Weekend fun in Austin, from Pecan Street Fest to Oktoberfest
A Cosmic Equinox. The South Austin bar and coffee Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden is hosting a fall festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn in Austin. Get festive with activities such as a hay bale prize hunt for kids, seed-planting station, and a petting zoo with bunnies, guinea pigs, chicken and more (which will run from 2 to 4 p.m. only). Plus, proceeds from a bake sale will go toward the SIMS Foundation, in keeping with Cosmic’s musical roots. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. 121 Pickle Road. facebook.com/events/2174473449488037/.
Pecan Street Festival. The largest and longest-running of Texas’ arts and crafts and music festivals is now in its 41st year. Explore pottery, printmaking, pen and acrylic work, hand-blown glass, jewelry, assemblage art and more while listening to live music from more than 50 musical acts. These include Nakia and the Blues Grifters, Honey and Salt, Slow Caves, Johnny Goudie and Night Glitter (featuring Lou Lou from Thievery Corporation) and Magna Carda. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Sixth Street from San Jacinto to Red River streets. pecanstreetfestival.org.
Oktoberfest at Uncle Billy’s Brewery. At the barbecue-loving brewery, you won’t find a traditional German-style marzen lager: Uncle Billy’s has made the I Know a Little German, a rye Oktoberfest beer, with the addition of rye malt. It’ll finish clean and dry, with a bread-like sweetness, as you’d expect, but with a pinch of spice from the rye. Try it with Oktoberfest festivities at the brewery with door prizes, live music and more. The music runs from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. 1530 Barton Springs Road. unclebillys.com.
Jesus Lizard at ACL Live. After eight years on hiatus, the influential post-hardcore outfit that formed in Austin over 30 years ago played a string of reunion shows in late 2017, including a riotous set that critics lauded as one of the best shows at Houston’s Day for Night Festival. This year’s tour corresponds with the 20th anniversary of the band’s final album, “Blue,” and the eight tour dates are the only live appearances the band has planned. Suckling opens. $32-$39. 8 p.m. Saturday. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Aloe Blacc at Longhorn City Limits. Tailgating has never been such a musical affair, but that’s appropriate in Austin, right? The new concert series that runs before each University of Texas home football game will feature the West Coast hip-hop and soul tunes of Aloe Blacc. In his first local performance since 2014, the singer and rapper is headlining the third installment of the entirely free concert series. Jackie Venson kicks off the concert at noon on Saturday; Blacc will play at 1:30 p.m. LBJ Lawn outside DKR Texas Memorial Stadium. texassports.com.