AUSTIN (KXAN) - Got any plans this weekend? There's plenty to choose from in Downtown Austin, if you don't mind a little traffic gridlock.
Let's start with the Austin Film Festival, an eight-day event already in full swing. Johnny Depp is expected on the red carpet Friday evening for the premiere of his new film, "The Rum Diary," at the Paramount Theater.
"Austin is a tremendously creative community," said Barbara Morgan, executive director of the Austin Film Festival. "People in the film industry from Los Angeles and New York come here and get to see our people and how commited we are as a film town."
The Texas Book Festival is in its sixteenth year and is flourishing. Director Heidi Smith says, "We've grown. We started off with sixteen authors in 1995 and we're up to 250 authors this year. We've got authors for every taste and interest from all over the world. We're very excited."
A record number of events are going on Saturday, not to mention the film festival, including:
- The Viva La Vida Festival runs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Tour De Fat Bike Festival - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival on Auditorium Shores -- 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Farmers Market , 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Purple Strides 5K run -- fundraiser for pancreatic cancer -- 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- Texas Book Festival on the grounds of the Texas Capitol -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
- Abolish the Death Penalty Rally -- 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Due to all these events, people are advised to carpool, bicycle or use public transportation.
Lauren Vosbein has her own idea. She is gettiing around on a two-wheel Segway. She says, "This is the way to go. You can circumnavigate benches, dogs and people, fast or slow, it's fantastic and fun."
The great Yankee catcher Yogi Berra once said of a Manhattan restaurant, "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
That may apply to Austin this weekend -- but then, that's what makes the city so great.
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