FESTIVALS: Hot Luck Festival announced the chef lineup and ticketing for the live food and music event happening May 18th-21st. Hot Luck Festival will host a series of customizable events all around the city, showcasing beloved Austin venues like Franklin Barbecue, Fair Market, Barracuda, Mohawk, The White Horse, Alamo Drafthouse, The Wild Onion Ranch, and more, allowing guests to choose their own adventure while also feeling a part of this genuine, homegrown experience. A portion of the proceeds from Hot Luck will benefit the SAFE Alliance. SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace.
CHARITY: Austin nonprofit Black Fret announced the first 18 of its 20 Black Fret Grant Nominees for 2017. They include Akina Adderley, Black Pistol Fire, Bright Light Social Hour, Carolyn Wonderland, Croy and the Boys, Daniel Eyes, David Ramirez, Eric Tessmer, Greyhounds, Jackie Venson, Kinky Machine, Leopold and his Fiction, Los Coast, Mobley, Sarah Sharp, The Deer, Warren Hood and Whiskey Shivers. The top two “Best New Bands” from the Austin Music Awards will be named Black Fret’s final two 2017 nominees on Sunday, March 12.
ENTERTAINMENT: Austin Parks Foundation has partnered up with Alamo Drafthouse to present the 2017 edition of Movies in the Park, a series of films shown outdoors in local Austin parks. It all kicks of tonight, March 9th, with Aladdin. This year’s film selections are a 1992 throwback edition in celebration of Austin Parks Foundation’s 25th anniversary and include Batman Returns, Sister Act, Wayne’s World and Death Becomes Her. All movies are free and open to the public.
FOOD/DRINK: Hot on the heels of Texas Independence Day, Twin Liquors is toasting the Lone Star State with Texas Fest all month long by celebrating home-grown spirits, wines, beers and ciders. To kick it off, the Austin mainstay is hosting the Texas Fest Grand Event tonight, March 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m at its Hancock / Austin Marketplace location, featuring meet-and-greets with some of the state’s best known brands including Barbecue Wife, Austin Cocktails, Bloody Revolution, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Garrison Brothers, among others. Tonight’s event is free and open to the public. Must be 21+.