What to Do in Austin in March: Brunch, Art Museum, Continental Club

The weekend has finally arrived and with temperatures well over 60 degrees on Saturday and Sunday, you’ll want to soak up all the spring weather you can get. Whether you fancy a boozy brunch, stroll through an art museum, or listen to some local tunes, you can find it here in town.

Whether you’re painfully free all weekend or just need some time to fill in your schedule, try one of these weekend activities.

Brunch at 1886 Cafe & Bakery | 604 Brazos Street

Start the day with everyone’s favorite urban pastime: brunch. If you haven’t yet been to the Driskill Hotel’s historic cafe, 1886 Cafe & Bakery, it’s high time to try one of its Texas-shaped waffles. You’ll find all the brunch staples like migas and eggs benedict, but you’ll also notice some unique additions, like a cauliflower steak topped with jalapeno chimichurri or the Brazos Huevos Rancheros topped with cotija cheese.

Best of all, 1886 Cafe doesn’t even take reservations, so there’s no need to book in advance.

New Acquisitions by Contemporary Black Artists at the Blanton Museum of Art | 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

An installation to celebrate black artists across the country, “Assembly,” was made possible by an anonymous donor who wanted to improve the underrepresentation of black art. Comprising sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles and many more produced between 1980 and 2019, the subject matter is varied but returns to a fundamental theme: “the long afterlife of slavery”. The works include a resin sculpture made with raw cotton from artist Kevin Beasley’s family farm and a neon sculpture made by Cauleen Smith, commemorating the life of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in police custody.

Admission is $5 for children and $12 for adults.

Continental Club | 1315 Congress Avenue S.

End the day with a jazzy night at the historic Continental Club, which starts the music early in the day and continues late into the night.

Saturday: Beginning at 3:30 p.m., “Mr. Honky-Tonk Piano” Earl Poole Ball will take the stage with a re-inspired classic country coverless show.

Next, two Continental Club regulars, the Peterson Brothers, dubbed the “baddest cats in the world” by Gary Clark Jr., will take the stage at 8 p.m. Enjoy their jazz/funk sound for $17 upfront.

Later in the evening, Greyhounds, another Continental Club staple, will begin their unique dance set at 10 p.m. for a $15 cover. The final set of the evening, soul and funk tunes by East Austin native Nikki DaVaughn, will begin at midnight.


Sunday: Sunday music won’t run as late, but will still kick off with a free show by Marshall Hood, nephew of singer-songwriter Champ Hood, starting at 2:30 p.m.

Earl Poole Ball returns with the band Heybale!, which claims to be “Austin’s most popular country supergroup.” The band, which has performed at the Continental Club since 2000, takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. for a $10 cover.

The last show of the evening, Willie Pipkin & Friends will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Expect a mix of bluegrass, swing, jazz and rock at this show, with $7 cover at the door.

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