Love reading a good book? How about playing with Fido in a nature center? Want to indulge in a free smoothie? Check out these South Austin events happening this weekend.


Thursday, Sept. 13
Austin Book Arts Center fundraiser

The Austin Book Arts Center hosts its third annual fall fundraiser, “I Saw the Future. There Are Books.” The event celebrates the center’s accomplishments over the past year and supports a fundraising campaign for a new creative space. Tickets start at $50. 6-9 p.m. Central Austin Public Library, 710 W. César Chávez St., Austin. 512-417-5845. www.atxbookarts.org.





Saturday, Sept. 15
Thunder in the Hills Percussion Invitational

Dripping Springs High School Band hosts its tenth annual Thunder in the Hills Percussion
Invitational. The contest features percussion units from Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Tickets are $8, with discounts for seniors—$5— and children under 5 are free. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tiger Stadium, Dripping Springs High School, 940 W. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs. 512-394-0883. http://www.dsbandboosters.org/Thunder





Saturday, Sept. 15
JuiceLand Belterra grand opening celebration

JuiceLand hosts a grand opening at its new Belterra Village location. The business offers free 14-ounce Home Run smoothies—featuring apple, banana and strawberry, a prize wheel, face painting and more. Free. 165 Hargraves Drive, Ste. P300. www.juiceland.com.





Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16
Dog Days of Fall

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers a dog-friendly weekend. Businesses including Woof Gang Bakery, South Park Animal Hosital and K9 Kenny Dog Training will be onsite, and the venue will host activities including a CPR for pets and people demonstration and yoga with your dog. Humans: regular admission. Dogs: $5 per pup. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.wildflower.org/event/dog-days-of-fall/2018-09-15





Sunday, Sept. 16
CASA Superhero Run

Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, of Travis County, Williamson County and Central Texas sponsor a superhero-themed 5K and kids 1K race. $20-$40. 8 a.m. IBM Client Innovation Center at Broadmoor Campus, 11501 Burnet Road, Austin. 512-459-2272. www.casasuperherorun.com