Hey Austin! What are you doing this weekend?

SXSWCares Big Benefit

The SXSW Big Benefit continues all this week until this Sunday, the 20th. Organized by Austin Music People, Transmission Events and the Red River Cultural District, the Big Benefit by SXSWCares is a series of music showcases meant to raise money for the SXSWCares Fund through the power of live music. Since this takes place at many venues all over town, there are many opportunities to show your support all week! For more information on individual events, showtimes, and how to get involved, visit their event page.

2014 Austin Reggae Festival

The Austin Reggae Festival is an annual event that celebrates all things reggae and dub! Held Friday (April 18) - Sunday (April 20th), the festival brings you acts like Don Chani, Ashes of Babylon, and the Easy Star All-Stars and raises money for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. In April 2013, Austin Reggae Fest attendees raised over $250,000 to help provide meals for more than 750,000 hungry families. Come show your support, and please note that this year the festival will be held in Butler park, which is directly adjacent to Auditorium Shores, it’s usual location. For more informations, and ticket information click here.

Circle Brewing 0.5K Micro Marathon

Why should athletes be the ones to get all of the glory when it comes to charity races? Saturday April 19, from noon to 4, beer lovers will get their own chance to help out Habitat for Humanity with Circle Brewing Company's Micro Marathon. Participants will race around the Circle Brewing Co. parking lot while holding a pint in each hand, being careful not to spill too much or they will get disqualified. If that still sounds like too much activity for you, just purchase a ticket as a spectator. Either way, you help out a good cause while enjoying delicious brews. Tickets are $20 for spectators, and $40 for entry to the race. For more info, or to enter, visit their website.

Jo's Coffee 15th Annual Pet Parade

This Saturday, April 19th, Jo’s Coffee on S. Congress will be holding it’s annual Pet Parade and Costume Contest. Benefiting Austin Pets Alive!, the parade welcomes everyone to dress their pet up and parade down South Congress along with a marching band, with judges awarding the best-dressed pets of the bunch. The rest of the community can enjoy the parade for free along with an Easter bunny, an adoption center and info booth, vendors and concessions. Registration is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the parade, and pets can be pre-registered at Jo's Coffee on South Congress through their website.

Second Annual Volente Olive Fest

Celebrate our Texas olives at the Volente Olive Fest, which features cooking demos by Chef Jarrett Hairell of Shore Club Restaurant and Chef Marko Ellinger of Travaasa Austin! All demos will be using Texas produced extra virgin olive oil and other fresh ingredients. Attendees will be able to sample culinary delights using olives and olive oils, as well as Texas wine and specialty beverages. A pop-up farmers market featuring local foods and artisans will offer a distinctive shopping experience for attendees. For more information visit their website here.