Visit museums across the city, watch the return of the Moontower Comedy Festival and 5 other events to check out around Northwest Austin

The LBJ Presidential Library
The LBJ Presidential Library is one of several museums participating in Austin Museum Day 2021. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The LBJ Presidential Library is one of several museums participating in Austin Museum Day 2021. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

SEPT. 1-15 Do a scavenger hunt in Austin parks

The Shoal Creek Social is the Shoal Creek Conservancy’s annual fundraising event and this year’s installation includes family-friendly activities at multiple Austin parks. Part of the event includes a scavenger hunt for plants, animals, historic markers and more along Shoal Creek from North Austin to downtown. Check the Shoal Creek Conservancy website for more details about events and a printable version of the scavenger hunt map. Times vary. Free. Multiple locations.

SEPT. 3-5 Ben Hur Shrine circus

The Ben Hur Shriners bring three ring circus performers Carden Circus to the Austin area for six shows Labor Day weekend. The event will raise funds for the Ben Hur Shrine Temple, a philanthropic organization to benefit children. Times vary. $10-$35. 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000.

SEPT. 10 Learn to make cheese at home

North Austin’s Austin Homebrew Supply offers classes for residents to learn how to make wine, beer and more at home. This fall, the staff at Austin Homebrew Supply will teach students how to make a variety of cheeses such as fromage blanc or gouda. The class will include instruction, advanced terms and processes and a live cheese making session. 6 p.m. $50. 512-300-2739.

SEPT. 14 Enjoy a day of music across Austin

HAAM Day, the annual fundraising event for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, returns this year with a mixture of in-person and streaming shows. The live concerts will all feature Austin musicians. Check the HAAM website for a schedule of live shows and streams. Times vary. Free. Live shows at multiple locations. 512-541-4226.

SEPT. 17-18 Listen to a night of classical music

The Austin Symphony Orchestra hosts a night of Latin-inspired classical music with guest artist Francisco Fullanna. The violinist will perform “Symphonie espagnole” by Édouard Lalo and Ravel’s “Boléro.” This concert is the symphony’s first return to Dell Hall since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. 8 p.m. Tickets TBD. 512-476-6064.

SEPT. 19 Austin Museum Day

The 24th annual Austin Museum Day returns in September with multiple area museums open to the public for free. Participating museums include the LBJ Presidential Library, Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms and many more. Times vary. Free. Multiple locations.

SEPT. 22-25 Watch a lineup of comedy shows

The Moontower Comedy Festival returns in 2021 with four days of comedy shows at the Paramount and Stateside theatres in downtown Austin. Headlining acts include Margaret Cho and Dave Attell with other shows including Tom Segura, Shane Torres, Maria Bamford and many more. Times vary. Badges cost $99-$1,000. Individual show tickets vary. Multiple locations. 512-472-5470.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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