HAAM Day, Oktoberfest events are back: Fall in Austin is here
1. HAAM Day across Austin
6 a.m. Sept. 11. Free. Multiple locations. myhaam.org/haam-day.
Shortened this year from the previous HAAM Benefit Day designation, this coordinated campaign is still very much a fundraiser annually raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians provide much-needed services to the local music community. As always, much of the live-music action revolves around Whole Foods stores — the downtown flagship’s tunes begin at 6 a.m. with Sydney Wright — but most of Austin’s premier music venues also will participate, and an evening event at the High Road on Dawson has become a top draw in recent years as well. Donations accepted at all events (look for the HAAM donation boxes). — Peter Blackstock
2. The Long Center’s 10th Birthday Bash
1 p.m. Sept. 9. Free. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org/event/birthday-bash.
One of Austin’s most significant performing arts venues is turning 10 this year and wants to celebrate with the community. The main event is a jammin’ show with Latin funk masters Grupo Fantasma, but that’s not all. GOGA, which has made its mark by offering yoga with baby goats every weekend, is offering four sessions for 25 people throughout the day — and, yes, is bringing the goats. Plus, make some art with local artist Wiley Ross, and enjoy a bounce house, glitter tattoos and more.
3. The Craft Series at 1886 Cafe & Bakery
6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 10. $40. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. eventbrite.com/e/the-craft-series-at-1886-tickets-45413180044.
The monthly beer dinner at the Driskill’s 1886 Cafe is one of the best deals around: four courses paired with four beers for $40. This month will highlight Buda’s one and only brewery, Two Wheel Brewing, with top-sellers like the Race Pointe IPA and Azaccalypse Now getting paired with dishes including grilled apricots. You won’t pay until after the meal; just make sure to reserve your space ahead of time at the Eventbrite link.
4. “The Harvest” film preview and panel discussion
6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. Free. AFS Cinema, 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100. facebook.com/events/2160389750883342/.
Watch excerpts from the forthcoming documentary film “The Harvest” before listening to a panel discussion with the film’s director, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas A. Blackmon, and local community leaders. “The Harvest” tells the story of one small Mississippi town’s struggle to integrate its public schools, using archival film and footage shot by Blackmon and Academy Award-nominated producer Sam Pollard over two decades. The screening is produced by Humanities Texas.
5. “Monroe” at Austin Playhouse
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 30. $16-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
After her older brother is killed in a lynching, Cherry must decide whether being the keeper of her family’s roots and cultural traditions is worth living under Jim Crow — or whether she should leave the South, as she believes God is telling her to do. Austin Playhouse is staging the world premiere of “Monroe,” set in rural Louisiana during the Great Migration, to explore the threat and aftermath of racial terror that dominated the psyches of young African-Americans during that time and beyond. “Monroe” was written by local playwright Lisa B. Thompson.
6. Austin Symphony Orchestra’s season opener: “The Mighty Russians, Part III”
8 p.m. Sept 14-15. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064, austinsymphony.org.
The Austin Symphony opens the new season of instrumental music with pieces by three prominent Russian composers — Alexander Glazunov, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Symphony newcomer Lise de la Salle, a talented pianist, will make her debut with Rachmaninoff’s beloved “Piano Concerto No. 1.” And Tchaikovsky’s beloved “Manfred Symphony” is both powerful and dramatic, a perfect ending for the season opener.
7. Hi Sign Brewing’s 2018 Oktoberfest
Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 15. $25-$35. 1201 Old Bastrop Highway. eventbrite.com/e/hi-sign-brewing-oktoberfest-2018-tickets-49496767163.
Oktoberfest season — that time of year when we can all pull out the beer steins and lederhosen and stuff our faces with bratwurst — is back. Kick it off at this East Austin brewery, which will have a fresh batch of its märzen-style lager pouring, the Austin Polka Band performing live, and German food by two local vendors: bratwurst from Frank and pretzels from Sour Duck Market. Both general admission and VIP tickets will get you a take-home stein, beer and fresh-grilled bratwurst.