The Weekenders: October 24-26, 2014


Happening All Weekend

Shakespeare on the Farm: The Tempest – Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 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.

Pioneer Farms Haunted Trails- Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 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 25, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, October 26, 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 24, from 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Sunday, October  26,  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 25 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 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.

Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt in Elgin- Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and  Sunday, October 26, 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.

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm- Saturday, October 25, 8:30- 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 26. 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

Texas Book Festival- Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26. There are hundreds of author sessions and panels, live music on both days, children’s activities, cooking demos, a Lit Crawl, food, drinks and more. For the kids, HEB Children’s Chapter will feature the Children’s Read Me a Story Tent, a Children’s Entertainment Tent, and Children’s Activity Tent. One highlight this year will be the Storybook Fashion Show, in which kids will dress up like their favorite characters and walk the runway. Some of returning favorites include magician Ken Cummins, the Biscuit Brothers, and Joe McDermott. For the complete schedule and more information about authors or sessions, visit

Austin Film Festival & Conference Family Film Series- Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, see showtimes below. FREE!

  • Shipwrecked in 4D- Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Shipwrecked is a new 4D immersive theater experience produced by the Bullock Texas State History Museum in conjunction with award-winning production house Cortina Productions. Shipwrecked follows the perilous journey of the French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle who sailed west to establish a colony at the mouth of the Mississippi River in 1684. Commissioned by King Louis XIV, the expedition could have given the French a stronger presence in North America if successful, but piracy, poor navigation, and murder eventually doomed the expedition. In response, Spain renewed its interest in what would become Texas, changing the course of history. Dramatizing the story of La Salle’s ill-fated venture, the film reveals the personalities and struggles that beset the colony, all through the eyes of one of the few survivors of the expedition, 14-year old Pierre Talon. Texas Spirit Theatre at Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.
  • Big Hero 6- Saturday, 3 p.m. The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. Galaxy Highland Theater, 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin.
  • Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West- Sunday, 3:15 p.m. An ex circus legend, known as Popovich, is struggling as a street performer but content to come home to his junkyard full of furry friends. After a disingenuous neighbor surreptitiously calls animal control on him, Popovich must find a way to stay true to his calling, and save his loyal family of animal friends from a sad fate. Understanding the brevity of the situation, Popovich and his animal buddies use all their circus tricks to save their home and stay together. 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. State Theater, 719 Congress Avenue, Austin.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Spooktacular at the Bullock –  5-8 p.m. Discover the spooky side of Texas at this family-friendly Halloween extravaganza, featuring performances, games, interactive activities, art, and more for kids ages five and up. Come in costume for a special prize, and enjoy a fun-filled night at the museum. Interactive activities will be provided by Austin Reptile Shows, Mad Science, and Girlstart. Explore three floors of Museum exhibits and uncover the mysteries of Texas, from shipwreck to a trail rides. Tiny Texans can enjoy Spooky Story Time throughout the evening. Plus, decorate your own treat bag, take a Halloween picture with your family in a photo booth, visit with roving magicians, and much more. Check out the event schedule hereFREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave, Austin.

Dove Springs Fright Night –   5-8 p.m. FREE! Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr, Austin.

Bannockburn Christian Academy Fall Festival -  5:30-8:00 p.m. Bouncy houses, a train, face painting, food, loads of games to play–you name it, this fall festival has it. Enjoy a lovely Austin fall evening with your children. Admission is FREE! Bannockburn Baptist Church, 7100 Brodie Ln, Austin.

Halloween Trick or Treat Path and Carnival –  6:30-8:30 p.m. All ages welcome. First 10 tickets are FREE; additional tickets can be purchased for $0.25 each. Northwest Rec Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays –  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, Hello Wheels performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.Advertisement

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Touch a Truck (Round Rock)- 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The City of Round Rock’s Parks and Recreation Department will host a FREE Touch a Truck event for kids of all ages, giving children a unique opportunity to explore vehicles of all types – public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery and just plain cool – all in one place. Participants will be allowed to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Accompanying personnel will teach children about the equipment displayed and how these machines help us and our community. There will be a “no horn hour” from 1 to 2 p.m., for those with sensitive ears or who do not respond well to loud noises. In addition to the vehicles, there will be a Kids Fun Zone with various activities. Food and beverage vendors will also be onsite.Guests are encouraged to bring a canned food item donation to donate to the Round Rock Serving Center. Old Settlers Park, East Entrance, 700 N. Redbud Lane (TC Oatts and Redbud Lane), Round Rock.

Austin Bike Fest- 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Austin BikeFest will showcase everything bicycle in Austin, Texas! FREE and open to all ages.
The day will open with a ribbon cutting of Austin’s newest multi-use path– the Southern Walnut Creek Trail. U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (Honorary BikeFest Grand Marshal), Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and other local leaders will cut the ribbon and inaugurate the trail.  A family-friendly bike ride in three-mile, eight-mile and 16-mile distances entirely on this great new paved trail will follow the ribbon cutting, with hydration and snacks provided along the way. Music for all tastes! Blue Mist, The Staylyns, Continental Drift, Riders Against the Storm, and DJ Chorizo Funk.
Registration is FREE. Govalle Playground, 5200 Bolm Road Austin.

Pumpkin Carving on the Dock-  11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy face painting, games, prizes, food and music! Wear your costume. FREE!  George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin.

MUMC Fall Festival-  11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival will have pumpkins, face painting, hay rides, music, food, games, crafts, cake walks, jump house, bake sale, handmade treasures from the Craft Group, Community Garden and ideas for recycling, and lots of information about MUMC ministries. FREE! Manchaca United Methodist Church, east corner of Manchaca Rd. and FM 1626.

Crowes Nest Farm’s Fall Family Fun Festival (Manor)- 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Crowes Nest Farm will host its annual fundraiser. Hayrides, raptor and snake shows, cow milking, and more, plus plenty of homemade treats and craft items! See the event flyer. Cost: $8 per adult; $6 per child (age 3-12); $3 per 2-year-old; FREE for babies under 2. Crowe’s Nest Farm, 10300 Taylor Lane, Manor.

Dia de los Muertos Festival-  12-10 p.m.,  Proceeds from the Dia de los Muertos Festival will benefit Easter Seals Central Texas’ mission of providing exceptional services to people with disabilities. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Kids age 12 and under are free with paid adult. Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd Street, Austin.

27th Annual Monster Concert & Carnival-  3-8:30 p.m. The carnival begins at 3 p.m. and will feature a wide variety of games, food/beverages, live bands, and other fun-filled activities, including the very popular (and scary!) “Haunted House.” There will be a costume contest at 5 p.m., so come dressed in your favorite outfit. For the schedule of the concert performances and costume contest, go to the Austin High School Orchestra website. Tickets for carnival games and food can be purchased for $1 each. Admission to the concert and carnival is FREE! Austin High School, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez, Austin.

Spooky Skedaddle 5K and Fun Run-  3-7 p.m. The Spooky Skedaddle includes the city’s only Halloween themed 5K, a 1K Fun Run, and family friendly entertainment to create Austin’s premier Halloween festival. Come join the fun, including FREE trick or treating! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation and its mission to support the over 5000 deaf and hard of hearing children in Texas. Cost: $30 for the timed 5K race (discounts available for groups, includes t-shirt) and $3 for the 1K Halloween Costume Fun Run. Tickets for games cost $1 each (each game costs 1 – 3 tickets), and t-shirts will be for sale for $7. Admission to the festival itself is FREE. Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress Avenue, Austin.

The Domain’s Halloween Party on the Plaza-  3-5 p.m. Enjoy a FREE Halloween Party on the all-new Domain II plaza! Have fun with trick-or-treating, music by Superband, face painting, balloon twisting, a pumpkin patch, cake walks, crafts, prize giveaways and more. Costumes encouraged but masks permitted only on children ages 12 and under. No toy weapons, please. For updates, follow The Domain on Facebook and RSVP on the event page! You can also follow The Domain on Twitter. The Domain, 1410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin.

Spooktacular-  5-8 p.m. Join the Y for a safe and family friendly Halloween Spooktacular event featuring Haunted Candy Trail, Spooky Family Games, Face Painting, Pumpkin Patch, Zombie Cupcake Walk, Mad Scientist Lab, Arts & Crafts, Raffles & Prizes, Bandage Brigade, and Seton Hospital: Take 10 Compressions Training. FREE to community, but please bring 3 canned foods for the YMCA Food Pantry Drive. Northwest Family YMCA, 5807 McNeil Drive, Austin.

Leander Fall Festival (Leander)-  5:30- 10 p.m. Come join Leander Fire Department (LFD) at their Annual Fall Fun Festival. LFD has carnival style games, vendors, food, haunted house, silent auction and more at this family event. All proceeds go to the Leander Volunteer Fire Department. Cost: FREE to enter festival. Tickets for games start at just 50¢ and touring the Firehouse of Horror is $5. Leander Fire Department, 101 Sonny Drive, Leander.

Halloween Spooktacular-  6:30 p.m.. Dittmar Recreation Center‘s Halloween Spooktacular is back! The haunted house is bigger, the carnival has more games, and this year you can see the movie, Hocus Pocus. The carnival and haunted house will start at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will start at 7:45 p.m. All events are FREE to the public. Get scared with even more haunted house spine-tingling spooks than ever before. There is a scream around every corner. Don’t miss the fun! Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road, Austin.

Spookyfest Family Halloween Festival (Round Rock)- Noon- 2 p.m. This Spooktastic festival is open to all ages; activities are targeted at children 2 to 12 years old. Join the fun and games: costume contest, color your own trick-or-treat bag, candy scavenger hunt, spooky storytelling, Halloween craft table, carnival games, pumpkin decorating, inflatables, face painting, scary snacks station, trackless train rides, space ball, and more. FREE! Sendero Springs Park, 4203 Pasada Ln, Round Rock.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum Pumpkin Sculpting Competition-  12-4 p.m. Grab a pumpkin at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and learn the tricks of the trade to carving a jack-o’-lantern from Professor Pumpkin. Win bragging rights and prizes by entering your masterpiece in the competition! Admission is FREE when you bring three healthy, nonperishable food items to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.

Austin Symphony Halloween Children’s Concert- 2 p.m.  This year’s spook-tacular show is sure to have you shakin’ in your boots! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall as the Austin Symphony presents its annual Halloween Children’s Concert, featuring mindchilling songs that are entertaining for all ages! The entire family is encouraged to join in on the fun and dress to impress in their favorite costumes while attending a concert full of “boo-tiful” music. Tickets are $8 for children, $12 for adults. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

Visitors Symphony Concert- 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cinematic Symphony welcomes the arrival of “Visitors” — music from your favorite alien movies, including “Predator,” “E.T.,” “Close Encounters,” and many more! Costumes welcome and encouraged for all ages. Contest, photo ops, and door prizes. FREE. Akins High School Fine Arts Center, 10701 S. First Street, Austin.

VIVA! Streets-  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join the energetic fun at VIVA! Streets ­ — a FREE festival that invites you to bicycle, play, get fit, people watch, and celebrate good health. A two-mile route through Mueller will become a car-free and tobacco-free playground for thousands of Austinites. Bring your kids, tell a friend, and come see what VIVA! Streets all about! Mueller Lake Park (map), 4450 Mueller Boulevard, Austin.

You can find even more Halloween events here and Fall Festivals here.

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