Bethany Lutheran’s Annual Pumpkin Patch. The perfect place for that fall photo shoot is now open. Pumpkins are available for purchase. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Every day through Oct. 31 (if pumpkins remain). Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W Slaughter Lane. blcms.org, 512-292-8778.
James and Kimberly Dean Speaking and Signing. The artists and authors behind Pete the Cat come to BookPeople to read from Pete’s newest adventure, “Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues.” 6 p.m. 603 N Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com, 512-472-5050.
Poetry on the Plaza. Claire Redcliffe from the touring Shakespeare company Actors from the London Stage will read “Perchance to Dream” while light refreshments are served. 12 p.m. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/events, 512-471-8944.
‘The Mummy’ screening. As part of their Un-Dead Film Fest, enjoy this Thursday matinee screening of “The Mummy” starring Brendan Fraser. 1 p.m. Austin Public Library – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St. library.austintexas.gov, 512-974-3625.
Dia de las Mandolinas. The Classical Mandolin Society of America will be holdings it’s annual convention in town and will provide a free concert by classical mandolin and guitar artists Rene Izuierdo, Elina Chekan, and Carlo Aonzo. 7:30 p.m. Holiday Inn Austin, 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd. classicalmandolinsoceity.org.
Saturday & Sunday
The Texas Book Festival. More than 250 nationally and critically recognized authors will attend this festival spanning more than 20 venues surrounding the State Capitol. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Texas State Capitol Grounds, 1100 Congress Ave. texasbookfestival.org.