Austin Museum Day. Explore art, science, history and more this weekend when museums across the city offer free admission and activities. The full list of participating institutions is on the website, but some of them include the Texas Music Museum, Elisabet Ney Museum and the Science Mill. Multiple locations. austinmuseums.org/museumday/.
"Viva la Vida: Celebrating 35 Years of Mexic-Arte Museum’s Día de los Muertos." This Mexic-Arte Museum show displays its 35-year quest to share and expand the public’s knowledge about Day of the Dead, in an annual tradition that has become a celebration of Mexican and Mexican-American life and culture. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 25. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org.
Soul Waves at the Line Austin. The chic hotel will have one final edition of its popular poolside DJ series. The residency is hosted by DJ Expo, who runs the wildly popular DJ series Motown on Mondays in Los Angeles. There will be drink specials and batched cocktails galore. 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. 111 E. Cesar Chavez St. soulwaves.splashthat.com.
The Wine Down. The final night of this summertime tradition — a live music series featuring bites and a pop-up shop from two Second Street District businesses — features a show by Blackillac, drinks by Charles Smith Wines, food from La Condesa and a pop-up by Prize. Blackillac is a hip-hop project with production and vocals from Gary Clark Jr. and bars by Zeale and Phranchyze. 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. 3Ten Austin, 310 W. Second St. 3tenaustin.com.
Ciderbration at Banger’s. The Rainey Street bar might be all about beer, but this evening celebrates the wonders of cider and will tap some of the best ciders available in Texas. These include Texas Keeper Heirloom Cider, Austin Eastciders Spiced Cider, Finnriver Lavender Black Currant and more. Live music by Teddy Long kicks off at 8 p.m. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday. 79 Rainey St. facebook.com/events/282656999219929/.
Dougherty Arts Center’s 40-Year Anniversary. Celebrate 40 years of theater shows, art exhibitions and more with family-friendly activities including a synth petting zoo, giant spirographs, selfie stations and music by Feedback Alliance and Midnight Butterfly. Stick around for a dance party with DJ beats, small bites, drinks and art activities. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. 1110 Barton Springs Road. eventbrite.com/e/dougherty-arts-center-40-year-anniversary-gala-tickets-49578413369?.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Still Austin Whiskey’s One-Year Anniversary. Austin’s first urban whiskey distillery is hosting a country fair in celebration of its first birthday. The afternoon fiesta will have a petting zoo, Amy’s Ice Cream, food truck snacks, funnel cake, live music by Mismatch Bluegrass Band and more. 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29. 440 E. St. Elmo Road. stillaustin.com.