The eighth Centroamericanto Fest will feature a line-up of outstanding Central American artists including promising young Mayan singer-songwriter, Sara Curruchich, Chejo Enriquez from Guatemala, Mister Meli from Nicaragua and new Austin band PianoSur. Come early to visit the small business fair and enjoy traditional food. Doors open at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, ESB-MACC. $18. cacfest.com
The 29th Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival features a program of more than 30 feature films and 47 short films telling the stories of gay men, lesbians, transgender women and men, queer youth, and many others within the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Sept. 8-11 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Badges start at $50 students/$125 other and are available online and at the theatre. agliff.org
Austin’s Mariachi Relampago are celebrating their 25th anniversary with Noche de Mariachi featuring Mariachi Suroeste, Mariachi Internacional, Ballet Folklorico, and guest vocalist. Mariachi Relampago is arguably the city’s premier mariachi outfit, with numerous distinctions. Saturday, Sept. 17, 6-11 p.m. at H&H Ballroom, 4404 Brandt Rd. For more info visit mariachirelampago.com
The celebrated Kronos Quartet make a week-long campus residency return performing two distinct programs over two evenings, including a featured guest performance and newly-composed work by Rhiannon Giddens, best known as the lead singer, violinist, banjo player, and a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Friday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. at McCullough Theatre. texasperformingarts.org
Ritmo Sin Fin: Esquina Tango marks 10 years of operation for the Eastside treasure on Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. GA $20 online at esquinatangoaustin.com includes indoor/outdoor dance floors with music by DJ Manolo Black from Peligrosa and DJ Dan Singh spinning Latin beats and DJ John Turci-Escobar laying down tango tracks, two drink tickets, belly dancers, silent auction, food truck, and more.
Sister is preparing her classroom for another long year of Catechism and you are in store for another hysterical lesson with “Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales.” In this session, we find out the Church’s take on Halloween, with Sister’s signature class participation on how to build a Catholic-appropriate costume. Sept. 30–Oct. 2, Rollins Studio Theatre. thelongcenter.org
Austin Symphony presents The Big Fall Dance, with music by Vaughan Williams, Brahms, Kodály and Ginastera, Sept. 30–Oct. 1 in Dell Hall. Maestro Bay has arranged an amazing night of music featuring some of classical music’s biggest. The evening will feature violin extraordinaire, Elen Urioste, performing Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major on her 1706 Gagliano violin. austinsymphony.org