1. Vampire Weekend at ACL Live
7 p.m. Aug. 20-21. $54.50-$99. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com
The Grammy-winning New York band's new album, "Father of the Bride," their first in six years, topped the charts on its first week of release earlier this year. Leader Ezra Koenig has said country sensation Kacey Musgraves helped inspire the record's songwriting direction, though early chatter has focused more on a rootsy jam-band vibe. However one pegs the album and the band, this two-night stand will be one of the summer's hottest shows. Young Mississippi blues sensation Christone “Kingfish” Ingram opens. — Peter Blackstock
2. 2nd Annual Mesquiteers Fest
1:30 Aug. 18. Free. Desert Door Distillery, 211 Darden Hill Road. eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-mesquiteers-fest-tickets-65559489197
Celebrate the revival of Texas mesquite with Miche Bread, Two Hives Honey and Desert Door, the maker of local sotol. Through this event, you'll learn what the Texas mesquite movement is all about with food, drink and more, including artisan pop-ups featuring vendors who use the native plant in their craft. South Austin's Hideaway Kitchen & Bar will also have a mesquite cooking pop-up. Live music by Juliet McConkey starts at 3 p.m.
3. FotoATX at the Dougherty Arts Center
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 1110 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/jcbgallery
The Dougherty hosts three photographers in advance of the second annual FotoATX Festival. The show features Meeghan Morongova's "Boundless Abandon," which discards the cynicism of adulthood; Peter Shen's "Eye on Lens," a series of travel photography; and Sara Fields' "Diminution," about the relationship between memory's malleability and the tangibility of photographs. Morongova's art will be up through Aug. 31; Shen's and Fields' works will remain on display through Oct. 5.
4. "Ann" at Zach Theatre
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 8. $30-$189. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org
Tough as nails, funny as hell, "Ann" as produced once again by Zach Theatre is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas. This time, she'll be played by "Friday Night Lights" actress Libby Villari (rather than the Emmy Award-winning Holland Taylor, who also wrote the play and first performed it in 2011). She brings to life a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed.
5. Thinkery21: Forces of Nature
7 p.m. Aug. 22. $25. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org/thinkery21
Adults can have fun at the children's museum, too. At this installment of Thinkery21, for people 21 and up, participants will explore the force and might of Mother Nature through a series of earth science-related activities. Among them is a show-and-tell with native snakes, with a talk about their importance in our ecosystem, and the Carbon Footprint Monopoly, which will look at the link between population growth and wildlife extinction. There will be drinks.
6. Public Hazze Day with Real Ale and Stella Public House
6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 23. Free. 1905 Aldrich St. #110. facebook.com/events/339478940330485
The Mueller restaurant Stella Public House has teamed up with Real Ale to release a beer — the Public Hazze, a hazy IPA brewed with Strata and Galaxy hops. There will be $3 pours of the beer until it runs out. The beer launch also will have plenty of Public Hazze-inspired food and cocktails, including one with topped with the beer and featuring Real Ale Gin, Aperol and orange juice. And how about Public Hazze matcha lemonade and Public Hazze sherbet floats?
7. 15th Annual Bat Fest
4 p.m. Aug. 24. $15-$20 general admission, $140-$200 VIP tickets. Congress Avenue Bridge, 100 S. Congress Ave. roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest
Austin has a deep, abiding love for the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk. To celebrate these unofficial mascots of ours, head to the bridge, which is being shut down for the evening in honor of the festivities and will have two stages with live music, more than 50 arts and crafts vendors, food and drinks, fun children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more.