Books

AtCentral: Ben Fountain. Austin Central Library is hosting the author of "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" as he launches his first work of nonfiction, "Beautiful Country Burn Again." The book recounts the surreal politics of the 2016 presidential campaign and describes what Fountain calls “the third American existential crisis.” This AtCentral talk, located in the special events center within the library on the first floor, will be moderated by ABC News Correspondent Matthew Dowd. 7 p.m. Oct. 3. Free. 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. austinlibrary.org/at-central/.

Music

Fall Music on Main. Round Rock's first installment of this family-friendly series in the fall (it's held annually each spring) kicks off with a show featuring Cari Hutson & Good Company. In addition to the live music, the cozy evening will have snow cones, food vendors from downtown Round Rock establishments, a face painter and balloon artist. Bring a lawn chair or blanket so you can lounge under the Texas sky while enjoying the tunes. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3. Free. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 East Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/event/fall-music-on-main/.

History

High Noon Talk: Cedar Choppers at the Bullock Museum. For this month's High Noon Talk, which explores interesting and often untold Texas-related topics, the author of "The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nowhere" will chat about the subject of his book. The cedar choppers were people, with roots in Appalachia, who settled on the west side of the Balcones Fault during the mid-19th century. Austin as an emerging metropolitan area, especially after the 1950s, came into direct confrontation with the choppers and their hillbilly lifestyle. 12 to 1 p.m. Oct. 3. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Coming up

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández. This year, Ballet Folklórico de México will return to the U.S. for an extended multi-city tour, including a stop at the Long Center, featuring renewed performances of the company’s classical choreography. Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Columbian civilizations through the modern era. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. $32-$72. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. 512-472-5050, thelongcenter.org.

Bluebonnet Beer Co.’s 4th Annual Oktoberfest. Round Rock isn’t missing out on the Oktoberfest fun. Bluebonnet’s family-friendly celebration will have polka music, American- and German-style beers, bratwurst, soft pretzels, a Kinder Park inflatables area for the kids, contests, prizes, local craft vendors and much more. It's $5 for adults, free for kids. 12 to 6 p.m. Oct. 7. 1700 Bryant Drive #107, Round Rock. 512-774-4258, bluebonnetbeerco.com/products/oktoberfest-pre-sale-admission-ticket.