Your Saturday can be complete with kids and pet events and more
Inaugural Kids Block Party. Looking for fun for the whole family? You got it. Austin’s first festival celebrating children, literacy and learning through play launches with a variety of activities at the Austin Central Library this weekend. The activities include Bliss Kid Yoga, an augmented reality scavenger hunt, an author appearance by Rosemary Wells (the author of 120 children's books) and an arts and crafts session with artist Calder Kamin. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. 512-974-7400, library.austintexas.gov/event/kids-block-party-564154.
Home & garden
27th Annual Preservation Austin Homes Tour. This year's exploration of Austin's beautiful homes is themed around the art of the craftsman style, with seven of these homes you can tour from all over the city. Each of their histories gives a glimpse of what it was like to live in these homes in the early 20th century, but creative updates and additions also illustrate their seamless adaptation to modern life. Proceeds from the tour sustain the nonprofit’s efforts to protect Austin’s historic places. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. $30-$40. Multiple locations. preservationaustin.org/events/the-art-of-the-craftsman-style-27th-annual-homes-tour.
Medusa at Flamingo Cantina. Local promotion house Hip Hop Mecca has been bringing the best of independent hip-hop to Austin since 1997. Over the years, they’ve fostered a strong connection between the ATX and Cali underground scenes and this show, featuring the self-proclaimed Gansta Goddess, who found her voice in L.A.’s Project Blowed scene in the ‘90s, keeps the old school vibes alive. Mista Swift & Rock Soul Collective and Blakchyl from Mindz of a Different Kind open. $10. 9 p.m. doors Saturday. 515 E Sixth St. flamingocantina.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
"The Melting Pot." The Austin Chamber Music Center completes its global-themed season by returning home to American music in this show featuring the KASA Quartet. The grand prize winners of the 2017 Coltman Chamber Music Competition, Andy Liang, Aaron Schwartz, Stephanie Price-Wong and Kyle Price will present the brilliant "Sweet Smell of Success" by Marvin Hamlisch, along with Joaquín Turina's "La oración del torero" and Robert Schumann's "String Quartet No. 3." 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $12-$45. First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Ave. austinchambermusic.org.
Pa Pa Frenchy 2018 Rosé Release Party. Texas winemaker and founder of C.L. Butaud Wines, Randy Hester is excited to celebrate the arrival of Pa Pa Frenchy, the second label in their ever-growing portfolio and the first blend to be released, the 2018 Frenchy Rosé. Made using 100% West Texas fruit, the 2018 Frenchy Rosé is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Picpoul Blanc and Rolle grapes. The winemaker will be present at the release party, where there will be $5 wine specials, live music and food pairings. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. Easy Tiger at the Linc, 6406 N. Interstate 35. easytigerusa.com/easy-tiger-austin-calendar.
Pawtraits for a Cause. Want a professional photo of your beloved pooch or feline? Manor Road bar Haymaker is teaming up with Flower Girl Photography to raise funds for the Williamson County Animal Shelter with this four-hour event. All pictures will be done on a first come, first served basis and will be $20 for one pet or $30 for 2. (There's a limit of two pets per portrait.) Flower crowns will be available for the pups, as well as a complimentary treat when they’re done. The backdrop is of a solid color. 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday. 2310 Manor Road. eventbrite.com/e/pawtraits-for-a-cause-tickets-59915125754.