Cookoffs and musical performances: 6 things to do in Georgetown, Sept. 20-23

The Bob Bullock Texas History Museum will have free admission on Sunday for Austin Museum Day.

The Bob Bullock Texas History Museum will have free admission on Sunday for Austin Museum Day.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?

FRIDAY


1. Southwestern musicale showcases student artists

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department at Southwestern University presents a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works. 3 p.m. Free. Southwestern University, Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-863-1378. www.southwestern.edu/live/events/9818

2. Texas Tavern Series pairs dinner with Treaty Oak Distilling

For the September event, Brix and Ale will host a pairing dinner with Treaty Oak Distilling's artisan-made bourbons and gin. Guests will enjoy Treaty Oak Distilling's Waterloo Old Yaupon, Antique and No.9 Gin, and in honor of Bourbon Heritage Month, Red Handed Bourbon Whiskey and Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon. All drinks are paired with a five-course meal created by executive chef Patrick Taylor. 6-8:30 p.m. $95. Brix and Ale, Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center, 1101 Woodlawn Ave., Georgetown. 737-444-2750. www.brixandalegtx.com

SATURDAY


3. Show off your cooking skills or at least enjoy the cooking of others

The inaugural "Chupacabra Cook-off" will have competitors finding their own chupacabra to be cooked and judged. Attendees can sample each dish and enjoy live music and free beverages. Proceeds will go to Veteran Outdoors, a local charity that sends retired veterans on their dream hunting trips. The event is put on by the Georgetown Beard Club. 5-10 p.m. $30 (early), $40 (day of event). A Shot of Texas Ranch, 201 Cobb Creek Road, Georgetown. 254-317-3248. http://gtownchupacabracookoff.com/

4. Welcome fall with Sweet Easts Fall Festival

Sweet Eats Fruit Farm hosts its fall festival. Enjoy family activities, such as pony rides, petting zoo, hay maze, bouncy pad, face painting and an obstacle course all nestled under 100-year-old pecan trees. The festival will also offer a large pumpkin patch, fall photo opportunities, hay rides, live music, local food trucks and adult beverages. The event will continue every weekend through Nov. 4. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $12 (child), $10 (adult). Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, 14400 E. SH 29, Georgetown. 512-766-3276. www.sweeteats.com

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY


5. Barbecue cookoff raises money for animal shelter

Join the VFW Post 8587 in supporting the city of Georgetown Animal Shelter at the annual event. The barbecue cookoff will also have a silent auction and free food. Noon-6 p.m. $150. Georgetown VFW Post 8587 M/SGT Ben D. Snowden, 1000 N. College St., Georgetown. 512-748-9931. www.vfw8587.org

SUNDAY


6. Round Rock Symphony comes to Georgetown

The Round Rock Symphony brings its “Rejuvenating Brahms” concert to Georgetown as part of its 11th season. Led by Maestro Stefan Sanders, Round Rock Symphony will also play with special guest Aaron Kurz, who has performed at festivals, competitions and concert halls across the globe. 4-8 p.m. $6-$32. Klett Auditorium, 2211 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-864-9591. www.roundrocksymphony.org

WORTH THE TRIP: Sunday


Austin Museum Day offers free admission

Austin Museum Day is an annual event that allows visitors to enjoy free access to exhibits and activities at Austin-area museums. Over 40 institutions will offer free admission as well as engaging performances, art-making activities, artist demonstrations and docent-led tours of the exhibitions, among other events. For a complete list of participating museums click here. All day. Free. Various locations. www.austinmuseums.org/museumday
By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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