1. Ina Garten at the Long Center
7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. $59.50-$99.50. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org
Everyone’s favorite Contessa is coming to Austin for one night only. Garten will talk about her latest book, “Cook Like a Pro,” her long career in food and, of course, her beloved husband, Jeffrey, whom she frequently references in her cooking shows. “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics” is now in its 13th season on the Food Network. BookPeople will have a limited number of signed copies of her latest book, "Cook Like a Pro," which was released in October. — Addie Broyles
2. Craftsman's 4th Annual SOUPer Bowl Brewery Chili Cook-Off
3 p.m. Feb. 3. Free. 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/534794530366832
Dishes of comfort food are a must on Super Bowl Sunday. But they're even better when they come in the form of beer-infused chili that craft brewers have made as part of an energetic competition. Craftsman hosts that competition once again to see if last year's winner, (512) Brewing, still makes the most crowd-pleasing beer chili. The big game plays on the bungalow bar's four TVs after the cookoff.
3. Uncle Nicky's Grand Opening Party
5 p.m. Feb. 4. Free. 4222 Duval St. facebook.com/events/362665280955718
Some of Austin’s top makers of Italian food and libations, including Juniper, have teamed up to transform a sleepy Hyde Park staple, converting the former Dolce Vita space into Uncle Nicky's. The casual northern Italian cafe and bar next to Hyde Park Grill and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop opens with a party that will have half-price spritzes, Negronis and cocktails all day, along with a complimentary Italian aperitivo buffet from 5 to 7 p.m. — Matthew Odam
4. The Amazing Acro-Cats and the Rock Cats
7 p.m. Feb. 6-7. $27-$41. 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org
Cats doing tricks? That's something you probably have to see for yourself. The Amazing Acro-Cats are a troupe of real house cats will jump and pounce their way into your heart. Watch one feline walk a tightrope, another ride a skateboard. The grand finale of this family-friendly show is the only all-cat band in existence, Tuna and the Rock Cats, with Tuna on cowbell, Oz on guitar, Asti on drums and Nue on keyboard.
5. Austin's Taste of the Nation
7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 7. $115. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St. events.nokidhungry.org/events/austin-taste-of-the-nation
Doing good has never tasted better. Austin's finest chefs and bartenders, led by Chef Bryce Gilmore (of Barley Swine) and culinary director Amanda Rockman (of New Waterloo), are joining forces for an event supporting No Kid Hungry’s work to make sure every kid starts the school day with a healthy breakfast. You'll taste your way through bites and sips from participating restaurants and bars, including Launderette, Midnight Cowboy and more.
6. Songs of Freedom at the McCullough Theatre
8 p.m. Feb. 8. $10-$40. 2375 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org/season/songs-of-freedom-mccullough-theatre-2019
Sit back to enjoy a jazz exploration into the works of Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone. Under the direction of Grammy Award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., the concert highlights how these three women shaped the music and culture of the 1960s, expressing freedom in their own way. Owens leads a jazz ensemble and trio of extraordinary vocalists for "Songs of Freedom," including Alicia Olatuja, Theo Bleckmann and René Marie.
7. Carnaval Brasileiro
8 p.m. Feb. 9. $47 in advance, $50 at the door. Emo's Austin, 2015 E. Riverside Dr. sambaparty.com
Carnaval Brasileiro is Austin's Brazilian-style Mardi Gras, now heading into its 42nd year. Get ready for a night of ribaldry, mayhem and just plain fun, all set to the infectious rhythms of two authentic Carnaval bands from Brasil. You won't be able to stand still. And come ready, in costume, to shake a tail feather. (Why, yes, the long-retired costume contest is back.) Among the performers is Austin Samba, with 30 drummers and dancers.