1. Enjoy tunes from Down Under. The Australian Songwriting Tour presents Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady, followed by a performance by Rhythm-n-Roses. Plus, if you already need a new study location, enjoy the spacious coffee shop and delicious drinks.
Opening Bell Coffee. Sept. 5. $10 donation.
2. Fulfill childhood dreams at Samurai Saturday. Create your own armor, listen to Japanese storytelling and hear from a real Samurai expert. Crow Collection of Asian Art. Sept. 5. Free.
3. To make the summer’s end a little less tragic, attend GardenFest 2015. Loads of food, live performances and two free beer tokens with ticket purchase. All proceeds benefit Music is Our Weapon. Garden Café (a restaurant that grows its own food). Sept. 7. $10.
4. Not much can beat the price of the 50-cent theater’s cinematic experience, but outdoor movies at the Granada Theater provide some tough competition. The bar and music venue is showing both Spice World and Friday this weekend, with $3 tall boys, $3 shot specials, chili dogs and candy. Granada Theater. Sept. 3 (Spice World) and 4 (Friday). $3 cover. 21+ only.
5. What began as a Valentine’s day gift soon become the musical act Passion Pit, who will take the stage with Atlas Genius at the House of Blues. Listen to “Take a Walk”(Passion Pit) or “Trojans”(Atlas Genius) to jog your memory of their biggest hits. House of Blues. Sept. 6. $57.45 and up.
6. Practice for your future as wine connoisseur at the Bishop Arts District’s Wine Walk. Peruse the historic neighborhood and listen to live music as you enjoy various wines. If sipping vino fails to entice you (or if age prevents you), stores will also be open late and offering special deals. Bishop Arts District. $10 for a glass to participate. Sept. 3.