The Weekenders: October 10-12, 2014

Happening All Weekend

Pioneer Farms Haunted Trails- Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, from 7-10 p.m. Experience Halloween like nowhere else in Texas! This year’s theme will be “Disappearance,” featuring a haunted trail where guests will help search for missing loved ones who vanished without a trace from the Sprinkle Corner village, at the hands of legendary Creatures of the Night. Admission is $12 per person. Reservations are not necessary. Hayrides and fortune telling booths available for extra fee. Food and drinks will be on sale in the Spook Town entrance village. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin.

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze– Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and October 12, 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.

The Hawaiian Falls Pfall Pfestival (Pflugerville)– Friday, October 10, from 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Sunday, October  12,  from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors from the local community and across the region will be entertained with a variety of games, craft stations, activities, live music, fall food favorites and more while strolling through our decorated grounds. Additional festival highlights include Family Fall Photo Opportunities, Daily Monster Mash Dance Party, Bounce Houses, Do It Yourself Take-Home Craft Stations, Family Adventure Trail Spooky Maze of Fun, and Trunk or Treat on Halloween. Cost: Entrance to the festival is free. Tickets may be purchased for activities and crafts. Pumpkins are cash or card and vary from $5 to $25 depending on size of pumpkin. Pumpkin painting on-site for a nominal fee. You may provide your own pumpkin. Adventure Park will be open during festival hours. Guests may purchase an All-Adventure Park Admission for $29.99 which also includes 10 festival tickets. Attractions may also be purchased on an individual attraction basis with cash or tickets. Get two free Fall Festival tickets here. Hawaiian Falls, 18500 N SH 130 SVRD SB, Pflugerville.

A Year With Frog and Toad– Saturday, October 11 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, October 12 at 2 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.

Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt in Elgin– Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and  Sunday, October 12, from 1-5 p.m. The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt, includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. Afterward, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games: maze, firetruck ride, train ride, face painting and more. Activities are ongoing all day. FREE admission; activities and games cost $2.50 – $5 each. Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road , Elgin.

Bunnicula- Saturday, October 11 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sunday, October 12,  12:30 and 2:30 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.

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm– Saturday, October 11 from 8:30- 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 12 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


Live Music at the Midway – Friday, October 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. Live music by Fingerpistol and trailer food under the lights–a perfect combination. FREE! Midway Food Park, 1905 S Capitol of Texas Hwy, Austin.

Movies in Your Park at Mueller: Home Alone – Friday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy a family-friendly movie. Make yourself comfortable by bringing snacks and blankets, but please no chairs or other equipment that could block the view of other attendees. Feel free to stop by one of the Mueller food eateries to purchase a quick bite to eat. Activities will start at 6:30 p.m. and movie will begin at dusk. Rated PG. FREE! Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, Corner of Aldrich St & Simond Ave, Austin.Advertisement
Shakespeare on the Farm: The Tempest (RSVP) – Friday, October 10 at 6:30 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.


Star Wars Reads Day– Saturday, October 11, from 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. It’s the third annual Star Wars Reads Day! Stars Wars fans are welcome to come to the library to check out our many Star Wars themed books and movies. Star Wars and Origami Yoda crafts, activities, and give-aways will available in the library gallery from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies run out. Families with childen of preschool- and early elementary ages are also invited to a special Star Wars-themed storytime at 11 a.m. in  Room A. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock. For a complete list of Star Wars Reads Day events, click here.

Hands-On History (Georgetown)– Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Celebrate International Archaeology Day by discovering the Archaeology of Williamson County. What is archaeology and what can be found in Williamson County? Learn about Leanderthal Lady and the Gault Site during Hands On History. Children will make their own excavation site with artifacts. FREE! The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Haunted House -Saturday, October 11 at 11 a.m. Halloween’s right around the corner. Get your kids in the spirit by bringing them into Lowe’s to build their own spooky Haunted House! FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, goggle, patch and more! Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.

Second Saturdays are for Families: Scary Marionettes- Saturday, October 11, from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Join us to see family-friendly performances, meet local artists, and make art to take home. Recommended for ages 2–11. Drop in and create! Make a marionette with the help of a local expert, then bring it to life as you dream up its story. Plus, see the artwork that inspired it all, Paul McCarthy’s sculpture White Snow #3, newly installed on the grounds of Laguna Gloria! Admission: $10 per family, $5 for member families. The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street, Austin.

Dig in! Archeology Day– Saturday, October 11 from 1-5 p.m. This FREE event lets kids explore archeology through hands on activities. Kids get their hands dirty with a mock dig, curating their own museum exhibit, piecing together pottery puzzles, and more. Plan to take a tour of the oldest home in Austin including archeological discoveries of the site. French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.

Literature Live! Not So Scary Stories– Saturday, October 11 at 1 p.m. Not so Scary Stories” is a splendiferously, snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales,  leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!”  Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, Austin.


Dia de los Muertos– Sunday, October 12, from 1- 2:30 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! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Ghoultide Gala- Sunday, October 12 at 7 p.m., The ever-popular 3rd Annual Ghoultide Gala will be held at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, at 15th & Rio Grande. New this year, the Scare-rrator Operetta Quartet will tell the story of ‘Twas All Hallows Eve. The amazing 55-member Orghoulstra and Deadbeats percussion will accompany the Ghoul Choir made up of St. Martin’s Choir, Capitol City Men’s Chorus, Women of Heartsong, and Kantorei of the Conspirare Youth Choirs. And, as always, dancing skeletons, corpses, cadavers and pirates will rock the house. The Ghoultide Gala Reception follows in the haunted gymnasium. Suggested donation of $10 adults and $5 for children 12 and under will benefit St. Martin’s Concert Fund, the underwriter for this event. St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th Street, Austin.

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