Sip & Shuck at Fairmont Austin. Is there possibly a better way to wind down the week than with oysters and cocktails? Every third Thursday, Fulton Bar at the Fairmont will feature various oyster pairings along with drink specials. The menu includes $2 oysters, $5 micheladas and even a michelada oyster bar with chili lime salt, mezcal compressed lemons and other spices. A portion of the proceeds from the happy hour benefit Mexic-Arte Museum. 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Free. 101 Red River St. facebook.com/events/320948262041780/.
Texas Cookbook Month: Meet the Maker. The Cookbook Bar & Café at Austin Central Library is hosting events in celebration of Texas Cookbook Month, such as chef demos and panels featuring Texas beverage makers. Each week, three leaders in the category of distilleries, wineries, cideries and breweries in the state will take the floor to talk about their stories, challenges, successes and inspiration over the years. Next up is a group of cideries — Argus, Fairweather, Austin Eastciders and Texas Keeper Cider — in the library's demo space. 6 p.m. Oct. 18. Free. 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. cookbookatx.com.
Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday. This month's author panel offering writing strategies takes a look at the craft of writing great mysteries and thrillers. Novelists Samantha Clark, May Cobb, Amy Gentry and Sherry Thomas will pull back the curtain on how this genre is done and talk strategies about writing plots, characters, twists and reversals that we love. 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Violet Crown Garden Club's Falling for Fairy Tales. A National Garden Club Standard Flower Show, featuring floral designs and horticulture, is open to the general public this weekend at Zilker Botanical Garden's Austin Garden Center. The event is free, but attendees will have the usual garden admission to pay at the outset. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. $1-$3. 2220 Barton Springs Rd. 512-477-8672, zilkergarden.org.
Butterfly Gardening at Natural Gardener. Instructor Heather Kendall touches on everything from the basics of plant selection to more involved topics, such as how to control pests without hurting the pollinators you are trying to attract. Learn how to design your garden to make it irresistible to all the lovely butterflies in our area, and don't miss a look at Natural Gardener's own butterfly garden. 10 a.m. Oct. 20. Free. 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd. tngaustin.com.
Pollinator Jamboree at Vista Brewing. Celebrate Texas bees, bats, hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies and beetles with Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and BeeWeaver Apiaries. These groups are coming to Vista Brewing to find pollinators in action at the brewery's wildflower fields, 16-hive apiary, farm and walking trails. Vista will also release its collaboration beer with the Wildflower Center, a biere de garde featuring ingredients sourced from its edible garden. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 20. Free. 13551 FM 150, Driftwood. vistabrewingtx.com.