1. 14th Annual Bat Fest
4 p.m. to midnight Aug. 18. $15-$200. Congress Avenue Bridge, 100 S. Congress Ave. roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/.
Austin has a deep, abiding love for the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk. To celebrate these unofficial mascots of ours, head to the bridge, which is being shut down for the evening in honor of the festivities and will have two stages with live music, more than 50 arts and crafts vendors, food and drinks, fun children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more. Musical acts include Dharma Kings, Ghostland Observatory and Cory Morrow. VIP tickets get you perks such as access to the front row of the main music stage.
2. The City Theatre’s "The Grapes of Wrath"
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 2. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
Frank Galati’s groundbreaking adaptation of John Steinbeck’s masterpiece of American literature gets the City Theatre treatment. In "The Grapes of Wrath," the Joad family — led by the indomitable Ma Joad — is fleeing the dust bowl of Oklahoma during the Great Depression, hoping that California will finally provide them the American dream. Despite the suffering it depicts, the poignant play remains a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the power of the human spirit.
3. Jeremy Nail album release at Cactus Cafe
8:30 p.m. Aug. 17. $12-$15. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org.
Nail’s new record "Live Oak" follows "My Mountain," which earned Nail our Austin360 Artist of the Month designation in May 2016. It picks up where that record left off, full of graceful, understated original songs that gradually work their way under your skin. That’s thanks in part to drummer/co-producer Pat Manske’s careful studio guidance and a solid musical cast that includes keyboard ace Bukka Allen. You can stream the entirety of the album on Austin360.com. — Peter Blackstock
4. Summer Luau Party at Strange Land Brewing
5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 18. Free. 5904 Bee Cave Road. facebook.com/events/289639081806463/.
The Westlake-area brewery serving offbeat examples of classic beer styles is throwing one last party to celebrate the end of the summer season. The tropical-themed fiesta will appropriately feature Hawaiian-themed food, hula hoop competitions, a Hawaiian T-shirt contest and — as always — beer releases. Come try brews like the Pineapple Pilz, the Bourbon Barrel-aged IPA, Hatch Green Chile Pilz, Rum Barrel-Aged Mai Tai IPA and the long-awaited Watermelon IPA.
5. Kathy Griffin at Bass Concert Hall
7:30 p.m. Sunday. $39.50-$95. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
Make Comedy Dangerous Again. Few comics can influence the national discourse like self-proclaimed "D-Lister" Griffin, on her newest tour, the "Laugh Your Head Off World Tour." Case in point: that picture that brought the attention of the Secret Service. Griffin and her pull-no-punches comedic stylings are back, and she just might have a thing or two (OK, probably many things) to say about it when she appears live at the glorious Bass Concert Hall for a one-night-only performance. — Brently Heilbron