Oktoberfest, a Tom Petty tribute and 4 other things to do in Central Austin this weekend, Oct. 13-15


Austin City Limits will return this weekend. If you missed out on tickets, here are eight other things you can do in Central Austin Friday through Sunday.

Thursday, Oct. 12

Learn about the 2017 Austin ISD bond
Austin ISD hosts an informational open house at Reagan Early College High School. It will cover the 2017 bond and how it will affect the Reagan campus, should voters approve the $1 billion funding measure. Child care, light refreshments and simultaneous Spanish presentations will take place at the meeting. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Reagan Early College High School, 7104 Berkman Drive, Austin. 512-414-9595. www.austinisd.org/announcements/austin-isd-hosts-2017-bond-open-houses

Thursday, Oct. 12-Sunday, Oct. 15

Catch a retelling of “The Odyssey”
The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents Naomi Iizuka’s “Anon(ymous),” directed by Sam Provenzano. The play, based on Homer’s “The Odyssey,” follows a young refugee, Anon, across the U.S. as he searches for his family. It is recommended for audience members age 10 and older. 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $15 (students), $21 (UT faculty and staff), $26 (adults). Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St., Austin. 512-477-6060. www.theatredance.utexas.edu/ticketing

Friday, Oct. 13

Spend an evening with Rupi Kaur
New York Times bestselling author and poet Rupi Kaur will debut her new collection, “The Sun and Her Flowers,” and a spoken-word performance at Urban Outfitters on Saturday. 7 p.m. $16.99 (ticket includes copy of “The Sun and Her Flowers”). Urban Outfitters, 2420 Guadalupe St., Austin. 858-335-6253. www.uospaces.com

Brunch like Jay-Z
Before heading to ACL, head downtown for “The Story of O.J. and Champage,” a Jay-Z-themed brunch hosted by W Austin hotel restaurant Trace. DJ Kurupt will spin Jay-Z tunes while guests sip $1 mimosas. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Trace Austin, 200 Lavaca St., Austin. 512-542-3660. www.traceaustin.com

Saturday, Oct. 14

Celebrate the season at Oktoberfest
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., Austin. 512-467-4569. www.germantexans.org

Raise money and awareness at the second annual Archer’s Challenge
Founded by University of Texas at Austin student Archer Hadley, who has cerebral palsy, this weeklong fundraiser kicks off at the TownLake YMCA on Saturday. In-chair team and solo activities include a wheelchair weight class and a 3.25-mile relay roll around Lady Bird Lake. 8 a.m.-noon. Free (donations encouraged). TownLake YMCA, 1110 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. 512-542-9622. http://archerschallenge.greatfeats.com

Sunday, Oct. 15

DIY Chihuahua
In honor of Frida Kahlo’s favorite pet, the Mexic-Arte Museum is hosting a Chihuahua-centric workshop. Monica and Sergio Lejarazu, from Jumpolin Pinatas, will teach guests how to make their own Chihuahuas, which they are encouraged to bring back as part of the grand procession at Viva la Vida Festival and Parade on Saturday, Oct. 28. 1-4 p.m. Free. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave., Austin. 512-480-9373. www.mexic-artemuseum.org

Rock out at “We’re So Bad: Tribute to Tom Petty”
Batch hosts a tribute party for Tom Petty “performed by a bunch of heartbroken heartbreakers,” according to the event’s flyer. A special kolache and beers will also be available at the event. 5 p.m. Free. Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches, 3220 Manor Road, Austin. 512-401-3025. www.batchatx.com

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Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her reporting focuses include employment and economic development. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
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