Take in an aerial dance show downtown
Blue Lapis Light will present its “In Light” dance show. In an outdoor setting, the modern dance routine features performers coming off the side of the IBC Bank building. 8 p.m. $25-$65. 500 W. Fifth St. 512-280-6688. www.bluelapislight.org
Laugh at lawmakers
“Over the Lege” is a political satire variety show about Texas politics that features sketch comedy, music and dance. Creator Stephanie Chiarello was a longtime staffer in the Texas Legislature. 8 p.m. (Sept. 27-28), 2 p.m. (Sept. 29). $21.50. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664. www.thelongcenter.org
Dance and dine at the Aldrich Street Fair
The annual festival in the Mueller neighborhood will feature live music from Cap City Band, plus food and drink samples, giveaways and prizes from local businesses. 7-9 p.m. Free. 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Learn more about Indian American Heritage
The Bullock Museum will host the seventh annual holiday celebrating the historic, cultural and social contributions of Indian Americans. Activities include dancing and drumming performances as well as interactive experiences for school groups.1800 Congress Ave. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free with exhibit admission. 512-936-8746.
Eat, drink and socialize at the ATX Asian Night Market
The bimonthly Asian-inspired market features food, drinks, games, crafts and more from local chefs and artists. 5-11 p.m. Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave. Free (age 12 and under), $5-$10 (age 13 and over). 512-653-2237. www.austinnightmarket.com
Sign up for the Startup Chica Conference
Latinitas hosts the annual conference in which girls ages 9-18 develop a business plan supporting issues such as ending poverty, gender equality and education for all. 9 a.m-4 p.m. $20 (need-based scholarships available). 300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-900-0304.
Support mental illness awareness at a walk
The National Alliance for Mental Illness hosts walks throughout the country to raise funds that help improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. 9 a.m. Free to register. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-420-9810. www.namiwalks.org
The city’s oldest ethnic organization, Austin Saengerrunde, hosts its seventh annual AustOberfest, celebrating Central Texas German heritage with German-style sausages, beer, bowling and live music. 5-11 p.m. $25 (member tickets), $40 (general admission). Saengerrunde Hall and Scholz Garden, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-666-7464. www.austoberfest.com
Support Susan G. Komen
The “More than Pink” walk is the largest fundraiser of the year for Susan G. Komen, an organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer. 8 a.m. $10-$20 registration. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.
Party for the Parks
The fundraiser for the Austin Parks Foundation will feature food and drinks from The Peached Tortilla and live music from Austin local Bob Schneider. 6:30 p.m. $150-$250. Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Have coffee with a cop
Meet with the police officers representing Austin’s downtown area over a cup of coffee and discuss the challenges and concerns in the neighborhood. 7:30-9 a.m. Free. Starbucks, 600 Congress Ave. www.austintexas.gov/department/police
Spend the weekend at ACL
This year’s Austin City Limits festival lineup features Guns N’ Roses, Mumford and Sons, Childish Gambino, The Cure and Billie Eilish. Weekend one Oct. 4-6, weekend two Oct. 11-13. Noon-10 p.m. each day. $100-$2,000 (one-day passes), $260-$2,600 (three-day passes). 2100 Barton Springs Road. 888-512-7469. www.aclfestival.com
Celebrate 50 years of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
The 1970 musical from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber will start off its American tour of more than 70 cities with eight shows in Austin over six days. Various times. $30-$150. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. 512-471-1444.
Support local artists
The Staple Independent Media Expo features more than 200 artists showcasing comics, art, games and more, plus panels and events.11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), Noon-6 p.m. (Sun.). Free (ages 12 and younger). $10-$15 (ages 13 and older). Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St. 512-472-6932. www.staple-austin.org
Hear from a visionary voice in art
In this installment of the “Visionary Voices” series of lectures, artist Fidencio Duran will discuss his murals. The artist will have an installation coming soon at the Montopolis Recreation Center. 6 p.m. Free. 500 Chicon St. 512-478-7386. www.texasarchitects.org
Join the Austin Heart and Stroke Walk
This fundraising event for the American Heart Association celebrates survivors of heart disease and stroke and supports the research of the organization. At the dog- and kid-friendly event, participants can choose between a 5K and 1-mile course. 8:30 a.m. Free. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
Taste the town at Texas Trucklandia Fest
At the event featuring local food trucks from around Austin, participants can either sign up as judges or general admission. Judges can cast a vote for a $10,000 prize that will be announced for the winning truck at 6:30 p.m. Noon-6 p.m. $10-$50. Austin American-Statesman,
305 S. Congress Ave. www.trucklandia.com/food-trucks
Learn about fermentation from local farmers
The Texas Farmers Market hosts the Austin Fermentation Festival, an educational event that will include workshops, a farmers’ market with fermented food, dishes from local chefs and music. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd. www.texasfarmersmarket.org
Ride for a cause at the Livestrong Challenge
The bike ride that starts and finishes in downtown Austin benefits the Livestrong Cancer Institute of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those going through cancer. 7:30 a.m. $10-$105. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd. www.livestrong.org
Fuel your movie fandom
Screenings at this year’s Austin Film Festival include “A Hidden Life” from director Terrence Malick; “Harriet,” a fictionalized biography of Harriet Tubman starring Cynthia Erivo and Janelle Monaé; and “The Truth” starring Catherine Deneuve and Ethan Hawke. Times vary. $65-$650. Various locations. 800-310-3378. www.austinfilmfestival.com
Celebrate nature at Zilker Botanical Garden
The Roots and Wings Festival celebrates Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day with play and art for families. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed up in costume on the weekend before Halloween. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with park entrance fee. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. 512-477-1566. www.austinparks.org/events/roots-wings-festival
Bring the family to the Spooktacular Bash
The event hosted by the Austin Code Department and the George Washington Carver Museum will feature a costume contest, games, a spooky house exhibit and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. 512-974-4926. www.austintexas.gov/event/spooktacular-bash-2019
Take part in a Día de los Muertos festival
The Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Viva La Vida, its annual parade and festival to mark the Mexican holiday. The event features activities, artist demonstrations, live music, food and retail booths. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Fourth Street. 512-480-9373. www.mexic-artemuseumevents.org
Hear the ACWE perform at a fall concert
The Austin Civic Wind Ensemble performs over two nights. 6 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist Church, 4410 Duval Road (Oct. 26), 5 p.m. at Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Drive (Oct. 27). Free. www.acwe.org
Meet your favorite authors
The Texas Book Festival will feature more than 250 adult and children’s writers, including bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, chef and cookbook author Sean Brock, and young adult writer Rainbow Rowell. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Oct. 26), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Oct. 27). Free. Various locations around the Texas Capitol building.
Attend a Halloween children’s concert
The Austin Symphony Orchestra’s annual Halloween concert is recommended for children ages 2-10 and will feature music from “Swan Lake” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky with narration from local storyteller Bernadette Nason. 3 p.m. $10-$15. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064. www.austinsymphony.org
Enter your pup in the Jo’s Coffee Ugly Dog Contest
The contest features three categories: an ugly dog competition, doppleganger competition and best-dressed competition. Noon-3 p.m. Free to attend ($10 donation to Austin Humane Society to enter competition). Jo’s Coffee, 242 W. Second St. 512-469-9003. www.joscoffee.com