Things to do in Austin on Saturday, Feb. 22
The Fifth Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade at the ABGB. This fundraiser for Pug Rescue Austin celebrates Mardi Gras a little early with a big parade of dogs. All pups that come in costume will be eligible for the ABGB’s best dressed contest (make sure your favorite canine is also ready to bark for beads). The parade at 4 p.m. follows a second line marching band. There will be gumbo, king cake and other Cajun food specials, as well as live music. 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1305 W. Oltorf St. 512-298-2242, facebook.com/events/592655401527907/
Austin Cave Festival. This free, family-friendly event will feature hands-on activities, cave explorations, a cave simulator, science and adventure presentations and live music. You can visit two caves (at limited capacity) and see how water makes its way through the Edwards Aquifer to Barton Springs. Learn about animals that call Austin’s caves home, try on caving gear and learn how to protect and conserve our water resources. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org
Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame Show at Paramount Theatre. This annual event regularly gathers some of the finest roots music acts from Texas and beyond to help induct the association’s latest Hall of Fame class. This year’s show honors Jerry Jeff Walker, Susanna Clark, T-Bone Walker, Larry Henley and Jim Collins. Guest performers includes Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Jimmie Vaughan, Ruthie Foster, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Wade Bowen and Thompson Square. $20-$195. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Peter Blackstock
Intero’s Inaugural Italian Wine Dinner. East Austin Italian restaurant Intero welcomes the Cesari family of Brigaldara Winery from Italy to Austin with an exclusive wine dinner. You can meet the winemakers as they share their knowledge and love of Valpolicella wine over a four-course pairing menu. Valpolicella is a richly flavored dry red wine, considered one of Italy's finest, age-worthy varieties. The dinner is the first installment in Intero’s monthly wine dinner series. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday. $120. 2612 E. Cesar Chavez St. interorestaurant.com
Bryce Gilmore at BookPeople. The owner of Barley Swine, Odd Duck and Sour Duck Market published “The Odd Duck Almanac” last year and will do so for years to come. Part farmer’s almanac, community zine and cookbook, it’s an annual publication that documents and celebrates the creativity of the folks behind the trio of restaurants. The book was inspired by regional farmer’s almanacs, which forecast weather, foretold horoscopes, featured recipes and hung on hooks in outhouses. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
“I’ll Take The Physical Challenge” at the Hideout Theatre. The Hideout presents a game show-style improv show in which the improvisers are mentally and physically pushed to their limits just to see what happens. “I’ll Take The Physical Challenge” is inspired by 1980s Nickelodeon staple “Double Dare” and Japanese game shows like “Gaku No Tsukai.” Each show, two teams will compete for supremacy, enduring a master list of devious games. 8 p.m. Saturday through March 7. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.