1. Fortlandia Grand Opening Weekend
9 a.m. Oct. 5 through 5 p.m. Oct. 6. $6-$12. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org/event/fortlandia
The wild and creative forts of Fortlandia were so popular last year that the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is bringing them back through Jan. 26. Explore a new display of 10 original forts designed and built by local architects, designers and artists for the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. Inspired? You can even imagine, design and construct your own fort in the Fort Build area. The grand opening weekend will have giveaways for members and free tours for everyone. Your secret hideout awaits — get ready to explore it.
2. 2019 Hops for HOPE Annual Art & Beer Show
4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29. $20 donation. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St. 2019hopsforhope.splashthat.com
The annual sip-and-shop event combines beer and art, with 100% of donations supporting the HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Campaign and the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. This year's Hops for HOPE will feature more than 50 artists, 17 breweries and six local DJs. Artists include Matthew Trujillo and Tara Johnston. Among the participating breweries are Bell's Brewery, Hi Sign Brewing and Thirsty Planet.
3. Raymond Caballero at BookPeople
7 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com
This is no ordinary author talk and signing. Caballero, a historian, will sit down for a conversation with Austin's Mayor Steve Adler about his new book, "McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks." The nonfiction work is about a decorated war hero, Jencks, who was convicted for a crime he didn't commit (and that the FBI knew all along he didn't commit) during the oppressive anticommunist McCarthy era. Caballero will sign books after the talk.
4. Contigo's Molé Dinner
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 1. $60. 2027 Anchor Lane. facebook.com/events/409241486453247
Contigo hosts a spirited dinner focused on molé, served with delicious drinks containing Casa Noble Tequila. An early precursor to Dia de los Muertos, the feast will include a welcome cocktail followed by a five-course molé-influenced meal, with each meaty course paired with a Casa Noble tequila or cocktail. The evening will be hosted by Casa Noble brand ambassador Aaron Kolitz and Contigo beverage director Jessica Sanders.
5. The Next Waltz Live Tour with Willis Alan Ramsey, Bruce Robison, Carrie Rodriguez, John Fullbright at Stateside at the Paramount
8 p.m. Oct. 2. $49.50. 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org
Established primarily as a recording outlet for Texas artists reinterpreting classic material at Robison’s Bunker studio in Lockhart, the Next Waltz recently brought in Ramsey to record one of his new songs, “Mockingbird Blues.” That led to this four-city Texas tour that begins in Austin and also includes two other extraordinarily talented singer-songwriters: Austin fiddler Carrie Rodriguez and Oklahoma’s John Fullbright. Arrive early for an opening set from Jamie Lin Wilson. — Peter Blackstock
6. Edible Austin Chef Auction
6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 3. $85. Allan House, 1104 San Antonio St. eventbrite.com/e/edible-austin-chef-auction-2019-tickets-65729634105
Wouldn't it be nice to have a chef from one of Austin's top restaurants design you a special dinner? That's possible with this eighth annual event giving you a chance to bid on chef dinners. Chefs include Callie Speer of Holy Roller and Grae Nonas of Carpenters Hall. After the live auction, enjoy live music under the historic Allan House trees and more. Profits from the chef auction are donated to Urban Roots and Sustainable Food Center.
7. "The Method Gun"
7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5. $15-$26. B. Iden Payne Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu/stage
Returning to the University of Texas stage, "The Method Gun," created by Rude Mechs, explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden. The sudden immigration to South America of the actor-training guru of the 1960s and '70s still haunts her most fervent followers. Burden's training technique, the Approach (often referred to as "the most dangerous acting technique in the world"), fused Western acting methods with risk-based rituals to infuse even the smallest role with sex, death and violence.