The Weekenders: October 3-5, 2014

Happening All Weekend

Chalk Walk (Round Rock) – Friday, October 3 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. This family-friendly event will be host to an array of art activities for all ages, including musical performances on multiple stages, food vendors, area businesses, and artists. Come see professional fine artists create their works before your eyes on the streets of downtown Round Rock. Or, buy a square of asphalt for the weekend and create your own masterpieces. FREE! Centennial Plaza, 301 W Bagdad, Round Rock.

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze- Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and October 5, 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 3, from 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Sunday, October  5,  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.

Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt in Elgin- Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and  Sunday, October 5, 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.

Friday

Movies in Your Park at Mueller: The Jungle Book – Friday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy a FREE family-friendly movie at the Mueller Lake Park outdoor amphitheater. 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. FREE! Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, Corner of Aldrich St & Simond Ave, Austin.

Mr. Johnny’s Kids Night at Senor Buddy’s- Friday,  October 3, from 7-10 p.m.  Bring the kids for a fun and interactive music show with scarves, bubbles, rhythm sticks, bean bag animals and more!  Plus Kiddie open mic and Special guests: The Que Pastas! Mom and Dad can enjoy a great meal while the kids sing, dance, jump, and play along with Johnny Sharon, Amber & Nick!  Music show is FREE! Arrive early and order dinner on the big outdoor patio! There’s a giant dance floor in front of the stage with plenty of room for youngsters to roam and and chase bubbles! Senor Buddy’s Restaurant, 8600 Hwy 290 West, (turn on Circle Drive).

Movies in the Park: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Cedar Park) – Friday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as there will be plenty of grass area available. Concessions will not be available; you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. Rated PG. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.

Saturday

The Home Depot Kids Workshop: EMS Truck – Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. – noon. Head to a Home Depot near you to build an EMS Truck for Fire Safety Month! This FREE hands-on workshop is designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin, while supplies last. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9 a.m.

Pflugerville Chamber 2014 Pfamily Pfestival and Expo (Pflugerville) – Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. FREE admission, but activities have a fee. Click here for a coupon. Children’s activities, a pumpkin patch, door prizes, merchant booths, performers, public safety displays. It’s a great way to learn more about Pflugerville and its businesses, events and opportunities! Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park, 18500 N SH 130 Service Rd, Pflugerville.

Go Fish! at McKinney Falls State Park – Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. – noon. Families will learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration start time is 9 a.m. This event is FREE with admission to McKinney Falls State Park ($6 for adults; FREE for kids 12 and under). 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin.Advertisement
National Night Out Kick-Off Celebration – Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join the Austin Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s Office and other community partners for the 31st Annual National Night Out kick-off celebration! The FREE event will have food, games, booths and live music by The Peterson Brothers Band. Mueller Lake, 4550 Mueller Blvd (May show up on GPS as 4550 Mueller Central), Austin.

Steve Scott: Let the Hauntings Begin- Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m. Enjoy family friendly improv comedy with Steve the improvising poodle and friends. Children and adults in costume will be invited to join an improvised haunted house! Arrive early as space is limited. Cost: Pay-what-you-wish ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin.

Making Sugar Skulls- Saturday, October 4, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Learn the traditional art of sugar skull making! During these hands-on workshops, both children and adults are invited to help create sugar skulls for the MACC’s annual event! Participants will learn more about the significance of Día de los Muertos and the beginning process of the sugar skull construction. Participants will receive a complimentary sugar skull kit to decorate at home!  It is suggested that participants arrive 30 minutes early to secure a parking pass and fill out proper registration forms. Space is limited. Preregistration is encouraged. Youth pre-registration form (PDF). Adult pre-registration form (PDF). FREE! Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center., 600 River St., Austin.

Hush Hush Music Bash – Saturday, October 4, from 5-8:30 p.m. Take the kids to boogie to live music just for them at the Hush Hush Music Bash! Check out the awesome lineup of musicians, some of whom will also be performing at ACL: 5-5:30 Sugar Free Allstars; 5:45-6:15 Joe McDermott; 6:30- 7:00 Elizabeth McQueen; 7:15- 7:45 Tor Hyams; 8:00- 8:30 Ralph Covert. There will also be sweet treats from Baked by Amy’s, cupcake decorating, a photo booth, face painting, a gaming zone, costumed characters, Imagination Playground Blocks, and more! This event is FREE and open to the public. In front of Dillard’s, next to Maggiano’s in the Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin.

Bug Night Out- Saturday, October 4, from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Wildflower Center at night and explore the many insects in our Family Garden! Come early and enjoy a bug-themed dinner in our Café and then stay for one of our guided flashlight tours. You can also explore the gardens on your own, but don’t forget to bring your own flashlight (the Store will be closed). We’ll also have several mercury light stations, which attract some of the coolest critters of the night! While you’re exploring, keep a look out for our Dirt Critter Exploration Station and our Night Time Pollination Station. In our new 4.5 acre Family Garden with a cave, creek, Dirt Dig and more. Admission: $9 adults, $7 students 13 and older or adults 65 and older, $3 for children ages 5-12. Free for members and children under 4. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin.

Sunday

First Sunday at Bullock Museum: Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Sunday, October 5, from noon – 5 p.m. Enjoy FREE exhibit admission 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. This month, explore transportation across Texas in the past, present, and future with activities from 12 – 3 p.m. Great for ages 5 and up. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Bunnicula- Sunday, October 5,  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.

Sunday Fundays at Neill-Cochran House Museum – Sunday, October 5, from 1-4 p.m. The museum will be FREE and open to the public. Enjoy an activity highlighting pomanders, also known as Christmas oranges. Walk-through tours of the house will also be available. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin.

Pioneer Days at the Heritage House Museum – Sunday, October 5, from 1-4 p.m. The Heritage House will be open for Pioneer Days which includes a living history demonstration at the museum. Enjoy butter making demonstrations, wood spoon carving, fire making, historic weapons and guests dressed in Texas Revolution era clothing. FREE. 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville.

Looking for more fall-inspired fun? Take a look at our Fall Festivals in Austin Guide, a mighty roundup of Halloween events in Austin and know where in Austin to find the perfect pumpkin!

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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