What’s Up? Weekly: October 22 – 26, 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 22 – 26 | 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 22 – 23, 25 – 26 | 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 22 – 26 | 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.


Texas Cookbook Month – Chef Jesse Griffiths Demo
Monday, October 22 | at 6 p.m. | Austin Public Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
Featured Cookbook: Afield: A Chef’s Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish. Library programs and workshops reflect the creative endeavors and diverse interests of the Austin community. Free and open to the public.

Music Bingo Night
Monday, October 22 | at 7 p.m. | Halcyon Mueller, 1905 Aldrich St., #110
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. We’ve got $2 off Texas Beer & Liquor all night! Bring your friends. Bingo starts right at 7.

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Snack Science!
Tuesday, October 23 | from 4 to 5 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez Rd.
Learn what body parts make up your circulatory system and how to keep it healthy through food and excercise. Learn through fun activities and then make (and eat!) a snack that feeds and strengthens their circulatory system. Space is limited so preregistration is required. Children may register for more than one week. PREREGISTER HERE or at the Central Library Children’s Desk. October 9: Your Circulatory System – Go with the Flow.

Family Craft Night: Halloween
Tuesday, October 23  | at 4:30 p.m. | APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Join for Family Craft Night, where participants get to explore the different avenues of art and learn new techniques with a different, exciting project each month. Free!

Family Board Game Night
Tuesday, October 23 | 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.

Maker Night: Halloween Mini Die-o-Ramas
Tuesday, October 23  | from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  | APL-Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth St.
Learn about circuitry by using conductive materials, LEDs and batteries to make a new project each month at our pop-up makerspace. This month, make a mini die-o-rama Halloween magnet for your fridge or locker. They provide the supplies and know-how, you provide the creativity. Free!

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Wednesday Farmers’ Market at Mueller
Wednesday, October 24 | 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.

Halloween Craft Night ($5)
Wednesday, October 24 |  at 6 p.m. | Leander United Methodist Church, 107 S West Dr, Leander
Join for a family-friendly crafting project in the Pumpkin Patch! You will be making Spookley Pumpkins and Ghosts in celebration of one of the favorite pumpkin, Spookley, the square pumpkin! They will supply everything you need to create a one of a kind fun craft for you to take home. Wear clothes you can get messy in! Child care is provided at no cost for children under the age of 6. $5 per person.

Read – Watch – Talk: Frankenstein
Wednesday, October 24 | at 6:15 p.m. | APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr.
Literature purists will stand by the book. Film buffs will make a case for the movie. Either way there is something to discuss. Take part in the movie-book club by reading on your own and/or watching with us, and then discussing the merits of each following the film. *closed captions available for all screenings. FREE! Read the book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Watch the movie: directed by James Whale (1931) 70  min. Special Screening of 1910 short film by Edison studios at 6:15 pm.
Talk about them both: with special guest ACC Assistant Professor, Melissa Holton.

Weeknight Cinema: Haunting Halloweens
Wednesday, October 24 | at 6:30 p.m. | APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave.
Join for a movie screening. Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. This week’s film: Halloween 3. FREE!

Pajama Storytime
Wednesday, October 24 | from 6:30 to 7 p.m. | APL St. John Branch, 7500 Blessing Ave.
Feel free to wear pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to join for stories, songs, rhymes, games, and other activities. Program length varies. Recommended for ages 8 and under.

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Halloween Party (Round Rock) (RSVP)
Thursday, October 25 | from 10 to 11 a.m. |  Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock
Hop into your costumes and bring treats to share – the Round Rock Public Library is throwing a Halloween bash!  Children ages 18 months and older may join us with their parent/guardian for stories, songs, treats, and Halloween fun. RSVP required.

Georgetown Halloween Festival and Hayride (Georgetown)
Thursday, October 25 | from 5:30-8:30 p.m. |  San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown
The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department invites you to the 24th Annual Halloween Festival. This fun-filled family event will definitely get you into the spirit of Halloween, so get dressed up and come on out! Trick or treat village and the costume contest are FREE, while the hayride, pumpkin painting, and carnival games have a small cost (cash only – bring quarters and small bills).

Grassy Thursday
Thursday, October 25 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | St. Elmo Brewing Co., 440 E St Elmo Rd.
Head over for one of the best free shows in Austin. Some of the top pickers around come play a THREE HOUR set at St Elmo every Thursday RAIN or SHINE! Couple that with good beer and hot food, and we have a recipe for a great night. Pet friendly outside.

Movies in the Park: Practical Magic
Thursday, October 25 | from 7:15 to 10 p.m. | Palm Park, 601 E. 3rd St.
Join for 2018 Movies in the Park with Practical Magic. Opportunities to win APF merchandise and food trucks at every show! This month’s food trucks are Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs and Garbo’s Lobster Truck ATX.

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Story Time in the Pumpkin Patch (Bertram)
Friday, October 26 | at 10 a.m. | Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch, 4625 E State Hwy 29, Bertram
Head to the pumpkin patch on Friday mornings for story time! Free admission! Free crafts!

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!

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.

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.

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.

Lick’s Nothing but ’90s Birthday Bash
Friday, October 26 | at 9 p.m. |  Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St.
The ’90s were da bomb! Grab your homies and revel in this totally sweet decade with Lick Honest Ice Creams and Austin Chronicle as they celebrate seven delicious years in business. All proceeds from the event will be donated to AIDS Services of Austin, so mad props to y’all for helping support the cause with us! Dress as your favorite ’90s celeb or character to compete for a prize in the costume contest, or just because you want a reason to bust out your Doc Martens and JNCO Jeans. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lick Honest Ice Creams party without lots and lots of ice cream. Guests will be treated to as much FREE ice cream as they can eat! All the ’90s-themed flavors are exclusive to this event will never be seen again! We can’t wait for you to try them and dance the night away with us. It’s gonna be all that and a bag of chips! Ice cream is free, however, admission for the event is $15.

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

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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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