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American Indian Heritage Day celebrates 5 years
In 2013 the Texas Legislature acknowledged the contribution of American Indians to the state with this annual event, which includes dancing and drumming performances. 6 p.m. Free. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. www.thestoryoftexas.com
Fiscal year 2017-18 begins
Austin City Council approved its fiscal year 2017-18 budget Sept. 13. The $3.9 billion total budget is the largest in Austin’s history. With the tax rate set at 44.48 cents per $100 property valuation, the median homeowner can expect to pay $1,250 per year, or $104.18 per month. www.austintexas.gov
Former VP Joe Biden speaks as part of series
Biden serves as the fifth annual Tom Johnson lecturer. Tom Johnson was an executive assistant to former President Lyndon B. Johnson and later president and chairman of CNN. 6 p.m. Free. Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, 2313 Red River St. www.lbjlibrary.org/events
Dan Rather to speak at Johnson auditorium
This year’s Liz Carpenter Lectureship features Texas native and former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather. He will discuss his long career and new projects. 7 p.m. Free. Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, 2313 Red River St.
Oct. 6-8, 13-15
Austin City Limits Music Festival returns
Headliners this year include Jay-Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chance the Rapper. More than 75,000 attendees are expected each day. Times vary. $100 (single day), $255 (weekend). Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. www.aclfestival.com
Teen book fest returns
The Texas Teen Book Festival is back with keynote speakers Marie Lu and Jason Reynolds. The iTent, where teens can get closer to their favorite authors, also makes its debut. 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress Ave. www.texasteenbookfestival.org
Last day to register to vote in Nov. 7 election
Before heading to the polls Nov. 7 to vote on Austin ISD and county transportation and parks bond issues, Central Austin residents should ensure they are registered to vote. Applications are available in person, by mail and online.
Orchestra performs live score of ‘Star Wars’
The Austin Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ score of George Lucas’ 1977 film, “Star Wars: A New Hope,” at this live screening and performance. 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $39. Long Center for the Perfoming Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. www.thelongcenter.org
Church hosts pumpkin patch off South Congress
The third annual SoCo Pumpkin Patch will benefit local nonprofit Water to Thrive. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), noon-7 p.m. (Sun. ) Free. Christ Lutheran Church, 212 E. Monroe St. 512-442-5844. www.christaustin.org
German Free School hosts Oktoberfest in Austin
The German Free School hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration, complete with German beer, live music and a “bounce haus” for children. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $10. The German Free School Building, 507 E. 10th St. 512-467-4569.
Income taxes due for those granted extension
Travis County residents who received a six-month extension must file individual tax returns for 2016 no later than Oct. 16. Property tax bills sent in early October by the Travis Central Appraisal District are due Jan. 31. For more information, visit www.traviscad.org
Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix features racing, concert
After last year’s record-breaking attendance, this year delivers headliners Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder. Tickets from $50. Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd. www.circuitoftheamericas.com
Butterflies celebrated on Monarch Appreciation Day
See a monarch eye-to-eye, make nature crafts and more at this annual event. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $1 (age 12 and younger, seniors age 62 and older), $2 (Austin residents), $3 (nonresidents). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2300 Stratford Drive. www.zilkergarden.org
Pedal for a cure
For 20 years the Livestrong Challenge has raised money for cancer research in Austin. This year’s goal is $1 million to benefit the Livestrong Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School. 7:30 a.m. $25 (registration starting price). Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. www.livestrongchallenge.org
Oct. 26-Nov. 2
Watch a movie marathon at annual film festival
The Austin Film Festival has screened such titles as “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) and “Black Swan” (2010). This year’s opener is Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, “Lady Bird.” Times and locations vary by screening. Badges start at $65. www.austinfilmfestival.com
New Central Library opens downtown
After more than 10 years of development and $125 million in investment, Austin’s main library is opening. 10 a.m. Free. New Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. www.library.austintexas.gov/central
Number to know
As of Sept. 22 the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Fund has received more than $61 million in donations. This does not include donations made to the American Red Cross or other organizations. To contribute, visit www.ghcf.org/hurricane-relief.
Oct. 31 | Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Nov. 4-5 | Texas Book Festival
Nov. 7 | Election Day
Nov. 23 | Turkey Trot