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Big weekend for events with Mac & Cheese Fest and more

Arianna Auber
The Austin Samba School is one of the performers at Easterseals Central Texas' Dia de los Muertos fundraiser. [Erika Rich for AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

1. Austin Mac & Cheese Festival

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. $25-$90. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, 6020 Dillard Circle.

One of the the most quintessentially American dishes is getting its own festival for the third year running. Celebrate the unapologetically cheesy side dish made by a variety of local chefs. Tickets get you unlimited mac and cheese tastings, with access to alcoholic beverages and one vote for your favorite mac and cheese version — you'll get to help crown the purveyor of the best mac and cheese in the festival (and around Austin, too). Participants include Geraldine's, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar and Max's Wine Dive.

2. Due East

7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 8. $30-$45. Springdale General, 1023 Springdale Rd.

One of the biggest arts events in Austin has almost returned, but two nights before the East Austin Studio Tour is a kick-off party and fundraiser that helps the annual tradition to happen each year. Enjoy music by Chido Machine and Dj Ella Ella, explore the work of more than 400 artists in EAST's group exhibition, and chow down on complimentary bites and beverages provided by Tito's Handmade Vodka, the Brewer's Table and more.

3. The Wimberley Players' "The Lion in Winter"

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 2. $18-$22. 450 Old Kyle Rd., Wimberley. 512-847-0575,

In James Goldman's classic, produced by the Wimberley Players, it's Christmas 1183, and the question on everybody's mind is who will succeed King Henry II. Henry wants his youngest son John to take the throne, but his imprisoned wife, Eleanor, wants their oldest son, Richard. And that's just for starters. Henry has also promised Prince Philip of France that his sister Alais will marry Richard, even though she is his own mistress.

4. Sixth Annual Dia de los Muertos Concert

5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 10. $15. Stubb's, 801 Red River St.

Dia de los Muertos isn't over yet, thanks to Easterseals Central Texas. The Disability Awareness Day event will be headlined by A.B. Quintanilla and the Kumbia King All Starz, with all proceeds going toward the nonprofit. Along with live music and a DJ, the festival feature art, sugar skull face painting and a proclamation by City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Kumbia Kings, co-created by Quintanilla, plays a mix of cumbia, hip hop and R&B.

5. Sweetheart of the Rodeo Tour with Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

8 p.m. Nov. 10. $49.50-$79.50. ACL Live 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Byrds’ landmark “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” album, this tour features Byrds co-founders McGuinn and Hillman backed by country star Marty Stuart and his indeed quite fabulous bluegrass-and-beyond backing crew, the Fabulous Superlatives. They’ll play the album in full as well as other Byrds and Stuart material, plus a few favorites from the late Tom Petty, who produced Hillman’s 2017 album. — Peter Blackstock