Funky beers, 'Dracula' and more of the week's fall events
1. 2019 Funk 'n' Sour Fest
6 p.m. Oct. 24. $100. Jester King Brewery, 13187 Fitzhugh Road. universe.com/events/2019-funk-n-sour-fest-tickets-S1LQ28
Find out how booze and food can influence each other at one of the best pairing events in the Austin area. The event at Jester King Brewery matches up some of the city’s top restaurants with mostly local beers, wines and ciders, such as Interstellar BBQ with Oddwood Ales. The $100 tickets allow you to try the more than 15 pairings as many times as you’d like under string lights and live oak trees at the Jester King property with instrumental music playing in the background. You’ll also receive a souvenir 2019 Funk ‘n’ Sour Fest glass.
2. ATX Street Party at ATX Cocina
11 a.m. Oct. 20. $35. 110 San Antonio St., Suite 170. facebook.com/events/387961958781353
Get ready for pups, al pastor, patios and more. ATX Cocina opens early for a special ATX Street party on the patio. You'll be transported to the streets of Mexico while mingling and making your way through the ATX Cocina patio, which will feature multiple food stations. There will be drink specials such as $9 De La Casa margaritas. Plus, the downtown restaurant plans to donate $1 of every guacamole sold to Austin Pets Alive.
3. The Pie Who Loved Me with Austin Bat Cave
6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21. $60. Bufalina, 1519 E. Cesar Chavez St., #200. eventbrite.com/e/the-pie-who-loved-me-tickets-74357391961
Local author Lara Prescott celebrates her lauded novel "The Secrets We Kept," which centers on Boris Pasternak's novel "Doctor Zhivago." Inspired by the novel, Austin Bat Cave has put together an interactive night of fun complete with spies, secrets and coded messages. Feel free to dress in full midcentury modern fashion, such as your best swing dresses and Teddy Boy velvet blazers. Copies of "Secrets" and Austin Bat Cave's latest anthology will be for sale.
4. Astronomy on Tap
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Free. The North Door, 502 Brushy St. astronomyontap.org
This month's edition of the event dedicated to out-of-this-world topics is dedicated to the Frank N. Bash Symposium at the Department of Astronomy at UT that brings in outstanding young researchers from around the country. Among them is Evan Schneider, a NASA Hubble fellow from Princeton University who will talk about how video games have helped astronomers explore galaxies on supercomputers. There will also be telescopes, trivia and tacos.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with additional 7:30 p.m. shows Oct. 1 and 8, through Nov. 3. $30-$98. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org
Zach Theatre stages Stephen Dietz’s exquisite new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s famous story. Don't let the name of this update fool you. In Dietz's "Dracula," which is now a sensual fantasy, there is a surprising twist: a bold heroine as the main character who dares to defy the ruler of the night. Mina, the object of Dracula’s desire, is in charge and, with steadfast courage, works to uncover the mystery.
6. KUTX Rock the Park
6 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd. facebook.com/events/2309127886009241/
The Mueller neighborhood and KUTX are excited to rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park again this year with a new round of free, family-friendly concerts curated by KUTX. Come a little early to grab your spot on the lawn (blankets are cool, but chairs aren’t) and your dinner from a food truck. There will also be coloring and rock-and-roll face-painting for the kids by Faces by Juliet (no charge, but tips for the painters are welcomed).
7. Viva la Vida 36th Annual Festival & Parade 2019
Noon Oct. 26. Free. Fourth Street and Congress Avenue. mexic-artemuseumevents.org/viva-la-vida-2019
Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva la Vida Festival & Parade is Austin’s largest Día de los Muertos festival. The event will feature a grand procession, Mariposa Plaza with hands-on art activities, traditional foods, Muertos Mercado, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day. The parade, at noon, will travel west on Sixth Street, starting near Red River Street, to the festival location at Fourth and Congress.