1. Peace & Love Tour: Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration
2:30 Aug. 25. $29.50-$59.50. McCullough Theatre, 2375 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org
Woodstock returns with two hours of peace, love and music. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of a rock-and-roll moment that changed history by listening to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who and more from the Woodstock era, as performed live by the nationally touring Paisley Craze. Doors open an hour and a half early for you to enjoy pre-show festivities including Woodstock trivia, tie-dye merchandise, photo booths and more.
2. National Dog Day at Stella San Jac
3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 26. Free. Westin Austin Downtown, 310 E. Fifth St. stellasanjac.com/news-1/nationaldogday
Our furry friends deserve a day of their own. Austin Humane Society will bring some fur babies for adoption; plus, Tito’s Handmade Vodka will have dog (and human) swag up for grabs. Already have too many dogs at home? Stop by Stella anyway because Tito’s is donating $1 from every Tito’s cocktail sold to the nonprofit. The restaurant also plans to donate 5% of sales to help the dogs (and cats) who are searching for their forever homes.
3. Common at ACL Live
8 p.m. Aug. 27. $39.75-$59.75. 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com
The label "dad rap" is the easiest (and most accurate) knock against the Chicago rap heavy. A prized poet of hip-hop’s golden era, Common’s razor-sharp rhyme style hasn’t gone soft, but his enduring affinity for jazzy soundscapes and a shift to mature subject matter places him squarely in the realm of rappers you might hear on NPR. You don’t go to a Common show expecting a raging turn-up, but you will hear one of the greatest lyricists alive, who is still making relevant, powerful songs. Hip-hop grew up. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
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 in the early 1990s. 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). Villari successfully brings to life a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed.
5. "Dance Nation" at the Long Center
8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Sept. 6. $15-$34. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org
The regional premiere of this Pulitzer Prize finalist comedy, staged by Theatre en Bloc, is about an army of preteen competitive dancers who hope their new routine is good enough to take them all the way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. "Dance Nation" — which was also the winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Relentless Award — is Clare Barron's ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery.
6. Japanese Whisky Tasting at Pinballz Arcade
7 p.m. Aug. 30. $30-$80. Pinballz Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd. pinballzarcade.com/event/japanese-whiskey-tasting-819
The owners of Pinballz Arcade want you to enjoy something a little different than the usual games. Darren and Mikki Spohn host a guided whiskey tasting featuring some of their favorites from Japan. It serves as a boozy introduction to one of Pinballz Lake Creek's newest additions — the Whiskey Bar. The tasting includes Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky, among other standouts. Only 12 tickets of the $80 VIP option are available.
7. Val Kilmer Weekend: "Tombstone" and "Top Gun"
5:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. $50-$150. Aug. 31: J. Lorraine Ghost Town, 14219 Littig Rd., Manor. Sept. 1: Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th St. rollingroadshow.com
The Austin Food & Wine Alliance and Rolling Roadshow are bringing legendary actor Val Kilmer to Austin. On Aug. 31, Kilmer will host a screening of “Tombstone” (in which he really is terrific as Doc Holliday) at the J. Lorraine Ghost Town. Then, he’ll be at Camp Mabry for a screening of the immortal “Top Gun,” in which he gets to look down at Tom Cruise and deem him “unsafe.” Each event will have food trucks and full bars on hand. — Joe Gross