1. Creek Show
6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 7-17. Free. 700 E. Ninth St. waterloogreenway.org/creek-show/
The spectacular Creek Show, which returns for a 10-day run along the newly rechristened Waterloo Greenway, features light-based art installations. The illuminating art pieces were created by teams of visionary local artists, ambitious landscape architects and extraordinary designers. There’s even a special installation by students at the University of Texas titled “Creek Monster Habitat” in honor of the show’s logo, a whimsical amphibious character. Attendees can also enjoy live music performances each night, family activities and more.
2. Batch Brewery Grand Opening
7 a.m. Nov. 8, 9 a.m. Nov. 9 and 10. Free. Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches, 3220 Manor Road. batchatx.com
The craft beer bar and kolache shop in East Austin didn’t intend to also have a brewery, but the brothers who own it took a chance on head brewer John Snyder and are now offering house beers at Batch. The grand opening of the brewery this weekend will feature six beers on tap made at the neighboring brewing facility, kolache specials, brewery tours and more. House beers include SJ÷FEN, a strawberry farmhouse ale.
3. “Rigoletto” with Austin Opera
7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 14, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17. $44-$99. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. austinopera.org/event/rigoletto
This tragic story of the unscrupulous Duke of Mantua, court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s stunning daughter, Gilda, is considered one of Verdi’s operatic masterpieces. That’s not least because the instantly recognizable score features one of the most famous arias in all of opera: the Duke’s “La donna Ť mobile.” Traditionally staged, the Austin Opera production will have you on the edge of your seat.
4. Ray Wylie Hubbard’s Birthday Bash at Paramount Theatre
8 p.m. Nov. 9. $25-$42. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org
Year 73 for the patron saint of Texas troubadours has been a good one, including his first-ever appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. Could “Austin City Limits” be far behind? Maybe next year, but in the meantime, Hubbard will celebrate with his annual shindig at the Paramount that sometimes draws surprise special guests alongside his regular backing band that features son Lucas Hubbard on guitar. — Peter Blackstock
5. Austin Mac & Cheese Festival 2019
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10. $25-$45. Carson Creek Ranch, 701 Dalton Lane. mac-n-cheese-fest.ticketbud.com/austin-2019
Austin's cheesiest food festival is back with twice the mac and triple the cheese. And it just might prove that one of our favorite pasta dishes has remarkable versatility. Participating restaurants, including Hideaway Kitchen, Loro and Micklethwait Craft Meats, will prepare their version of the savory treat. Only general admission tickets are left, but these still allow for unlimited tastings and four drink tickets.