What’s Up? Weekly: October 1-5, 2018

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting Austin events featured on our Free Fun Calendar!

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Happening All Week

Anderson Terrace Pumpkin Patch
Monday through Friday, October 1 – 5 | 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 & free family-friendly activities.

Harvest of Fall Fun (Marble Falls)
Monday through Friday (Except Wednesday), October 1 – 2, 4 – 5 | from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 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.)

Harry Ransom Center Free Daily Exhibition Tours
Monday through Friday, October 1 – 5 | at 12 p.m. | Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.
Experience the Harry Ransom Center with free daily exhibition tours. Visitors have the opportunity to see some of the Ransom Center’s renowned holdings in literature, art, photography, film, and the performing arts. In addition to these holdings, the current exhibition “Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance” gives an unprecedented look into the creative process of Ed Ruscha, one of today’s most influential artists. Always on view are the Center’s rare, complete copy of the Gutenberg Bible and the Niepce Heliograph, one of the earliest photographs taken in a camera. Tours meet daily at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. No reservations required.


Tales from the Graves
Monday, October 1 | at 3:30 p.m. | APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd.
A Literature Live! Production recommended for ages 3 and up. Three not so scary tales of monsters, mischief and mayhem. Written by master storyteller, Keith Graves, and reanimated by Literature Live!

Music Bingo Night
Monday, October 1 | at 7 p.m. | Halcyon Mueller, 1905 Aldrich St.
You’ve played trivia. You’ve played bingo. Now, for the first time Halcyon Mueller is putting them together for music trivia bingo! Who needs boring numbers? These bingo cards will have pictures of album covers and instead of calling numbers, the MC will be playing audio clips. Get 5 in a row, win a prize! Halcyon Mueller has a full bar with a great drink selections, delicious coffee and plenty of prizes! Free to play. Bring your friends. Bingo starts right at 7.

Capitol Rotunda Community Sings
Monday, October 1 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.
No singing or musical experience necessary. The Texas Capitol is a glorious space for singing in community. The acoustics are unmatched and the act of singing songs for connection and belonging in an historically divided space is powerful. Suggested donations on a sliding scale of $3-$18 are graciously accepted to help support our mutual flourishing but your presence is the greatest gift of all. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your ability to financially contribute.

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Pfarmers Market (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, October 2 | from 3 to 7 p.m. | The Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd., Pflugerville
The Pfarmers Market brings fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community. Vendors sell a variety of seasonal produce including tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, okra, garlic, melons, peaches and grapes; artisan baked goods; honey; flowers; eggs; free-range meats; jarred salsas, pickles and jams; fruits and plants. Craft items are often available for purchase, and live music is on site on selected dates. When you shop at the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market, you are supporting local farms and small businesses. Cash is preferred. Credit card purchases depend on the vendor’s capability.

Family Board Game Night
Tuesday, October 2 | from 5:30 to 8 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez Rd.
Do you love playing board games? Then head to the Tuesday Family Board Game Night!Play modern and traditional family board games, including Quirkle, Battleship, Feed the Woozle, and Jenga! Test your skills with family and friends. Snacks provided. Program open to kids of all ages.

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High Noon Talk: The Cedar Choppers
Wednesday, October 3 | from 12 to 1 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
Held on the first Wednesday of every month, High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through this casual lunch-time lecture. The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing is an entertaining dive into the history of a people with roots in Appalachia who settled on the west side of the Balcones Fault during the mid-19th century. The emergence of Austin as a major metropolitan area, especially after the 1950s, soon brought the cedar choppers and their hillbilly lifestyle into direct confrontation with a gentrified urban population. Join author Ken Roberts for a talk on the cedar choppers, their clans, their culture and a way of life that is rapidly disappearing.

Free Storytime & Movement: The Ugly Duckling (ages 3 to 5)
Wednesday, October 3 | at 1 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
Introduce your child to the joy of dance through the story of The Ugly Duckling. Experience this narrative journey as students are led through a series of movement and ballet-based activities that appeal to both girls and boys. The class is designed to enhance physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills through collaborative and cooperative games.

Wednesday Farmers’ Market at Mueller
Wednesday, October 3 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller, 4209 Airport Blvd. at the Browning Hangar
Make Mueller on Wednesdays your fave hang spot with friends or the fam. Perfect for an after work or after school wind down, TFM Mueller on Wed features 50 local food artisans, sustainable farmers and ranchers and craft beverages. Pack a blanket and picnic lakeside! Sip and stroll along Mueller Lake park under the shady trees beside the historic Browning Hangar. Take the kiddos for independent play in our play area, pony rides and other great family fun.

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TOMS Austin and Austin Makers Collective Present: First Thursday, an ACL Pre-Party
Thursday, October 4 | from 4 to 9 p.m. | TOMS Austin, 1401 S. Congress Ave.
TOMS Austin and Austin Makers Collective present: First Thursday: an ACL pre-party.  Celebrate ACL coming to town with FREE Dulce Vida Margaritas, samples from the plant-based nutrition brand Vega, local vendors, and the musical stylings of Rebecca Darling, The Festive Years and Animals for Hands.

Solar System and Galaxy Starry Nights at Girlstart
Thursday, October 4 | from 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Girlstart, 1400 W. Anderson Ln.
Girlstart’s STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy! Starry Nights are held the 1st Thursday of every month (except January, June, July, and August), with each month featuring a new astronomy experience and related hands-on activities. All ages are welcome to stop by any time between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. RSVP is recommended, however it is not required, to join us.

Storied & Pop Japan! Exhibition and Opening Reception
Thursday, October 4 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
Join the Asian American Resource Center for the opening of two new Art Exhibits: Storied and Pop Japan! Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Exhibitions open from October 4 to December 14, 2018.

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Ricardo Parra Live Music Event
Friday, October 5 | from 2 to 3 p.m.| University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
Ricardo Parra is a Chilean singer, songwriter, guitarist and arranger born in Concepción, Chile. He has released three albums: a bossa nova album in 2009, La primavera es de los dos in 2013, and Con la dulzura de tu niñezin 2018. His music moves through various styles including folk, trova, bossa nova and blues. He has performed for the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico and universities and forums in the United States and Chile.

Chalk Walk (Round Rock)
Friday, October 5 | from 5 to 10 p.m.| Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock
Chalk Walk is a free, family-friendly arts event in Downtown Round Rock.  Over 100 featured chalk artists with artists vendors and food booths.

Concert in the Park (Cedar Park)
Friday, October 5 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
Admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs/blankets as there is plenty of space. Food concessions will be available; you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. The band is Dysfunkshun Junkshun.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.

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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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