National Dessert Day at Blue Owl Brewing. Got a sweet tooth? This holiday is for you. The East Austin brewery will have ice cream on hand to make beer floats using Professor Black Sour Cherry Stout and Wee Beastie Sour Wee Heavy — or any other sour brew you'd like to turn into dessert. 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/248484042529250/.
"Handmade" at Dougherty Arts Center. Photographer John Lockhart, drawn to the immediacy and spontaneity of street and documentary photography, approaches his image-printing by using labor-intensive, handmade methods from the 19th century. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 27. 1110 Barton Springs Road. facebook.com/events/1812863268823825/.
Astronomy on Tap. Learning about the cosmos and all manner of out-of-this-world subjects has never been so fun and accessible. October’s talk brings a new round of topics, such as why statistics matter in the study of star formation. The monthly event will also have telescopes so you can explore the starry night. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The North Door, 502 Brushy Drive. astronomyontap.org.
Movies in the Park. The Austin Parks Foundation's movie series, which encourages locals to explore the city's many green spaces, continues with a rain-date screening of a Robin Williams classic, "Hook," about a grown Peter Pan and the consequences of forgetting his childhood. Dogs, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome; alcohol, glass and styrofoam are not. 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Road. austinparks.org/movies-in-the-park/.
Banger's Oktoberfest. It's Banger's favorite time of year: three days of spaetzle, oompa bands and malty goodness. The festivities will kick off with a ceremonial gun salute and free firkin of Live Oak Brewing Oaktoberfest and include activities such as hammerschlagen, a yodel blitz, stein hoisting and more. Banger's will also have a special food menu. 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 79 and 81 Rainey St. bangersaustin.com.
Rock the Park with Jackie Venson. KUTX has teamed up with the Mueller neighborhood to deliver a family-friendly concert featuring singer-songwriter and blues guitarist Venson. Face painting for the kids and dinner from food trucks will be available before the show starts. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd. kutx.org/kutx-shows/save-the-date-for-rock-the-park.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Pfall Chili Pfest. Downtown Pflugerville's signature fall event features a chili cook-off and tasting, live music, a jalapeño-eating contest, kid's area and the Heat Wave Car Show with classic cars, hot rods, convertibles and more. The festival is free to attend, but take note that sampling the chili requires the purchase of cups and spoons for $5. Noon to 5 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Pflugerville. pfallchilipfest.com.