1. Babes Fest music showcase at the Mohawk
8 p.m. doors Sept. 1. $25. 912 Red River St. babesfest.com.
Back in March, NYC duo Oshun scorched a South by Southwest stage with a blazing blend of lyrically incisive hip-hop and emotionally urgent soul. They swoop back into town to headline the music portion of Babes Fest, the 3-day celebration of art and culture created by women curated by Boss Babes ATX. The two-stage extravaganza also includes performances from local soul artist Alesia Lani, post-punk outfit Pleasure Venom and electro-hip-hop artist Latasha, who is headlining the indoor stage. Babes Fest also includes art, film, comedy and panels. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
2. Shanie Tomassini: "Slippery Clump" at Umlauf
Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 5. 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org.
Chosen among a dozen talented artists, this year’s Umlauf Prize winner is French Canadian sculptor and multimedia artist Tomassini. As a result of winning, she will have her works on display throughout the six-acre grounds of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Tomassini is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Texas, and her show features oversized sculptures, fountains and negative-space forms. She’ll speak at the opening reception. There will also be live music by the Jon Klekman Trio.
3. The Beerthoven Concert Series
7:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2 p.m. Sept. 2. $20. Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/dance-machine-with-hear-no-evil-tickets-48472256825.
The new season of Beerthoven, a down-to-earth celebration of classical and chamber music, begins with a riveting performance by Hear No Evil. This experimental group of winds, piano, cello and percussion will perform "Dance Machine," which will have you tapping your feet and swinging your mugs. The concert features "Hungarian Dance" by Brahms, the steady beats of Paul Lansky’s "Horizons" and other compelling pieces. Beerthoven events include free beer, wine and other refreshments.
4. UT Kick-Off Brunch with St. Elmo Brewing
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 1. Free. Irene’s, 506 West Ave. facebook.com/events/699395027076015/.
Football season is finally back — which means it’s time to cheer the Longhorns again. Irene’s will screen the first game of the year, UT versus Maryland, on its extensive patio; get there early to snag a spot. In addition to the downtown bar’s regular brunch menu and drink specials, there will be raffles for a giveaway, as well as St. Elmo’s limited release Darrell Burnt Orange Ale. The beer was named in honor of the late Texas football legend Darrell K. Royal, the winningest coach in UT history.
5. HEB Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum
12 to 5 p.m. Sept. 2. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
This month’s free day of admission is themed especially appropriately: Totally Texas promises to immerse everyone in state history through creative activities centered on art, music and engineering. Get inspired to write an original song while exploring the Bullock’s "Rodeo! The Exhibition," construct an iconic Texas landmark using various building blocks, create a torn paper Texas landscape and more. You can also wander all three floors of the museum, showcasing artifacts from around the state, completely for free.