This week in Austin brings beverages, bites, and a Beatle. You’ll find the first at Hops & Grain brewery’s anniversary party, the second at the art/food crossover event Art Bites, and the last at Austin City Limits Live, where Ringo is performing Sunday. Elsewhere you can have family fun at a Barton Hill Farms festival or take on a packed agenda of adventures thanks to #Besomebody Weekend. As always, check Groupon for more ideas for things to do in Austin. Fall Festival and Go Horns! Corn Maze Bastrop | Weekends through November 9 Kids with the Adventure Pass get access to a 2,000-square-foot jumping pillow, a trip on the barrel train, and other festival rides. For parents, craft beer and live music do nicely. Of course, everyone can enjoy the corn maze, which takes its theme from fall’s most important feature: UT football. (1115 Farm to Market 969; $8–$16; buy tickets here) Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Warehouse District | Sunday, October 12 When Ringo sings “A Little Help from My Friends,” he may have his touring band in mind. That’s because his All-Starr Band (in various configurations) has been performing with him for the last 25 years. At this show they’re sure to roll out favorites such as “Yellow Submarine” and “Photograph.” (310 Willie Nelson Blvd.; $55–$178; buy tickets here) Hops & Grain's Third Anniversary Party Holly | Sunday, October 12 Hops & Grain has been going strong for three years now, so the brewery’s throwing a Sunday celebration that includes samples of more than a dozen beers. Stop by for live music, and take home a souvenir glass included with your ticket. (507 Calles St.; $25; buy tickets here) Art Bites Old West Austin | Tuesday, October 14 It’s an unusual challenge for a chef: create a culinary experience inspired by a specific artwork. During Art Bites, nine chefs from restaurants including Ten Oak and Due Forni will take this challenge. Sample the resulting light bites, then sip beverages from Old Forester and listen to tunes from Phamstar. (1137 W. 6th St.; $50; buy tickets here) #Besomebody Weekend Various Locations | Friday, October 17, to Saturday, October 18 Want to take part in #Besomebody Weekend? First you have to pick what kind of somebody to be. After selecting the “Artist,” “Athlete,” or “Adventurer” track, you’ll spend the weekend doing cool activities like cooking with a chef or rock climbing with a guide. Inspirational speakers bookend the experience. (916 Springdale Rd.; $250; buy tickets here)Read More
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A major rock act and some beloved alt comedians are in town this week, but the most exciting arrival just might be a bunch of folks bearing pork: Texas Monthly’s BBQ Fest is bringing together 25 of the state’s best barbecue joints. Elsewhere, catch a Frozen sing-along in the park and a Robin Williams tribute at Blue Starlite Drive-In. And as always, check Groupon for more ideas for things to do in Austin. Kings of Leon Southeast Austin | Saturday, September 13 Kings of Leon continue their world tour in support of their most recent album, last fall’s Mechanical Bull. Expect a mix of the band’s earlier, bluesier tunes as well as the arena-rock hits that brought them mainstream success.(Austin360 Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.; $29.50–$69.50; buy tickets here) TMBBQ Fest 2014 Bouldin Creek | Sunday, September 14 Every five years, Texas Monthly releases its list of the 50 best barbecue joints in Texas (and therefore the world). The reward for making the cut? An invite to serve up samples and sides at this popular barbecue bacchanalia. (City Terrace at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.; $10–$80; buy tickets here) Tim & Eric and Dr. Steven Brule Downtown | Wednesday, September 17 John C. Reilly brings Dr. Steven Brule’s clumsy advice to the stage alongside groundbreaking surrealist comedians Tim & Eric, whose show is where Reilly developed the character. There will be singing. There will be dancing. There will probably be shouting, and we’re betting on some other form of emotional outburst as well. (Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.; $44.50–$49.50; buy tickets here) Frozen Sing-Along Pflugerville | Friday, September 19 This outdoor presentation is officially screening the “sing-along” version of Disney’s mega-hit, but odds are a good chunk of the audience already have the lyrics memorized. When you’re not belting out “Let It Go,” chow down on popcorn, shave ice, and other eats from food vendors. (Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd.; free) Robin Williams Tribute Night at the Drive-In East Austin | Saturday, September 13, to Thursday, September 25 This month Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In pays tribute to the late comedian the best way it can: by screening his work. Catch Hook, The Birdcage, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, and more during the month’s double features, which also include a Mork and Mindy pre-show. (1901 E. 51st St.; $5.50+; discounted tickets available on Groupon; buy tickets here)Read More
On this week’s agenda: the stage version of The Who’s Tommy, the Austin Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival, Man Man at the Mohawk, the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and '80s teen movies under the stars. Enjoy yourself and, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Austin. The Who's Tommy Zilker | Through August 24 The ZACH Theatre's production of The Who's Tommy closes this weekend, giving audiences one more chance to enter the psychedelic mind of its pinball-savant hero. This production pairs its classic songs with imagery out of Alice in Wonderland, a choice the Austin Chronicle called "a nice touch." (1510 Toomey Rd.; from $45; buy tickets here) Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival East Downtown | Sunday, August 24 Big-name bottlers, restaurateurs, and home cooks descend on the Fiesta Gardens for the 24th annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, the area’s largest hot-sauce competition. In addition to sampling mouth-scorching sauces, catch live music and chow down on food from vendors including Curra's Grill and Austin's Pizza. (2100 Jesse E. Segovia St.; free with donation of three nonperishable food items) Man Man Downtown | Tuesday, August 26 Philadelphia multi-instrumentalists Man Man return to Austin for a stomp-along outdoor set at The Mohawk in support of 2013's On Oni Pond. Although they've slimmed down to a duo, permanent members Honus Honus and Pow Pow have recruited enough part-time players to blend shanty-style sing-alongs with elements of '50s doo-wop, house, and their own experimental musicality. (912 Red River St.; $14; buy tickets here) Out of Bounds Comedy Festival Various | Tuesday, August 26–Monday, September 1 Returning for its 13th season, the weeklong Out of Bounds Comedy Festival showcases improv, sketch, and standup talent from homegrown artists and national touring acts. MADtv vet Mo Collins, SNL alum Paul Brittain, and the writers of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele are among the 500 performers spread out across the fest's 120 shows. (various locations; festival pass $109, individual shows from $10; buy tickets here) '80s Teen Flick Fest Old Airport | Through September 3 The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In celebrates the beginning of its fifth fall season with a host of '80s teen double features screened under the evening sky. The totally tubular schedule includes Revenge of the Nerds, Risky Business, Valley Girl, and Say Anything. (1901 E. 51st St.; from $12; buy tickets here) Image credits: The Who’s Tommy courtesy of ZACH Theatre; Hot Sauce Festival courtesy of the Austin ChronicleRead More