1. "Happy Birthday, Lenny" with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Oct. 19-20. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064, austinsymphony.org.
In honor of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, the Austin Symphony performs four of his most well-known pieces in a two-night concert. These include favorites such as Bernstein’s "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story" and his "Suite from Candide." Another hit performed in celebration of the legendary composer's birthday is "Selections from On the Town" — "On the Town" being his first Broadway show. Singers Ellie Jarrett Shattles and Said Pressley join the symphony for this special tribute.
2. Dessert at First Bite at Le Politique
7 p.m. Oct. 14. $50. 110 San Antonio St. dessertatfirstbite.splashthat.com.
Here's your chance to skip straight to the dessert. New Waterloo restaurant Le Politique is throwing a sweets-only evening with all the restaurant group's pastry chefs teaming up for an indulgent five-course dinner during which you can unleash your inner child. Pair each of the decadent courses with selections from Le Politique’s extensive wine list for a truly memorable evening. There are four seatings for Dessert at First Bite, which you'll reserve upon ticket purchase.
3. “Viva la Vida: Celebrating 35 Years of Mexic-Arte Museum’s Día de los Muertos”
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 25. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org.
Day of the Dead is an essential tradition in Mexican culture. Find out why with the Mexic-Arte Museum's exhibition, which showcases the museum’s 35-year quest to share and expand the public’s knowledge about Day of the Dead — a time for families and friends to gather in celebration of the cycle of life and death, rather than in sorrow about loss. "Viva la Vida" has artwork from the permanent collection and the altars that have made private expressions of faith a more communal experience.
4. Sure Sure, Wilderado at Barracuda
7 p.m. doors Oct. 16. $15. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com.
We caught rootsy pop band Wilderado last year opening for Buckingham McVie at Bass Concert Hall and were impressed by their melodic songcraft. A part of the ACL Fest bill this year, they’re sticking around for a few days afterward for this club show. It seems like a good match with headliner Sure Sure, a Los Angeles indie-pop band whose self-titled debut album came out in January. — Peter Blackstock
5. Chez Zee Author Series
6 p.m. Oct. 17. $22-$55. Chez Zee American Bistro, 5406 Balcones Drive. eventbrite.com/e/chez-zee-author-series-fall-2018-tickets-49434011459.
Chez Zee's popular series is back for the fall with a new round of well-known writers in the literary and business world. For this event, local author Sarah Bird will discuss her new book, "Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen," the compelling story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers. Event admission includes appetizers, dessert bites, tea, coffee and a cash bar, and you can make dinner reservations before or afterward.
6. Kooper Family Rye Collaboration Dinner at Cannon + Belle
7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19. $70. Hilton Austin, 500 E. Fourth St. eventbrite.com/e/kooper-family-dinner-tickets-49989970347.
What could be a better drink pairing in the fall than whiskey? Cannon + Belle, within the Hilton Austin, has teamed up with Kooper Family Whiskey for this four-course feast featuring Kooper's award-winning rye whiskeys in cocktail form. Plus, founders Troy and Michelle Kooper will be at the dinner to discuss the company's history and the background behind each of the whiskeys, which include a special Kooper Family Barrel Reserve Rye.
7. 12th Annual Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Free; donations accepted. Oakwood Cemetery, 1601 Navasota St. sachome.org/events/mmmtour.html.
It's an Austin tradition just before Halloween: Save Our Cemeteries' walking tour at the historic Oakwood Cemetery covers the chilling, untimely deaths of the "residents" of Oakwood, as portrayed by actors at their grave sites. The 45-minute tours highlight historical — and not scary — events from the 1870s-1910s and will start every 15 to 20 minutes near the Oakwood Chapel. It's advised to wear closed-toed shoes; plus, pets are not permitted.