, at age 18, with "Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger, its consequences, what happened to those letters 25 years later and what we can learn from the story in the age of the Me Too movement. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Homer Rainey Hall, 200 W. 21st St.


KUTX’s Rock the Park. Another round of free, family-friendly concerts curated by KUTX returns to the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park this spring. Come early to grab your spot on the lawn and grab dinner from a food truck. There will be activities for the kids, including face painting. This month, DJ Jester the Filipino Fist and White Denim will play. 6:15 p.m. Friday. 4550 Mueller Blvd.

Saturday, April 6

Ed Crowell at BookPeople. Former American-Statesman editor Crowell isn't done writing about Austin. He comes to BookPeople to talk about and sign his new book, "Barton Creek." We know Barton Springs Pool well, as an essential local watering hole, but we're less familiar with the portions of Barton Creek that flow across private land, eventually feeding the Colorado River. Learn the secrets of this creek. 2 p.m April 6. 603 N. Lamar Blvd.