1. 5th Annual Party for the Parks
6:30 p.m. Oct. 2. $150 general admission, $250 VIP. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St. party.austinparks.org
The Austin Parks Foundation's annual fundraising event returns to the heart of Austin. This year's benefit features live music from Austin’s own Bob Schneider and DJ Mel. Food will be provided by the Peached Tortilla, drinks by Zilker Brewing and some of Austin’s other best booze brands. Plus, there will be an interactive bar by FBR Management where you can garnish your own cocktails with fresh herbs. Additionally, Party for the Parks has a silent auction, a mystery gift card wall, raffle prizes and park-centric activities.
2. 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. — Peter Blackstock
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, works to uncover the mystery. Expect Zach's "Dracula," playing, of course, through Halloween, to become the hottest cult classic of the season.
4. Josh Campbell at BookPeople
7 p.m. Oct. 2. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com
The former special assistant to FBI director James Comey, Campbell has written a fly-on-the-wall narrative, "Crossfire Hurricane," about the behind the scenes of the earliest days of the Russia investigation — the code name being Crossfire Hurricane — up to the present. Campbell comes to BookPeople to talk about and sign the book, which will reveal fresh details about this tumultuous period.