Happy last weekend of September, Austin! October’s going to be a busy month – here’s what you should do first.
Check out the supermoon lunar eclipse!
Sunday night into Monday morning, there will be a lunar eclipse coupled with a “supermoon,” which appears larger because it’s at the closest point of its orbit with Earth. A supermoon lunar eclipse hasn’t happened since 1982. Sunday’s supermoon eclipse will last 1 hour and 11 minutes, according to NASA. It should be visible from Central Texas, but if you’re having trouble viewing, check out NASA’s live stream here starting at 7 p.m. Sunday! From NASA: “Weather permitting, you can see the supermoon after nightfall, and the eclipse will cast it into shadow beginning at 8:11 p.m. EDT. The total eclipse starts at 10:11 p.m. EDT, peaking at 10:47 p.m. EDT.” Don’t miss it — the next supermoon eclipse won’t occur until 2033!
Hours: NASA’s live stream starts at 7 p.m. CST Sunday and lasts until about 10 p.m. CST. Admission: Free, of course! Details here.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live
There are 71 participating museums in Texas, including five in Austin: The Blanton Museum of Art, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the South Austin Popular Culture Center, the Neill-Cochran House Museum and the Austin History Center. Make sure to fill out a registration form for the museum you want to attend, and you will receive one ticket for two people! Check out this PBS NewsHour brief from last summer featuring the South Austin Popular Culture Center.
Hours: Museum hours vary. Admission: Free. Details here, online registration form here.
Pecan Street Festival
One of Austin’s longest arts and crafts festivals (and one of the longest-running in the nation)! You get two chances a year to attend the two-day festival on Sixth Street, but it’s never worth missing. There are plenty of booths, food trailers, live music performances and kid-friendly activities to keep you entertained all day.
Pecan Street was the original name of Austin’s now-famous Sixth Street. According to festival organizers, when Edwin Waller designed the downtown grid, he named north-south streets after Texas rivers (Guadalupe, Red River) and asked that the east-west streets be named numerically — however, that decision was overruled, and the north-south streets were named after trees (thus, Pecan Street). Now, obviously, we use numerical names for the east-west running streets — but as proud Austinites and proud Texans, the festival honors the area’s heritage twice a year!
Watch Indian Summers’ premiere!
You’re not going to want to miss this.
Set in a subtropical paradise during the twilight era of the British Empire, Indian Summers explores the collision of the ruling class English with their Indian subjects, and the intricate game of power, politics, and passion that ensues. Julie Walters (Harry Potter, Oscar® nominee for Billy Elliot and Educating Rita) stars as Cynthia Coffin, the glamorous doyenne of an English social club, and is joined by Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, and Lillete Dubey.
Told from both the English and Indian perspectives, the drama of Indian Summers unfolds as illicit agreements, romance, and revolution abound. Though the English socialites are having the time of their lives in Simla, the local Indians have started to call for national independence, a path which is quickly rendering the world’s greatest empire helpless. As pressure builds, the two sides alternately clash and merge in a passionate and dangerous game.
Indian Summers airs in nine episodes, premiering on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 8 p.m. on MASTERPIECE on PBS.