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From Oktoberfest to KUTX’s Rock the Park, lots to do this autumnal week

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
Tennis legend Roger Federer is set to chat with former competitor Andy Roddick as part of the latter’s nonprofit benefit at the Paramount Theatre. Contributed

1. Real Ale Oktoberfest 2018

Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 22. $23. 231 San Saba Court, Blanco. eventbrite.com/e/real-ale-oktoberfest-2018-tickets-47678232878.

Fall in Austin has come to mean bratwurst, polka music and beer steins that we can barely hold. Oktoberfest season has arrived, and this celebration in Blanco is one you don’t want to miss. Make the drive to Real Ale Brewing for an afternoon of live music from the Polkasonics, a variety of food vendors and plenty of beer, including its annual Oktoberfest lager. Tickets will be available at the gate, but you’ll only be able to receive a souvenir mug if you buy your ticket in advance via Eventbrite. Tickets also guarantee four full pours. Kids and leashed dogs are welcome.

2. Shonen Knife at 3Ten

7 p.m. doors Sept. 16. $21.50-$25. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com.

The all-female Japanese pop punk outfit has been shredding guitars and expectations since the 1980s. Along the way, they hung out with Nirvana in the ’90s, created a Ramones tribute project called Osaka Ramones and released 20 albums. Don’t let the adorable coordinated dresses fool you; they show up ready to rock you hard (if their name, which they took from an old brand of pencil sharpener knives, is any indication). Ringo Deathstarr opens. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

3. Roger Comes to Austin

6 p.m. Sept. 17. $100-$300. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

Roger Federer, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles in tennis — oh, that Roger — is coming to Austin for a lively, thought-provoking conversation between two tennis greats, in a benefit for the Andy Roddick Foundation. Roddick and Federer, two longtime friends and former competitors, will discuss a wide range of topics, from their shared tennis experience to the importance of philanthropy in the sport and in life. The night will also include an audience Q&A, with NBC Sports commentator Mary Carillo moderating the event.

4. The Hotel Ella Salon Series: “We Were There” with Sandy Carson

6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18. Free. 1900 Rio Grande St. hotelellasalonseries.splashthat.com.

Explore the symbiotic relationship between a band and its fans with the latest installment of Hotel Ella’s Salon Series, which features guest speaker Sandy Carson. In his photography book, “We Were There,” Carson captures the energy of live concerts by turning his focus from the stage to the crowd. And at the talk, he will share stories from his years of covering local music festivals and concerts. RSVP to reserve your spot to the limited-capacity event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

5. Central Market’s Passport United Kingdom

6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and additional dates and times through Oct. 2. $140. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. centralmarket.turnstilesystems.com/LocationDetail.aspx/AustinNorthLamar.

Take a culinary journey across the Atlantic Ocean with this celebration of all things British. Throughout this year’s two-week foodie festival, proper British products and dishes will be available to sample and purchase, and the cooking classes are also focused on treats from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. First up is a couples’ cooking class during which you’ll make traditional British fare, such as roasted Cornish game hens, with someone special. The dinner is $140; prices vary with other classes.

6. “The Who’s Tommy” at the City Theatre

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 30. $20-$45. 3823 Airport Blvd. citytheatreaustin.org.

The rock ‘n’ roll musical production, a five-time Tony Award-winning show, has been years in the making for the City Theatre. Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, “The Who’s Tommy” is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit, with an exhilarating score to boot. The Tommy of the title is a traumatized boy dealing with one adversity after another — but, despite all of it, he ultimately triumphs by becoming an international pinball superstar.

7. KUTX’s Rock the Park

6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Free. Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd. kutx.org.

KUTX 98.9’s monthly family-friendly music series in Mueller is back for a fall run with performances by two Austin favorites. The Groundwork Music Orchestra kicks the night off at 6:30 p.m.; Mobley will take the stage at 7:15 p.m. But come early to grab your spot on the lawn — with blankets, no chairs — as well as dinner from a food truck. There will also be rock ‘n’ roll face-painting for the kids and additional activities. For the adults, Kona Brewing will be on hand with beer.