1. Deep Eddy Pool’s Labor Day Pool Party
1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 3. $1-$8. 401 Deep Eddy Ave. deepeddy.org.
There’s no better way to bid adieu to summer than with a pool party at one of Austin’s most beloved watering holes. Bring the whole family to enjoy the Labor Day bash, which will include live music from Reveleros and the Minor Mishap Marching Band, a lifeguarding demonstration, synchronized swimming performances by the North Austin Rivermaids, a water polo demonstration and remarks by City Council Member Alison Alter. Refreshments will be provided by Jim Jim’s Water Ice.
2. The ABGB’s 5th Anniversary Party
Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 2. Free. 1305 Oltorf St. theabgb.com/event/the-5th-anniversary-party/.
The brewpub with the country’s best pilsners is making sure those beers are front and center at its birthday party. The celebration will feature beer, pizza and lots of live music from Leo Rondeau and Little Mikey and the Soda Jerks. There’s also going to be cake and custom-made trucker hats benefiting Habitat for Humanity. And if you think you can tell the difference between all three styles of the ABGB’s award-winning pilsners, compete in a tasting challenge in the hopes of winning a crowler.
3. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite at Stubb’s outdoor
7 p.m. doors Sept. 4. $43-$45. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com.
A generation apart, blues harmonica legend Musselwhite and eclectic songwriter-guitarist Harper found enough common ground on their 2013 collaboration "Get Up!" to end up with a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album. They also apparently enjoyed it enough for a second go-round: Earlier this year, the influential label Anti- released "No Mercy in This Land." On their own they’re both treasured American artists, but together they’ve created something special that starts deep within the blues yet reaches beyond it. — Peter Blackstock
4. High Noon Talk: Tío Cowboy at the Bullock Museum
Noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 5. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-4629, thestoryoftexas.com.
Learn about one of the best rodeo cowboys ever to come out of Texas — Juan Salinas. Author Ricardo Palacios, Salinas’ nephew, is the speaker at the Bullock Museum’s next High Noon Talk, which will explore the man at the center of his book, "Tío Cowboy." The book chronicles the life of his uncle and the South Texas cowboys of Mexican descent whose successes have all too rarely been reported. Salinas competed in Texas rodeos through 1935 until heading to the national rodeo circuit.
5. Shrewd Productions’ "The Madres"
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, with additional performance 8 p.m. Sept. 10, through Sept. 15. $15-$37.50. Santa Cruz Theater, 1805 E. Seventh St. shrewdproductions.com.
In Shrewd Productions’ latest play, it’s 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and people are disappearing right off the street. But one family is fighting back. As a divisive government turns neighbor against neighbor, Carolina risks her life to search for her pregnant daughter, Belén, receiving a surprise visit from someone who might have the key to finding her. She is one of the many brave mothers looking for their loved ones who have been made to disappear by their own oppressive government, La Dictadura.
6. "Quick and Quiet" at Big Medium
Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 6. 916 Springdale Road. 512-939-6665, bigmedium.org.
The solo show featuring Galveston-based artist Ann Wood explores domesticity, death and our feelings of attraction and repulsion in reaction to visual cues. "Quick and Quiet" is a personal collection of work that reflects what she felt and learned in the summer of 2016, when her parents died within six weeks of each other. Their deaths were not peaceful, as depicted in movies and books, but were messy and heart-wrenching. Each of the pieces in her exhibit showcases a rococo and Baroque aesthetic.
7. Hotel Ella’s Fancy Tailgate
4 p.m. Sept. 8. $55-$265. 1900 Rio Grande St. 2018fancytailgatesatella.splashthat.com.
Want to get a little fancy while you get ready to cheer on the Longhorn football team this fall? Hotel Ella’s Fancy Tailgate Series returns before three home games starting with the Tulsa showdown. Each tailgate starts three hours before kickoff and features a buffet by Goodall’s Kitchen, specialty cocktails as well as beer and wine, shuttles to and from the stadium, live music, pre-game broadcasts on the hotel’s front lawn and, finally, bubbly out of the Champagne Supply Co. truck.