FESTIVAL: The 89th Annual ABC Kite Fest is set to take flight Sunday, March 4th at Zilker Park. The event is 100% free to attend. In 2018, the event will include The Anteater Fun Run, the MossFest children’s concert, and the The Exchange Club Kite Showcase & Contest. There is also a VIP option – The High Flyers Club – which includes VIP parking, food, drinks and comfort all day. Proceeds from the festival benefit Communities in Schools and the Moss Pieratt Foundation.
FOOD: TRACE invites guests to celebrate National Umbrella Day on Saturday, February 10th with Good Girl Gone Brunch, a special event featuring all things Rihanna . Listen to your favorite Rihanna hits with music from DJ Kid Slyce and sip on special themed cocktails like “The Ella,” “RiRi,” and “Desperado”. The brunch will also feature specials such as $1 mimosas, $5 carafes, and hidden prizes. Reservations are encouraged, guests can book by calling the restaurant at (512) 542-3660 or through OpenTable.
ANIMALS: On February 10th, Grocery Pup hosts Mardi Paws – a Mardi Gras parade for dogs in Austin benefiting Austin Dog Rescue and Cutie PITooties Pitbull Rescue. The theme is Saturday Bark Fever, and the event will include the dog parade, music by a local brass band and a DJ, festive cocktails including King and Queens Punch, daiquiris and Bloody Mary’s, bites, king cake (for humans and dogs!), photo opportunities, a crown making station, raffle prizes and more. Tickets are $25 and cover one human + pup.
FOOD: Lick Honest Ice Cream has a sweet new lineup for February-April! In addition to the usual chocolate and citrus flavors, there are FIVE news flavors — including a limited edition Roasted Mesquite Bean Cookie flavor benefiting the Austin Food and Wine Alliance, which is a collaborative flavor with the alliance’s 2016 culinary grant recipient, Miche Bread. It’s around for a limited time only!
FOOD: La Matta, the new Italian sandwich, salad and wine shop in East Austin, hosts a Birra Happy Hour next Friday, February 9th, from 5pm to 7pm. The happy hour will include a free tasting and visit from two of Italy’s migliori breweries dedicated to the art of all-natural craft beer, Baladin and Birrificio del Ducato. RSVP here.