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Sandra Bullock, San Antonio tacos and more: what’s on celebrities' minds at SXSW
Lizzo sat down with iHeart Media's Angela Yee for a Keynote on Sunday. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

With the red carpet rolled out in front of the Paramount Theatre and loads of sessions each day, South by Southwest is buzzing with celebrities and influencers who are offering their take on Austin’s food, growth and culture. Here’s what they had to say:


Pedro Pascal, Anne Hathaway and Daniel Radcliffe

Pascal, known for his roles in the Mandalorian and Game of Thrones, arrived in Austin for the premiere of his film “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” He lived in San Antonio after emigrating from Chile, so Austin 360 was curious about his stance on whether Austin’s taco scene beats out San Antonio's.

“It's San Antonio, people. It’s San Antonio," Pascal said. "If we’re talking about tacos? Chile con queso, maybe you can get that in Austin. But you get a taco in San Antonio, por favor! As far as I remember, yeah. Sorry, I love Austin."

Anne Hathaway, meanwhile, came to Austin for the premiere of her new show “WeCrashed.” The Princess Diaries actress seems to be a big fan of Austin tacos, and swung by East Austin’s Nixta Taqueria.

Also on food, Daniel Radcliffe was in need of barbecue recommendations. If you're in Radcliffe's boat, we have you covered with our guide to some of the best spots.

Sandra Bullock

On Saturday, Sandra Bullock was at the premiere of the latest action and comedy film she’s in, “The Lost City.” The actress, who lives in Austin, would be up for having women's soccer here. She was also asked what she thinks about the uptick of people moving to the capital city.

"If people come here and they appreciate what it has going and don’t try to change it, I say welcome,” Bullock said. “Just make sure the community is taken care of. Don’t try and change it, it’s perfect."

We agree, Austin is perfect. Except for its tacos, Pascal might say.

Lizzo

1 p.m. Sunday, Keynote with Lizzo | Austin Convention Center Ballroom D

The keynote speaker Sunday was “Truth Hurts” singer Lizzo, who talked about body representation and her new show, “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.”

"This is something that has been a passion of mine for years and years and years before I had a TV show," Lizzo said. " I needed big girls more than I needed a television show. Ever since 2014, I've had open casting calls for dancers that look like me and it's been very difficult."

Jonathan Van Ness

Queer Eye to resume casting 6th season in Austin. (Queer Eye/Instagram)

Rocking a hot pink dress, the “Queer Eye” star took to the stage Monday to talk about the beauty industry and identity.

And as Texas makes headlines for Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to treat gender affirming care as child abuse— an order that was blocked by State District Judge Amy Clark Meachum on Friday—Van Ness also covered gender during his talk.

Van Ness said we should be talking about matters like climate change, gun safety, infrastructure, etc. “But yet again, trans people are used as a scapegoat for political purposes.”

The latest season of Queer Eye took place in Austin, where the group visited sites like nonprofit Safe in Austin.

“You shouldn’t have to change who you are to be safe and to be loved,” Van Ness said during Monday’s talk.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Curtis, who attended the festival for the premiere of “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” also talked about rights for transgender Texans.

In an interview with the Austin American-Statesman, Curtis shared her stance on Abbott’s order.

“It’s outrageous and horrifying that the governor has taken this position,” Curtis told the Statesman, noting that Ruby, her daughter, is trans. “I will do everything that I can, along with millions of other people, to support and defend the rights of these trans young people.”

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway