Weekend Events: October 31- November 2, 2014

Looking for fun, family-friendly events this weekend? Check out our weekly roundup of activities to keep your family happy.

Happening All Weekend:

Circuit of The Americas Austin Fan Fest – Friday, October 31 from 5 p.m. – midnight, Saturday, November 1 from noon to midnight, and Sunday, November 2 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The three-day festival returns this year with three stages of live performances as well as food and drinks from local restaurants, pubs, food trucks and artisans. There will also be interactive displays and simulators, an X Games-style action-sports zone, activities for kids and families and much more. View entertainment schedule here. FREE and open to all ages. Downtown Austin (map).

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze- Saturday, November 1, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, November 2, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Barton Hill Farms is set amongst 100-year-old cottonwood trees, rolling grassy hills and the picturesque Colorado River. The Fall Festival & Corn Maze is the perfect setting to let your kids enjoy true outdoor entertainment, including rides, games, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, local vendors and farm animals. Admission: Ages 3-10 General Admission, $8; Adventure Pass, $13. Ages 11+ General Admission, $11; Adventure Pass, $15. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop.

A Year With Frog and Toad- Saturday, November 1 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, November 2 at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in this Tony-nominated musical. Follow two great friends waking from hibernation, planting gardens, raking leaves, sledding and learning life lessons along the way. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Shakespeare on the Farm: The Tempest (RSVP) – Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. Present Company presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic, and one helluva hurricane. Promoting the philosophy of accessible and sustainable art, Shakespeare on the Farm is a FREE event, but a suggested donation of $10-$20 helps support the event and the artists that create it. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or short chair and a picnic, although snacks and donation-based cocktails will be available. Suitable for all ages. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at about 7:30 p.m. RSVP here to guarantee your spot. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Ln, Austin.

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm- Saturday, November 1, 8:30- 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 2, from 1-5 p.m. Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with corn mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, train rides, ice cream, and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE; activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls

Friday

Trick-Or-Treat at the Library – Friday, October 31 from 4-5:30 p.m. Make the library your first trick-or-treating stop. There will be spooky stories, treats, and free face painting for all ages. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

IKEA Spooky Scavenger Hunt (Round Rock) – Friday, October 31 from 4-6:00 p.m. Bring the little ones for Halloween fun. Pick up a Halloween Scavenger Hunt sheet at the front entrance. The clues you need to solve the puzzle are located throughout the store. Prizes and surprises will be waiting for you as you go. Solve the puzzle, bring it back to the entrance and you’ll receive a coupon for a free frozen yogurt in the IKEA Bistro. Costumes are encouraged. FREE! IKEA, 1 Ikea Way, Round Rock.

Mall Wide Trick or Treating (Cedar Park) – Friday, October 31 from 5-8:00 p.m. Bring the family to the mall for a night of safe trick-or-treating. While you’re dressed for the occasion, bring your little ghouls and goblins to get their Halloween photos taken ($). The photo set will be located at the JCPenney Court. FREE! Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park.

Treats on East Street (Hutto) – Friday, October 31 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Enjoy a safe night of trick-or-treating on the downtown streets. Local businesses will have activity and candy booths on East Street while organizations and churches will set up Trunk or Treat on Farley Street. The entire family is encouraged to dress up and head downtown Halloween night. FREE! Downtown Hutto, Corner of East St and Farley St, Hutto.

Trick-or-Treat for Books – Friday, October 31 at 6 p.m. Gather at BookPeople this Halloween to hear stories full of monsters, ghosts, and witches (but none of them will be too scary). At 6:30 p.m., join the costume parade, which will end at the front of the store where you’ll get your treat – a free book to bring home. This Halloween party is perfect for witches and wizards ages 7 and under. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Halloween Hootenanny- Friday, October 31, from 6-8:30 p.m. Join the Thinkery for Austin’s best family-friendly Halloween party. Celebrate from 6-8:30 pm with spooky science activities, not so scary Storytime and a pumpkin patch that the little ones will love. Come dressed in your Halloween best for a costume parade! While this is a candy-free event, refreshments, including food, beer, wine and kid-friendly drinks, will be available for purchase. This event is intended for children 6 months to 6 years old, but all ages are welcome. For more information, contact 512-469-6200. Cost: Member Child $15, Member Parent $12; Child $17, Parent $15; Children under 2 are free. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin.

Haunted House at Dottie Jordan Rec Center – Friday, October 31 from 6-8 p.m. Have a spooktaular time with carnival games, snacks, a haunted house, a cake walk, music, and much more. FREE! Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Ln, Austin.
AdvertisementFall Festival (Cedar Park) – Friday, October 31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This family friendly festival will offer a petting zoo, laser tag, carnival games, a video game trailer, a cake walk, a hay ride, a family photo booth and free food (hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, and lemonade). FREE! Shenandoah Baptist Church, 3003 Blue Ridge Dr, Cedar Park.

Movie Night: The Nightmare Before Christmas – Friday, October 31 from 7-10:00 p.m. A giant inflatable screen will be set up in the field across from the store; please feel free to bring blankets and chairs. Seating starts at 7pm and the movie starts at sunset. Rated PG. FREE! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Whole Foods Arbor Trails Cafe, 4301 W William Cannon Dr #800, Austin.

Saturday

Home Depot Kid’s Workshop: Pallet Coaster - Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. – noon. Head to a Home Depot store near you and learn how to build a pallet coaster at this FREE hands-on workshop, designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Bunnicula- Saturday, November 1 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bunnicula looks like a typical cuddly rabbit, but he’s the spookiest bunny around! Kids will howl with laughter as Chester the cat and Harold the dog unravel the mystery. Live music and a stellar cast round out this Scottish Rite Halloween treat. Suitable for all ages. Tickets: $12 for 13 and older, $8 for 12 and under. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin.

Fable Fest (Cedar Park) - Saturday, November 1 from 12-6 p.m. This one-day event offers a showcase of drama, music, art, and storytelling. Funds raised from the event’s sponsors, vendors and activities will benefit the Cedar Park Public Library. Admission to Fable Fest is FREE, but various activities at the event require tickets, which can be purchased onsite. Free entertainment will include musical performances, jousting, archery and fencing demonstrations, and more. Costumes are encouraged! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.

Dia de los Muertos at Mexican American Cultural Center - Saturday, November 1 from 2-10 p.m. Celebrate the cycle of life remembering our loved ones with respect, honor and joy. Family activities for a small fee, food, life music and dancing for the entire family. Admission is FREE! Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St., Austin.

Dia de los Muertos at the Library- Saturday, November 1, from 2-4 p.m. A time for books and stories. A time for fun. With laughing skulls and lively music, maskmaking ‘midst fluttering butterflies. A family literacy-base art program for all ages. FREE! Ruiz Branch APL, 1600 Grove Blvd., Austin

Austin Nature & Science Center Fall FestivalSaturday, November 1 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit for a FREE family-friendly fall festival! See live owl and bat presentations, find constellations in a planetarium, discover differences between the furs and skulls of different Central Texas animals, and even go on a guided hike in the Zilker Nature Preserve. Austin Nature & Science Center, 301 Nature Center Drive, Austin.

Dia de los Muertos at Central Market - Saturday, November 1 from 6- 9 p.m. Bring your family to one of Austin’s cornerstone Dia de los Muertos celebrations! Enjoy performances by Austin Samba School as well as Cumbia and Latin dance music. FREE! Central Market, 4001 North Lamar, Austin.

Sunday

First Sunday at Bullock Museum – Sunday, November 2 from noon – 5 p.m. Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibits that showcase artifacts from around the state. Bullock Museum, 1800 North Congress Avenue, Austin.

Family Day at Umlauf - Sunday, November 2 from noon – 4 p.m. Come explore the UMLAUF while engaging in creative activities! Schedule of Events: 12:30 Yoga; 1:00 Story Time; 1:30 Sculpture Demo; 2:00 Inside out Steel Band. FREE! 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.

Susanna Dickinson’s 200th Birthday Celebration – Sunday, November 2 from 1-4 p.m. Live music by the Marshall Ford Swing Band, cannon firing, cake and more! FREE! Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum, 411 East 5th Street, Austin.

Sunday Funday at Neill-Cochran House Museum – Sunday, November 2 from 1-4 p.m. Every first Sunday of the month the Neill-Cochran House Museum will be open to the public for FREE from 1-4 p.m. Each Sunday will include an activity highlighting a theme that embodies both the history of Texas and the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Walk-through tours of the house will also be available. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin.

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