Not going to ACL Fest? Try these other Austin events
1. Fortlandia Grand Opening Weekend
9 a.m. Oct. 5 through 5 p.m. Oct. 6. $6-$12. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org/event/fortlandia
The wild and creative forts of Fortlandia were so popular last year that the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is bringing them back through Jan. 26. Explore a new display of 10 original forts designed and built by local architects, designers and artists for the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. Inspired? You can even imagine, design and construct your own fort in the Fort Build area. The grand opening weekend will have giveaways for members and free tours for everyone. Your secret hideout awaits — get ready to explore it.
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 antics, with plenty of peccadilloes on display.
3. Desert Door Dinner at Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. $45-$65. 4323 S. Interstate 35. facebook.com/events/2362333520750210/
The Southeast Austin restaurant teams up with Desert Door Texas Sotol for a two-night dinner celebrating the one-of-a-kind Texas spirit. Each of the four courses comes with a cocktail featuring Desert Door or the spirit neat, such as smoked steak tartare paired with Panther Cave (Desert Door, banana puree, coconut, agave nectar and key lime juice). Desert Door will be on site to share the story of this Driftwood distillery.
4. Nick Cave at ACL Live
8 p.m. Oct. 5. $39.50-$79.50 (Sunday sold out). 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com
For this tour, Cave is presenting an evening of talk and music, an experience he describes as “an exercise in connectivity.” Between Bad Seeds classics such as “The Ship Song” and “The Mercy Seat,” he takes questions from the audience. No subject is off limits; Cave challenges his fans to be “bold and challenging, confrontational and unafraid.” Reports from the tour describe a warm communal atmosphere in which Cave is poetic, profound and often very funny. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
5. 5th Annual Bluebonnet Beer Company Oktoberfest
12 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6. $5. 1700 Bryant Drive, #107, Round Rock. bluebonnetbeerco.com/products/oktoberfest-pre-sale-admission-ticket
The season of Oktoberfest is just getting started, and the next place where you can get schnitzel and dress in lederhosen is at this Round Rock brewery. Bluebonnet Beer Co. will have American- and German-style beers, bratwurst, soft pretzels, schnitzel, a kinder park inflatables area for the kids, contests, prizes, local craft vendors and more. Doors open at noon; the ceremonial keg will be tapped at 12:30 p.m.