1. Texas Monthly BBQ Fest
1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4. $10-$65. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. texasmonthly.com/event/tmbbq-fest-2018/.
One of the best afternoons of the year for barbecue lovers has returned. The ninth annual event features the magazine’s latest list of the top 50 BBQ joints in Texas. Participants such as Austin's La Barbecue, Lexington's Snow BBQ and newcomers Guess Family Barbecue in Waco will have smoked meats galore, as well as a side or dessert. As always, there will also be cold beer, cocktails, live music by the Madisons and Lavelle White & the L Men, and more. VIP tickets include entry at noon.
2. "Blackstar: An Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie"
8 p.m. Nov. 1. $10-$40. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr. texasperformingarts.org.
Hear David Bowie as you never have before. For this one-night performance, Israeli-born cellist Maya Beiser joins composer and conductor Evan Ziporyn and a 28-piece orchestra to play Ziporyn’s arrangement of the beloved late singer's entire last album, the Grammy Award-winning "Blackstar." The jazz-infused harmonies of the album lend itself to the orchestral approach and the cello chops of Beiser, who is a rock star in her own right.
3. Utopia Fest at Reveille Peak Ranch
Gates at 9 a.m.; music starts 12:45 p.m. Nov. 2-3. $209 2-day pass (includes general-admission camping), $20 ages 2-12. 105 County Rd. 114, Burnet. utopiafest.com.
Utopia organizers pride themselves on offering an intimate, family-friendly music and camping experience. This year the fest turns 10 and moves much closer to Austin, setting up shop on a private ranch near Burnet. Festival highlights include Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Patty Griffin, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Valerie June. Locals artists on the bill include Wild Child, Calliope Musicals and Trouble in the Streets. Organizers plan to expand food and drink options on the new property. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
4. Friday Night Cookout & Garden BBQ at the Brewer's Table
5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2. $30. 4715 E. Fifth St. eventbrite.com/e/drews-brews-and-the-cue-crew-live-at-the-grillmore-tickets-51565512837?.
In celebration of two new house beers tapping at the Brewer's Table, the East Austin restaurant and brewery is getting casual with a Friday night cook-out. Renowned pitmasters Evan LeRoy of Austin's LeRoy & Lewis and Matt Horn of Oakland's Horn Barbecue pop-ups are teaming up with the Brewer's Table chef Zach Hunter for the dinner. Pair your heaping plate of food with Husked Away, a Mexican lager riff, and Fine, a hoppy wheat lager.
5. "Mischief Managed" at Hideout Theatre
8 p.m. Nov. 3 through Dec. 29. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com/shows/MischiefManaged.
The Hideout has dabbled in improvising in the world of a certain boy wizard before, but the theater is finally giving the wizarding world its due with a full-on run of magical shows. "Mischief Managed" chronicles the adventures of students at the venerable British School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Set in the time period between the defeat of Voldemort and present day, it features a mix of beloved characters from the books and all new students, menaces and teachers.