Fall festivals continue with beer, Mediterranean food
1. 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. An event the night before, Partners in Craft, will have additional boozy offerings not available at the main fest.
2. "A Flea In Her Ear"
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 6. $18-$25. Mary Moody Northen Theatre, 3001 S. Congress Ave. stedwards.edu/theatre
The St. Edward's University Department of Performing Art takes on a French comedy about infidelity. (Sometimes, it can be funny.) When Raymonde Chandebise suspects her husband is having an affair, she confides in her best friend, Lucienne, and Lucienne concocts a clever plan to catch him in the act. What could possibly go wrong, you ask? Expect an evening of madcap comic antics, with plenty of peccadilloes on display.
3. St. Elias Mediterranean Festival
6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 27, noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 28. $5 donation. St. Elias Orthodox Church, 408 E. 11th St. mediterraneanfestival.org
The longest-running festival in Central Texas isn’t the hot sauce festival, the Pecan Street festival or South by Southwest. At 87 years young, it’s the St. Elias Festival, or Medfest, an annual celebration of all things Mediterranean, from music and dancing to food. The event returns with a shopping bazaar and live music. Attendees can also try a variety of food, cocktails and wines, and listen to Lebanese singer, Danny Achkar. Admission will be free from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday only. — Addie Broyles
4. Calexico, Iron & Wine at Stubb’s outdoor
7 p.m. doors Sept. 28. $40-$42. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com
Existing somewhere along the vast and fertile territory between Americana and indie realms, Arizona’s Calexico and former Austinite Sam Beam’s Iron & Wine have created memorable albums separately from each other for more than two decades. Their paths first crossed on record with an EP in 2005; they teamed up again for the full-length “Years to Burn,” released in June on Sub Pop. Natalie Prass opens. — Peter Blackstock
5. Oktoberfest at St. Elmo Brewing
12 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Free. 440 E. Saint Elmo Road. facebook.com/events/385124648869843/
St. Elmo Brewing is the latest local brewery to host an Oktoberfest event. Think you can hoist a stein the longest? Participate in one of the two rounds (one for men, one for women) for a chance to win a prize. But that’s not all. There will be polka music and a sing-along with the Czech Melody Masters and, of course, German-style beer from St. Elmo and a German-influenced menu from on-site food truck Soursop.