Here are the top 11 things to do in Austin this weekend
Kick off the new season with a weekend full of fun fall activities. From festivals to doggie pool parties, this weekend will set the standard for autumn. For more happenings around town, check our events calendar.
March of Dimes presents Signature Chefs
Start the weekend in culinary style at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs benefit. For one night only, Austin’s greatest chefs will take the JW Marriott by storm and present a tasting experience you won’t want to miss. Notable chefs in attendance include Rick Lopez of La Condesa and Italic’s Andrew Curren. The philanthropic cause behind the event guarantees you’ll eat good while doing good. Individual tickets are $350.
Thursday, September 24 at 6 pm
Rude Mechs presents She Was Born
Settle in at The Off Center for a play about motherhood. This interesting, thought-provoking production is going to be the conversation piece of the weekend. Be sure to snag a limited ticket for this one-weekend show. Tickets are $15.
Thursday, September 24 – Saturday, September 26 at 8 pm
Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter
For two nights only, award-winning actor Julian Sands takes the Bass Concert Hall stage for a set of poems from Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Harold Pinter. Bring a date or your closest theater buddies for an evening of beautiful language and a look into Pinter’s art. Tickets are $10 to $40.
Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25 at 8 pm
Thinkery presents Imaginarium 2015
Channel the spirit of your childhood at this fun-filled gala benefiting Thinkery. Watch the JW Marriott transform into a spirited evening you won’t soon forget. Drinks, a delicious dinner, and live performances are certain to make you feel like a kid again. Grab a group and snag a half-table sponsorship starting at $1,700. Act fast — tables are almost gone!
Friday, September 25 at 6 pm
Growing Roots presents A Night at the Museum
Grab some friends and head to Growing Roots' annual fundraiser for an evening of museum magic. Get in touch with the kid in you by launching rockets, playing games, and taking a tour of the Thinkery. Sip on Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails and ABGB brews to keep the grownup in you happy. What better way to end a week of adulting than with some kid-approved fun? Tickets are only $35 and go towards a great cause.
Friday, September 25 at 8 pm
Barton Hill Farms presents Fall Festival and Great Pumpkin Maze
Ring in the start of fall with the family at the fourth annual Fall Festival and Great Pumpkin Maze at Barton Hill Farms. The event's activities include live music, farm animals, face painting, kettle corn, craft beers, and more. Tickets are $8 to $11. Admission is free for children 2 and under.
Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 at 10 am
Austin Opera presents Season Opening Gala Concert
Celebrate the beginning of the Austin Opera’s season with a gala concert of fabulous proportions. Join the opera at the Long Center and listen to the voice of rising dramatic soprano Heidi Melton along with Rachele Gilmore and Liz Cass. Tickets are $55 to $200.
Saturday, September 26 at 6 pm
Art on 5th presents John Morse: Bits and Pieces opening reception
Round up your art aficionados and head to the Art on 5th gallery for a free opening reception of nationally renowned artist John Morse. The exhibition Bits and Pieces features multiple layers of paper fragments and stripes skillfully applied to create dynamic, beautiful portraits of historical figures.
Saturday, September 26 at 7 pm
Texas Campaign for the Environment presents Trash Makeover Challenge
Join Austin’s local fashionable environmental movement for the fifth annual Trash Makeover Challenge. The ticketed event will feature the season’s hottest looks by local designers using recycled or recovered materials. Spend the evening at The North Door and mingle with other eco-conscious fashionistas. Tickets are $40 to $50.
Saturday, September 26 at 7 pm
Community Yoga Austin presents Community Yoga Fest
Spend your Sunday at Fiesta Gardens and find your inner Zen during Community Yoga Fest. Attendees will enjoy yoga classes, music, food, drinks, and more while uniting to bring social change through yoga. Power up with food samples, Kosmic Kombucha, and Tito’s Vodka and get Namaste prepared for the week ahead. Tickets are $30 for yogi adults and $15 for students and kids aged 10 to 17. Ages 9 and under get in free.
Sunday, September 28 at noon
Hays Communities Family YMCA presents Paws in the Pool
Slip on your swimsuit and bring Fido along to the Hays Communities Family YMCA for the last pool day of the season. Let your pup wade in the outdoor pool or the splash pad while you soak up the sun. Proceeds of the puppy pool party go to Paws Shelter of Central Texas. Admission is $5 per dog.
Sunday, September 28 at 7:30 pm