SXSW Alternatives

If you’re like me and (gasp!) not that into SXSW, there are still plenty of fun things to do this weekend. For starters, there’s the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, which includes my favorite sort of event this weekend, a barbecue cook-off. The rodeo is not only a fun time, but also a great cause. The rodeo provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money for college, which I didn’t know rodeos did until I moved to Texas.

There’s also everyone’s favorite Irish-American holiday/excuse for drinking beer, St. Patrick’s Day. Pretty much every Irish or Scottish pub in town will be throwing a St. Pat’s festival. My personal favorites on St. Pat’s are the Dog and Duck (I remember performing there one year with Leslie dancing down front) and Mother Egan’s. There’s also Opal Divine’s, BD Riley’s, and possibly others.

Have a great weekend!

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