Music, booze, and books make this weekend’s top five things to do in Austin all the more awesome. Attend Texas band Asleep at the Wheel’s album release party or drink and be merry at the first WhiskeyXAustin event. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, September 13
YWCA Greater Austin presents The Fabulous People Party
YWCA Greater Austin honors outstanding locals and Austin businesses during its annual awards ceremony at Gather Venues. Austin Music Award winner Jane Ellen Bryant hits the stage for a special performance. Party guests to this laid-back fundraising are encouraged to keep attire “Austin cool,” so there’s no need for the suit and tie.
Friday, September 14
Hannibal Buress in concert
Comedian Hannibal Buress makes a stop in the Captial City as part of his nationwide comedy tour. Known (and loved) for his roles in Broad City and Tag, Buress is famous for his quiet yet sharp perspective on everything from his hometown of Chicago to, yes, Bill Cosby. Although his first show at ACL Live has since sold out, tickets for his late-night performance are still available.
The WhiskeyXAustin with St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Spirits will be high at the inaugural WhiskeyX event featuring more than 60 whiskeys available for the tasting at Fair Market. Mix and mingle with experts, brand ambassadors, distillery reps, and Austin’s top bartenders while snacking on eats from the city’s best food trucks. Stick around to enjoy a live performance by St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Tickets are still available.
Saturday, September 15
BookPeople presents DeRay McKesson: On the Other Side of Freedom
Civil rights leader and host of Pod Save the People DeRay McKesson discusses culture, social justice, and politics at Central Presbyterian Church. During the intimate discussion, McKesson will draw from his personal experiences as an educator and organizer to explore issues of the day along with special guests. The conversation will also focus on McKesson’s highly anticipated first book, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, a reflection on resistance and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Sunday, September 16
Asleep at Wheel’s New Routes Album Release Party
Asleep at the Wheel hits the Broken Spoke stage in support of their first original album in more than a decade, New Routes. The Texas band took a hiatus from original music to collaborate with talented friends such as Willie Nelson on 2009’s Willie and the Wheel, but have returned for all new tunes. Be among the first 200 people to purchase show tickets to receive a special New Routes gift from Asleep at the Wheel.