- Dia de los Muertos Dance Party- Friday, November 1, 6-9 p.m. Join in the Dia de los Muertos Parade with Las Monas de San Antonio (giant Day of the Dead puppets) & Acadêmicos da Ópera (the Austin Samba School). Brazilian carnival style parade through the park area D.J. King Louie will be spinning all your Latin favorites to keep the spirits lively! FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar.
- Dia de los Muertos- Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 1-7 p.m. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center invites you to participate in our annual Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebration by displaying your custom or classic car or bike. This colorful community event grows every year, and it continues to provide an opportunity to celebrate Latino culture. Día de los Muertos is an indigenous Mexican holiday that celebrates the life cycle through the building of temporary altars to commemorate loved ones who have passed, and as such, altars are also suggested and may be placed inside or outside your vehicle. Display your pride and vehicle or bike this year for a chance to win a special prize! Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cutlural Center, 600 River St.
- A Day of Wooldridge Square Fun- Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Stop by Wooldridge Square this Saturday to see a day in the life of a city park. The day starts out with a Plein Air Austin “paint-off,” followed by Giant Chess and the first ever Tango Milonga on the historic Wooldridge Square bandstand. Where else can you watch artists paint, learn to tango, and play chess all in the same place? FREE!! Woolridge Square Park, 900 Guadalupe Street.
- Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival- Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. Bring the entire family out to enjoy dancing, storytelling, five drums, crafts, musicians and more. FREE!! Open to the public. Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road.
- Diwali Festival of Lights- Saturday, November 2 from 6-9 p.m. Celebrate Diwali Festival of Lights with live music by Naga Valli Ensemble, a dance performance by the Diya Project, an India folkloric and Bollywood inspired dance company. FREE!! Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
- Amazing Animal Storytime- Saturday, 11:30 a.m. The diversity and ingenuity of the animal kingdom never fails to amaze us. Animals are fierce, funny, and wise — not to mention soft and cuddly! So in honor of our favorite beastly besties, we are reading all kinds of stories that celebrate exactly how amazing they are with favorites like the hilarious A Moose That Says Moo and more. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
- Becker Elementary Fall Fest- Saturday, November 2 from Noon- 3:00 p.m. Come celebrate the season with Dia de los Muertos-themed arts and activities while enjoying local food purveyors and music provided by Becker Parents, Atash and Adrian Quesada. This event is FREE to attend and open to the public! Austinite Andres Cuero, of the Austin Aztex, will be on-hand to teach soccer skills and tricks. Among the many carnival-like games and arts activities, featured attractions include a Rockwall, Wacky Obstacle Course , Petting Zoo, Cake Walk, a FREE Book Walk, and a well-loved favorite, the Dunk Tank. Food favorites will include Thai Fresh (owned by Becker family), El Mercado, Sugar Mama’s and Gold Star Kettle Corn. Food and games cost money. The Fall Fest event is a perfect opportunity for parents to visit Becker Elementary and learn about the arts-rich educational curriculum, spearheaded by new principal, Ms. Valerie Borchers. Becker Elementary School, 906 West Milton Street.
- Fall Harvest Festival- Saturday, November 2, 2-6 p.m., Celebrate the return of cooler weather and all things Fall! Check out all the fun we have in store for you and your family! Tiny Tails to You Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo will be here from 3-4 pm with a plethora of baby animals. Activities will include: Pumpkin painting competition; Dog costume contest; Burlap sack races; Face painting; Food & drink specials & live music! in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road.
- Family First Sundays At Umlauf- Sunday, November 3 from Noon to 4 p.m. Come explore the UMLAUF and make Fall Foliage Friends, listen to stories read by BookPeople, do yoga in the garden, hear live music and much, much more! FREE!! Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.
- First Sunday at Bullock Texas State History Museum - Sunday, November 3, from noon – 6 p.m. Beneath our feet lie clues about ancient worlds. All over Texas, prehistoric fossils and settlement ruins are uncovered each year. In November, unearth your own treasures at the Bullock Museum at this event for ages five and up and meet real archaeologists who dig in the dirt and analyze artifacts. With special guests from the Gault School and Paleontological Society of Austin, you will discover what history lies underneath Central Texas. From 1:30pm to 3pm, enjoy dancing, drumming, and storytelling by Great Promise for American Indians, who will showcase historic dances and music from tribes all over the country. Admission to the Museum exhibits is FREE. Read about all the Museum has to offer here. 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.
BonusFun in the ‘burbs:
- Concert in the Park: Radiostar (Cedar Park)- Friday, November 1 from 7-10 p.m. Join us for the 80’s costume contest. First place winner wins a $100, second wins $50 & third place wins $25. So rummage through your closet and find your old pair of jellies, Converse shoes, Adidas sneakers or fluorescent high heels and enter the contest. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets as there will plenty of area available. Food concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.
- Dia de los Muertos Parade (Round Rock)- Saturday, November 2, 6-10 p.m. Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee, Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, City of Round Rock, Round Rock Arts and Univision will be sponsoring a Dia de los Muertos procession and festival in downtown Round Rock. Procession Starts at Centennial Plaza 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock. Main Event and Celebration at Prete Main Street Plaza 221 East Main Street, Round Rock.
- 2013 Georgetown AirFest- Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to AirFest is FREE, but attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for The Caring Place. See a Douglas R4D Skytrain, the Navy version of a DC-3, and a C-47, which is the Army version of a DC-3. Both WWII-era planes will offer tours for a small fee. Other featured aircraft will include Georgetown’s Devil Dog B-25 bomber, a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter, and an MI-24 Hind Soviet attack helicopter. There will also be a Buzzin Cuzzin P-51 Mustang, an SNJ4 Navy trainer, and the Nanchang CJ5. Watch radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations and see many other planes on display on the taxiway. Many of the vintage and modern aircraft, including the Huey and a Bell JetRanger helicopter, will offer rides for all ages for a fee. 2013 Georgetown AirFest will be held on Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgetown Municipal Airport, 500 Terminal Drive, Georgetown.
- Fable Fest (Cedar Park)- Saturday, November 2 from Noon- 6:00 p.m. Bring the family out for a day of fun. The Kings Carnival- where kids of all ages can play games, arts and crafts, enjoy inflatables, a petting zoo and pony rides (requires tickets purchased at event). The Cobblestone Market provides the opportunity to shop with a variety of Arts and Craft vendors and visit with other area merchants. The Troubadours Court will stage an exciting line up of performances from area schools and professional performers. The Pig’s Pub will provide an opportunity to eat your fill on foods of all kinds. The Royal Academy is home to demonstrations of Jousting, Fencing and other Kingdom sports. Free admission but events do cost. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sunchase Blvd., Cedar Park.
- Kids in the Kitchen (Round Rock)- Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 p.m. The arrival of Fall means cooler temperatures and the opportunity to let your inner chef shine through! Don’t send the kids off to play, let them join in the fun! Celebrity blogger Christine Young of fromdatestodiapers.com will lead the class with easy, delicious recipes families can create together and fun activities to keep little ones occupied. The workshop is FREE but seating is limited, please RSVP to reserve space. IKEA, 1 IKEA Way, Round Rock.
- Settlement Home Garage Sale- Friday, November 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ($5 admission at the door); Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (FREE admission); Sunday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Be a part of the something BIG!Each year, more than 25,000 shoppers flock to The Settlement Home Charity Garage Sale to get their hands on unique items and bargain priced merchandise. Shoppers browse in our 21 different “departments,” such as clothing, shoes, jewelry, toys, furniture, books, linen, art, holiday items and so much more. 100% of the proceeds go to The Settlement Home for Children. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.
- Austin Clothes Exchange- Sunday, November 3 from noon- 3:00pm. Give thanks for all that you have and all that you receive. Join The Austin Clothes Exchange for an eventful clothes swap. Bring your gently used clothes and exchange them for new items. As always the farmers market is FREE!! HOPE Farmers Market, 412 Comal St, Austin.
Bonus Events that Cost:
- Austin Celtic Festival- Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 1 from Noon- 7:30 p.m. Bring the entire family out for fun and dancing. There will be Celtic Dog Parades, a mini Highland Cow on display, both kid and adult Highland games, and more. Tickets: $15 at door, children 13 and under are free. Donate $12 before the festival for one free ticket. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia.
- Salt and Pepper at ZACH- Saturday, November 2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This bilingual play celebrates the bonds of family and friendship. Salt is a boy whose family has a secret—his grandfather cannot read or write. When Salt befriends Pepper, her love of books sparks his interest in the world of words. Then, a mysterious box of postcards sheds light on Salt’s family! Recommended for ages 7 and up. Cost: $12 adults, $10 children. ZACH Theater, Whisenhunt stage, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.
- Touch-a-Truck- Saturday, November 2 from from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join Gorgeous Millie for the Third Annual Touch-a-Truck Event, benefiting the Austin Children’s Shelter! At this event, kids can see, touch, and climb into more than 20 vehicles – there will be a fire truck, ambulance, recycling truck, police car, limousine, and more. You’ll find excellent Austin cuisine, along with a bounce house, petting zoo, and face painting. Will Dupuy, children’s musician, will be playing live from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission is $5 per person (children 1 and under are free), and proceeds will go to the Austin Children’s Shelter. VIP tickets are $20 each and include limited access from 9-10 a.m., premium parking, and breakfast. Only 250 tickets are for sale – get yours today! Bridge Point elementary school, 6401 Cedar Street, Austin, TX 78746
- Barton Hills Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze- Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, November 3 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. The activities include a Willie Nelson-themed corn maze, pumpkin patch (extra cost), pumpkin painting, barrel train (extra cost), farm animals, a jumping pillow, a huge sandbox, food and local vendors. Big John Mills and the Road Dawgs band are taking the stage from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday! On Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. they are showing the family-friendly flick Hotel Transylvania. Cost: $7 for ages three to 10 and $10 for ages 11 and up, and includes entry into the corn maze. Children two and under are free but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Purchase your tickets online and save $1 on admission. Barton Hill Farm, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop.