1. Austin Museum Day
Throughout the day Sept. 23. Free. Multiple locations. austinmuseums.org/museumday/.
Explore art, science, history and more this weekend when museums across the city offer free admission and special activities in celebration of Austin Museum Day. The full list of participating institutions, including include the Texas Music Museum, Elisabet Ney Museum and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, is on the website. The Bullock Texas State History Museum is one of those with family programs in honor of the day.
2. Alejandro Escovedo y Don Antonio at Continental Club
10 p.m. Sept. 24. $10. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com.
The only thing certain about former Austinite Escovedo’s music is that he’ll always be reaching for new territory somewhere on the horizon. With "The Crossing," released last week on Yep Roc Records, he teamed with the renowned Italian band for a concept album about two immigrants on the Texas border, drawing from his own family experience (his father immigrated from Mexico as a young child). Escovedo has played the Continental countless times in his four-decade career, but this one promises to be something new and different. — Peter Blackstock
3. Passport to Perú at Yuyo
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 25. $65. 1900 Manor Road. eventbrite.com/e/passport-to-peru-tickets-50013771537.
Austin’s go-to spot for modern Peruvian cuisine has launched a new series, Passport to Perú, to feature fresh takes on favorite menu items as well as new off-menu dishes. This first dinner provides guests with the chance to dive deeper into ingredients that are essential in Peruvian fare, with courses including cilantro-braised lamb shank, inca gooseberry and castaña tart and more. Rosé and rioja wine pairings will accompany each course, and pisco will come before and after the dinner.
4. "Once" at Zach Theatre
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 28. $30-$153. The Topfer at Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
Based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film, the musical "Once," as produced by Zach Theatre, is an enchanting modern love story about an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who are drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship turns into a romance heightened by the raw emotion of their songs. The production features breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band the Frames that will have you falling in love at the very first note.
5. Banned Books Bash with the Library Foundation
6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27. $12. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/2298417933726014/.
This irreverent celebration of books, writers, readers and the freedom to read whatever we please coincides with National Banned Books Week, which launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, stores and libraries. The bash features eight readings from challenged or banned books including "The Awakening," "The Hunger Games," "The Hate U Give" and more. The latter recently premiered as a movie at the Toronto International Film Festival.
6. Amy Schumer
7 p.m. Sept. 28. $29-$129. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
The multi-talented Schumer takes her new comedy tour to Austin this fall featuring fresh material. An award-winning stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer and director, she tours theaters and arenas all over the world and remains the only female comic to headline Madison Square Garden. You’re encouraged to come early — the Long Center now offers happy hour before the show. Grab a drink with friends on the terrace starting at 5 p.m., when food trucks and the bar will open.
7. Texas Craft Brewers Festival
2 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29. $35-$85. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. texascraftbrewersfestival.org.
Austinites are lucky that Texas’ biggest beer event, drawing together nearly 80 of the state’s breweries, is just a quick Lyft away. The festival — which sold out of VIP tickets pretty quickly, although as of press time general admission tickets were still available — will have a wondrous mix of staple options, such as Hops & Grain’s River Beer Lager and far harder-to-find brews like Great Heights Brewing’s Fruity Pellets New England IPA. There will also be live music and food trucks.