The Weekenders: September 26-28, 2014

Happening All Weekend

Fajita Fiesta (Buda) – Friday, September 26 from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, September 27 fro 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. Fajita Fiesta is a free event that offers something for all ages. Fiesta goers will experience the blending of foods, music and cultures. They will also rediscover Texas thorough sights, sounds and their taste buds. Fajita Fiesta is a family friendly event with free admission, free parking and free concerts. There will be food booths, vendors, games, a jalapeno eating contest, talent show, mariachi groups, arts and crafts. Friday night will have live music and food booths. FREE! City Park, 204 San Antonio, Buda.

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze- Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, September 28, 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.

Pecan Street Festival- Saturday, September 27 (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and Sunday, September 28 (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) Austin’s oldest and largest arts and crafts festival, featuring hundreds of local and national artisans offering wares from clothing, jewelry, pottery, paintings and photography to furniture and sculpture in all mediums, plus dozens of musical acts performing on three stages, street performers, family-friendly activities and dozens of food vendors concessions. The Pecan Street Festival, the most popular arts festival in central Texas, features hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations, plus family-friendly activities, music on three stages and enticing food options in the charming, lively setting of downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District.  FREE! Downtown Austin on 6th St between Brazos St and I-35, Austin.

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival- Friday, September 26, from 6-11 p.m. and Saturday, September 27, from  noon – 11 p.m. Live music by Layalina, LAAND Greek Ensemble, and DJ Ahmad. Dancing demonstrations on Friday & Saturday from the Dabke Dancers. The renowned foods of Lebanon, Palestine, Greece, Eritea and Romania. Gyros, Kibbee, Baklava, Spanokopeta and Mici are only the beginning as you feast outdoors on delicacies from the Orthodox world. Shopping in the Festival Marketplace with a diverse Orthodox Bazaar. Games and activities for all ages in the Festival’s Kids’ Oasis. FREE Admission on Saturday from noon – 4pm! $5 suggested donation. 408 E. 11th Street, Austin.


Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, September 26 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. One of Austin’s favorite Latin bands, Beto & The Fairlanes. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, September 26 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Peggy Stern’s Western Swing Quartet, Gone to Texas. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

American Indian Heritage Day Celebration – Friday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the traditional and contemporary arts of Texas’s American Indian groups. This public program will honor American Indians of yesterday and today, including an Entry of Nations, recognition of the holiday, and dancing and drumming performances. Stations to learn more about traditional craft and foodways will be available both before and after the program. FREE and fun for all ages. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, September 26, 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, The Whiskey Sisters perform. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Fall Concert in the Park: Radiostar (Cedar Park) – Friday, September 26 from 7-10:00 p.m. Rummage through your closet and find your old pair of jellies, Converse shoes, Adidas sneakers, or fluorescent high heels and enter the 80’s costume contest contest. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Food concessions will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.Advertisement


National Hunting and Fishing Day (Round Rock)- Saturday, September 27, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join Kids Outdoor Zone in celebrating the original outdoor challenge–National Hunting and Fishing Day. It will be a FREE family–event, with fun and educational hands–on activities that everyone will enjoy. This is a great way to introduce youth and newcomers to outdoor sports while teaching them about the important role that hunting and fishing play in Texas’ wildlife conservation programs.The Kids Outdoor Zone is a youth hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure ministry based in Austin, TX. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Public Safety Day (Round Rock)- Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Round Rock’s first responders will give kids of all ages an opportunity for an up-close and personal look at the tools of their trade at the annual Public Safety Day event.  Everyone can get hands-on experience with police cars, fire trucks, EMS and SWAT vehicles and more. FREE! The event will be held in conjunction with the Round Rock Kiwanis Club Pancake Day. This all-you-can-eat event runs from 7 a.m. to noon, also at the Texas Baptist Children’s Home. For $5 per person, participants can enjoy all the pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea they would like. Kids 6 and under are free. There will also be a silent auction. Texas Baptist Children’s Home, 1101 North Mays St, Round Rock.

Pflugerville Police Open House- Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bring the family out to meet the officers, civilians and volunteers who work 24-7 to keep our city a safe and pleasant place to live. Take a tour of the Justice Center including the CID (criminal investigation division), the Communications Division (Dispatch), the incarceration areas, Patrol Division, Volunteers Center; Code Enforcement and Victim Services. FREE! Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E Pfennig Ln, Pflugerville.

YES! Grand Opening- Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. This unique, youth-focused gym aims to give youth of all ages the abilities and tools to pursue better health and wellness for life. The grand opening will feature free and fun activities, live music and healthy food. There will also be a raffle for a family of four to win a free vacation to Walt Disney World! The event will be benefiting the Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides children access to healthy food choices through partnerships with schools, educators, and organizations. Both YES! and the Whole Kids Foundation believe that by instilling values of well-being in youth today, we set the foundation for a healthy tomorrow. FREE! YES! Youth Fitness and Sports Performance, 13530 N Hwy 183, Austin.

Ryan’s Day (Pflugerville)- Saturday, September 27, from noon – 6 p.m. This FREE family-friendly event that will feature 10 local bands, face painting, children’s activities, sand volleyball, “Wheelz of Fortune” prize raffle, food & drink specials, celebrity guests and the 2nd annual “WASABI CHALLENGE.” (It’s just what you think it is!) – 100% of the proceeds raised (raffle tickets, food specials) will go towards non-profit organization “Inspiration on Wheelz,” devoted to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Hanovers Draught Haus, 108 E Main St., Pflugerville.

Pseudonymous Bosch Signing and Speaking- Saturday, September 27, from 2-3 p.m. Normally, we’d have lots to say, but for this event we truly have no idea. Who is this author? This Pseudonymous Bosch? No doubt some purveyor of imagination and a peddler of secretive and wonderful books! Rumor has it that Bosch will be wearing one of the rubber horse masks from our toy section for the entire reading. Or was it the pigeon mask? Such scandal! Such mystery! Welcoming the secret-holders, the spell-whisperers, and the readers of fantastic fictions, we know you don’t want to miss out on this event! FREE, in-store purchase required for signing.  BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Movie Music in the Park- Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m. McCallum Fine Arts Academy Orchestra’s FREE Movie Music in the Park is back for its 5th consecutive year!  The award-winning orchestra will play a live soundtrack of movie tunes synched with a movie montage created by McCallum media students. A free screening of Shrek follows the concert.  Some of Austin’s hottest food trailers, including Chi’Lantro will serve starting at 6:30 pm. The event is FREE to the public, but donations and a percentage of food sales will benefit the McCallum Orchestra Program.  Come enjoy a great evening of music and film and support some of Austin’s finest young musicians! Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, 4450 Mueller Blvd., Austin.


SoundSpace: Sound Construction- Sunday, September 28, 2-4 p.m. Out-of-the-ordinary musical techniques and newly constructed instruments are at the center of the eighth installment of SoundSpace, our acclaimed biannual concert series.The galleries will transform into an immersive sensory environment with a vibrant lineup of performances by musicians and dancers. SoundSpace: Sound Construction will highlight the variety of ways in which musicians explore tonal color and texture, incorporating techniques and instruments ranging from guitar and violin to modified children’s toys, live audio manipulation based on motion tracking, creative amplification of white noise, and even apples. Audiences will also have a chance to become active participants in sound construction with interactive stations created by Philadelphia artist Sam Cusumano of Electricity for Progress and Data Garden. Visitors are invited to explore and create music through devices such as a two- player Atari Punk Console, Casio SK-1, Kidstunes keyboard, and a “Yodeling Pickle.” Beyond the interactive stations, Cusumano will perform using electrical conductance and radio fields to create a dynamic soundscape with apples, called Apple Distortion. SoundSpace: Sound Construction is open to the public and included with the purchase of general museum admission: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for Blanton Members, UT Students, Faculty and Staff, and Children 12 and under. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin. 

Austin Symphonic Band Fall Concert in the Park- Sunday, September 28, from 7-8:30 p.m. The Austin Symphonic Band presents its traditional Fall concert in Zilker Park. Bring a snack and spread your blanket under the pecan trees at the beautiful Hillside Theatre. Then watch the stars come out as the band showcases music as big as the great outdoors. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater,‎ 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded 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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