The Texas Book Festival will take place along Congress Avenue downtown on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. The festival is free, with the exception of a few ticketed sessions featuring Roxane Gay, Stacey Abrams, and Michael Cunningham.
Leanne Morgan: Just Getting Started | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7 p.m. | ACL Live, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin | $35-$70 | The stand-up comedian’s extensive resume includes online special “So Yummy,” which has more than 50 million views on YouTube.
ACL Music Fest attendees will be able to purchase cocktails and mocktails at new general admission bars this year. The festival also announced a new desserts area called ACL Sweets, which will house Holla Mode and Picolé, among others. (Austin American-Statesman + Eater Austin)
Barton Springs restaurant El Alma will open a second location this year in the former Hyde Park Bar & Grill space at 4521 West Gate Blvd. The restaurant plans to add a new morning menu alongside its usual favorites. (Eater Austin)
After 22 years in business, East Austin’s Wilder Wood Restaurant will close on Monday, Sept. 18 due to increasing operating costs. The restaurant has organized a GoFundMe to support staff during the transition. (CBS Austin)
Local jeweler Kendra Scott will sell an exclusive line at Target, beginning Sunday, Oct. 22. The collection will include more than 200 products, updated quarterly, with most pieces costing $40 or less. (Austin Business Journal)
The Texas Science & Natural History Museum — formerly the Texas Memorial Museum — will host a grand reopening after more than a year of renovations on Saturday, Sept. 23. Exhibits include full-sized dinosaur fossils and a Texas Wildlife Gallery. (KVUE)
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