More than 350 quilts on display to make your sewing posse drool. If the quilts aren't enough to please the kids, there are special activities for them too. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 12-13, 10am-6pm; Sun., Sept. 14, noon-5pm. Free.
There are lots of ways to observe Diez y Seis. You could spend the day hating Spain or respectfully appreciating Mexico's independence. But the day really calls for a righteous party. So what better way to represent for our neighbor to the south than to spend two days at Fiesta Gardens? The main attraction here is the variety of Tejano, conjunto, and norteño bands, including Tierra Tejana, Cinco Doce, and the A-T Boyz, but don't underestimate the various food choices and kids' activities that can easily grab your attention. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 13-14.
Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
Show off your green thumb and lend a hand by helping build food gardens for elderly, low-income, and disabled community members, as well as many other worthwhile places. If you haven't figured it out by now, helping people is good for you. See website for full details. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 13-14, 8am-1pm. Free.
It's your standard nerd convention with panels and events covering sci-fi, fantasy, comics, and more. Food and drinks will also be on hand to keep the dork rabble satiated, plus a Magic: The Gathering Tournament, because, like, obvs. 11am-6pm. $15 ($5, kids).
Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 MoPac N., 512/261-0142