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Weekend Plans: Doughnut Pop-Up, Fermentation Festival, Oktoberfest, More

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Welcome to Something for the Weekend, where Eater Austin breaks down the best food and drink events happening in the city over the course of the following three days (ya know, if you're avoiding ACL completely). Here is where you should be spending your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2
What: Unit-D Pizzeria on Manor Road is loving thy neighbors now through Sunday as it extends a "buy one pizza, get one complimentary pint of beer or one glass of house Red, White, or Rosé" offer to residents of 78722, 78723, and 78702.
Where: Unit-D Pizzeria, Cherrywood
Details: Dine-in customers only, must be age 21 and up. Kids’ pizzas do not qualify. Must show ID with one of the aforementioned zip codes to redeem free beverage. 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5 to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Friday, September 30
What: No luck hunting down last-minute ACL tickets for today? Maybe you’ll be more successful at Moojo’s photo scavenger hunt. Each team will have to take pictures of their team and Moojo-related objects and more at various locations around The Drag and UT campus. The winning team will receive ice cream sandwiches, of course.
Where: Moojo, The Drag
Details: The fun begins at 6 p.m. Check Facebook for the most-up-to-date event details.

Friday, September 30 through Saturday, October 1
What: The Domain Northside is officially open for business, and it’s marking the occasion with a two-day debut celebration. The lengthy line-up of events includes clothing and accessory retailers, restaurants and bars (General Tso’Boy and Kung Fu Saloon),  a Sprinkles cupcake sampling on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and much more. There will be giveaways, demos, live music, and for the kiddos, expect face painting, sidewalk chalk artists, and puppet shows.
WhereDomain Northside
Details: The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday, Oct. 1 through Monday, Oct. 31
What: To celebrate its five-year anniversary, PhoNatic, the Vietnamese fast-casual mini-chain, is challenging guests to eat at all five locations during the month of October for a chance to win free pho for a year. Guests can pick up a "passport" at any PhoNatic location starting October 1 to track visits. Guests who eat at all PhoNatic locations by the month’s end will automatically win a $10 gift card and be entered to win free pho for a year.

Where: All five Austin area PhoNatic locations
Details: Check official rules for full contest details. Additional prizes will be awarded to those who turn in their "passports" with at least two stamps.

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2
What: The East Cesar Chavez bar-slash-restaurant Weather Up has both a new brunch menu and $2 mimosas during brunch this weekend. Pitstop on the way to ACL, anyone?
Where: Weather Up, East Austin
Details: Brunch service runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Saturday, October 1
What: The beer-soaked Flying Saucer is hosting a Oktoberfest Beer Games Day with what else but dachshund races (seriously), stein hoists, and beer and food specials.
Where: Flying Saucer Austin, Triangle
Details: Join in from noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 1
What: Black Sheep Lodge is hosting its 8th annual Oktoberfest party complete with a stein holding contest, Hammerschlagen contest (which roughly translates to "striking hammer" so you get the picture), brats, pretzels, and plenty of Oktoberfest-related beer.
Where: Black Sheep Lodge, South Lamar
Details: The celebrations runs from 2 to 11 p.m. Lederhosen encouraged.

Saturday, October 1
What: Hannah Crum, author of Kombucha Kamp and The Big Book of Kombucha is stopping by Métier for a kombucha-making demonstration, Q&A, and booking signing. Kombucha "kocktails" and other refreshments will be provided by Buddha's Brew and Lenoir.
Where: Métier Cook's Supply, South 1st Street
Details: Tickets are $15. The event lasts from 4 to 6 p.m. Hannah Crum’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

Sunday, October 2 and beyond
What: Lamberts has refreshed its brunch menu. Starting this Sunday, you can enjoy a family-style barbecue featuring the classics like brown sugar and coffee rubbed natural brisket, and a tasty roster of familiar sides. Plus, Lamberts’ brunch favorites like brioche French toast are á la carte. Wash it down with $3 Lonestar longnecks and mimosas.
Where: Lamberts Downtown Barbeque, Downtown
Details: $25 per person. Brunch service is offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations recommended.

Sunday, October 2
What: Sweets maven and pastry chef Janina O’Leary's doughnut pop-up series continues this time at Franklin Barbecue. It’s your chance to try a Bourbon Banana Franklin Doughnut (with brisket infused chocolate glaze, of course), a Brioche Doughnut, and a Salty Dulce Doughnut. The first person in line will receive a custom-designed cake from O'Leary.
Where: Franklin Barbecue, Central East Austin
Details: Doughnuts are $2 and dips are $1. Play Dough Pop Up starts at 9 a.m. and runs until it sells out—and it will sell out. Get there early.

Sunday, October 2
What: For pickling and pro-probiotics people, there's the Austin Fermentation Festival. Highlights include hands-on workshops (beer, wine, pickles, kombucha, sauerkraut, mead making, cheese tasting, sourdough bread, and more), a culture petting zoo, a culture swap, a market, book sale from Métier Cook’s Supply, fermented food, beverages and alcohol, and live music.
Where: Barr Mansion, East Austin
Details: General admission tickets are $25 each. Kids under 12 are free. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Texas Farmers’ Market Farmer Emergency Fund. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, October 2
What: If beer and coffee had a lovechild, it would be Founder Brewing Co.’s Breakfast Stout (read: double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout). The Brass Tap likes it so much that it’s hosting a whole Sunday Founders Breakfast Stout brunch.
Where: The Brass Tap, The Domain
Details: Brunch is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Founders Breakfast Stout mugs with the purchase of any Founders beer (available while supplies last).

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September 23-25

Friday, September 23 through Sunday, October 2
What: It’s time for Shake Shack’s Shacktoberfest featuring an Oktoberfest-inspired menu, including a Bavarian-style soft pretzel. Get a 25-oz. Shake Shack Bier Stein for $10 with your choice of Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest or ShackMeister Ale. (Bonus: you can refill it for $7.69 throughout Sunday, October 2.)
Where: Both Shake Shacks, South Lamar and The Domain

Friday, September 23
What: Break away from your sad sack lunch this Friday. Whole Foods Market’s catering branch is celebrating one year on the east side by hosting a Friday food truck fest where you can eat, drink, shop, and love on some adorable animals. Açaí Hut, Whole Foods Market, Moojo ice cream and cookie sandwiches, Wanderlust Coffee, Kristen Saksa Juen handmade ceramics, Psyche Jewelry, and Gypsetter Traveling Boutique will be on-hand. Plus, there will be furry friends from Austin Animal Center and Austin Wildlife Rescue. The Photo Bus ATX will also be offering free photos.
Where: Whole Foods Market Catering, 6201 Bolm Road
Details: Visit from 11:30 to 2 p.m.

Friday, September 23
What: Join the fashion forward and dress to slay at Tribeza’s Style Week Kick-off Party. Enjoy bites and beverages from Isla Austin, Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen Austin, Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails, and more. Plus there will be a DJ set by Kyle Dixon of Survive, the prolific Austin experimental synth quartet. (Dixon is also part of the duo responsible for the creepy synth score for Netflix hit Stranger Things.)
Where: 3ten at ACL Live, 310 West Willie Nelson Boulevard
Details: Tickets are $25. The party goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Friday, September 23
What: The atmospheric dive bar Mean Eyed Cat is turning 12 and celebrating with drink specials all night, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, and music from Johnny Cash-centric The Band in Black.
Where: Mean Eyed Cat, West Fifth
Details: The band plays from 7 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, September 24
What: Todd Duplechan, executive chef of Lenoir, is hosting a knife sharpening workshop to help both home chefs and pro chefs set up for a worry-free and productive cooking season. Participants will learn a meditative traditional technique on Japanese whetstones. Stay sharp.
Where: Lenoir, South First
Details: Tickets are $25, and the class meets from noon to 2 p.m. There will be knives to practice on, but you’re welcome bring your own.

Saturday, September 24
What: The U.S.’s first 100% philanthropic production craft brewery, Save the World Brewing Co. is marking its second anniversary with the release of two new beers (an imperial pumpkin ale and a tasting room exclusive sour ale), food from Thai Gourmet Food Truck and M’Lady’s, games for kids and adults, and more. Tour and see firsthand how the facility is working towards its sustainability goals including its new rooftop solar panels.
Where: Save the World Brewing Co., 1510 Resource Parkway, Marble Falls
Details: No entry fee. Beers and food available for purchase. The family-friendly party runs from 1 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 24
What: If red red wine makes you feel so fine, stop by The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery’s Red Wine Revelry! Wine Release Party. The 2015 vintage of the winery’s Tempranillo, Merlot, and The Blind Watchmaker blend are barrel aged, bottled, and ready. Celebrate with live music, paella for purchase, games, giveaways, and of course, wine.
Where: Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery, South Congress
Details: The party lasts from 2 to 10 p.m. Reserve a spot for the 4:15 p.m. heavy-hand tour ($25) or get a $25 ticket for the tapas and new age wines pairing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests will receive three generously poured flights of wine to accompany the tapas from the Food For Thought Kitchen team (formerly of Sagra).

Saturday, September 24
What: It’s been a decade of organics at Green Gate Farms, the urban farm in East Austin off Decker Lane. The farm is welcoming all farm friends to a potluck party with live music, dancing, drum circle, Aztec blessing, barn hug and lawn games.
Where: Green Gate Farms, Far East Austin
Details: The free family-friendly celebration goes from 4 to 10 p.m. Bring a covered dish for the potluck, plates, cups, cutlery, a blanket, and instruments to play. No pets. RSVP encouraged.

Saturday, September 24
What: Patika Wine and Coffee is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with a party featuring live music by Rent Party, free snow cones, drink specials, and more. Plus, there will be $2 cappuccinos all day!
Where: Patika Wine and Coffee, South Lamar
Details: The party goes from 5 to 7 p.m. and a $2 cappuccino special runs all day.

Saturday, September 24
What: Austin’s resident taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece are celebrating the release of their second book, The Tacos of Texas. Join them for a book signing/taco eating party and rub elbows with taco-makers and other taco-related figureheads featured in the book. There will be music by Las Coronelas (an all-female Mariachi group), DJ Chorizo Funk, and DJ Orión.
Where: Tamale House East, East Sixth
Details: Join in the fun from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free but RSVP is encouraged.

Sunday, September 25
What: Pastry chef Janina O’Leary is hosting another Play Dough Pop-Up Bake Sale where you can stock up on salted dulce doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, brioche doughnut holes, lemon meringue eclair, and more.
Where: Swoop House, East Austin
Details: The bake sale starts at 11 a.m. and runs until it sells out... and it will sell out. Get there early.

Sunday, September 25
What: L'Oca d'Oro will host its inaugural Feast of San Gennaro dinner. The five courses are inspired by Neapolitan delicacies and the Lower East Side’s immigrant cuisine of the 20th century. Look out for polenta-battered hot sausage and peppers, char siu pork ribs, tricolore cannoli, and more.
Where: L'Oca d'Oro, Mueller
Details: Dinner is $55 per person. Reserve a seating between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 25
What: Dine for a worthy cause at the 4th Annual Heroes Rise Dinner in honor of fallen soldier Mark Fitzgibbons, a former Austinite. Olamaie's executive chef and owner Michael Fojtasek will prepare a three-course menu with wine pairings.
Where: Olamaie, Downtown
Details: Tickets are $150 per person. Proceeds go directly to the Austin Chapter of Heroes on the Water. The cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 25
What: Farm-to-fork Greenhouse Craft Food is hosting a special five-course wine pairing dinner that will showcase selections from Stonewall, Texas' award-winning Becker Vineyards. Presented by chefs Rob Snow and Todd Engel, menu highlights include pear-brie soup, a seared sea scallop, a duck confit enchilada, beef tenderloin roulade, and spiced plum upside down cake.
Where: Greenhouse Craft Food, Round Rock
Details: Tickets are $50 plus tax and tip per person. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for passed appetizers. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.

September 16-18

Through Weekends for the Rest of Month
What: Nestled within urban Springdale Farm, Eden East is rolling out its Cajun-inspired end-of-summer menu tonight. Enjoy shrimp and sausage boil, soft egg and bibb salad, barbecue pork rib, chocolate moon pie, and more al fresco.
Where: Eden East, Springdale Farm
Details: $70 per person. Reservations required. The five-course prix fixe menu is available every Friday and Saturday 7 to 11 p.m. BYOB though Deep Eddy cocktails are included with the meal.

Friday, September 16
What: Start the weekend with Tamale House East’s The Diez Y Seis Celebration: South of the Border & East of the Highway, which commemorates the 206th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence from Spain. Taste traditional favorites from south of the border, plus craft beers from local neighboring breweries including Zilker Brewing, Blue Owl Brewing, Hops & Grain, and Independence Brewing. Bonus: There will be select food and drink specials.
Where: Tamale House East, East 6th Street
Details: The celebration lasts from noon to midnight.

Friday, September 16
What: El Chilito is holding a Pig Roast de la Independencia where Chef Felipe Guarcas will roast a whole pig in a Caja China. Enjoy free crispy pork tacos, chilled watermelon, and snow cones while supplies last. Complimentary beer and sangria will be available for ages 21 and up. The celebration will include music by DJ Boyfriends, a piñata breaking at 7:30 p.m. followed by a gift card raffle at 7:45 p.m. Bonus: There will be $2 happy hour specials from open to close.
Where: El Chilito, East 7th Street
Details: Join in the fun from 6 to 8 p.m. The restaurant will hold regular business hours in addition to the event.

Friday, September 16
What: Celebrate Diez y Seis with a cabrito roast and tequila tasting at Whip In. Mark the occasion with charred braised goat—goat tortas! goat tacos!—served with a cucumber and strawberry salad. Plus, there will be Modelo Especial on tap, micheladas, and a tequila tasting from Amorada Tequila (free for 21+ w ID).
Where: Whip in, Travis Heights
Details: The party lasts from 6 to 11 p.m.

Friday, September 16
What: Dine for a great cause at tonight’s The Chef's Table Cooking Series, an intimate cooking demo and dinner with Chef Peter Maffei of upcoming Cannon + Belle. Dinner highlights include Lockhart quail, seed crusted Gulf redfish, and Texas beef rib, plus wine pairings from Hye Meadow Winery and beer pairings from Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company.
Where: Sustainable Food Center’s Teaching Kitchen, East 17th Street
Details: Tickets are $125 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Sustainable Food Center. The events goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18
What: Easy Tiger is marking Oktoberfest by releasing its annual Märzen beer with Austin Beerworks, Montecore, along with specials on other Oktoberfest beers and bites. Plus, traditional Lebkuchen (rough translation: gingerbread necklaces) will be available for purchase.
Where: Easy Tiger, Dirty Sixth
Details: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. both days

Saturday, September 17
What: Happy second birthday, Stouthaus Coffee! The South Austin coffee shop has a full day of events planned to mark the occasion including a kids’ party with face painting, public cupping (learn to taste coffee like a pro!), and a live music and beer float social. The neighbors are getting in on the fun too. Cane Rosso created a special Stouthaus Birthday Pizza for the event, and the beer floats will be made with Cow Tipping Creamery ice cream. A percentage of the day's sales will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Next door Cane Rosso is offering two special pizzas for just $10 each all day. The first features made-in-house mozzarella, sausage, Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ queso, and roasted peppers and onions. For dessert, try a sweet pizza made with help from Cow Tipping Creamery that has Bananas Foster mascarpone, rummy caramel sauce, espresso-infused Nutella, and honey-dusted pecans.
Where: Stouthaus Coffee and Cane Rosso, Sunset Valley
Details: The party lasts from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday, September 17
What: Start the weekend right with a jazz brunch in the courtyard at Hotel San Jose. There will be $4 mimosas, a $24 buffet, and live music by the Wayne Salzmann Jazz Trio.
Where: Hotel San Jose, South Congress Avenue
Details: Brunch is offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are not required.

Saturday, September 17
What: It’s all about bike for beers this Saturday to raise funds for The House that Beer Built, a collaboration between Austin breweries and Austin Habitat for Humanity. Join other do-gooders as they pedal from Pinthouse Pizza on Burnet Road to Pinthouse Pizza on South Lamar with water(-ing hole) stops featuring beer specials along the way.
Where: Pinthouse Pizza, Rosedale
Details: The registration fee is $10 and includes a reusable Pint House Pizza Water bottle. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The ride starts at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 17
What: What better way to celebrate National Batman Day than with Flying Saucer’s bat-tastic beers and a Batman & Robin Burger Special (with a side of justice fries, of course.) Dress up like batman or a villain, and get a free burger. Yes, really.
Where: The Flying Saucer, Triangle
Details: This is an all-day offer from 11 a.m. to close at 2 a.m.

Saturday, September 17
What: Oskar Blues Brewery is finally open and throwing a Can'd Opening Party inside and outside, which includes eats, live music from five bands (from 1 to 8 p.m.), and the guest of honor—Oskar Blues brews including its first Texas-only specialty. Fine Southern Gentlemen will be on-hand slinging t-shirts from their mobile studio too.
Where: Oskar Blues Brewery, North Austin
Details: Tickets are $15 and includes a commemorative glass, two pours of beer, and access to all the activities and live music all day. Additional beer (drafts $5, cans $4) will be available for purchase. Kids and designated drivers get in free. The party goes from noon to 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 17
What: Kick off Oktoberfest with beer for blood (or something like that) at Craftman’s Bloody Good Beer Fest, a fundraiser for The Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas. Participating breweries include Cedar Creek Brewery, Austin Beerworks, Deschutes Brewery, Green Flash Brewing Co., and more.
Where: Craftsman, East Cesar Chavez Street
Details: Tickets are $10 and come with a 4-oz glass and a punch card for a tasting from each of the 10 breweries. The fundraiser goes from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 17
What: For a South Asian-tinged party, head to the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest at Whip In where beers can be paired with bites like currywurst, German macaroni and cheese, and of course, pretzels.
Where: Whip In, Travis Heights
Details: The party goes from 4 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, September 18
What: Free food alert: Ice Scrapers is now open on Sundays, and to celebrate, the little red trailer is giving away free small snowballs for 1 hour only. Get them while you can!
Where: Ice Scrapers, 411 West 23rd Street
Details: The giveaway is only from 3 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 18
What: Iconic karaoke dive bar Ego’s is marking 38 years and you’re invited. There will be free food, a treasure hunt, silent auction and raffle, drink specials, and karaoke beginning at 6 p.m.
Where: Ego’s Lounge, South Congress Avenue
Details: The celebration goes from 3 to 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 18
What: Shine up your boots, grab a dance partner, and wrap up the weekend at Contigo’s first ever Honky Tonk. Enjoy a themed menu, drink specials, live music from Jeff Hughes and the Chaparral, and the essential mechanical bull.
Where: Contigo, East Austin
Details: $5 cover charge for attendees 12 and over. The party goes from 6 to 10 p.m. Families welcome.

Sunday, September 18
What: The Japanese grocery and gift peddlers at Asahi Imports are hosting their first Onigiri Social, a family-friendly event with free samples, giveaways, kid’s origami crafting table, onigiri rice balls galore, a chance to meet the Onigiri chefs, and more. Enjoy tastings from Texas Sake Company, Bento Picnic, and the Asahi Onigiri Corner. There will also be live music by The Asahi Five, a local jazz band.
Where: Asahi Imports, 6105 Burnet Road
Details: The social runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

September 10-11

Saturday, September 10
What: Smoke Out Saturday returns to Banger’s with all-day live music and some of Avery Brewing Co’s best barrel-aged beers including Old Perseverance and Uncle Jacob's Stout. Staves from the barrels will be used to smoke a 100-pound ostrich, which will be brined first for about 24 hours in Avery's Vanilla Bean stout. Chicken and sides—including baked Northern white beans and greens—will also be served.
Where: Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden, Rainey Street
Details: From 11 a.m. to close. Food will be served at noon. $20 a plate.

Saturday, September 10
What: Former La Barbecue pitmaster Esaul Ramos continues his successful barbecue pop-ups in San Antonio under the name 2M Smokehouse. Enjoy your football weekend with slow smoked prime brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, Serrano Oaxaca cheese sausage, and sides.
Where: 2M Smokehouse, 2731 S. W.W. White Road
Details: Begins 11 a.m. until sold out. Though inventory has increased, it will likely sell out—get there early.

Saturday, September 10
What: Savory Spice Shop is hosting Karen Morgan, owner and gluten-free guru at Blackbird Bakery, for a pop-up bakery shop. She will be selling some of her notably delicious gluten-free baked goods.
Where: Savory Spice Shop, 10000 Research Boulevard
Details: Pop-up shop runs from noon to 4 p.m. Arrive early for the best selection.

Saturday, September 10
What: See what the great state has to offer when The Dripping With Taste Wine & Food Festival showcases Texas wineries (25 of them), breweries, distilleries, restaurants, chefs, caterers, artisans, and musicians. There will be live music, demos and discussions, and more.
Where: Dripping Springs Ranch Park & Event Center, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs
Details: The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. $40 for an advance event ticket or $50 at the door (includes 10 food tasting tickets, 6 drink tasting tickets, and more). $30 for those under 21. Kids under 3 are free.

Saturday, September 10
What: Early bird gets the stein! Last Stand Brewing Company is kicking off Oktoberfest with the launch of its specially brewed Oktoberfest beer. Plus, it will have Oktoberfest mugs available for $10 (includes a fill). The Mercantile will be onsite selling Bratwurst while supplies last.
Where: Last Stand Brewing Company, Pauls Valley Road
Details: The celebration runs from 1 to 6 p.m. and includes a pie auction (see next listing).

Saturday, September 10
What: If you need a reason to enjoy pie, here’s a good one: Last Stand Brewing Company’s 1st Annual Pie Social and Auction. A wide variety of pies from top restaurants and Last Stand regulars will be auctioned off to raise money for the 1400 Miles organization, which supports prostate health.
Where: Last Stand Brewing Company, Pauls Valley Road
Details: Event goes from 3 to 5 p.m. and takes place during the brewery’s Oktoberfest celebrations.

Sunday, September 11
What: Start the week with hops, hymns, and hallelujahs at Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery. Starting this Sunday and each following Sunday through October 30, it will host a gospel brunch on the patio featuring live music by the Downtown Disciples. Take advantage of specials on mimosas and Bloody Marys, plus a full brunch menu during the show.
Where: Uncle Billy’s, Barton Springs Road
Details: Sundays through October 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, September 11
What: Under-the-radar Royal Jelly is celebrating a year of business on West St. John’s Ave. If you haven’t stopped by the bar-restaurant yet, a one-day party featuring $1 Pearl Snap, Champagne, and beer cheese seems like the perfect excuse.
Where: Royal Jelly, Highland
Details: The party goes from 4 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, September 11
What: Bring your appetite because Barley Swine is hosting Barley-Que, an all-you-can-eat barbecue pop-up. The menu is subject to change but for now includes: pork belly, smoked quail stuffed with sausage, and much more.
Where: Barley Swine, Brentwood
Details: Platters are $45 per person, and include meats, sides, and desserts. Begins at 5 p.m. No reservations—get there before it runs out! The restaurant will be open for regular service too.

Sunday, September 11
What: North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery is going all out for its 17th anniversary celebration. There will be live music featuring headliner Redd Volkaert, entertainment for kids (yup, a bounce house), a huge birthday cake, and of course, beer including two special casks and its anniversary ale.
Where: North by Northwest, Gateway
Details: The celebration lasts from 5 to 10 p.m. There is a $2 suggested donation benefiting Us TOO Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network.

Sunday, September 11
What: Salt Lick BBQ and Alamo Drafthouse joined forces for a Rolling Roadshow film series of modern Western classics at the Salt Lick’s scenic Pecan Grove...with barbecue, of course. The series continues Sunday with a screening of Django Unchained.
Where: Salt Lick’s Pecan Grove (adjacent to the restaurant), Driftwood
Details: Tickets for the film and food are $38 and include three meats (brisket, ribs, sausage), 3 sides (beans, potato salad, coleslaw), bread, pickles, and onions. The evening starts with the Salt Lick BBQ buffet at 6:30 p.m. Film starts at sunset. BYOB.

For weekend events from the summer, check out the archives.

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