1. Austin Crawfish Festival
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 8-9. $5-$60. Overflow Lot D at Barton Creek Square, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Highway. austincrawfishfest.com
More than just a boil: This festival celebrates two springtime essentials, with both crawfish and beer highlighted at this two-day event. More than 10,000 lbs. of fresh Louisiana-grown crawfish is arriving in Central Texas to provide good old-fashioned Southern fun. Plus, local and regional breweries will provide you beer by the pitcher, and there will be live music, bounce houses and garden games. VIP tickets give you access to all-you-can-eat crawfish and a special area to hang out.
2. Austin Eastciders Rosé Cider Launch Party
12 to 5 p.m. March 3. Free. Easy Tiger at the Linc, 6406 N. Interstate 35 #1100. facebook.com/events/662913300794785
A new flavor joins Austin Eastciders' rainbow of canned ciders — and one that takes inspiration from another popular alcoholic beverage: rosé wine. Get a first taste of the rosé cider at this launch party at Easy Tiger's newest location. Plus, neo-brass band Interrobang and DJ Charles Mxxn will bring the noise, and a Kendra Scott pop-up shop and live mural painting round out the afternoon.
3. Mary Adkins at BookPeople
7 p.m. March 4. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com
Author Adkins will give a talk about her book "When You Read This" at BookPeople, in conversation with Lucas Schaefer, before signing copies of the captivating romantic comedy. "When You Read This" is told in a series of emails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondences, home-rental bookings and other snippets of our virtual lives, chronicling how two people grieve the loss of 33-year-old Iris Massey.
4. Umlauf After Dark
6 to 8 p.m. March 5. Free. 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org/umlauf-after-dark
Experience the garden at Umlauf like you never have before — after hours, when it's typically closed. Expect a night of live music from Light Horse Harry, free beer, art activities, a signature cocktail, delicious food from Mmmpanadas, and the opening of Umlauf's next exhibition, "James Surls: With Out, With In." Surls is a prolific Texas artist and sculptor installing large and small-scale pieces throughout the garden and gallery in his first Austin exhibition.
5. Carrie Rodriguez Laboratorio with Ruben Ramos at Cactus Cafe
8:30 p.m. March 6. $22-$25. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org
Violinist and singer-songwriter Rodriguez’s monthly Cactus show is special enough with her regular supporting cast: bassist Roscoe Beck, keyboardist Michael Ramos, guitarist David Pulkingham and drummer Alex Marrero. But she’s gone way-over-the-top with this month’s special guest: It’s Ruben Ramos, Grammy-winning leader of Tejano group the Mexican Revolution and member of the all-star ensemble Los Super Seven. — Peter Blackstock
6. Jarrott Productions' "For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday"
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through March 10. $15-$30. Trinity Street Playhouse, 901 Trinity St. jarrottproductions.com
When Ann thinks of her father, she immediately remembers playing Peter Pan in her hometown theater in Iowa, especially how he used to bring her flowers after her performances. His death sparks a conversational wake that includes everything from arguments over politics to when each sibling realized that they grew up. Jarrott Productions' staging of Sarah Ruhl's comedy is a loving look at the allure of never growing up.
7. Circle Brewing's 8th Anniversary Party
1 to 5 p.m. March 9. Free. 2340 W. Braker Lane Ste. B. facebook.com/events/637942966670930
The North Austin brewery celebrates eight years in business with what the brewers promise to be "one helluva party." There will be live music from Stretch Panic and Chandler and the Bings. You're also invited to raise a glass full of Circle's newest spring seasonal, Perfekt Pils, inspired by the classic style of northern Germany. Entry is free, but $15 gets you a custom anniversary glass and three beer pours.