This week’s edition of What’s Up? Weekly is brought to you by Bright Horizons at Bee Cave, an early education and preschool center which will be opening in early 2015! Bright Horizons at Bee Cave will offer Infant, Toddler, Twos, Preschool and Kindergarten Prep programs, in addition to summer camp and holiday care for school age children. The center’s features include a Movement Matters Zone complete with rock climbing wall and ballet bar, Art Studio, large outdoor playgrounds, 21st century technology with a SMART Board and touch screen computers, high-quality curriculum and more. The center will offer full- and part-time child care as well as drop-in/back-up care on a space available basis. Bright Horizons at Bee Cave will be located at 14058 Bee Cave Parkway and will be open from 6:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Monday – Friday, year-round. For more information call 512-263-9017 or visit the Bright Horizons at Bee Cave website!
From storytimes to live music and more, What’s Up Weekly lays out all of the family-fun events happening during the week in the Greater Austin-area.
Happening All Week
The Making of Gone with the Wind – Monday, October 27 – Friday, October 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Exhibit is open until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.) Go behind the scenes of one of the classic films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Featuring more than 300 rarely seen and some never-before-exhibited materials, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the Ransom Center’s collections. This insider view reveals why Gone With The Wind remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin.
Baby Bloomers – Monday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families will Pop with excitement as they come together to explore the letters P and Q. Create Polka-dot art, Play with Parachutes, experiment with tricky “Quick sand,” and use Q-tips to create masterpieces. Plus, the Que Pastas will perform. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) - Monday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back in action with his weekly kid’s music class. Arrive early to get a seat. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.
Signing Storytime (Round Rock) - Monday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. Join the Baby Signing Time revolution. This class is geared toward children 0-5 years and their parents. Amy from the Signing Connection will lead this storytime that incorporates classic children’s books to help you learn basic American Sign Language signs. RSVP appreciated (but not required) by calling 512-388-5048. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.
Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.
Crafternoon – Monday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m. Drop in for some arts-and-crafts time. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Sensory Storytime (Cedar Park) (RSVP) – Monday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m. This special story time is geared toward children age 8 and under who are on the autism spectrum, are sensitive to sensory overload, or have difficulty in large groups. This class features stories, song and movement activities, along with sensory playtime to enhance cognitive and social development. Space is limited; registration is required. Contact email@example.com or call (512) 401-5632. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Night Crafters – Monday, October 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then this program is for you. October’s project will be Halloween paper crafts. All supplies will be provided. You’ll learn how to make coffins, black cats, ghosts, and other fun spooky boxes out of paper. There will be lots of Halloween candy and stickers to fill and embellish. You know you want to cut paper and use glue sticks. Here’s your chance. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Horrendously Happy Halloween Movie – Monday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. Laugh along as The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra spoofs ’50s-era B movies. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Meet the Authors of Grandfather Gandhi (Round Rock) – Monday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and children’s author Bethany Hegedus will talk about creating their acclaimed picture book. FREE! The Book Spot, 1205 Round Rock Ave, #119, Round Rock.
Austin Film Festival Free Family Film – Monday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. The whole cast of Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West will be in attendance, including Rex the dog and Sebastian the cat who will be performing at the film screening. Seating is based on a first come first serve basis. FREE! Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre, 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin.
Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Sorry, Connect 4, Battleship, Fluxx, Ruckus – The Game, and more. Meet a lot of cool people, enjoy a tasty beverage, and play, Play, PLAY. Everyone who wins a board games gets a prize from Toy Joy. Family friendly – all ages welcome. FREE to play. Cafe Ruckus, 409 W 2nd St, Austin.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Tuesday, October 28 at 10:15 a.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’!” FREE! APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.
Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.
Meow! Look Out for That Black Cat Storytime – Tuesday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy stories all about black cats and their cat buddies. Listen to a reading of Slinky Malinki, along with other very scary stories for your enjoyment. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Reading Dog – Tuesday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read and or or visit with kiddos. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, October 28 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.
Dia De Los Muertos Mask Painting – Tuesday, October 28 from 3-7:00 p.m. Bring the kids out to the SFC Farmers’ Market East for Dia de los Muertos mask painting. They’ll have all kinds of paper masks, paints, feathers, and accessories for you to get creative with. All you have to bring is a little Halloween spirit. FREE! MLK & Miriam Ave, near M Station, Austin.
Halloween Family Flicks – Tuesday, October 28 at 4:00 p.m. This month is a double feature with What’s New Scooby-Doo: Halloween Special and Toy Story of Terror. Refreshments will be served. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Discovery! Dia de los Muertos – Tuesday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m. Why is Day of the Dead called a “Celebration of Life”? Come learn from Ann Benson of Somos Amigos. You will dance like a crazy skeleton; play rhythm sticks and maracas; experience the mystery of life through a video about a girl who finds herself in a strange but beautiful new world; decorate a cool wooden spoon skull Calavera to take home; snack on some delicioso Day of the Dead sweet bread. This week’s program is best suited for lower elementary aged children (ages 6 – 8). FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Trailer Food Tuesdays – Tuesday, October 28 from 5-9:00 p.m. It’s the last Trailer Food Tuesdays of 2014. Buy dinner from some of the fabulous food trucks of Austin in one easy location. Try popular local favorites and enjoy something new. FREE! The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Dr, Austin.
Family Hiking Adventures (RSVP) – Tuesday, October 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. Explore the beauty of the outdoors in Austin. Families will hike and adventure into some of the most beautiful and famous parks Austin has to offer. An experienced instructor will guide your family and provide fun Austin nature facts along the way. Ages 5 and up welcome. Call 512-478-8716 to reserve your spot. FREE! Location provided at registration.
Ghost Stories (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, October 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. Storyteller Gary Whitaker will share creepy tales sure to give you the heebie jeebies. Ages 8 and up are welcome. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. Kids of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and come for the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.
Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a story reading, an activity, and a snack. All ages are welcome and parents can participate, too. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – Wednesday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga is a playful, educational, and relaxing time for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Learn new ways to connect with your with your baby through movement, stretching and song. Complimentary juice and coffee served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.
Silly Storytime – Wednesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. Okay, young prank lovers, jokesters, and comics, this storytime is for you. Strap on your best twirly ties and squeaky shoes and join BookKids for some super silly stories that will have you rolling on the floor laughing. This fun morning of jokes, giggles, and goofiness will include a reading of The Hallo-wiener along with other hilarious tales to tickle your funny bone. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Music Bats Class with Gene from the Que Pastas – Wednesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. Based on the idea that music makes every day a little better, The Music Bats encourages young children and their caregivers to spread their wings through music and play. Through sing-alongs, dancing, and hands-on time with instruments and props, Music Bats wants kids and their families to learn one thing in the class: music=fun. FREE! ($10 suggested donation per family.) Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.
Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Wednesday, October 29 at 11:30 a.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’!” FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.
Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Wednesday, October 29 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 29 at Noon. Yoga Yoga is proud to offer an all level Hatha Yoga class. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.
Early Release Games and Crafts (Round Rock) – Wednesday, October 29 from 3-5:30 p.m. The library is hosting an early release day meeting featuring games and halloween-themed duct tape crafts. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Thinkery at the Library - Wednesday, October 29 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Youth can create electric circuits, learn to craft with redstone in Minecraft and participate in fun physics activities. Recommended for ages 8-14. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Community Night – Wednesday, October 29 from 5-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the Museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m. A time for books and stories. A time for fun. With laughing skulls and lively music, mask-making ‘midst fluttering butterflies. A family literacy-based art program for all ages. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.
Family Fest - Wednesday, October 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Activities will include a dunking booth, petting zoo, go karts, obstacle course, sports activities, all kinds of preschool booths, face painting, concessions, plus prizes and candy giveaways. Food will be available for minimal cost. FREE! Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, October 29 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln, and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.
Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, October 29 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear music by Guy Forsyth Blues Band and Rich Hopkins & The Luminarios. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Paint the Town Pink – Wednesday, October 29 from 6-9:00 p.m. This is the Girls-Night-Out Event of the Season featuring: live music by Ben Cina; an ‘Ask-a-Doc’ Booth, where Riverplace’s physicans will be answering your questions; a cupcake bar; raffles for prizes; margaritas; fitness demos; mini-manis; a photo booth; a martini bar; pink pumpkins, and more. This is not a ‘Girls Only’ event. Men are welcome to come support the ladies. FREE! Riverplace Imaging and Women’s Center, 6611 Riverplace Dr, Austin.
“Bee the Change” Art Show and Fundraiser – Wednesday, October 29 from 6-10:00 p.m. Join the American Honey Bee Protection Agency for a spectacular art opening and fundraiser. Accomplished local artists have created original bee-themed jewelry, textiles, paintings, drawings, and photographic works for the event. Original artwork by local school children will also be available. All funds raised will go to AHBPA, whose mission is to save the endangered honey bee. Local artist and musician Kathy McCarty will provide musical entertainment. FREE! Omni Downtown, 700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin.
Movies in the Park: Beetlejuice – Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. Rated PG. FREE! Wooldridge Park, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Edward Carey Speaking & Signing – Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. The first installment of the Iremonger Trilogy, Heap House, introduces the reader to a fascinating world whose inhabitants come alive on the page, and in Edward Carey’s fantastical illustrations. Mystery, romance, and the perils of the Heaps await. The Iremonger Trilogy is Edward Carey’s first work for young readers. Burton will read the book, take questions, and then sign books. The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and are only available with the purchase of a copy of the book from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Stargazing at UT – Wednesday, October 29 from 8-10:00 p.m. Every Wednesday night while UT is in session the astronomy department sponsors free public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. All ages are welcome, but younger children should be under adult supervision at all times. FREE! Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway, Austin.
Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, October 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin.
Pumpkin Parade with Staci Gray – Thursday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m. Get dressed up in your best Halloween costume and join the pumpkin parade. Staci Gray will perform, then everyone will parade around the library. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Hola, Hola! – Thursday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, October 30 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear organist Lucinda Meredith. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Yoga in the Park – Thursday, October 30 at Noon. CorePower Yoga strengthens, balances, detoxifies, and exhilarates the body and mind. No matter your age, strength, or flexibility level, CorePower Yoga meets you where you are. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Wooldridge Park, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Princesses at PAIYH – Thursday, October 30 from 1-4:00 p.m. Dressed up as their favorite princesses, the instructors and staff will lead dancing, singing, and crafts. All are invited to this FREE event. Put Art in Your Heart Dance Studios, 13420 Galleria Cir, Ste A-116, Austin.
Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, October 30 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Lego Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – Thursday, October 30 at 3:30 p.m. A time for books and stories. A time for fun. With laughing skulls and lively music, mask-making ‘midst fluttering butterflies. A family literacy-based art program for all ages. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln, Austin.
The Village Scare (Lakeway) – Thursday, October 30 from 4-6:00 p.m. There will be many family friendly activities to enjoy: trick or treating; music by Joe McDermott; fire truck and police car display; costume and decorated shop contest. Food will be provided. FREE! Lakeway Village Square, 1200 Lakeway Dr, Lakeway.
Zombie Pfest (Pflugerville) – Thursday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. Teens ages 12-18 are invited to get creepy undead makeovers, play zombie tag, and watch a zombie movie. Rated PG-13. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
Creative Action Kid’s Ball – Thursday, October 30 from 6-8:00 p.m. Treats, kid and family-friendly activities, and dancing! Discover more about kindness, strengths, treasures, and creativity. Families are invited to build their own costumes through fun, interactive stations. The Kid’s Ball will also feature an original dance created by Creative Action students and Teaching Artists. Plus, dancing and grooving to Austin favorites, White Ghost Shivers. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, October 30 from 6-9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, October 30 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Instrumental Jazz by Long Horn. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Shakespeare on the Farm: The Tempest (RSVP) – Thursday, October 30 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 Fest (Round Rock) – Friday, October 31 from 9-11:30 a.m. Take a voyage to the park for a fun morning filled with pirate-worthy adventures and games. There will be carnival games for toddlers and preschoolers, hayrides, cookies and punch, and fun entertainment for all to enjoy. Be sure to wear your favorite costume. FREE but guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Serving Center. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX.
Yoga Story Time – Friday, October 31 at 9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure where participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. RSVP appreciated here, but not required. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.
Fun Fridays – Friday, October 31 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musicians. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.
Halloween in the Hall (Cedar Park) – Friday, October 31 from 3-5:00 p.m. Safe fun for everyone featuring a police car, fire engine, photos, and trick or treating. FREE! Cedar Park City Hall, 450 Cypress Creek Rd, Bldgs 1-3, Cedar Park.
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.
Fall Festival (Pflugerville) – Friday, October 31 from 4-9:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of games, family crafts stations, activities, and more while strolling though Hawaiian Falls’ decorated grounds. Admission to the festival is FREE! Activities, crafts, and pumpkins have a fee ($1-$8). Hawaiian Falls, 18500 N SH 130 Service Rd SB, Pflugerville.
Circuit of The Americas Austin Fan Fest – Friday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to Midnight. The three-day festival returns this year with three stages of live performances as well as food and drinks from local restaurants, pubs, food trucks and artisans. There will also be interactive displays and simulators, an X Games-style action-sports zone, activities for kids and families and much more. View entertainment schedule here. FREE and open to all ages. Downtown Austin (map).
Mall Wide Trick or Treating (Cedar Park) – Friday, October 31 from 5-8:00 p.m. Bring the family to the mall for a night of safe trick-or-treating. While you’re dressed for the occasion, bring your little ghouls and goblins to get their Halloween photos taken ($). The photo set will be located at the JCPenney Court. FREE! Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park.
No Fear Celebration – Friday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Games, bounce house, costumes, trick-or-treating. FREE! Covenant United Methodist Church, 4410 Duval Rd, Austin.
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 6:00 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.
Haunted House at Dottie Jordan Rec Center – Friday, October 31 from 6-8:00 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.
Fall 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.
Fall Festival/ Trunk or Treat – Friday, October 31 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. There will be a bounce house, face painting, games, prizes, and music. Plus, free hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, Frito pies & cotton candy. FREE but guests are asked to bring a canned good donation to help supply the food pantry. Trinity Abundant Life Church, 412 Cumberland Rd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, October 31 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Cajun-Texan tunes by Gulf Coast Playboys. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, October 31 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Brazilian jazz by Mente Clara. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, October 31 from 7-9:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, Thieving Birds perform. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.
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.
Shakespeare on the Farm: The Tempest (RSVP) – Friday, October 31 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.
In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana–not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.