Weekend Itinerary: April 16-22

It’s time for the weekend itinerary, our top picks for the best in Austin entertainment, music, food, and events. This week we recommend…

April 17

Live Fire!


Live Fire, Austin’s most anticipated celebration of all things beef returns this spring and once again brings a sizzling hot lineup of top-notch chefs ready to battle the flames and raise funds for culinary grants. The event is set at the beautiful Salt Lick outdoor pavilion, where you can enjoy culinary delights from top chefs such as Monica Glenn of Qui; Rick Lopez of La Condesa; Callie Speer of Swift’s Attic; and Josh Watkins of The Carillon. Also expect a preview of Rene Ortiz’ upcoming Angry Bear!

Proceeds from the event will help the AFWA give back to the local culinary community through a vibrant grant program for chefs, farmers, artisan producers and nonprofits by funding projects focused on culinary innovation.

April 17

Heartless Bastards


The Heartless Bastards will soon be packing their bags for a tour in Europe, so don’t miss these Austin favorites at the Continental Club this week. There will be a full lineup with the Whiskey Sisters kicking off at 6:30, followed by December Boys at 10, A Giant Dog at 11 and Heartless Bastards at midnight.

April 18

SXSW Cares Benefit Show

$5/$8 under 21

By now you’ve probably heard about SXSW Cares, the fund that helps victims of this year’s Red River tragedy. Continuing this week, you can attend shows around Austin that will benefit Austin Cares, including this one on Friday at Spider House Café and Ballroom, featuring Shivery Shakes, Bill Bill and Templo X.

April 18

Jo’s Coffee Pet Parade

$10/advance; $20/same day

This 15th annual pet parade and costume contest benefits Austin Paws Alive, and pay tribute to animal lover Lyndon Lambert. Dress up your pet and meet at the corner of South Congress and Annie Street, where the parade will begin with a marching band. The owners of the top dressed pets will be eligible to win a night’s stay at Hotel San Jose, a pet portrait session and a $200 print credit from Nicole Mlakar Photography, Jo’s gift cards and plenty of canine goodies!

April 19

Circle Brewing Micro Marathon

$20/spectators; $40/participants

Do you love to drink beer, raise money for good causes and hate running? The Circle Brewing Micro Marathon may just be the race for you. Contestants will “run” 0.5 kilometers around a parking lot while carrying two pints of beer, at this event that will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s “House that Beer Built.” Contribute by participating or just come out to watch (and drink).

April 19

Dave Barry

tickets from $52

Dave Barry, a Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author takes the stage this week at the Paramount Theater as part of the Moontower Comedy Fest. Since the release of his newest book, “You Can Date Boys When You’re Old,” Barry’s been traveling the country, signing books and cracking up audiences everywhere. With more than 20 years of experience writing a nationally syndicated humor column, Barry is sure to have some tricks up his sleeve.

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