- Arianna Auber American-Statesman Staff
1. Texas Monthly BBQ Fest
1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5. $10-$165. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. texasmonthly.com/event/texas-monthly-bbq-fest/.
Texas Monthly’s eighth annual barbecue bonanza is bigger than ever with more than 30 barbecue joints from around the state, each one chosen off the magazine’s new list of Texas’ top 50 barbecue spots. Scarf down all the smoked meats you can handle while listening to live music by the Peterson Brothers Band, Bruce Robison, Willis Alan Ramsey and Carrie Rodriguez. There will also be cocktails, cold beer and lawn games. Participating restaurants include Austin’s La Barbecue, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, and Micklethwait Craft Meats, though there will be plenty from around the state, too.
2. Mystery Monday Fifth Anniversary at El Mercado Backstage
Dinner seating 5:30 p.m., music begins 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Free. 1302 S. First St. elmercadorestaurant.com.
Helping original Mystery Monday musician Christine Albert and her co-host Bill Kirchen to celebrate will be Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bill Hearne and South Dakota’s Tom Peterson (celebrating a new CD). Albert started the weekly gig in 2012 with Sarah Lee Campbell. Campbell died a year later, but the show continued and became so popular that El Mercado built a larger stage with a new sound system. There will be priority seating for dinner guests. — Peter Blackstock
3. “Smitten Kitchen” at BookPeople
7 p.m. Nov. 7. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-572-5050, bookpeople.com.
Deb Perelman, the award-winning blogger and New York Times bestselling author of “The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook,” is coming to Austin to discuss her latest, “Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites.” The new recipe book has more than 100 recipes for people with busy lives who don’t want to sacrifice flavor or quality to make exciting meals. Buy a voucher online (they are not available in the store) to get a prime spot in the signing line. First to buy is first in line.
4. “A Tuna Christmas” at Zach Theatre
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31. $30-$88. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
Christmas has come early this year at Zach Theatre, which is kicking off the yuletide season in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, with this holiday favorite produced in collaboration with the Paramount Theatre. “A Tuna Christmas” is a satirical ode to the holidays, taken to a new level at the itty bitty Tuna. Between the holiday yard display contest and the Little Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” on the brink of cancellation, it’s a miracle anyone gets tinsel on a tree. Three Zach actors play all 25 colorful citizens.
5. Second Street Social
5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9. Free. 214 Guadalupe St. facebook.com/events/125528741498545/.
This month’s Second Street Social is sure to be lovely with the arrival of fall weather. Stroll through the district of restaurants and shops while enjoying a night of specials. Start the night with a little taste of Italian fare from Numero28 with their $30 prix fixe dinner, where you can choose items like a Caprese salad, a margherita pizza and a cannoli. Other deals include $5 frosé (frozen rosé, that is) at Jo’s Coffee and a free toy from the bin with every purchase at Toy Joy.
6. Alba White Truffle Dinner at Second Bar + Kitchen
6 p.m. Nov. 10. $200. Domain Northside location, 3121 Palm Way, #101. eventbrite.com/e/alba-white-truffle-dinner-tickets-38849279240.
Restaurant Congress might be a fine-dining memory, but one staple from its heyday is returning — this five-course Italian dinner. Chef David Bull creates the menu each time to celebrate the beauty of the world’s most revered white truffles. (Truffles are a tasty ingredient in some of Second Bar + Kitchen’s dishes, like its famous truffle fries.) La Corsha Restaurant Group’s Paula Rester will have Italian wines to pair with each dish. Courses include the brown butter sea scallop and steak Diane.
7. Goat Yoga Fundraiser at Tomlinson’s
2 and 3 p.m. Nov. 11. $25. 908 E. 49th 1/2 St. eventbrite.com/e/goat-yoga-fundraiser-tomlinsons-25-tickets-38790861511.
Goat yoga is officially a new way to exercise, and there’s probably no better way to find your zen than with cute little goats. Tomlinson’s is hosting these two afternoon classes on the lawn behind the the store to support A.D.O.P.T., a nonprofit dog rescue organization that helps continue the mission of saving dogs. Each class will run between 30 to 45 minutes to ensure some time afterward for participants to take pictures with the goats. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early and bring your own mat.View full experience