Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: October 26-28, 2018

Another fantastic weekend is here, and there are so many great things to do in and around Austin. Here are the top 10 FREE Austin events happening this weekend.

 

Weekend Top 10 FREE Austin Events: October 26-28, 2018

  1. Spooktacular
    Friday, October 26 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.
    Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls welcome at the annual FREE family-friendly Halloween celebration. Join the Bullock Museum in partnership with Girlstart for spooky hands-on STEM fun for the whole family. Plus, explore the Museum’s exhibits after hours at this FREE event. Be one of the first 100 kids in the door at Spooktacular and get a FREE spooky tote bag that’s great for trick-or-treating!
  2. Halloween Boo Bash
    Friday, October 26 | at 5:30 p.m. | YMCA, 3208 Red River St.
    The Austin YMCA offers a safe and family-friendly Halloween Boo Bash that features arts and crafts, games, music, and treats. Dress in costume and have some fun at this FREE event.
  3. Monster Mash Bash (Georgetown)
    Friday, October 26 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th St., Georgetown
    Head to the GPL to celebrate the fall season with a MONSTER MASH BASH. They’ll have tasty treats, a not-too-spooky puppet show, and a dance party! All ages, costumes encouraged, family friendly. Free and open to the public.
  4. Halloween Movies at Community First Village Community Cinema: Hocus Pocus
    Friday, October 26 |  from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  | Community First Village Community Cinema, 9301 Hog Eye Rd
    Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village.Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
  5. Anderson Terrace Pumpkin Patch
    Friday, October 26, through Sunday, October 28 | from 10 a.m. t0 7 p.m. | Anderson Terrace, 11505 Anderson Mill Rd.
    Free to head out and pose with the pumpkins and props for a photo. Pumpkin prices start as low as $2 with corn stalks and hay bales for sale, also. Fun for kids and furbabies. Pumpkin Painting Station for $10. Storytime reading corner, kids and pets photo contest with cash prizes. Visit anytime and enjoy a number of fun and free family-friendly activities.
  6. Texas Book Festival
    Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday | Downtown Austin on Congress Ave. near the Texas State Capitol
    The Texas Book Festival will return for its 23rd year on October 27 and 28, 2018, and will once again be held in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin.
  7. 12th Annual Murder, Mayhem & Misadventures Walking Tour
    Saturday, October 27 | from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Oakwood Cemetery, 1600 Comal St.
    Join for the 12th annual Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour Oct 27, 2018 (rescheduled due to weather) at Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.  The free tours cover the chilling, untimely deaths of “residents” of Oakwood portrayed by actors at their grave sites. The 45 minute tours highlight historical – not scary – events and start every 15-20 minutes between 10 a.m. through 3:15 p.m. near the newly restored Oakwood chapel. Kids under adult supervision are welcome, but please leave your pets at home and wear closed-toed shoes. Sponsored by Save Austin’s Cemeteries -Donations welcome!
  8. Trunk or Treat Carnival
    Saturday, October 27 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | MCC Austin, 8601 S. 1st St.
    Join MCC Austin for the 3rd annual Trunk or Treat Carnival! Children can trick or treat from car to car, enjoy carnival games with prizes, participate in a cake walk, and more!
  9. Ella’s Haunted Mansion
    Sunday, October 28 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande St.
    Mosaic Church will be hosting the most epic Fall Festival yet! Tons of fun, games and awesome prizes… all for free! FREE popcorn, hot cocoa, and cider bar. Human foosball! Sports arena! Bungee run! Bingo! Beautiful photo booth! There will be Pitalicious and Cow Bells food trucks on site for purchase. Everything else is FREE! A costume contest will be judged in the following categories: Little Kids, Big Kids, Adults/Teens, and Family.
  10. Fall Festival at Mosaic Church
    Sunday, October 28 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Mosaic Church, 12675 Research Blvd.
    Mosaic Church will be hosting the most epic Fall Festival yet! Tons of fun, games and awesome prizes… all for free! FREE popcorn, hot cocoa, and cider bar. Human foosball! Sports arena! Bungee run! Bingo! Beautiful photo booth! There will be Pitalicious and Cow Bells food trucks on site for purchase. Everything else is FREE! A costume contest will be judged in the following categories: Little Kids, Big Kids, Adults/Teens, and Family.

Bonus Nearby Free Fun

  • Harvest of Fall Fun (Marble Falls)
    Friday through Sunday, October 26 through 28 | Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls
    Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Closed all Wednesdays. Parking is FREE. The pumpkins and gourds are individually priced. Admission is FREE, but each activity has a fee. Activities include a hayride, corn maze, and pumpkin painting just to name a few. Payment by cash or check only. (Check the website for exact directions as GPS isn’t always accurate for this location.)
  • Barton Hill Farm Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch (Bastrop)
    Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28 | from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday | Barton Hill Farm, 1115 Farm To Market 969, Bastrop
    Happening Saturdays and Sundays, September 29 through November 4. The farm is also open on Monday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Head to Barton Hill Farms and make memories with friends and family! They have fun activities for all ages. From taking fall photos and picking out your pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, to getting lost in the corn maze, jumping on the jumping pillow, playing human foosball, corn hole, and more, you are sure to have a great day! If you’re looking for delicious food and cold drinks, check out the concession stand. They have Lavell’s Lemonade, cold beer, frozen sangria, and other refreshing beverages. They also offer 100% all beef hot dogs, 100% Angus beef burgers, sno-cones, pulled pork sandwiches, and kettle corn.
  • Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt (Elgin)
    Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday | Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Rd., Elgin
    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. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with great concessions at the concessions stand and other activities and games. The Evergreen Farms authentic pumper fire truck will again be at the Pumpkin Hunt. The truck will stop on the ride and demonstrate how the hoses and pumps work as well as sounding the sirens along the way. Each child will receive a fire hat after the ride. Admission and parking are free.

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