Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: October 25 through 27, 2019

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

  1. Spooktacular
    Friday, October 25 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Avenue
    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. Spooky Pflix Night
    Friday, October 25 | from 5:30 to 10 p.m. | Green Red Barn at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville
    Join pfellow Halloween movie pfans at the Green Red Barn at Heritage Park for a night of spooky movies! Hotel Transylvania will be played first, followed by a showing of Hocus Pocus. Dressing up is encouraged! There will be food vendors, including Taco Queen, and the event is BYOB. You can also bring your own snacks, as well as blankets and chairs for the viewing. Admission is pfree, so head over to the Green Red Barn for a night of pfestive pfun!
  3. Hocus Pocus at Community First Village Community Cinema
    Friday, October 25 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First Village Community Cinema, 9301 Hog Eye Road
    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.
  4. Movies Under the Stars: Casper
    Friday, October 25 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.| Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street
    Free outdoor screening of CASPER at Metz Recreation Center. Bring your chairs, blankets & snacks for a FREE movie under the stars. Free popcorn and drink at each showing. One per person.
  5. Viva la Vida Festival and Parade
    Saturday, October 26 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Congress Avenue
    Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Fest is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. The festival features a Grand Procession, the Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day. Free Admission!
  6. 8th Annual Kids’ Ball
    Saturday, October 26 | from 5 to 8:30 p.m.|Central Market North, 4001 North Lamar
    This free, family-friendly Halloween event returns for the seventh year, presented by White Ghost Shivers and Creative Action! All are encouraged to dress up to have a great time, grooving to spooky tunes, making art, playing pretend, and hanging with family! Creative Action will be providing a variety of interactive activities including costume-making, art stations, music and movement exercises, and a photo booth, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. White Ghost Shivers takes the stage from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 
  7. Haunted House & Halloween Movie Night
    Saturday, October 26 | from 6 to 10 p.m. | Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock
    Join for an unforgettable experience as you walk through the Cat Hollow Pavilion transformed into a Haunted House! Full-on SCARE and kid-friendly experiences available. Free! Hope Alliance will be accepting donations. Families are invited to bring a lawn chair to Cat Hollow Park for an outdoor showing of Casper!
  8. Fall Folly
    Sunday, October 27 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4622 South Lamar Boulevard
    Join Holy Cross Lutheran Church on the back lawn for a day of FREE family fun. There will be a petting zoo, games with prizes, raffle prizes, silent auction, and more. Wear your costumes. Food will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome. Learn more and confirm event details here.
  9. Kid Spa Austin Fall Festival
    Sunday, October 27 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Kid Spa Austin, Multiple Locations
    Join at both the Circle-C Ranch and Avery Ranch locations for Kid Spa’s annual Fall Festival! There will be tons of games and activities for the kiddos, including: Pony Rides and Petting Zoo, Bounce House, Train Ride, Carnival games, Prizes & treats, Crafts, Raffles, Costume Photo Ops, and much more! Admission is FREE!
  10. Sixth First Annual Polkapocalypse
    Sunday, October 27 | from 12 to 5:30 p.m. | Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street
    The SIXTH First Annual POLKAPOCALYPSE! is once again upon us! Four awesome Polka bands will rock the boots off your lederhosen with a crazy mix of Tejano, Czech, German, Polish, Gypsy, and Norteno sounds! Also A COSTUME CONTEST! Come as a MAD POLKA ZOMBIE, A Dia de los Muertos Catrina, a Furry, or your favorite museum employees!! Live the dream! Bring the family and a picnic and chairs if you wish. It’s totally family friendly. Yes, the weather looks terrific. If we need to change (which seems very unlikely) we will announce by Friday afternoon. There is a rain site so the show will go on! There will be food, drinks and ices available and there are lots of restaurants and convenience stores within a couple of hundred yards of the museum if you don’t find what you need here! Coolers are totally allowed, beer alas is not. Bring a shirt and get it printed on site! Parking is available at the Hyde Park Christian Church about 1/8 of a mile east of us on 45th street. There’s also the Fresh Plus parking lot at 43rd & Ave G. FREE!!

More Events A Bit Further Outside The City:

  1. Harvest of Fall Fun! (Marble Falls)
    Friday through Sunday, October 25 through 27 | from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday | 1801 FM 1980 Marble Falls 
    Harvest of Fall Fun runs through November 4, 2018. 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, scarecrow stuffing, a train, and flower picking, and pumpkin painting just to name a few (seriously, there are a TON of activities for an additional fee). Visit the Sweet Berry Farm website for pricing. Payment by cash or check only. (Check the website for exact directions as GPS isn’t always accurate for this location.)
  2. Story Time in the Pumpkin Patch (Bertram)
    Friday, October 25 | at 10 a.m. | Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch, 4625 E State Hwy 29, Bertram
    Join Friday mornings for story time in the Pumpkin Patch! Free Admission! Free Craft!
  3. TLE Buda Trunk or Treat (Buda)
    Friday, October 25 | from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | The Learning Experience, 825 Main Street, Buda
    Join for a safe family Trunk or Treat at The Learning Experience Buda’s parking lot on Friday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m.! Staff will have decorated trunks and candy for family and friends of the community!. Please RSVP by calling (512) 523-8831 or emailing: [email protected]
  4. Hogeye Festival (Elgin)
    Saturday, October 26 | from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Veterans’ Memorial Park, 109 Depot Street, Elgin
    The FREE festival features live music and entertainment 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 Corn Hole Contest, 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.
  5. Halloween Fest (Lockhart)
    Saturday, October 26 | from 2 to 4 p.m.| Leander United Methodist Church, 107 South West Drive, Leander
    Join for witch crafts, a special spooky storytime, and a costume contest! Don your costume and come on down to Lockhart State Park!  We will have several Halloween-themed crafts for your enjoyment, along with a “spooky” storytime!  All participants are encouraged to wear a costume.  There will be a costume contest at 2 p.m. with prizes for the winners!  All ages welcome. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).
  6. Fall Fest (Leander)
    Saturday, October 26 | from 2 to 4 p.m.| Leander United Methodist Church, 107 South West Drive, Leander
    Everything at Fall Fest is FREE! Food, games, face painting, prizes and so much more! Costume Contest at 3 p.m.
  7. Family Festival Pumpkin Patch (Dripping Springs)
    Saturday, October 26 | 7:30 p.m.|  Proof & Cooper Restaurant, 18710 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs
    Offering fun and activities for the whole family, the pumpkin patch will feature kid-friendly programming, carnival games, bounce house, vendors, and live music.
  8. Fall Fest (Manchaca)
    Sunday, October 27 |  from 4 to 7 p.m.  |  1011 FM 1626 at Manchaca Road, Manchaca
    The smell of school supplies, college football, Friday night lights and pumpkin spice lattes ….that’s what fall is made of. Fall is an exciting time of year at Manchaca United Methodist Church and we are excited to celebrate this amazing season with you.  Dress the kiddos up in their costume and join us for an afternoon/evening of fun games, live music, trunk or treat for the kids, bounce houses and hay ride. Come stroll through our pumpkin patch, have the kids face painted, decorate cookies and take advantage of our many photo opportunities! All games, activities and prizes are free!
  9. Boo Bash (Georgetown)
    Sunday, October 27 | from 1 to 4 p.m.  | Downtown Georgetown
    On October 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., head down to the Georgetown Square in costume, bring your candy bags and enjoy trunk or treating on Main Street! Boo Bash is a great time for goblins of all ages to take time out to enjoy The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas and its unique shopping and dining. This is a free event. Boo Bash is sponsored by The Downtown Georgetown Association.
  10. Trunk or Treat at FUMC Killeen (Killeen)
    Sunday, October 27 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | First United Methodist Church, 3501 East Elms Road, Killeen
    The annual FUMC Trunk-or-Treat is a free event, open to the community, where children of all ages go from trunk-to-trunk in the church parking lot, collecting candy and enjoying the creatively decorated trunks in a safe, fun, family environment!

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