"Earth, Land, Property." Davis Gallery's multi-artist exhibit, featuring work by Nicholas Baxter, Julie Davis, David Leonard, Garrett Middaugh and Jason Webb, examines the human perspective of land: our place among nature and how we've chosen to use the places we live in. Each of the five artist's work represents a specific "locale" on the spectrum between natural land and dense metropolis. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 1. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
The Texas Book Festival. Austin's biggest literary bonanza returns to the grounds and building of the Texas State Capitol this weekend with author readings and signings, children's book story time and other related activities. Featured writers this year include Sandra Cisneros, Meg Gardiner, Wyatt McSpadden and many, many more. Plan out your schedule using the website. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 1100 Congress Ave. texasbookfestival.org.
Viva la Vida Festival and Parade. Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration returns thanks to Mexic-Arte Museum, which produces it annually. The festival features a grand procession, an education pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibit, live music and performances throughout the day. This year's festival theme is alebrijes, fantastical creatures of Mexican folklore. 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. 100-200 block E. Fourth St. mexic-artemuseumevents.org.
“La Vida de los Muertos” at Hideout Theater. “La Vida de los Muertos” is a fully improvised story that takes place in the World of the Dead. To stimulate your ears, the show will be accompanied by local mariachi group Crockett High School Mariachi de Oro. “La Vida de los Muertos” promises “plenty of backlight,” so expect a visually stunning improv tribute to the Day of the Dead. 8 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 1. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com. — Brently Heilbron