Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: October 5-7, 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 5-7, 2018

  1. Anderson Terrace Pumpkin Patch
    Friday through Sunday, October 5 through 7 | from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Anderson Terrace, 11505 Anderson Mill Rd.
    The Anderson Terrace Pumpkin Patch opens, with a full month of fun through October 31. Free to 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. Visit anytime and enjoy a number of fun and free family-friendly activities.
  2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
    Tuesday, October 5 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First! Village, 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. 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. Donations can be made electronically if you RSVP on Facebook.
  3. Movies in the Park: The Little Mermaid
    Tuesday, October 5 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Mueller Austin, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
    Join for a free, family-friendly event taking place at Mueller’s outdoor amphitheater. At the first Friday in this two-event series, they will be screening Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Grab your friends, family, blankets and join for a fun evening under the stars. Can’t make it this week? Join the following week for a screening of Space Jam. Parking is available in the McBee Street Garage for $1/hour.
  4. Concerts in the Park (Cedar Park)
    Tuesday, October 5 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
    Featured band is Dysfunction Junction. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets as there is plenty of space. Food concessions will be available or you are welcome to bring your own picnic and ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited.
  5. Texas Teen Book Festival
    Saturday, October 6 | from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress Ave.
    The Texas Teen Book Festival is FREE and open to the public. No, you don’t have to be a teen to attend. They welcome all ages. The Festival will feature nationally and critically recognized authors, writing workshops, and workshops for educators. Book sales at the Festival support the one-day event.
  6. Harvest Fest
    Saturday, October 6 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Redeemer Austin, 1500 W. Anderson Ln.
    Enjoy a day filled with games, rides, music, food, fellowship, and fun! For shoppers, there will be vendors who sell anything from hair-bows to fine paintings, along with a silent auction, treats, and items created by students of Redeemer Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center. Kid friendly family fun for all!
  7. AARC Fifth Birthday Celebration
    Saturday, October 6 | from 1 to 3 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
    Happy 5th Birthday, Asian American Resource Center! Celebrate five years of bringing Austin’s diverse communities together. Enjoy family friendly activities including button and pom pom flower making, washi paper wish crafting, and mandala decorating. Meet Sona Shah, the new Facility Manager, and learn more about the future of the AARC while sharing your input about the facility. Visit with community partners and enjoy complimentary light refreshments. Live music from Sho Ukelele. Free and open to the public!
  8. RC Airshow 4th Annual Ride the Lightning Electric Event
    Saturday, October 6 | All Day | Austin Radio Control Association, 8705 Lindell Ln.
    Be there on Saturday, October 6, when all types of electric powered planes, electric powered jets, multi-rotors, helicopters and powered gliders will take to the air during the third annual “Ride the Lightning” Electric Flight Event. This is a fantastic event to learn how electric powered flight has changed the RC Aircraft industry! See giant scale electric planes–with wingspans of 7 feet–fly, like the F4U Corsair, P38 Lightning, P51D Mustang and the civilian DeHaviland Beaver. Talk to some ARCA instructors about scheduling a FREE “discovery flight” for anyone 12 years or older. The fun starts around 10 a.m. but feel free to arrive earlier and talk to the pilots, see the planes and pick a spot to sit! FREE parking and FREE admission to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase onsite (11-3) with a shaded picnic area, and an air conditioned club house.
  9. Landmarks Dog Walk
    Sunday, October 7 | from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Clock Knot, The University of Texas at Austin, Dean Keeton Street and Speedway
    Fetch your pooch and head to campus for the fourth annual Landmarks Dog Walk! Landmarks has partnered with Blue Dog Rescue to present a docent-led public art dog walk! Dogs and owners will take a leisurely one-hour stroll around The University of Texas at Austin to appreciate some of its most stunning works of outdoor sculpture. Bring your dog, a leash, and plenty of waste bags to Mark di Suvero’s Clock Knot near Dean Keeton Street and Speedway (map). Don’t have a four-legged friend? Meet and greet some of Blue Dog Rescue’s most eligible canines! Please make sure your dog is well-behaved around people and other animals and up-to-date on vaccinations. There will be plenty of water stops along the tour route, and each guest will receive a special Landmarks frisbee! Free and open to the public.
  10. H-E-B First Sunday
    Sunday, October 7 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
    Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state.  Explore 34 artworks by Comanche artist Eric Tippeconnic paired with unique artifacts that blend the past with the present to honor the Comanche people in the exhibition Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic. Gain an insider’s perspective on what makes stock shows and rodeo an integral part of Texas history in Rodeo! The Exhibition.

Bonus Nearby Free Fun

  • Harvest of Fall Fun (Marble Falls)
    Friday through Sunday, October 5 through 7 | from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday | Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls
    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 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 6 and 7 | 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 5 and 6 | 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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About the Author

Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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