Opens Sept. 25. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with additional 7:30 p.m. shows Oct. 1 and 8, through Nov. 3. $30-$98. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org
Zach Theatre stages Stephen Dietz’s exquisite new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s famous story. In this "Dracula," which is now a sensual fantasy, there is a surprising twist: a bold heroine who dares to defy the ruler of the night. Mina, the object of Dracula’s desire, is in charge and, with steadfast courage, sleuths to uncover the mystery. Expect Zach's "Dracula," playing, of course, through Halloween, to become the hottest cult classic of the season.
2. Banned Books Bash
7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25. $15. Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St. facebook.com/events/354686742152108
The Library Foundation's annual Banned Books Bash, thrown in conjunction with American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, returns as a slightly raucous variety show celebrating the freedom to read whatever we please. Hosted by Evan Narcisse, writer for Marvel's "Black Panther" series, the night will have several fun activities. There will be an homage to Toni Morrison, a drag queen story time, banned books trivia and more. Proceeds benefit the foundation.
3. Pepper Festival
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Free. Texas Farmers' Market at Mueller, 4209 Airport Blvd. texasfarmersmarket.org/event/pepper-festival
Feel the heat. This spicy pepper festival features a hot pepper eating contest, a pepper-focused chef demonstration with Gastromonique, and face painting. In the first round, contestants will have to eat a whole lunchbox pepper without drinking milk or water or throwing up. The contest will increase the hotness with each round, and the last contestant standing wins. There will be a cash prize and gift basket for the victor, plus bragging rights.
4. Lefty's Trivia Night
7 p.m. Sept. 25. Free. Lefty's Brick Bar at Arrive East Austin, 1813 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/events/2671104936255886
The outdoor bar at one of East Austin's newest hotels will begin hosting a weekly trivia night. There will be 24 questions on a variety of topics, as well as a visual handout round, played in under two hours. The final round is a four-question bonus round in which teams can wager as many points as they choose in a chance to come back from behind. While playing, you can simultaneously enjoy boozy sno-balls, craw spice popcorn, crawfish tail egg rolls and more. Lefty's will give away gift cards to top teams at the end of the night.