What’s Up? Weekly: October 29 – November 2, 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 Wednesday, October 29 – 31 | 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.

Harry Ransom Center Free Daily Exhibition Tours
Monday through Friday, October 29 – November 2 | 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.


Harvest of Fall Fun (Marble Falls)
Monday, October 29 | 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).

Storybook Dance Making (Ages 1- 5)
Monday, October 29 | from 10:30 to 11 a.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Dance with your family to live music, play games, and enjoy a storybook reading. Storybook Dance Making classes include a warm up, check-in activity, game, storybook reading, and dance making activity. Each lesson is aligned with the National Core Standards for Dance Education and taught by a Dance Waterloo artist. This class is best for families with children ages 1-5. Stick around afterwards to snack, sip, or shop at one of the many local businesses in Mueller’s vibrant community!

Music Bingo Night
Monday, October 29 | 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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Harvest of Fall Fun (Marble Falls)
Tuesday, October 30 | 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).

Celebration for the Fine Arts Library
Tuesday, October 30 | from 3 to 5 p.m. | Fine Arts Library, 510 E 23rd St.
Join the University of Texas Libraries in celebration of the recently renovated fifth floor of the Fine Arts Library (FAL). Serving as a model library for the 21st century, the FAL is a space that blurs the boundaries between classroom and stacks. New amenities encourage collaboration, democratize access to resources and tools, and enable an environment for creativity. Remarks by Executive Vice President and Provost Marie McInnis and Vice Provost and Director Lorraine J. Haricombe will begin at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP here.

Whataburger Super Duper Celebration (Cedar Park)
Tuesday, October 30 | at 5 p.m. | Whataburger, 1520 Cypress Creek Rd.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Super Duper Celebration! In the heart of every child lives a superhero, and on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Whataburger will celebrate the superhero spirit in all of us with an evening of family fun from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Whataburger located at 670 Old San Antonio Road. Customers can spend quality time with their little heroes and treat them to a superhero-themed celebration of food, games, giveaways and a face painter. Children 12 and under dressed in a superhero costume will receive a free kid’s meal!

Family Board Game Night
Tuesday, October 30 | 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.

Day of the Dead Screening and Q&A
Tuesday, October 30 | at 7 p.m.  | APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr.
Learn about the Day of the Dead in Mexico City by joining us for a special screening of this documentary originally aired on German television. After the 45min (English version of the) film we will have a live Q&A with Laura Burns, one of the filmmakers. Plus there will be an opportunity to make something to add to our ofrenda (Day of the Dead altar) so you are welcome to bring a photo of those you’d like to honor.

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Fall Fun Fest 2018 (Round Rock)
Wednesday, October 31 | from 9 to 11:30 a.m. | Old Settler’s Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Calling all of little preschool monsters! Jump in and join in on the fun! This Superhero themed festival will be filled with lots of activities for all of our little ghouls and goblins. Lots of fancy fun including carnival games, hayrides, cookies and punch, storytime, and much more! Don’t forget to wear a costume and bring a canned food item to donate to the Round Rock Serving Center!

Halloween Walk
Wednesday, October 31 | from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. | Austin OneHeart School, 8601 S 1st St.
Take a break from scary Halloweens and celebrate with healthy treats and fun characters @ OneHeart! Children aged 3-7 are cordially invited to OneHeart Halloween Walk.

Trunk-Or-Treat (Leander)
Wednesday, October 31 | from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  | Camacho Elementary Parking Lot, 501 Municipal Dr., Leander
The Leander Police Department’s Trunk-or-Treat event is a community project where the police department and the community partner to provide a safe, fun, family friendly alternative to door to door trick-or-treating. This is the first opportunity to start collecting toys for Blue Santa, so they are asking that attendees bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate if they are able. This event includes different car clubs in the area (generally including classic cars, modified cars, or rare cars) that decorate their cars, dress up in costumes, and hand out candy to children. They also have police cars, fire engines, and other emergency services vehicles for the children to look through, some small games for the kids, costume competitions, awards and raffles for the car participants, and some snacks for the families.

Treats on Park Street (Hutto)
Wednesday, October 31 | 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  | Fritz Park, 306 E. Live Oak St., Hutto, Texas
BOO! Treats on East Street is held every year on Halloween and is a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience for children ages 12 & under. This year, the event has been relocated to Hutto’s Fritz Park! Bring the whole family as local businesses, service groups, church groups, volunteers and City Departments come together to host games, activities, candy booths, costume contests, and much more! Help haunt Hutto and provide a scary good time for families. Trunk or Treating happens all evening.

Free Trunk or Treat
Wednesday, October 31 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Hope Lutheran Church, 6414 N. Hampton Dr.
Dress the kids in their costumes and trick or treat from the trunks of cars and trucks. There will be plenty of candy, hamburgers and hotdogs, drinks and popcorn, plus a bounce house and games.

Trunk or Treat at Hillcrest Church
Wednesday, October 31 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Hillcrest Church, 3838 Steck Ave.
Join for the annual FREE Trunk or Treat on Wednesday October 31, from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Wear your costume, bring a bag for your candy and treats, and join in the parking lot at 6 p.m. They’ll have trick or treating at trunks, food and drinks, carnival games and live music, bounces houses, a cake walk, and fun for the whole family!

Shoreline Church Trunk or Treat
Wednesday, October 31 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Shoreline Church, 15201 Burnet Rd.
Join for a great night of food, fun, candy, and costumes! This free event is a blast for the whole family and makes trick or treating safe and easy.

Wells Branch Trunk-or-Treat
Wednesday, October 31 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr.
Bring your children by the Community Center parking lot for Trunk-or-Treat. Trunk-or-Treat is a great centralized and safe location for you and your kids to trick-or-treat on Halloween night. You will be able get candy, play games, get your picture taken in a photo booth and more all for FREE on Halloween night.

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Kinder Roundup (Kindergarten Open House)
Thursday, November 1 | from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. |  Redeemer Austin, 1500 W Anderson Ln.
If you or someone you know has a 4 or 5-year-old, check out Kinder Round Up.  Kinder Round Up is an event for you and your child to explore Redeemer’s Kindergarten program.  If you, or a friend, are considering a private Christian education during the 2019-2020 school year, this is a great way to see what Redeemer has to offer.

Fall Fun Fest (Cedar Park)
Thursday, November 1 | 5:30 to 8 p.m.  | New Hope FBC, 200 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park
FREE night of inflatables, candy, games, rides, food and prizes. This is our 27th year to host this event in our community.  We will be having 21 rides/and attractions.  Also consider bringing a canned food item to contribute to our community food outreach partners.  We request no scary costumes please.

Grassy Thursday
Thursday, November 1 | 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.

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Travis County History Day
Friday, November 2 | at 10 a.m. | Commissioners Courtroom and Hall of Government, 700 Lavaca St.
Join for the 11th annual Travis County History Day! Exhibits, food, music, giveaways, and more.

I Can Only Imagine W/ Spirit 105.9
Friday, November 2 |  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 presented in partnership with Austin’s own Spirit 105.9. We’re also thrilled to have live music from Jonathan Hunt and his band before the movie begins.  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.

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

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