- Arianna Auber American-Statesman Staff
1. Texas Craft Brewers Festival
2 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30. $10-$120. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. texascraftbrewersfestival.org.
The biggest Texas beer event of the year is back with more than 65 Texas breweries from Austin, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi and beyond offering nearly 200 beers total for sampling. The festival allows you to try beers not available in town as well as rare brews from local favorites, from Lorelei Brewing’s Manatus New England IPA to (512) Brewing’s Gin Barrel-Aged Wit. There will be food trucks and live music. This year is also the first time the fest has an additional night of fun planned with Partners in Craft tasting event on Sept. 29.
2. The Austin Civic Orchestra’s Musical Mystery
4 p.m. Sept. 24. Donations welcome. Austin Independent School District Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd. austincivicorchestra.org.
The Austin Civic Orchestra is kicking off its new season with a family-friendly concert. The program includes “The Composer is Dead!,” a light-hearted whodunit-type of musical mystery with narration that teaches kids and adults alike about instruments in the orchestra. Composed by Nathaniel Stookey, the piece is accompanied by text written by Lemony Snicket. Show up early, at 3:15 p.m., for an instrument “petting zoo,” in which anyone can try to play a little music.
3. Hyde Park Bar & Grill’s 35th Birthday
6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25. Free. 4206 Duval St. facebook.com/events/1284466248331514/.
The restaurant with some of the best fries in Austin is celebrating a milestone anniversary and wants to make sure proceeds from the party go toward a good cause. Although the party kicks off at 6 p.m, a portion of Hyde Park Bar & Grill’s Duval location will go toward the Salvation Army to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. In the evening, Texas country artist Cory Morrow — and some other special guests — will play live for a short concert as part of the annual Rock the Red Kettle.
4. Trace at the W’s Agave Trail
6:30 p.m. doors Sept. 26. $45. 200 Lavaca St. traceaustin.com/agavetrail.
Explore the Mexican spirit of tequila at three locations in the W Hotel. The evening will start with a poolside pig roast on the Wet Deck, featuring tequila from the Amatitán region of Jalisco. From there, head downstairs to Trace to enjoy the main courses, each paired with a different tequila. Dinner courses include the pescado crudo ahogado, beef cheek molé negro and the raspberry rosa tequila sorbet with a secret drink. Finish up with desserts and cocktails in the Secret Bar.
5. Arcade Fire at Erwin Center
7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. $26-$75. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com.
The sprawling art-rock outfit from Montreal has a new album, “Everything Now,” the long-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s “Reflektor” that dropped in July. The band is known for supplementing their stage shows with strong visual elements. On the “Reflektor” tour, giant bobblehead figures representing then-President Barack Obama and then-Gov. Rick Perry roamed the stage, making it likely that we’ll see some sort of reference to the current administration. Wolf Parade opens. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
6. Birds on Burnet’s 10-Year Birthday Party
6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28. Free. 6800 Burnet Road. facebook.com/events/217057962160937/.
Birds Barbershop is hosting its 10th birthday party ’90s style. Guests can sign up for a complimentary 1990s hairdo, makeup and outfit styling and pose in Birds’ Glamour Shots photo booth. Or, if they’re camera-shy, there are a whole host of other activities to enjoy. They can sip tasty wine coolers and Independence Brewing beers. Other activities include a Skip-It Challenge and a beauty pageant. The first 50 guests to the party will also receive a free fanny pack and other prizes.
7. American Indian Heritage Day at the Bullock Museum
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 29. $9-$13 museum admission. 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-4629, thestoryoftexas.com.
The last Friday in September in Texas is American Indian Heritage Day, which recognizes the historic, cultural and social contributions Native American communities and leaders have made to the state. The day will feature a range of activities, with dancing and drumming performances and interactive experiences for school groups and an evening program that celebrates the traditional and contemporary performance arts of Texas’s American Indian groups.View full experience