Fun and musical, mostly free, and not ACL

Celebrate El Diez y Seis indoors this noon hour in the Capitol rotunda. Senator Gonzalo Barrientos sponsors this annual event. Expect music, children, and a lot of meeting and greeting. Traditional participants are mariachis, ballet folklorico, and Johnny Degollado, the Montopolis Kid, and his conjunto. Tomorrow the Austin Independent School District plans to celebrate its 125th anniversary with a parade down Congress from the Capitol. AISD boasts many fine bands but it’s rare to see them out marching. Look for them tomorrow beginning at 9 am. Those who want to spend just a bit of money this weekend can hear and dance to a lot of fine music at Fiesta Gardens in celebration of Fiestas Patrias, including Los TexManiacs with the fabulous David Farias of Tropa F fame on acordeon at 7:30 pm this evenng and again at 9:45. At 10:30 Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz take the stage. The pavilion is covered and has bleachers. Tonight, accompanied kids are free and adult admission is a mere $8. Tomorrow, admission is scaled according to the hour of entrance, beginning at $5 for adults and reaching $10 for those entering after 7 pm, with the usual provisions for young children. Saturday’s attractions include Los Texas Wranglers, Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers, Mariachi Garibay, Gary Hobbs, and Ruben Ramos and the Texas Revolution. This is the longtime, home-grown Austin traditional celebration, along with that of Senator Barrientos. Radio stations and the consulate are among those sponsoring other free events this weekend.

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