1. The 17th Annual Oktoberfest at North by Northwest
Noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Free; $2 suggested donation. 10010 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. nxnwbrew.com/oktoberfest.
There has been an Oktoberfest celebration held at the longtime North Austin brewery and restaurant for almost as long as NXNW has been around. The two-day affair has a bratwurst-eating contest, beer stein hoisting challenge, other German fare and NXNW's award-winning beers, live music, artisan booths, face painting and more. Music from TubaMeisters and the Oompahs plays throughout the afternoon both days, and special to Sunday is the ever-popular wiener dog costume contest (as well as one for any breed of dog 30 minutes later). Proceeds from the $2 donations go toward Texas Oncology, Massage Alliance and Texas Dachshund Rescue.
2. Tapestry Dance Company's "Sound & Silence: The Rhythms of Life"
8 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 2 p.m. Oct. 20-21. $18-$35. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Tapestry Dance Company, the world's only full-time repertory dance company, explores the relationship between silence and sound. The daring tap performance features movements and structures from jazz to classical to hip-hop and alternative music, experimenting with the textures, emotion and reactions of the sounds of everyday life. "Sound & Silence" will give audiences a new definition of what tap dancing can be.
3. "War Tuba Recital" at Big Medium
Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m Oct. 19. 12 to 6 p.m Tuesday-Saturday through Nov. 18. Big Medium, 916 Springdale Rd. bigmedium.org.
Tito's Prize exhibition winner Steve Parker examines the history of conflict through sound. Combining military artifacts with the sonic philosophies of John Cage, Pauline Oliveros and Cornelius Cardew, Parker transforms items into tools for awareness, discovery and renewal. His "War Tuba Recital" is the second annual show to feature the winning artist of the Tito's Prize, a $15,000 award from Tito's Handmade Vodka.
4. Austin Facial Hair Club's 5th Annual Dog Beard and Mustache Competition
2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Free. The Little Darlin', 6507 Circle S Rd. facebook.com/events/690191648006714/.
Does your canine have a crazy coiffure? Show it off at this dog-friendly fundraiser for the nonprofit Bully Ranch. There will be several different categories in the competition, including best groomed, gnarliest beard and owner and dog look-a-like. You can register your dog to participate in advance or as a walk-up. Bully Ranch is a refuge for pit bull and pit bull type dogs where they can receive rehabilitation and training to help them become valued members of a forever family.
5. Loudon Wainwright at Texas Union Theater
8 p.m. Oct. 21. $40-$45. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org.
In his later years, Wainwright has probably been more known as an actor, with minor roles in movies such as “Knocked Up” and “Elizabethtown” plus TV appearances in “Parks and Recreation” and “Person of Interest.” But Wainwright was a major songwriting talent right out of the gate in 1970 with his self-titled debut. Two dozen more albums have followed, including a Grammy-winning exploration of early-20th-century country-blues master Charlie Poole in 2009. Raina Rose opens. — Peter Blackstock