HAAM Day, beer fest and more events to enjoy this week
1. HAAM Day
6 a.m. Sept. 24. Most shows are free; donations accepted. Various locations. myhaam.org
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians holds its biggest annual fundraiser with music all over town all day long, from clubs and record stores to restaurants and coffee shops to grocery stores and pharmacies to bank lobbies and even Austin City Hall. Rob Mahoney kicks things off at 6 a.m. at the downtown Whole Foods. Highlights include a “Latinapalooza” show at Scoot Inn in memory of Theresa Jenkins with Bidi Bidi Banda, Lesly Reynaga, Tiarra Girls, Leti Garza and Patricia Vonne; Grammy winner Shawn Colvin (5 p.m.) and pop singer Madison McWilliams (1 p.m.) at Waterloo Records; and a KUTX show at the Four Seasons with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis and Sir Woman. There will be more than 100 other performances around town. — Peter Blackstock
2. 5.12K Run to Brunch
7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 22. $5-$65. Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive. eventbrite.com/e/512k-run-to-brunch-registration-64011938431
What could be better motivation than the finish line for running a race? If that finish line is brunch. Keep Austin Weird's 5.12K Run to Brunch starts off with 5K or 10K races. At the end of them is the Finish Line Expo with such activities as tug-of-war, a Texas Roller Derby kick-off and a performance by the Travis High School Rebel Drumline. Plus, of course, there will be brunch cocktails and small plates from restaurants including Eberly and Grizzelda's.
3. Scholz Garten's Autumn Equinox Celebration
6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 23. $12. 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/autumn-equinox-celebration-tickets-69801645601
Welcome fall the way Austinites do with every season — with live music. The Autumn Equinox celebration is the second in a series of four shows over the next 12 months occurring every solstice and equinox. All of them feature the Matt Gilmour Band, with additional performances, from Redd Volkaert and others, curated by Gilmour. The Austin-based nonprofit Earthbound Astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for night sky viewing and additional demonstrations.
4. Banned Books Bash
7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25. $15. Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St. facebook.com/events/354686742152108
The Library Foundation's annual Banned Books Bash, thrown in conjunction with American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, returns as a slightly raucous variety show celebrating the freedom to read whatever we please. Hosted by Evan Narcisse, writer for Marvel's "Black Panther" series, the night will have several fun activities. There will be an homage to Toni Morrison, a drag queen storytime, banned books trivia and more.
5. “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.
6. ATX Asian Night Market
5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 27-28. $5-$10. Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave. austinnightmarket.com
ATX Night Market is inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia, where people from all backgrounds come together to eat, drink and socialize. Expect something similar at this large foodie event, which will have street food from a variety of vendors as well as games, live music and crafts. Tickets, available via Eventbrite, include $10 two-day passes. Buying tickets at the door is possible, but expect lines and bring cash.
7. Texas Craft Brewers Festival
2 p.m. Sept. 28. $15-$90. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. texascraftbrewersfestival.org
The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is routinely one of the best ways to get a taste of the state’s thriving beer industry. This year, nearly 80 breweries will offer almost 200 beers at Fiesta Gardens on Saturday (and that’s not even counting the 27 more that are part of the rotating tap list, the rarer stuff that releases at certain times throughout the day). Taste your way through your favorites; there will also be food trucks, live music and more.