Fine art fêtes and indulgent evenings add a little elegance to our typical Austin weekend plans. Celebrate the beginning of the Ballet Austin season or sample more than 200 distilled spirits while chatting with the makers at the Whiskies of the World Expo. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, September 19
Fantastic Fest returns to Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar for another year. The eight-day event features films in the horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action genres. This year’s highlights include the Texas premiere of Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, the U.S. premiere of Jojo Rabbit, and the Austin premiere of The Death of Dick Long. Festival attendees can also enjoy a screening of Knives Out on closing night. For a full list of screenings and to purchase passes, visit the festival website.
Friday, September 20
Morrissey in concert with Interpol
The Smiths frontman and legendary artist Morrissey returns to Austin for a live performance in support of his new album, California Sun. Since emerging as one of the pioneering indie rock and Britpop bands in the 1980s, The Smiths garnered a global fanbase with hit songs including “How Soon Is Now” and “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" during its five years in the industry. Interpol joins the bill. Tickets to the Frank Erwin Center show are still available.
Ballet Austin presents Carmina Burana
Blockbuster Carmina Burana kicks off the 2019-20 Ballet Austin performance season at The Long Center for the Performing Arts. The production features an iconic score full of favorites by the Grammy Award-winning Conspirare Symphonic Choir. Accompanying music by Austin Symphony Orchestra creates a unique experience for audiences of all ages. Performances through September 22.
Saturday, September 21
Gender Unbound presents Art Fest
The work of trans and intersex creators is spotlighted during Gender Unbound Art Fest. The multi-discipline arts festival showcases 26 live performances, 11 film screenings, and 44 visual artists while also creating a safe space to connect with trans and intersex community members. Attendees can experience musical artist performances by Ryan Cassata, Ojos, Lenny Zenith, Isis Lee, Jack Jupiter, and more. Visit the festival website for schedule information and to buy tickets.
Whiskies of the World
Whiskies of the World Expo hosts a spirited evening of tastings and conversation at Distro Hall. The intimate event connects distillers, ambassadors, and company leaders from around the world with local whisky enthusiasts to share knowledge — and a few stiff drinks. Guests can sample a curated selection of more than 200 distilled spirits, snack on food pairings, and indulge in cigars during the decadent evening.