Wine tastings and lantern walks: 5 things to do in Georgetown, Nov. 1-Nov. 4

Williamson Countyu2019s Berry Springs Park and Preserve.

Williamson Countyu2019s Berry Springs Park and Preserve.

Here is a roundup of upcoming events and things to do in Georgetown.

THURSDAY



  1. Meet author Susan Wittig Albert
    The Hill Country Authors Series will host Susan Wittig Albert at the library to discuss her new book, "The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle." Albert is the New York Times bestselling author of over 100 books, including the popular "China Bayles" and "Darling Dahlias" mystery series and several biographical novels. $18. 2 p.m. Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. 512-930-3551. https://folgeorgetown.org/


FRIDAY


2. Brix and Ale features Grape Creek Vineyards
Brix And Ale’s executive chef Patrick Taylor will pair five dinner courses with five Grape Creek wines and will guide guests through a Texas culinary tour as part of the Texas Tavern Series. Grape Creek Vineyards is based in Fredericksburg. $60. 6-8:30 p.m. Sheraton Austin Georgetown, 1101 Woodlawn Ave., Georgetown. 737-444-2750. www.brixandalegtx.com/en/events

3. Georgetown Library brings the holiday spirits
Enjoy the holiday spirits of beer, wine and cider tasting at the Georgetown Public Library. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Free. 6:30 p.m. Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. 512-930-3551. https://library.georgetown.org/

SATURDAY


4. Fur Ball raises money for county animals
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter will host its largest fundraising event of the year Saturday. Proceeds help WCRAS provide care and find homes for all of the lost and abandoned animals in the county. In 2017, WCRAS housed nearly 7,000 animals and continued to maintain a no-­kill status for the shelter. $100. 6-9:30 p.m. Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center, 1101 Woodlawn Ave., Georgetown. 512-943-3322. http://pets.wilco.org/Events/Fur-Ball

SUNDAY


5. Celebrate the time change with lantern walk
Tinkergarten Georgetown will be celebrating the time change with a lantern walk around Berry Spring Park. The community is invited to sing songs and take a short walk around the park with homemade lanterns. Bring a glass-free lantern, and the LED lights will be provided. Free. 4:45-6 p.m. Berry Springs Park And Preserve, 1801 CR 152, Georgetown. 413-397-2800. www.tinkergarten.com

WORTH THE TRIP


Saturday and Sunday, Austin

The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival kicks off Saturday with "Cue Course," a BBQ education course at Stiles Switch hosted by Texas Monthly BBQ editor Daniel Vaughn—and the first ever "Franklin & Friends" event hosted by Aaron Franklin himself. The main festival will take place on Sunday with a lineup of 30 of Texas Monthly's top BBQ joints in Texas. $10-$165. 1-4 p.m. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. 512-320-6900. www.texasmonthly.com/event/tmbbq-fest-2018/#s1
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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