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The Planner: Top things to do on Saturday, Aug. 17

August 16, 2013


Aug. 16--1. Austin Ice Cream Festival at Fiesta Gardens

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. $10 adults, children are free. 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. 512-441-9015,

Recently named one of the "10 Best Summer Food Festivals" by Fodor's, the Austin Ice Cream Festival offers Austinites and out-of-town visitors a rather compelling way to keep cool at Fiesta Gardens. Diversions include live music, activities, games and contests, and dogs are welcome, too. Local ice cream companies will be on hand sampling out conefuls of their popular flavors, and nondairy ice cream is available for those with dietary restrictions.

2. America's Most Wanted Festival at the Austin360 Amphitheater

6:30 p.m. Saturday $29.75-$89.75. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

Three of the biggest names in hip hop --Lil' Wayne, T.I. and 2 Chainz -- on the same bill. More live music: What Made Milwaukee Famous and Slowtrain at Antone's; Scott Angle and the Cold Cold Hearts and Redd Volkaert play the Barton Springs Neighborhood Food Court Opening Party at 415 Jessie St. at 6 p.m.

3. The 12th Annual Deep Eddy Mile 2013

8 a.m. Saturday. $49-84. 401 Deep Eddy Ave. 512-327-1280,

Add the length of Deep Eddy Pool to the list of odd things in Austin. It's 33 1/3 yards across the chilly, spring-fed swimming pool, so it takes 53 laps to cover a mile (and a little extra). I like to contemplate the math as I chug back and forth in this race, open to adults 18 and older. Heats are seeded according to age group and time, and everyone gets his or her own lane during the race. (That's a rare treat at this popular pool!)

-- Pam LeBlanc

4. Austin Craft Riot Summer Show at Austin Music Hall

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. 208 Nueces St. 313-574-0163,

A free, family friendly weekend to peruse the Austin Music Hall, which will be full of crafts by local handmade and vintage artists and sellers. The first 25 people through the door get a bag of swag. The show will feature a cash bar, live music, a DIY area for children, food trucks and a photobooth to capture yourself with your merchandise. The vendors include Hidden Dragon Art, a duo of artists that create 3-D metal sculptures; Tiny Deer Studio, selling photos of miniature vintage bone china animals; Lip Glosserie, selling vegan lip and skincare products; and many more.

5. Lights. Camera. Help. Film Festival at Alamo Village

3:30 p.m. Saturday. $25-70. 2700 W. Anderson Lane. 512-524-7227,

The fifth annual cause-driven film festival with movies that focus on the good happening in the world. The festival began Thursday and ends today with a screening from 3:30-6:30 p.m. of microdocs, short films and the feature film, "Brasslands," about a New York brass band. Then, from 6:30-11 p.m. a closing party with cupcakes, drinks, speakers and more will be held at Link Coworking next door to the Alamo Village.


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