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9 big inauguration events in Austin this weekend

Take to the streets or twerk it out

Texas Capitol building at night, lit up, from below
Texas Capitol

Regardless of how you feel about this year’s presidential election and the inauguration coming up this weekend, one this is sure: There Will Be Marches.

Most of these events will take place in and around the Texas state Capitol building, and you can find a map of what will likely be the largest march of the weekend, the Women’s March on ATX, here.

Also, if you participate—or just get caught up in traffic for too long—you can refuel at one of the many Austin restaurants donating portions of their profits to local charities this week, a list of which Eater Austin has kindly provided here.

Also, watch this space: Tomorrow, we’ll be bringing you a map of places to go if you want to avoid the hoopla altogether. Without further ado, though, here’s what’s up on inaugural front.

Friday, Jan. 19

Inaugural Address Watching Event & Discussion at 11 a.m., the Texas Public Policy Foundation will a watch party, lunch, and a discussion with experts.

Twerk the Inauguration, 11 a.m. It certainly can’t hurt to shake out some of the tensions of this presidential season. Shakia Williams of Her Sins Burlesque & Cabaret in New Orleans will hold a WOC/Feminist Twerkshop at the Julius Glickman Conference Center on the UT campus.

The J20 UT Walkout, with participants planning to march from the University of Texas Campus to the Capitol and then to Auditorium Shores (where they’ll meet up with the One Resistance Rally), starts at noon on the University of Texas campus. According to the Austin American-Statesman, they might be joined by local high-school students (who, from what we can tell, will technically be skipping classes).

March for Justice and Families, also known as the One Resistance march, will take place 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Marchers will meet at 5 p.m. at Auditorium/Vic Mathias Shores, march north up Congress Avenue and then back to the lake, where there will be a rally starting around 6:30 p.m.

The Taming: Inauguration Day Staged Reading, 4:30 p.m. A staged reading Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming,” inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” will be performed by group of local female comedians will present a staged reading of at the New Movement Theatre.

State of the Uterus, 6 p.m. BossBabesATX will host a fundraiser for women’s health organizations at everyone’s favorite inclusive night club, Cheer Up Charlie’s.

Warriors Gather for Silent Prayers for our Nation at the state Capitol, near the African-American history statue on the southwest grounds. Those of all faiths will start silent prayers at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Women’s March on ATX Marchers will meet on the south lawn of the Capitol in advance of the march, which begins at noon and takes a circular route from the Capitol on 11th Street, south on Congress Avenue, west on Sixth Street, and north on Lavaca Street to return to the Capitol to hear speakers. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 22

44th Roe v. Wade Celebration Rally, 1 p.m. A nonpartisan, grassroots rally at the event at the Texas State Capitol will feature various speakers and performances to celebrate the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling.

Note: Marches may impact traffic and bus routes. According to Capital Metro, the UT Walkout will most likely delay their services in from the UT area to the Capitol from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The One Resistance march will also possibly delay bus routes from Auditorium Shores to Congress Avenue from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.