Bat Fest, Literary Libations Week and more liven up August doldrums


1. 13th Annual Bat Fest

4 p.m. to midnight Aug. 19. $15-$100. Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, 100 Congress Ave. roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest.

The yearly festival celebrating one of Austin’s coolest natural features — the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk — is back to bring locals more late-night fun on the bridge. In addition to watching the bats fly into the twilight, you’ll get to enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food and drinks, fun children’s activities, a bat costume contest and other bat activities. There will also be three stages with live music from Dharma Kings, the Mrs., Paul Wall and Scott Stapp of Creed.

2. “Fun Home” at the Long Center

2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 13. $29-$79. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

It’s the final day of this Tony Award-winning musical playing in Austin. Based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, the refreshingly honest “Fun Home” introduces us to her at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. The play, ultimately about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, is making its Austin debut. Note that because of adult content, “Fun Home” is recommended for ages 13 and older.

3. Literary Libations Week

Various times Aug. 14-18. Free. Various locations. texasbookfestival.org/our-2017-literary-libations-week/.

The second annual week of book-themed booze at local bars and restaurants has returned to support the Texas Book Festival and its off-site Lit Crawl Austin, an evening the fest calls “literary shenanigans.” A portion of each drink sale will go toward keeping the Lit Crawl free and open to anyone who wants to participate. Bars like Lustre Pearl East, Barrel O’ Fun in the Alamo Mueller, Backbeat and Weather Up are participating. For a full list of their literature-inspired tipples, check out Tuesday’s Planner in the Statesman.

4. Ray Wylie Hubbard at Waterloo Records

5 p.m. Aug. 15. Free. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com.

What do you call a record that features guest appearances from Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Eric Church and Bright Light Social Hour? Wimberley cowboy poet Hubbard calls it “Tell the Devil I’m Gettin’ There As Fast As I Can,” and who are we to question his fatalism? Help him celebrate the coming of the end times at this in-store appearance for the album, which officially comes out later in the week but will be available early for those who attend. — Peter Blackstock

5. “Best of Trailer Food Diaries” author talk at BookPeople

7 p.m. Aug. 16. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Culinary travel writer Renee Casteel Cook and “Trailer Food Diaries” author Tiffany Harelik are stopping into the bookstore for this discussion about their new book “Best of Trailer Food Diaries,” which goes on a food truck tour in Austin, Portland and Columbus, making a few pit stops in Dallas and Houston. You’ll learn about some of the country’s most interesting food cart personalities while reading how to make new dishes, like Hawaiian-style ahi limu poke and cardamom chai chicken.

6. Evenings Out: Viva Texas Vino at the Bullock Museum

6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17. Free. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

For this installment of the museum’s Evenings Out, sommelier, author and regular Texas Monthly columnist Jessica Dupuy will walk you through a brief history of the burgeoning Texas wine industry. Learn about the varietals produced across the state as you taste the best wines to drink throughout the rest of this summer. Plus, you’ll get to pair these wines with Texas treats from the Story of Texas cafe. Evenings Out events also feature trivia, games, music and great conversation.

7. 22nd Annual Austin Fall Home & Garden Show

2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 19, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20. $8.50-$9.50. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. austinhomeandgardenshow.com.

Ready for that autumn makeover of your house and yard? The Austin Fall Home & Garden Show will offer you inspiration of all kinds, whether you’re looking for a garden full of herbs or want to lower the cost of your electricity bill. The weekend’s celebrities are Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, stars of HGTV’s “Kitchen Cousins,” who just might have the bit of advice you’ve been looking for on renovating your cooking space. And as always, there will be all the latest in products and services related to your home and yard.



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