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This weekend, there's Austin Museum Day and more events

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
The Bullock Museum is one of the participants in Austin Museum Day, with free admission to three floors of exhibits and an afternoon of activities. [Contributed by the Bullock Texas State History Museum]

1. Austin Museum Day

All day Sept. 22. Free. Various locations. austinmuseums.org/museumday

Have you fully explored the various museums around Austin? Now's your chance — because all of the participating museums on Austin Museum Day are offering free access to their exhibits and activities throughout the day. From the Bullock Museum, which will have activities related to two exhibits including "Cowboys in Space," to the Contemporary Austin's two locations, which will have things to do such as making sculptural mythical beasts, there is a lot to choose from. On the plaza outside the Bullock is the Austin Museum Partnership headquarters, where you can snag a tote bag and information about the day.

2. “Holmes and Watson”

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 29, with additional 2 p.m. matinees Sept. 21 and 28. $17-$34. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com

Austin Playhouse celebrates its 20th anniversary season by revisiting two beloved characters in literature. In this production, John Watson receives a telegram three years after Sherlock Holmes went over a waterfall with his nemesis, Professor Moriarty, that suggests Holmes might not really be dead after all. Watson is compelled to investigate, and a web of intrigue, murder and suspense begins to unravel.

3. Flamenco Under the Stars with A'lante Flamenco

8 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Free. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. alanteflamenco.com

This two-day show by A'lante Flamenco presents some of the 11-member group’s most exciting music and dance repertory, including special guests Alex Ruiz (of Del Castillo and Chingon) on Friday night and the guitars of Agua Clara on both nights. Be ready to hear thundering footwork, chattering castanets, soaring vocals, and blazing guitars. The show is free to attend, but reserve your spot at the website link.

4. 8th Annual Whiskies of the World

5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21. $100-$125. Distribution Hall, 1500 E. Fourth St. whiskiesoftheworld.co/austin

As one of the largest whiskey tasting events in the U.S., Whiskies of the World gathers more than 250 of the most fascinating distilled spirits from around the globe, along with their makers and ambassadors, to give attendees an unforgettable evening. There will be food pairings, cigar pairings, master classes and more. VIP tickets are available and include VIP-only pours. Everyone will receive a souvenir tasting glass for their whiskey.

5. John Sebastian at One World Theatre

8 p.m. Sept. 22. $25-$98. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org

Leader of 1960s folk-rock hitmakers the Lovin' Spoonful, Sebastian played a solo set at Woodstock, and he's touring this summer and fall as the iconic festival marks its 50th anniversary. Expect some reminiscences from that event, as well as Spoonful favorites and some selections from his solo career as well. (Remember that he topped the charts again a decade after the Spoonful's heyday with his theme to the TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter.") — Peter Blackstock