- Arianna Auber American-Statesman Staff
1. Texas Trucklandia Fest
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20. $5.95-$29.95. Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave. trucklandia.com.
At this food truck taste-off, a variety of local food trucks are competing for your vote — and ultimately for a $10,000 grand prize. You’ll be able to sample food from more than 20 vendors, including Crepe Crazy, Gobble Gobble Food Truck and Llama’s Peruvian Cuisine, before deciding who should win the big bucks. Winners will be announced at 8 p.m. New this year is the John Dewar & Sons Traveling Whisky Emporium, an immersive mobile bar that will have Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whisky cocktails and Scotch eggs.
2. Hope Farmers Market’s 8th Anniversary
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14. 412 Comal St. facebook.com/events/1949466378647145/.
The east side’s longest running farmers market is turning 8 this year with Plaza Saltillo’s best vendors on Oct. 15. Food and drinks include Begonia Bagels, Jeany’s Ginger Elixirs, Lost Pines Yaupon Tea, SoCo Ginger Beer, Tacodeli, Tamale Addiction, Texas Coffee Traders and Wunder Pilz. There will also be live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Las Gabacha-chas and a piñata and cupcakes at 1 p.m. Regular Sunday activities include yoga, corn hole and hooping.
3. “The Afterlife of Artifacts” at Davis Gallery
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
This exhibit explores five Austin artists’ power to reanimate forgotten objects into extraordinary works of art. The featured artists — Barbara Irwin, John Sager, Larry Seaman, Steve Brudniak and Steve Wiman — test the limits of what’s conventionally defined as fine art by incorporating everything from the high voltage parts of old transmitters to beautifully worn metal scraps found on the streets of Austin. These reclaimed objects help the artists investigate questions of life, time, decay and rebirth.
4. Zoe Quinn at BookPeople
7 p.m. Oct. 17. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Quinn is a video game developer who became terrorized by an online mob that hacked her accounts and made threats of rape and murder. But instead of shrinking into silence as these people wanted, she spoke out against this vicious online culture with the goal of making the internet a safer place. She’s continuing that mission with her book “Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate,” which she’ll discuss and sign.
5. Swan Songs Serenade with Ruthie Foster
6 p.m. doors Oct. 18. $150-$200. Riverbend Centre, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Highway. swansongs.org.
This annual event is the primary fundraiser for Swan Songs, a local nonprofit that arranges intimate concerts for terminally ill patients. There’s no charge to the patients; they request a style of music or a specific local performer, and Swan Songs arranges everything. The musical performer for this year’s Serenade, a gala affair that includes dinner, drinks and an auction, is Austin folk-blues-gospel great Ruthie Foster, a three-time Grammy nominee. — Peter Blackstock
6. Movies in the Park: “Death Becomes Her”
7:15 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19. Free. Pan Am Park, 301 Chicon St. austinparks.org/calendar/movies.
The Austin Parks Foundation continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary with Movies in the Park, playing only movies from 1992. This edition will get you in the Halloween spirit by screening the black comedy starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis and Goldie Hawn. The foundation recommends getting to the park early to secure your spot. Dogs, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome, but alcoholic beverages, glass and plastic foam containers are not. Next week, “Hocus Pocus” will play as part of a special Halloween “spelltacular.”
7. Disney’s “Fantasia” Live in Concert
8 p.m. Oct. 20. $23-$79. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drove. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
The Austin Symphony Orchestra will play songs from both the original “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000,” with accompanying scenes from the movies displayed on the big screen above the orchestra. Featured songs and scenes include Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” and Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which famously plays in “Fantasia” during Mickey Mouse’s foray into magic. The mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony” will also be featured.View full experience