Music

Northside Amplified at the Domain Northside. On the heels of Black Fret’s free series of outdoor summer shows at the Long Center comes another public event from the local music patron organization. Austin acts Mobley, Swimming With Bears, Shy Beast and the Texas KGB will perform at the sprawling shopping center and residential community that has become a central gathering point for North Austin residents. The free show runs from 6 to 10 p.m. There is also a meet-and-greet with band members at 3 p.m. Oct. 10. 11821 Rock Rose Ave. blackfret.org — Peter Blackstock

Nightlife

Thinkery21: It Came From the Future. Communicator watches. Video calling. Self-driving cars. What do they all have in common? They once existed only in the realm of science fiction, but they're now part of everyday life. The next installment of the Thinkery's adults-only night is themed around this notion. At Thinkery21, listen to songs from sci-fi movies, learn about the feasibility of space travel from Astronomy on Tap and try your hand at a UFO cornhole game, among other activities. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 10. $25. 1830 Simond Ave. my.thinkeryaustin.org/2094/2095

Books

Lauren Groff at the Harry Ransom Center. The New York Times bestselling author comes to the Ransom Center for an author reading. She is the author of the novels "The Monsters of Templeton," "Arcadia" and "Fates and Furies" (finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Award), and the short story collections "Delicate Edible Birds" and "Florida." In 2018, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction. RSVP to attend. 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10 Free. 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/events

Gardening calendar

Growing Milkweed class at the Natural Gardener. Neil Schmidt presents the next installment in a long line of these classes. Have you ever wanted to grow milkweed for monarch butterflies but didn’t know where to start? Milkweed species can range from very easy to very difficult to grow. This class will give you everything you need to know to start raising milkweed and monarchs. Schmidt is the Natural Gardener's education coordinator. 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 12. Free. 8648 Old Bee Cave Road. 512-288-6113, tngaustin.com/events

Monarch Watch: Southern Migration. Butterflies are magical, and monarch butterflies are among the most adventurous. Families can learn about these fantastic creatures and discover their amazing migration from Canada to Mexico in the fall at this Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center event. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. Show up any time from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 12. Free with $6-$12 admission. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org/event/monarch-migration