Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (Oct 24-26, 2014)

 Thursday, October 23, 2014

  1. Spooktacular at the Bullock Museum - Friday, October 24 from 5-8 p.m. Discover the spooky side of Texas at this family-friendly Halloween extravaganza, featuring performances, games, interactive activities, science, 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. 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 more. Check out the event schedule here. FREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave, Austin.
  2. City of Austin Halloween Events:
    • Dove Springs Fright Night – Friday, October 24 from 5-8 p.m. FREE! Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr, Austin.
    • Halloween Town at Northwest Recreation Center - Friday, October 24 from 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.
    • Dittmar Recreation Center Halloween Spooktacular - Saturday, October 25 at 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. See all the family fun scheduled here. For the complete schedule and more information about authors or sessions, visit here. FREE! Texas State Capitol and Congress Avenue, Austin. (Festival map here. See where to park for free here.)
  5. Austin BikeFest - Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Austin BikeFest will showcase everything bicycle in Austin, Texas! FREE and open to all ages. The day will begin with a ribbon cutting of Austin’s newest multi-use path, the Southern Walnut Creek 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. Enjoy music for all tastes from Blue Mist, The Staylyns, Continental Drift, Riders Against the Storm, and DJ Chorizo Funk. Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Road, Austin.
  6. The Domain's Halloween Party on the Plaza - Saturday, October 25 from 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 II spans from Dick's to Dillard's, with iPic in the center. (See map for D2 North Parking Deck and D2 South Parking Deck.)
  7. Northwest Family YMCA Spooktacular - Saturday, October 25 from 5-8 p.m. Join the Y for a safe and family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular event featuring a 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.
  8. VIVA! Streets - Sunday, October 26 from 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. See the FREE fun planned here! Bring your kids, tell a friend, and come see what VIVA! Streets all about! Mueller Lake Park (map), 4450 Mueller Boulevard, Austin.
  9. Polkapocalypse - Sunday, October 26 from 12-5 p.m. This year’s Polkapocalypse will showcase Polka music, a rich Texas cultural tradition. Head to the Elisabet Ney Museum to hear Dallas-based Los Morales Boyz at noon; Austin's own The Fabulous Polkasonics at 1:15; Conjunto Los Pinkys, also from Austin at 2:15, and Denton's Grammy Award winners Brave Combo at 3:30. FREE! Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th, Austin.
  10. Pumpkin Sculpting Competition at Umlauf - Sunday, October 26 from 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.
Bonus fun in the 'burbs:
  • Spooktacular Cinema: Hotel Transylvania (Cedar Park) - Friday, October 24 from 6-9:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the movie on the big screen. Wear your Halloween costume to enter the costume contest! The movie will begin at 7 p.m. FREE! Refreshments will be provided. East Lawn at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, 1401 Medical Pkwy, Cedar Park.
  • Halls of Horror Haunted House (Pflugerville) - Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 from 7-11 p.m. Enter if you dare! This haunted house is very scary and quite loud. It is recommended for ages 10 and up.  Admission is FREE with the donation of two canned food items (otherwise it is $2). Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville.
  • Touch a Truck (Round Rock) - Saturday, October 25 from 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.
  • Hogeye Festival (Elgin) - Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Elgin goes hog wild for this FREE family festival. It is a time for family-friendly fun and casual feasting in the Sausage Capital of Texas. The festival features live music on three stages, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, a children’s costume pet parade, a carnival, Road Hog Car Show, BBQ Pork Cook-Off, In a Pig’s Eye Dart Contest, the crowning of King Hog or Queen Sowpreme, Hogalicious Dessert Contest, Cow Patty Bingo, the Pearls Before Swine Art Show and great festive food! FREE Festival Shuttle available at the Hwy 95 North Park and Ride, Elgin.
  • MUMC Fall Festival (Manchaca) - Saturday, October 25 from 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, Manchaca.
  • Spookyfest Family Halloween Festival (Round Rock) - Saturday, October 25 from 12-2 p.m. This Spooktastic festival is open to all ages, but 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.
  • Trick-or-Treat at Hill Country Galleria (Bee Cave) - Saturday, October 25 from 2-9 p.m. Kids can enjoy FREE face painting, FREE bounce houses, and trick-or-treating! The fun starts at 2 p.m. in the outdoor Amphitheater with kids' entertainment by musical guest The Sassy Spurs. Trick-or-treating follows from 4-6 p.m. Kids are invited to wear their costumes and make the rounds at more than 100 stores and restaurants! End the day with a live music performance by The Brewbirds with Warren Hood. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.
  • Leander Fall Festival (Leander) - Saturday, October 25 from 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. FREE to enter the festival. Tickets for games start at just 50¢ and touring the Firehouse of Horror is $5. Leander Fire Department, 101 E. Sonny Drive, Leander.
  • Farmer Fred's Harvest Fall Carnival (San Marcos) - Saturday, October 25, from 6-9 p.m. FREE kids' carnival with costume contests, games, and a screening of The Nut Job! A haunted hayride, barrel train ride and concessions will be available for a nominal fee.  San Marcos City Park, 401 E Hopkins, San Marcos.
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Halloween Party on the Plaza at Domain II

It’s the spookiest time of the year! Austin-area residents and visitors are invited to throw on their costumes a week early and join an afternoon of family fun and thrills when The Domain hosts its first Halloween Party on the Plaza!  

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 3 - 5 p.m., head to The Domain II for frightfully fun activities, from Halloween crafts and a cake walk to live music by Superband and a balloon twister. Kids can trick or treat, get their face painted, or stop by the pumpkin patch for what’s sure to be haunting good time.  And best of all? Halloween Party on the Plaza is free!

Frogs on south plaza (by All Things Kids)
Saturday would also be a great time to check out the Domain's new play areas! Domain II now boasts three interactive play areas which feature replicas of a longhorn, an armadillo, frogs, turtles and butterflies. Upon entering each play area, a child can read the storyboard that outlines a fractured fable and then become part of the story, complete with sound effects.

These new play elements are free, outdoor activity centers that offer climbers, slides, individualized storyboards, hand sanitizer stations, a stroller area and adult seating.

Turtle on north plaza (by American Eagle Outfitters)

Each area was designed with different age groups in mind, allowing toddlers and young children to safely engage in fun. The turtle-themed space is intended for children 5 and under, the armadillo area is a fit for those 3 to 5 years old and the longhorn section has a more advanced design for children 4 to 12 year olds.

The overall enhancement project of The Domain II began in March. In August, the north and south plazas were transformed into pedestrian streetscapes with new lighting and trees. The project also includes the creation of a “great lawn” which will be covered by a cable shade structure spanning from Domain Drive to iPic Theaters, encompassing approximately 10,000 square feet. The shade is slated for completion by the end of this year. The Domain’s “great lawn” will be a destination for live music, community festivals, markets and holiday activities.

Halloween Party on the Plaza will kick off a season of fun, family-friendly events to be hosted in The Domain II.  Other upcoming events will include Lighting of the Great Tree festivities from noon – 9 p.m. on November 22, 2014, Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. – noon on December 6, 2014, as well as photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and holiday light shows.

Be sure to follow The Domain on Facebook and Twitter for event updates!

The Domain II
See map for D2 North Parking Deck and D2 South Parking Deck
Austin, Texas


Homegrown Food and Fun at Cross Plants and Produce

Hidden in plain sight from the high-speed frenzy of IH-35 is an oasis of calm. A mom-and-pop grocer that proudly embraces its customers with open arms, rather than open express lanes.

The owners of Cross Plants and Produce in Kyle, Jennifer and Nathan Cross, have created this simple and laid back lifestyle quite consciously. After both having high-profile and stressful careers for most of their lives, they're committed to taking time to unplug. And not just from the hustle and bustle of life, but from the toxic fast food culture of it as well.

The Cross family's vision is admirable -- to create a community store that welcomes the entire family. Children are encouraged to play outside on the many natural playscapes provided and parents are given hassle-free time to shop the store's hand-picked fresh produce, grass fed meats, homemade cheeses, and other local finds.

Both owners tend the store daily and are quick to say hello and offer any assistance you might need. As a true mom and pop, they both wear many hats. When donning their certified master gardeners' hats, they're happy to guide you through plant selection and offer gardening advice that's specific to your situation.
As natural grocers, they are passionate advocates for eating healthy, local, and organic. Customers are quick to realize this isn't any old food store. This is the home of a trusted friend. A friend who just happens to enjoy hand-picking all the best farmer’s market finds for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
And finally, as parents themselves they understand the importance of enriching childrens' lives through art, gardening, and seasonal fun. 

My children and I visited during pumpkin season and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the seasonal activities scattered throughout the tiny farm. They played a bean bag toss game, climbed the hay bale sculptures, and rummaged through the pumpkin patch searching for the perfect pumpkin to take home. Being animal lovers, visiting with Spot and Shorty (the resident miniature horse and donkey), Peanut the bunny, and frolicking with the playful dogs were highlights.

If you're looking for easy family fun, Cross Plants and Produce is a great way to de-stress and relax with the kiddos. Grab a cup of their local roasted coffee that's always brewed fresh, indulge in their homemade caramel apples, and relax at the picnic tables as the kids wear themselves out exploring the outdoor playscapes. 

Cross Plants and Produce is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 1pm to 6pm; they are closed Monday. The store is located at 705 North Highway 81, Kyle, TX 78640.

To keep up with their current events and activities, visit Cross Plants and Produce on Facebook.

Heather Schuck is the CEO of the children's lifestyle brand, Glamajama. When she's not scheming "glama" world domination or mentoring young designers, you can find her in her front yard chasing her three children with a garden hose. Connect with her at glamaLIFE or on Facebook.


Trick-or-Treat at the Hill Country Galleria

Head to the Hill Country Galleria on Saturday, October 25, 2014 for a special Halloween event. Admission is free and kids can enjoy free face painting, free bounce houses, and trick-or-treating!

The fun starts at 2 p.m. in the outdoor Amphitheater with kids entertainment by musical guest The Sassy Spurs. Trick-or-treating follows from 4-6 p.m. Kids are invited to wear their costumes and make the rounds at over 100 stores and restaurants! End the day with a live music performance by The Brewbirds with Warren Hood.

Schedule of Events:

  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. – Kids Entertainment with music by The Sassy Spurs
  • 3:00-6:30 p.m. – FREE Face Paint, FREE Bounce House, Bungee Jump
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Trick-or-Treat at participating stores
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Live Music by The Brewbirds

For more information, visit the Hill Country Galleria website.

Hill Country Galleria 
12700 Hill Country Blvd. 
(Located on HWY 71 between HWY 620 and Bee Cave Road)
Bee Cave, TX 78738


Beetlejuice in Wooldridge Square Park

Join Austin Parks Foundation and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow for Movies in the Park: 
Beetlejuice (PG) on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7 p.m. Costumes are encouraged at this early Halloween event in Wooldridge Square Park!  

The movie will start after sunset. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. Recycling bins will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to pack out their own trash. Smoking is also prohibitted in the park, per city law.

This Movies in the Park screening is sponsored by The Downtown Austin Alliance.

For more information, visit the Austin Parks Foundation website.

Wooldridge Square Park
900 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78701


Creative Action Kid’s Ball Featuring White Ghost Shivers

Creative Action invites you to attend Kid’s Ball, a free, interactive event with treats and family-friendly activities on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. Bring the kids for Halloween fun at Central Market North and t
reat yourself to dancing and grooving to Austin favorite, White Ghost Shivers! 

At Kid's Ball, families are invited to build their own costumes through fun, interactive stations:
  • Share your fortunes by decorating a crown with things you hold dear to your heart.
  • Transform into your favorite hero by creating a bold mask.
  • Spread your kindness by designing your own magical and powerful wand.
  • Showcase your artistic talents by designing your own treat bag.
There will also be a Costume Court and Dance:
  • Showcase your costume creations in a costume march.
  • Treat yourself to dancing to White Ghost Shivers!
  • Enjoy games and treats!
  • Find the sneaky troll and enjoy some “troll” mix!
For more information, visit the Creative Action website.

Central Market North
4001 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756



The Elisabet Ney Museum, Texas Folklife, and Polkaworks present the return of Polkapocalypse, Sunday, October 26, 2014, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

This year’s Polkapocalypse will showcase Polka music, a rich Texas cultural tradition that draws upon the diverse ethnic cultures that helped build the current Texas cultural landscape. Tap your feet to that crazy Czech, German, Ukranian, Polish, Slavic, and Mexican Polka beat!

Live music schedule:

  • Noon - 1 p.m. - Los Morales Boyz (Dallas)
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. - The Fabulous Polkasonics (Austin)
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. - Conjunto Los Pinkys (Austin)
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. - Grammy Award winners BRAVE COMBO (Denton)
For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

The Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th
Austin, TX 78751


Storytimes for Working Parents

The Austin Public Library is hosting a series of storytimes for working parents and their children this fall from October 26 to December 5, 2014 at various branches. Evening and weekend storytimes allow parents and caregivers additional scheduling flexibility and access to Library programs. Fun stories, rhymes, songs and more can now be enjoyed by the whole family outside of the traditional work day. 

Upcoming working parent storytimes include:

Mondays, 6 PM - Dual Language: Spanish - English Storytime
University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln., (512) 974-9940

Tuesdays, 7 PM - Pajama Storytime
Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr., (512) 974-9920

Thursdays, 7 PM - Pajama Storytime
Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd., (512) 974-8700

Saturdays, 11 AM - Dual Language: Spanish-English storytime
Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. C├ęsar Chavez St., (512) 974-3625

All ages are welcome. Storytimes are free and open to the public. 

For more information please call 512-974-7400, visit library.austintexas.gov or Ask a Librarian.


Free Songwriting Workshops for Kids

Update: All of the workshops are now full, but you can still email info@attendancerecords.org to be added to the wait list.

Saturday mornings, starting October 25th, kids ages 6 to 10 are invited to attend free songwriting workshops hosted by Attendance Records!  Students who participate in The Schoolyard Birds workshops will collectively compose creative songs, guided through the songwriting process by musician and music therapist Caitlin Kraus Torres, and then perform the songs for parents.  

Workshops will be held on the following Saturday mornings, from 10-11 a.m.:

  • October 25, 2014
  • November 22, 2014
  • December 13, 2014
  • January 21, 2015
  • March 28, 2015
  • April 25, 2015
  • May 30, 2015
Reserve your child's spot by emailing info@attendancerecords.org.

For more information, visit the Attendance Records Facebook page

Studium Austin
908 E. 5th Street #106
Austin, Texas


Think Group Austin Paid Research Study

Think Group Austin has an upcoming focus group in Austin for males and females, ages 30-35, who use soft bristle toothbrushes. The study will be held on October 27 and 28, 2014 and will last for approximately two hours. Please note, participants only have to attend one date and time. Qualified participants will be paid $105 for their time. 

If you are interested, please take this pre-screening survey. If you appear to qualify, a recruiter will call you with additional questions.

This post was sponsored by Think Group Austin. For more information, visit the Think Group Austin website.


Athlos Leadership Academy Fall Festival

Celebrate fall on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with games, bounce houses, student performances, food, and prizes!  Athlos Leadership Academy will host its second annual fall festival from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free.  Tickets for activities are available for purchase online or at the festival.

ActivityTime the Activity is OpenNumber of TIckets to Play
Opening Activities
Karaoke11:00 AM-12:00 PM3
Costume Contest11:45 - 12:00 PMWinner Gets Tickets

ConcessionsFood Vendors11:00 AM - 12:00 PMVarious Prices
Carnival Games
Potty Toss12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Kiddy Striker12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Kick and Score Soccer12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Spider Ring Toss12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Milk Bottle Knockdown12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Tic Tac Toe12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Bubble Tent12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Bottle Ring Toss12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Duck Pond Game12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Bean Toss12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Horseshoes12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Chuck a Duck Bean Bag Toss Game12:00 - 4:00 PM3
Tee Ball12:00 - 4:00 PM3
Diva Station - Nail Painting12:00 - 4:00 PM4
Cotton Candy Machine12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Sno Cone Machine12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Adventure Bounce House12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Sports Bounce House12:00 - 4:00 PM2
Sports Combo Bounce House12:00 - 4:00 PM3
Twist Slide Bounce House12:00 - 4:00 PM3
18ft Inflatable Slide12:00 - 4:00 PM3
Dry Pirate Slide12:00 - 4:00 PM3
24 Ft Slide12:00 - 4:00 PM3
Junior Obstacle Course12:00 - 4:00 PM4
Rock em Sock em Inflatable12:00 - 4:00 PM4
Airbrush Temporary Tatoos12:00 - 4:00 PM5
3 piece Obstacle Course12:00 - 4:00 PM6
Ride on Trains12:00 - 4:00 PM4
Hamster Balls12:00 - 4:00 PM6
Game Truck12:00 - 4:00 PM6

For more information, visit the Athlos Leadership Academy website.

Athlos Leadership Academy
3711 Shoreline Drive
Austin, TX 78728


Free Fun in Austin: Date Night Edition (October 23-26, 2014)

 Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fright Night at Jo's SoCo

With Halloween only a week away, you're running out of chances to catch a FREE movie at Jo's Coffee on South Congress! This week's screening will be The Beyond at sunset (7:30ish). Bring a chair and a friend; there will be FREE popcorn for sharing. "Boos" cost extra. (Jo's, 1300 South Congress Ave, Austin)

Mrs. Glass 100th Show at the Blackheart Party

To celebrate their long-running and wildly popular residency at the Blackheart, Mrs. Glass is having a "Live from the Blackheart" LP release party with the Blue Channel Blues Quartet at 5pm, Jimmy and the Mustangs at 8pm, Roxy Roca at 9pm, and finally they take the stage at 11pm. This is a FREE show. (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey Street, Austin)

FREE Improv Class at The New Movement

Want to break out of your comfort zone and live a little? The New Movement is hosting a FREE improv class from 6:30-7:15pm. Their witty instructors will give you a quick rundown of what makes their classes so awesome and you'll learn a few exercises to get you started. Ready, set, let the FREE fun begin! (The New Movement, 616 Lavaca St, Austin)

Juan of the Dead film screening at MonkeyWrench Books

Nothing says Halloween like an epic Cuban zombie flick. When strange things start to happen in his sleepy town, 40-year-old couch potato Juan sees a golden opportunity. He decides to start his own zombie killing business, "Juan of the Dead, we kill your beloved ones." Stop on over at 8pm for popcorn and of course a few good laughs. (MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E North Loop, Austin)

Friday, October 24, 2014

East End 4th Fridays

A street party hosted by the local businesses in the East End IBIZ District with sales, specials, extended hours, and more! FREE activities include complimentary style-outs and bang, neck, and beard trims at Darling Dry Cut Trailer along with "Hunch Punch" cocktails, mug shot photo booth, and best dressed contest. East End wines will be holding a FREE wine tasting 5-8pm and Eastside Yoga is offering FREE Yin Yoga 6-6:45pm. For more listings, visit here. (East End, 11th Street, Austin)

Stargazing at the Roughs

Explore the galaxy as an astronomer takes you on a visual tour of the Milky Way using their Dobsonian telescopes. Learn about the constellations while developing a whole new appreciation for the cosmos. The program begins at 9pm and you're encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments. In case of bad weather call 512-303-5073 to confirm the event's status. (McKinney Roughs, 1884 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek, TX)

Brand New Key Friday Night Porch Residency @ in.gredients

Who's up for "crunchy" organic fun to help end a stressful week on a laid back note? Head on over to in.gredients for Brand New Key. The trio boasts a wonderful folky, bluegrass sound with some porch stomping to boot. The event is 7-9pm and opening for them each week is singer/songwriter duo, Ethan and Jeff. (in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, Austin)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Texas Book Festival

With over 280 authors and a jam-packed schedule spanning two days, the Texas Book Festival is one of the largest book festivals around. There will also be musical acts, food vendors, activities, and book signings. A complete schedule of events can be found here. The event is FREE and seating is first come, first served. For a complete list of do's and don'ts and what to expect, visit the website before heading to the Capitol. Click here to read where to park for FREE. Texas Book Festival will take place on October 25 & 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (State Capitol, Congress Ave., 11th St. and Colorado St, Austin, TX)

Saturday Night Concert Series at Hill Country Galleria

Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend and head out to the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave to catch The Brewbirds play! This fun-loving, bluegrass band is the perfect soundtrack for relaxing under the stars. You're welcome to bring a blanket, chairs, and food will be available nearby. Saturday, from 7-9pm. FREE! (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Galleria Blvd, Bee Cave) 

ROXY ROCA at Southpark Meadows

The "soul tiger" himself Taye Cannon and his band will be jazzing up the Meadows this Saturday with plenty of feel-good, booty-shaking music starting at 7pm. The band has been racking up music awards and accolades like crazy lately so be sure to catch them before they hit it big! FREE show. (Southpark Meadows, 9300 IH-35 South, Austin)

Austin Eastciders Grand Opening in East Austin

Join the EC crew for an evening of cider, music and fun, with complimentary Gold Top, Eastciders Original and numerous special releases. Get there at 6pm for an exclusive tapping of Small Batch No. 1 – a new limited-release cider from Austin Eastciders made with Texas Winesap apples – ahead of its public release on November 3rd in celebration of Austin Beer Week. You'll be the first to tour the brand new cidery and enjoy the beer garden and vintage railroad station tucked away off Springdale. This event is 21+. Must show ID to receive a wristband. The event is FREE with RSVPMusic from The Urban Achievers Band and house DJs. (Eastciders, 979 Springdale Rd, Austin)

SURE THING Comedy Show

SURE THING comedy show at the original Austin Java, 8pm. Headliners include performers seen on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Letterman, and more, as well as the city's best comics on the rise, plus special out-of-town guests. Hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O'Grady. These events have been filling up quickly so be sure to get there early! Doors open at 7:30pm. FREE! (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Rolling Sculpture Car Show

Classic cars and hot rods will line the streets at the Hill Country Galleria from 11am-3pm. The show is FREE to attend, but there is a fee for showing your car. For a sneak peek at the cars attending, visit the website here. All proceeds benefit the Bee Cave Public Library. (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Galleria Blvd, Bee Cave)

KUTX Austin FREE MUSIC SERIES at Uncle Billy's Brewery & BBQ
Sunday music series 2-6pm, with DJ Mixer Rogers spinning and live music by Honey Honey at 4pm. HoneyHoney is an alternative folk group based in Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 2006 by musician Benjamin Jaffe and model/actress Suzanne Santo. The two met at a costume party and signed a record deal a year later. RSVP for FREE tickets. (Uncle Billy's Brewery, 1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin)

Austin's favorite first call jazz pianist and most prolific composer, Rich Harney,
takes up a Sunday residency at South Austin's WhipIn grocery and cafe. In trio with Masumi Jones, Daniel Durham or Richard Mikel trading off on double bass, this promises to be a real swingin' treat. Music from noon-2pm. (WhipIn, 1950 Interstate Hwy 35 S, Austin)

Jon Dee Graham and Dupree at Continental Club

Jon Dee Graham and the Fighting Cocks rock their 17 year residency at the Continental Club with this FREE show at 8:30pm. At 10:30 things heat up with Dupree, a swinging rock band with roots in swing, blues, '50s rock, and a little country. (Continental Club, 1315 S Congress Ave, Austin)

Movie Night at Toms on Congress

In the true spirit of Halloween, Toms on Congress will be screening Beetlejuice at 8pm with a costume contest, prizes, and cocktails. Come dressed for fun! You'll enjoy a few shenanigans and mostly likely an impromptu quote-a-long with this cult classic movie. Bring a chair or blanket to sit out in the back garden for the FREE screening.  (Toms Shoes, 1401 South Congress Ave., Austin)

Heather Schuck is the CEO of the children's lifestyle brand, Glamajama. When she's not scheming "glama" world domination or mentoring young designers, you can find her in her front yard chasing her three children with a garden hose. Connect with her at glamaLIFE or on Facebook.

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