Get in the spirit of Diez y Seis with various speeches, traditional bands, and folklorico dance performances. The evening culminates with Proyecto Teatro, reciting the call for independence. 5pm. Free.
Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/974-3772
Join writer/filmmaker Ron Deutsch as he presents the 20th in a series of classic movies paired with meals. Up this week is the Coen brothers' adventure comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? paired with a three-course down-home meal. Reserve by phone. 6:30pm. $50.
Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014
Celebrated on the eighth full moon of the year, it's Austin's chance to get a taste of Asia and the Pacific Rim with cultural performances (including Taiko drums and a lion dance), martial arts demos, food, kids' activities, and more. 10am-3pm. Free.
Asian American Cultural Center, 11713 Jollyville, 512/336-5069
Celebrate this fast-growing, sustainable shoot while surrounded by plants, clothing, music, jewelry, and experts sharing their knowledge about raising and landscaping bamboo. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 14-15. Free (with admission to the gardens).
Every September, Z'Tejas celebrates the arrival of Hatch chiles with special appetizers, entrees, salads, and desserts. One dollar from each special dish will be donated to the Children's Blood & Cancer Survivorship Center this year.
Z'Tejas Grill outlets at West Sixth, Arboretum, and Avery Ranch