Archive for October, 2013

Sunday is going to be a good day for sleeping in.

Yes, the biannual changing of the clocks is upon us. Many in North America will gain an extra hour when daylight saving ends Nov. 3, and time falls back one hour, meaning you’ll have an extra hour to do whatever you wish this weekend.

The change should take place automatically for most with smartphones, laptops and tablets. (Make sure you have the “set automatically” feature enabled in your date and time settings.)

But for those using analog watches and non-digital alarm clocks, the switch will take place at 2 a.m. Sunday. So expect your clock to be an hour ahead when you wake up in the morning. (Or you may want to consider preemptively turning the clock back by one hour before bed Sunday.)

With the end of the daylight saving, which took effect this year on March 10, participating countries will return to standard time. By shifting the observed time forward in the spring and back in the fall, territories are able to maximize the hours of sunlight available during regular daytime hours.

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Experience world class entertainment, free concerts and food worthy of Austin’s reputation all weekend long at Circuit of The Americas. From the moment you arrive, you’ll know why this bucket list event was declared SportsBusiness Journal’s “Sports Event of the Year.”

Witness first-hand 147 screaming decibels from the most impressive racing machines in the world as they accelerate from zero to 100mph and back down to zero in five seconds flat. And after the races, stick around for concerts at Austin360 Amphitheater and Sunday’s Fan Track Invasion.

The fun doesn’t end at the track! Every night, downtown hosts Austin Fan Fest–a 12 block, four day, Grand Prix after-party with live music on 6 stages…all for FREE!!

For more info and to purchase tickets go to : http://circuitoftheamericas.com/f1

Sting to play concert at ACL live on Saturday

Sick Puppies to play post-qualifying in the Austin360 Amphitheater

Pitbull to play post-race in the Austin360 Amphiteater

Also dont forget the Austin Fan Festival going on downtown Thursday Nov 14- Sunday Nov 17.



  • 12 square blocks of food, fun and live music
  • Interactive games and displays
  • X Games-style action sports zone
  • Kids’ activities with zip line, racing bug & more
  • Six live music stages featuring great artists including Andy Grammer, Berlin, Lou Gramm, Everlast, Los Lonely Boys & more!

Go to http://austinfanfest.com/ for a complete schedule of events.


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October brings in the Halloween season and for Central Texas, that means Haunted Houses. Austin has a variety of Haunted Houses – some of them we know well, others not so much. Below is an up to date list of all the haunted houses in and around Austin for you to enjoy.

House of Torment

The House of Torment has been operating in Austin for a long time. If you haven’t been to it before, you probably know someone who has. Currently, the House of Torment has three separate haunted houses in one massive location up at the Highland Mall. Their shows include Slaughterhouse: The Harvest offers you a country style scare, Blackthorne District gives an asylum twist full of experiments gone wrong, and Cursed: Ancients Emerge, which unearths the guardians of the Realm of Torment. You can check out all of the attractions information on their site. The HOT is open every day in October from 7:30 – 11:00 with hours extended on Friday and Saturday.


Scare for a Cure

The Scare for a Cure is an organization that utilizes a volunteer staff to organize haunted events and a unique interactive adventure of terror in Manor, TX. The shows include the Little Red Riding Hood-themed Fairy Tale Nightmare, the old west-themed Murder at Ghost Town, and cemetery-themed, Boneyard. Their main attraction is called Quest Night, an interactive medieval adventure where participants get to battle giant spiders and zombie warriors. They only allow groups for this event. Tickets are available for all shows every weekend in October leading up to Halloween and profits from their shows are donated to local cancer related charities and organizations. Visit their site for specific details.


Night Terrors

Night Terrors is “the realism haunted house that will shock you to the core”, according to their website. On their Facebook page, Night Terrors urges customers not to confuse them with that “Highland Mall Disney show”, House of Torment. Those are big words. Reviews online suggest that Night Terrors has the stuff to back it up, but you’ll have to see for yourself. Located off of 183 just north of McNeil Drive, Night Terrors isn’t too far from the House of Torment. Their assortment of scenes and scares features two spooky clowns, Lunatik & Gzmo (pictured below). Night Terrors is open every weekend in October from 7 – 11pm with tickets ranging from $20 to $34. Visit their website for more information.


Austin Ghost Tours

You’ve probably seen the Austin Ghost Tours trolley car rolling up and down 6th Street and wondered what ghost stories Austin has to its name. Based on classic ghost stories about Austin and recent investigations into the paranormal, the Austin Ghost Tours is the real deal, taking visitors on several walking tours as well as the trolley adventure. You can visit haunted sites like the Capitol Building, the Warehouse District, and the Driskill Hotel. Prices for different tours can vary so please visit the site for more details.

Pioneer Farms

The majority of the year, Pioneer Farms is a living history park used as an educational tool for children. But during Halloween, they open up the haunted trails of Sprinkle Corner Village, where families and kids search for hidden magical symbols left behind by the Ancient Brotherhood of the Golden Light to prevent the Powers of Darkness from ripping open a gateway “that would permit evil to gain foothold in the mortal world” during the harvest season. Quite the narrative! The Quest of the Haunted Trails is only open four nights this year: October 18-19 and October 25-26 from 7-10pm. Admission is $12 per person. Visit their website for more information.

If you’re looking for a more independent Halloween experience, below is a list of the five most haunted places in Austin as listed by Fiona Broome, one of Austin’s most prolific chroniclers and writer of Austin ghosts and hauntings. They’re not full of scares (depending on how you feel about 6th Street), but they might be fun spots to enjoy a cool October night.

• The Driskill Hotel • Buffalo Billiards • The Spaghetti Warehouse • Texas Capitol Building • Oakwood Cemetery and Oakwood Annex Cemetery on Navasota St.

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What’s the Story Steve Halloween Shows, Saturdays, September 18 – November 2, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., ColdTowne Theater. Join Steve and friends at ColdTowne Theater for spooky tales created on the spot! Wear a costume if you’d like! Pay what you wish. (4803 Airport Blvd)

MUMC Pumpkin Patch, October 5 – 31, Manchaca United Methodist Church. Visit the patch, purchase a pumpkin to carve, take photos and join in celebrating the cool breezes of fall and the changing colors of the season. The MUMC Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, October 19, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The MUMC Fall Festival is a great time to celebrate the season! Bring your family, friends and neighbors for a day of fun! The Festival will include family fun, a hay ride, children’s games, a moon jump, food, a cakewalk, crafts, prizes, clowns, music and more! FREE. (1011 FM 1626 at Manchaca Rd)

Boo at the Zoo, October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary. Boo at the Zoo is the Austin Zoo’s annual fall fundraiser benefiting their rescued animals. Take a haunted train ride, walk through a haunted house, and enjoy spooky lights all throughout the zoo. Call 512-288-1490 to purchase tickets with a MasterCard, Visa, or Discover card. You will need to purchase tickets for a specific date and train ride time. 48 hour notice is required for cancellation. Admission is $12.50 per person and includes train ticket. (10808 Rawhide Trail)

Bethany Lutheran Pumpkin Patch, October 11 – 31, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church. Choose from an inventory of over 2000 various sizes of pumpkins for purchase. On the weekends kids can enjoy storybook readers, children activities, cookbook, and great picture opportunities. FREE (plus cost of pumpkins). (3701 W. Slaughter Ln)

Pioneer Farms Haunted Trails, October 18 & 19 and October 25 & 26, 7-10 p.m., Pioneer Farms. Experience Halloween like nowhere else in Texas! A must-see history show for all ages. This is an Austin tradition with new displays and thrills! Admission is $12 a 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. (10621 Pioneer Farms Drive)

TownLake YMCA Fall Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring the family for raffles, trick or treating, Tiny Tails Petting Zoo, dogs in costume from Austin Pets Alive, face painting, inflatables, pumpkin decorating, treats from Thunderbird Energetica and fun for the whole family. Also learn about the Y’s upcoming garden mosaic classes and volunteering at the Y. The Y will be honoring the Community Gardens sponsor, Kevin Williamson of Ranch 616. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume. (1100 W. Cesar Chavez)

Fall Fun at Red Barn, Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Red Barn Garden Center. This free event will feature a moon bounce and a petting zoo, and pumpkins of all sizes available for purchase. FREE. (12881 Pond Springs Rd)

Dia de los Muertos Festival, Saturday, October 19, noon – 11 p.m., Fiesta Gardens. $20 for age 13 and up in advance ($25 at the gate); kids 12 and under FREE. Proceeds from the Dia de los Muertos Festival will benefit Easter Seals Central Texas’ mission of providing exceptional services to people with disabilities. (2101 Jesse E. Segovia St)

Octoberama, Saturday, October 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mathews Elementary. All are welcome! Come enjoy games, inflatables, live music, award-winning local food vendors, a silent auction, and fun for the whole family! FREE. (906 West Lynn St.)

Run for All Festival & 5K, Saturday, October 19, 5:30 – 10 p.m., Texas School for the Deaf. Come down to the Run For All Festival, featuring the city’s only Halloween-themed evening 5K, and an Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow screening of the movie Beetlejuice. Come in costume! Runners and walkers of all ages welcome. Registration for the 5K is $30 and includes all festival events. Spectator tickets are $10. (1102 S. Congress Ave)

Viva La Vida Festival, Saturday, October 19, from 2 – 10 p.m., Mexic-Arte Museum. This year, the Museum will present the 30th Anniversary of the festival with the debut of 100 Catrinas during the Grand Procession and a reunion call to all Austinites who have participated over the years. The free annual street festival is Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event and features a Grand Procession, Latino artists and entertainment, an exhibition with community altars inside the museum, and educational programs. Attendees will also enjoy traditional foods from local food trucks, hands-on art activities, artist demos, and traditional and contemporary Latino art. The 2013 event is co-sponsored by the City of Austin. Festival: 5th St., between Congress & Brazos, 2-10 p.m. Grand Procession: Line-up on 6th Street (between Comal and Chicon) 5 p.m., runs down 6th St. to 5th & Congress, 6-7 p.m. FREE.

Hyde Park Annual Fire Station Festival, Sunday, October 20, 4 – 6 p.m., Fire Station #9 (3rd & Speedway). Hyde Park Neighborhood Association invites you to have a little fun with your friends and neighbors at our own Fire Station #9. There will be live music, refreshments, a Halloween parade, activities for all ages, and prizes for best costume. You can even meet the firefighters! Parade will gather at Shipe Park. FREE. (4400 Ave G)

Goultide Gala, Sunday, October 20, 7 p.m., St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. A program based around the narrative poem ‘Twas All Hallows Eve, featuring Ghoultide Scarols, a chamber oghoulstra, and a 100 voice massed Ghoul Choir. The story will be brought to life with costumed and choreographed actors and dancers. A gala reception will follow in the church’s gymnasium with Ghoultide Gourmet (food) and Ghoultide Go-Go (dancing). $10 suggested donation. (606 W. 15th St)

11th Annual Great PUGkin Fest, Sunday, October 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Woodlands Park. Each year the Austin PUG Club hosts the biggest and best Halloween costume contest for pug dogs! The costume contest is family friendly with 11 categories, including best kid-crafted, “arfully” close second and best in show! Available pugs and pug mixes from Pug Rescue Austin will be in attendance, with dogs available for adoption at the start of the show. The event is free to attend with a $5 donation to participate in the contest! Proceeds benefit Pug Rescue of Austin (501c3). (8820 Big View Dr.)

Fall Festival, Sunday, October 20, 5 – 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills Church. A family friendly festival for kids and families of all ages. Children can play fun carnival games, decorate cookies, make crafts, enjoy yummy BBQ, and fun bounce house attractions in a safe and fun family oriented environment. Admission is FREE but some games have a fee and food meal tickets $3 each. (6909 West Courtyard Drive)

Spooky Snacks & Creepy Crafts, Thursday, October 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m., YMCA North Austin Branch. Get in the Halloween spirit and join us in making healthy, Halloween-themed snacks and crafts that the whole family can enjoy. Fun for all ages; families are welcome. Admission is $5 for an individual child or $10 for the whole family. (1000 W. Rundberg Ln)

Ghostbusters, Thursday, October 24, 7:30 p.m., Republic Square Park. The Alamo Drafthouse and Austin Parks Foundation present Ghostbusters (1989 | PG). The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business. Details about the movie at the Alamo Drafthouse website. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. (422 Guadalupe)

Spooktacular, Friday, October 25, 6 – 9 p.m., Bullock Texas State History Museum. When darkness falls at the Bullock Museum, history’s spookiest stories are brought to light. Discover terror-ific tales of Texas through games, storytelling, costumes and more! (1800 N. Congress Avenue)

Halloween Bash, October 25, 8 p.m., The Little Gym of Austin at Lakeline. Ghostly games, thrilling treats, and a mysterious maze! Costumes are encouraged! Please call at 512-918-9876 if you have any quivering questions! The first gym play hour from 5:00-6:00 p.m. is only open to families with children under 3 years. Families with children 3 years and older will be invited to come at 6:00pm. Children under 3 years are free to stay after 6:00 p.m. If you have both Parent/Child and Pre/K children, please do not participate in gym play before 6:00 p.m. The Halloween Bash is open to EVERYONE! You do not have to be a member to attend, so invite friends and family! Admission is FREE. (14010 N Hwy 183 #445)

Community Halloween Carnival, Friday, October 25, from 7 – 9 p.m., Turner-Roberts Recreation Center. Trick or Treat!! You are invited to join the annual Turner-Roberts Halloween Carnival. There will be free games, music, door prizes and craft activities for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be a costume contest for children 1-12 years old, and a screaming contest for adult. Don’t miss out! All Ages. FREE! (7201 Colony Loop Dr.)

Halloween Bash, Saturday October 26, 12 – 3 p.m., Whole Foods Gateway. Enjoy music, food, face painting and Halloween crafts & games. Be sure to wear your costumes and have your photo taken in our photo booth! FREE. (9607 Research Blvd)

Fall Festival, Sunday October 27, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Cathedral School of St. Mary. Join us for food, fun and fellowship. There will be food, games, silent auction, arts & craft vendors and much more. FREE. (203 E. 10th St)

Fright at the Museum, Sunday, October 27, from 1 – 4:45 p.m., Texas Memorial Museum. Dress up your little goblins and bring your mummy to celebrate Halloween at Austin’s very own dinosaur graveyard! Join spooky scientists in exploring the mysterious side of Texas’ natural history. Feel frightful fish from the ocean depths; be rattled by slithery snakes of Central Texas; and feast your eyes on our bizarre bugs while we serve up creepy, crawly critters for your culinary delight. FREE. (2400 Trinity Street)

Free Family Day at the Art Garage, Sunday, October 27, 2 – 4 p.m., The Art Garage. Visit the studio for free and fun Halloween themed art projects. There will also be specials and walk-in offerings. All ages are welcome. FREE. (11190 Circle Dr, Ste 202)

Austin Symphony Halloween Children’s Concert, Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m., Long Center. 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. (701 W. Riverside Drive)

Fall Harvest Festival, Sunday October 27, 3 – 5 p.m., YMCA North Austin Branch. Gather up your little ghosts and goblins for some Halloween fun at the YMCA! There will be tricks and treats, so come in costume. The Y will provide games, candy and a parade in a safe and supervised environment. FREE and open to all. (1000 W. Rundberg Ln)

Goblins in the Garden, Sunday, October 27, 4 – 7 p.m., Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Dress up and come to the Wildflower Center and trick-or-treat at candy stations throughout the garden. Kids can also get their faces painted, listen to stories at the Little House, take part in a scavenger hunt, do arts and crafts, and march in a costume parade. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $3 for children 5 through 12, and free for Center members and children under 5.

Trunk or Treat/Fall Festival, Sunday, October 27, 4 – 6 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church. Join Bethany Lutheran for the annual Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival. Children can collect candy at decorated cars, decorate cupcakes, play carnival games, participate in a costume parade, hear spooky stories, enjoy yummy treats and much more. Exciting prizes will be offered for best decorated cars so please consider bringing your “decked out” car to the event! FREE. (3701 W. Slaughter Ln)

Fall Festival, Sunday, October 27, 4 – 6 p.m., Southwest Christian Church. Wear your costume for trunk or treat candy and games, and enjoy a hayride, bounce house, and more. FREE. (10500 Old Manchaca Rd)

Fall Festival at Givens Recreation Center, Wednesday, October 30, from 5 – 7 p.m. Join Givens Recreation Center for a light snack, carnival games, face painting, crafts and much more! FREE! (3811 East 12 St.)

Pumpkin Parade, Thursday, October 31, 10:30 a.m., Lake Travis Community Library. Get dressed up in your best Halloween costume and come to the library for the annual Pumpkin Parade. There will be a brief story time, then parade around the library. FREE. (1938 Lohman’s Crossing)

Trunk or Treat, Thursday, October 31, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Austin Baptist Church. Bounce houses and a small petting zoo. FREE of charge. (7016 Ribelin Ranch Drive)

Trunk or Treat, Thursday, October 31, 6 – 9 p.m., Wells Branch Community Center Parking Lot. Bring your trick-or-treat route by the Community Center parking lot off Klattenhoff Drive for Trunk-or-Treat. You will be able to vote for various decorated cars and play games on Halloween night. FREE. (2106 Klattenhoff Dr)

Dia de los Muertos, November 2, 10 a.m., Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Participate in an 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! (600 River Street)

River Oaks Fall Festival, Saturday, November 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., River Oaks Elementary School. Enjoy  laser tag, ponies, carnival games where everyone is a winner. Entertainment such as the mariachi band Trio Los Castros and Connelly cheer-leading squad. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is FREE, but some activities have a fee. (12401 Scofield Farms Dr)


Fall Festival & Corn Maze, Saturdays & Sundays, September 28 – November 10, Barton Hill Farms. Enjoy a corn maze, train rides, a sunken ship, jumping pillow, and more. Free pumpkin painting with purchase of pumpkin. General admission is $7 per person for ages 3-10 and $10 for ages 11 and up. Ages 2 and under are FREE. Admission includes entry to the corn maze and pumpkin patch. Some of the other activities cost extra. Guests can purchase an all access pass for $5 for unlimited access to the jumping pillow. Guests can also save $1 per ticket by purchasing online. (1115 FM 969, Bastrop)

HalloweenFest, Thursday, October 31, 5 – 9 p.m., Downtown Bastrop. Take the family down to historic main street in downtown Bastrop for the Annual Halloween Festival, recognized as one of the top Halloween festivals in the country. Kids and parents alike will enjoy costume contests, pumpkin carving contests, trick-or-treating, games and more. FREE.


11th Annual Boo-da Halloween, October 26, from 5 – 9 p.m., Downtown Buda. Downtown Buda serves as a safe and fun opportunity for children to trick-or-treat for Halloween and includes Halloween stories, crafts, games and more Halloween fun at the Buda Public Library. FREE.

Cedar Park

Pumpkin Festival and Craft Show, Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cedar Park First United Methodist Church. Kids Activities & Games * Free Caricature Artist* Free Face Painter *Food & Much More! Craft Show on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (600 West Park Street, Cedar Park)

Fall Festival, Saturday, November 9 from 12 – 9 p.m., YMCA Camp Twin Lakes (rescheduled due to inclement weather). Kids who are 3 years and younger enter for free. For everyone else, admission is $6 per person in advance (before Oct. 19 at the Twin Lakes Family YMCA Member Services Desk in Cedar Park) or $8 per person at the gate. Activities included with admission are: inflatables, hay rides, petting zoo, super slide, Pedestal Joust, Superhero Obstacle, climbing tower, midway carnival games, Kiddie Carnival (8 years and younger), Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins available for purchase), and a vendor fair. (204 E Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park)

Fall Festival, Saturday, October 26, 12 – 4 p.m., Lakeline Mall JC Penney court. Join Lakeline Mall for a costume contest, Halloween craft activities, and prize giveaways! Be sure to check out the strolling magician, balloon twister, and face painter while you’re there. And, stop by the pumpkin patch and pick out your very own pumpkin. Admission is FREE, but activities may have a fee. (11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park)

Free Fall Fest, Saturday, October 26, 4 – 7 p.m. FREE Family festival complete with food, games, petting zoo, pony rides, hay ride, bounce houses,trunk or treat, a rock wall and MORE!(1775 E Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park)


October Fall Fun at Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, daily from October 5, excluding Pumpkin Festival Weekends. Enjoy hay rides, animals, mazes, and more. Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sundays noon – 5:30 p.m. Admission is $6 per person. Join the Farm Family to receive one FREE child admission coupon. (120 Nature’s Way, Elgin, off Roy Davis Rd)

Pumpkin Festival Weekends, October 12 & 13, October 19 & 20, Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Parents can enjoy the live music (and eating great food) while the kids stay busy decorating pumpkins, competing in the duck races and playing on the playground. Included in admission are hayrides, face painting, animal visits, train ride, and more. Pony rides, crafts and pumpkin purchases are an additional fee. Admission is $6 for kids ages 2-12, $8 for ages 13 and up. Join the Farm Family to receive one FREE child admission coupon. (120 Nature’s Way, Elgin, off Roy Davis Rd)

Pumpkin Hunt, Evergreen Farms, weekends in October. Admission is FREE but some activities cost $2.50 to $5. Free activities include wagon rides around the farm and a petting zoo.  Activities that cost $2.50 per ticket include a train ride, a maze, and face painting. (Directions)


Special Needs Halloween Dance, Friday, October 11, 6 – 8 p.m., Georgetown Community Center. Age 15 and up can enjoy food, dancing, photos, and prizes. Admission is $5. (445 E Morrow St, in San Gabriel Park)

19th annual Halloween Hayride and Carnival, Thursday, October 24, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Georgetown Community Center. Hayrides begin outside the Georgetown Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Ticket sales will STOP at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be $2 for children 5 or older and adults. Children under 5 are $1. Please note: This will not be a scary Haunted Hay ride as in year’s past. It is a friendly hay ride through the park with Halloween themed decorations, aimed towards younger children.The Carnival will be held inside the Community Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is FREE, but each booth or activity charges a fee to participate. The Trick-or-treat Village will be set up in the Community Center front lawn from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Back again this year is a FREE Movie in the Park! See Casper (PG) at 6:45 p.m. at the Gazebo in San Gabriel Park. Bring your own refreshments. (445 E Morrow St, in San Gabriel Park)


Kyle Community Fall Festival, Saturday, October 19, 11 a.m., Kyle United Methodist Church. Pumpkins, crafts, games, baked goods photos, all at the pumpkin patch and inside Kyle UMC. FREE. (408 West Lockhart, Kyle)


The Great Goblin Glow, Saturday, October 19, 7 – 9 p.m., Lakeway City Park. Celebrate the season as hot air balloons illuminate the night sky. Children from around the area are invited to wear their costumes and enjoy and evening featuring candy, glitter tattoo artists, a juggler, balloon twisters, SpinOut Swings ride and music from The Loose Wheels.  Don’t forget to see the live bats exhibit and venture into Lakeway’s own Dead End Cemetery!  Please, no dogs at the park on this night. FREE. (502 Hurst Creek Rd, Lakeway)


Leander Fire Department Fall Fun Festival, Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, October 26, 5:30 – 10 p.m., Biff Johnson Fire Administration Building.  Featuring the Firehouse of Horror. Carnival Games tickets are 50¢ each. Most games require only one ticket per play. Tours of the Two-Story Haunted FireHouse of Horror are $10 per person, per tour. The purpose of the event is to provide Leander and the surrounding communites a safe, fun, and low-cost event, and to raise money for Leander Fire Department to replace three old worn out Automated External Defibilators (AED). There is FREE admission and free parking. (101 E. Sonny Drive, Leander)

Whitestone’s 10th annual Fall Festival, Friday, October 18, 2013, from 4:30 – 8 p.m. There will be fun, food, and games! Come join to enjoy some laser tag, rock climbing, hamster balls, a human gyroscope, a petting zoo with pony rides, balloon animals, and much much more! There will also be food trailers this year so please bring cash or credit for the food trucks.Tickets for games will be available online at a discounted price or at the event for full price. (2000 Crystal Falls Pkwy, Leander)

Fall Festival, Saturday, October 26, 3 – 6 p.m., Leander United Methodist Church. All activities are FREE! Carnival Games: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Snack Bar Open: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Costume Contest: 5:00 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat: 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. All Meals: $5 | Frito pie & drink | BBQ sandwich, chips & drink. (107 S. West Drive, Leander)


MUMC Fall Festival, Saturday, October 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Manchaca UMC. The MUMC Fall Festival is a great time to celebrate the season! Bring your family, friends and neighbors for a day of fun! Live music by Psychic Cowboy and Demi the Daredevil. Bring a canned food item to donate to the MUMC Food Pantry and a pair of men’s white socks for Manna Bags to be given to the homeless in the community. Hay Rides, Face painting, Clowns, Bounce House, Food, Crafts, Cake Walk, Door Prizes, Craft Show and lots more! (SE corner of Manchaca Rd and FM 1626)


30th Anniversary Fall Celebration, Saturday, October 19, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Crowe’s Nest Farm. Animal shows, cow milking demos, hayrides, meet the animals, and more. $8 for adults; $6 for children (3 – 12); $2 for 2-year-olds; under 2 free. (10300 Taylor Lane, Manor)

Marble Falls

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm, September 28 – November 8. 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. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sundays 1 – 5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. (1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls)


Halls of Horror Haunted House, October 17-18 and October 25-26 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., Green Red Barn at Heritage Park. Enter if you dare the Halls of Horror Haunted House. Not only is it a chance to prove your bravery…. this haunted house benefits local food pantries as entrants provide either $2 donation or canned goods. (901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville)

Round Rock

Fall Festival, Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Community Christian Church. Free fun, including face painting, pumpkin bowling, petting zoo, games, pony rides, and more. FREE. (4300 Sam Bass Rd, Round Rock)

Create a Pumpkin for Halloween, October 5, 10 a.m., IKEA. BYO Pumpkin for this FREE crafting workshop. RSVP required. (1 IKEA Way, Round Rock)

Decorate a Pumpkin, Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Kaleidoscope Toys. Decorate mini pumpkins with all kinds of craft items, including googly eyes, feathers, markers, and more. FREE. (110 North IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock)

Fall Festival, Friday, October 25, 7 – 9 p.m., Kids R Kids of Round Rock. Join us on Friday, October 25 for our 4th Annual Fall Festival! The festivities are to include pony rides, face painting, photo booth, carnival games, family friendly costumes, and our famous haunted house. FREE Admission with donation of any canned good. Donations to benefit the Round Rock Serving Center. (1455 Red Bud Ln, Round Rock)

Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt, Friday, October 25, 5:30 – 8 p.m., IKEA. Boo-rific Fun! Dress up your little ones and bring them to IKEA Round Rock Friday evening, October 25th for FREE spooky (not really) fun! (1 IKEA Way, Round Rock)

Halloween at the Y, Saturday, October 26, 4 – 10 p.m., Old Settlers Association. One of the largest Halloween events throughout Central Texas, this festival will include carnival games, inflatables, rides, climbing walls, Halloween candy, music, prizes, concessions, a costume contest, and more. Admission is $5, and parking is free at the Dell Diamond. (3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, across from the Dell Diamond)

Little Gym Halloween Bash, Sunday, October 27, 3 p.m., Little Gym Round Rock. Ghostly games, thrilling treats, and a mysterious maze! Costumes are encouraged! Please call at 512-687-4141 if you have any quivering questions! The first gym play hour from 3:00-4:00 p.m. is only open to families with children under 3 years. Families with children 3 years and older will be invited to come at 4:00pm. Children under 3 years are free to stay after 4:00 p.m. If you have both Parent/Child and Pre/K children, please do not participate in gym play before 4:00 p.m. The Halloween Bash is open to EVERYONE! You do not have to be a member to attend, so invite friends and family! Admission is FREE. The Little Gym of Round Rock, 3203 S IH-35, Round Rock.

Fall Fun Fest, Thursday, October 31, from 9 – 11:30 a.m., Lakeview Pavilion festival area of Old Settlers Park. This year’s theme is superheroes. Kapow! Bam! Pow! Zap! Superhero to the rescue! Fly into the park for a fun filled morning with all your favorite superheroes. 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. (3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock)

You may also be interested in Pumpkin Patches in Austin and Beyond.

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You knew this was coming.

South by Southwest may not officially hit town for another five months (now that Eco’s done), but the emails have already started trickling in: Buy your pass! Book your hotel! And now, here comes the first wave of programming.

Today, SXSW Interactive announced the first 500 or so sessions for the Festival. Per usual, programming runs the gamut of tech and Web topics: gaming, health, startup culture, fandom, memes, and computing, just to name a few. Highlights are many, but here are a handful that caught our eye:

• Nine “feature sessions” are already on the books, including everything from “Generation Mash-Up: Y Bother?” from Mashable honcho Pete Cashmore to a conversational session with Assassin’s Creed co-creator Jade Raymond about games’ impact on the environment.

• Security and privacy, on everyone’s minds and fingertips since the Edward Snowden leaks this summer, will receive their own track of programming, to be hosted at the Sheraton Hotel.

• Space-related programming, which launched to great success last year, returns, with folks from NASA talking everything from climate science to life on other planets (presumably in case we flub the climate science bits).

• Emoji get their day in the sun, as Vocabulary.com’s Ben Zimmer discusses the death of language.

• The Texas Tribune will talk about their big win on the night of Wendy Davis’ filibuster, as “Streaming Politics Beat TV” – by a long shot.

• Chris Trew talks about “The Humor-Centered Design Process,” and you should probably listen. Man knows a thing or two about laughs. But speaking of humor, xoJane’s Jane Pratt is back this year, this time to talk about the humor gap online.

• Everything in the Intelligent Future track suggests our childhood dreams of a Jetsons reality may finally be on the horizon: Driverless Cars, Hardwiring the Brain, smart apps, gesture-controlled electronics, and more.

• “Hacking Meat: Why Insects Are the Future of Food.” Whoa, what?

“We are very excited about today’s announcement and all the amazing content scheduled for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival,” said Interactive Director Hugh Forrest in a press release. “From design to social good to privacy to non-profits to space exploration, these sessions represent the breadth of programming that SXSW Interactive offers the digital creative community.”

You can read the full list over at the SXSW website. Another 300 or so panels will ultimately make their way to the calendar, so stay tuned for more if none of these (seriously?) strike your fancy.

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Weekend two of Austin City Limits will take place this weekend in Zilker Park, and a number of the performances will be streamed live on the festival’s website. You’ll be able to watch sets from The Cure, Atoms For Peace, Depeche Mode, Kings of Leon, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Lionel Ritchie, Phoenix, Wilco, The National, Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, Divine Fits, Local Natives, Dawes, Toro y Moi, Savages, Okkervil River, Parquet Courts, and Portugal. the Man, among others.

Check out full schedule below (note: all times in CDT).

Friday, October 11th:

Channel 1:

1:30 pm – Widowspeak
2:00 pm – Courtyard Hounds
3:00 pm – Jimmy Eat World
4:00 pm – Savages
5:00 pm – Local Natives
6:00 pm – Vampire Weekend
7:30 pm – Queens of the Stone Age
8:30 pm – Muse

Channel 2:

1:30 pm – Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
2:00 pm – Wild Nothing
3:00 pm – Smith Westerns
4:00 pm – Okkervil River (partial set)
5:30 pm – Black Angels
6:00 pm – Arctic Monkeys
7:30 pm – Kaskade
8:30 pm – Depeche Mode

Saturday, October 12th:

Channel 1:

1:30 pm – Deap Vally (partial set)
2:00 pm – Walk the Moon
3:00 pm – Delta Rae
4:00 pm – Portugal. The Man
5:00 pm – Silversun Pickups
6:00 pm – Wilco
7:15 pm – Passion Pit
8:30 pm – Kings of Leon

Channel 2:

1:30 pm – Mona
2:00 pm – Dan Croll
3:00 pm – Junip
4:00 pm – Parquet Courts
5:00 pm – The Joy Formidable
7:00 pm – Kendrick Lamar
8:00 pm – The Cure

Sunday, October 13th:

Channel 1:

1:30 pm – The Mowgli’s
2:30 pm – Noah and the Whale
4:00 pm – Franz Ferdinand
5:00 pm – Toro Y Moi
6:00 pm – Eric Church
7:00 pm – Phoenix
8:30 pm – Lionel Richie

Channel 2:

1:30 pm – MS MR
3:00 pm – Paper Diamond
4:00 pm – Grouplove
5:00 pm – Dawes
6:00 pm – Divine Fits
7:00 pm – The National
8:30 pm – Atoms for Peace

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Tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater Austin always want to know: Where should I eat right now? What are the buzziest new restaurants? What haven’t I heard of? What’s everyone talking about?

To answer those questions, we present our 28th edition of the Eater Austin Heatmap. On the list are four hot new restaurants: Black Sheep Lodge’s new sibling Haymaker; Hotel Ella’s restaurant Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar; coffee bar and craft beer pub Wright Bros. Brew & Brew; and the second outpost of Lucy’s Fried Chicken on Burnet Road.

Eater Map


1) The Dojo

The Dojo proclaims itself to be Austin’s first-ever izakaya, and they serve ramen, Japanese-inspired bites, and drinks until late.  [Photo]

9070 Research Blvd #305, Austin, TX 78758
 2) Lucy’s Fried Chicken
The second location of popular Lucy’s Fried Chicken is bringing the fried goodness to North Austin. The opening coincides with a menu expansion including items like “fried chicken nachos” and “chicken spaghetti.”
5408 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
(512) 514-0664
3) School House Pub
The long-anticipated Cherrywood neighborhood pub from the Mi Madre’s and Zanduga team features a bar-snacks focused menu, speciality cocktails and local beers. Even better, there’s nothing on the menu over $10, and the cocktails are reasonably priced, too.
2207 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
(512) 469-7630
4) Haymaker
This Manor Road comfort food spot from the brains behind Black Sheep Lodge has all the makings of a hit. A huge wall of taps? Check. 13 screens during football season? Check. Poutine? Not one, but two kinds. They serve big, gravy-covered sandwiches, too.
2310 E. Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
(512) 707-2744
5) Goodall’s Kitchen and Bar
Not technically open until Saturday October 5th, Goodall’s is hoping to foster a “neighborhood atmosphere” at the new Hotel Ella, in the former Mansion at Judge’s Hill space. They will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a Sunday brunch.
1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
(512) 495-1800
6) QUI Restaurant
Qui is not a hot restaurant. Qui is the hottest restaurant. The most anticipated opening of the year, Qui is Top Chef winner Paul Qui’s east side flagship, the first all-Qui all-the-time locale where he’s really been able to stretch his culinary legs, with a constantly evolving menu that features seven preparations of rabbit, a gorgeous Wagyu steak to share and a mind-blowing “Ode to Michel Bras” cold soup. But part of Qui’s genius is his decision to surround himself with other brilliant people, like front-of-house maven June Rodil, assistant GM Bill Man, and chef consultant Tim Dornon, though bar manager Michael Simon has already left the scene.
1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
7) NO VA
“The Next Food Network Star” alum Brad Sorenson brings “homespun twists on upscale classics” and clean, modernist-inspired design to Rainey Street. Dinner is the focus, with a late night menu offered as well.
87 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 382-5651
8) Arro
When Haddingtons shuttered, ELM Restaurant Group (24 Diner and Easy Tiger) stepped into the space with this airy French-inspired restaurant. And this place has everything: a reasonably priced, $25 three course prix fixe, a bread program courtesy Easy Tiger, a cordial cart, and a wine list from master somms Craig Collins and Devon Broglie.
Austin, TX
(512) 992-2776
9) Bufalina
After an epic two-year long wait, Bufalina finally opened its doors this July on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Comal. Owner Steven Dilley has been firing off traditional Neapolitan-style pies in his wood-fired white tile oven alongside meat and cheese plates and seasonal salads. [Photo]
1519 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-2523
10) Wright Bros. Brew & Brew
All of Austin is buzzing about this new coffee shop and craft beer pub in the former Progress space on East 5th. They are also serving breakfast, sandwiches, and bar snacks.
500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
11) Barlata
Chef Daniel Olivella’s Austin outpost of his Barlata Tapas Bar stands to be one of the most popular spots of the summer, as the NoCal chef introduces Austin to the brilliance of his authentic Spanish tapas menu.
1500 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2211
12) The ABGB
Local brewery Austin Beer Garden and Brewing Company makes good with an actual beer garden, featuring their own brews and a locally-sourced menu of pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. The soft opening generated lots of buzz before their opening in late August.
1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 298-2242
13) Winebelly
The Tran family, who own the popular Hai Ky restaurants, has branched out into Spanish cuisine with their new South Austin tapas and wine bar. Bar snacks and larger tapas plates round out the menu.
519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
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