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    A Day at the Farm and Farmers' Market

    Shop with the local growers, ranchers, and crafters, and then explore the grounds of a 1850s farm.
    Saturdays, 9am-1pm  
    Boerne
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    AHS Paws and Pours

    Grab a passport and find your purr-fect pour as you taste your way around town at participating venues offering wine, free flights, and other paw-some specials with proceeds going to Austin Humane Society.
    Oct. 1-31. $40.  
    Multiple locations
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    Kids

    All-Ages Virtual Storytime

    Featuring stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, and other extension activities. Registration required.
    Saturdays, 10:30am  
    Virtual
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    Sports

    Austin FC Pub Club

    If you can't be at the game, the next best thing is watching it at one of Austin FC's bar partners. Check out the list to find one near you.
    Ongoing  
    Various locations
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    Austin Flea

    Grab an Electric Jellyfish IPA as you browse the market full of local vendors.
    Sat., Oct. 2, noon-5pm  
    Pinthouse Brewing, 2201 E. Ben White
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Kids

    Baby Bloomers

    A special program for visitors ages 0-3 and their families, providing caregivers and early learners the chance to experience the children's museum together. Thinkery will host two storytimes and free play that support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of the earliest learners.
    Saturdays, 8-10am  
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    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    Bat City Scaregrounds

    This fully immersive, 15-acre entertainment complex dedicated to all things Halloween and horror offers not only three terrifying haunted houses, but also Vegas-style stage performances, live music, festive concessions, and more.
    Weekends, Oct. 1-Nov. 6. $25-45.  
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    Civic Events

    Build a Table

    Volunteers with experience using cordless drills, screwdrivers, and measuring tape are wanted to help build picnic tables for Austin ISD campuses.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 8-11am & 11am-2pm  
    Austin ISD Service Center, 5101 E. 51st
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    Civic Events

    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
    Online
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    Community Heritage Survey

    Help Austin’s new historic preservation plan to reflect your community’s story. Take a survey about what community heritage means to you at bit.ly/ATXpres. And tag a photo of Austin’s heritage that matters to you: #ATXpresplan.
    Through Oct. 3. Free.  
    Online
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    Sports

    Concordia Men's Soccer

    Vs. Ozarks.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 3:30pm  
    St. Michael's Academy, 3000 Barton Creek Blvd.
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    Concordia Women's Soccer

    Vs. Ozarks.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 1pm  
    St. Michael's Academy, 3000 Barton Creek Blvd.
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    Concordia Women's Volleyball

    Vs. Sul Ross State. Fri., Oct. 1, 5pm. Vs. Howard Payne. Sat., Oct. 2, 1pm. Vs. Southwestern. Wed., Oct. 6, 6pm  
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    Out of Town

    Día de los Muertos Exhibit

    The annual exhibit features ofrendas commemorating loved ones who have passed in highly personal and artistic altars.
    Fri., Sept. 17-Sat., Oct. 16. Free.  
    Nave Museum, Victoria
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    DogFest Texas

    Enjoy games, a dog costume contest, vendor booths, a "Kid Zone," and more at this event supporting Canine Companions, which provides trained service dogs to people with disabilities.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 11am-1pm. Free.  
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    Donate Blood, Get an Egg Burger

    P. Terry's teams up with We Are Blood to reward blood and platelet donors with a voucher for a free egg burger while supplies last. Appointments required; call or schedule online.
    Through Oct. 15  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Kids

    Dreamland Kids' Day

    A fun event where kids enjoy activities like a petting zoo, barrel train, henna tattoos, face painting, and balloon art. Each activity ranges from 1-3 tickets, but kids with a birthday that month get a special wristband to enjoy all activities for free.
    First Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Free entry; activity tickets $1 or 15 for $12.  
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    Escape the Box

    Take a journey through time exploring the hidden clues of Austin with Escape the Box, an outdoor guided tour, scavenger hunt, and escape game all in one! It entertains groups of 2-6 at $75 per group. The box features a number of puzzles and clues that can all be found in wonderful Austin neighborhoods along with discounts to participating businesses.
    Ongoing; see website for scheduled pickup times. $75.  
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    Esquina Tango Outdoor Classes

    Esquina Tango has a full calendar of socially distanced, donation-based outdoor classes like samba, salsa aerobics, and of course, tango. Check out the full calendar online.
    Ongoing  
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    Habitat for Humanity Needs Volunteers

    Austin Habitat for Humanity is seeking individual volunteers age 18 and up for seven new homes being built in Northeast Austin. Sign up online, and email volservices@ahfh.org with questions.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    Halloween by Design Online Challenge

    Submit photos of your best Halloween decor for the chance to win prizes and raise funds for HBD’s beneficiaries, the Shade Project and To Cure a Rose Foundation.
    Oct. 1-31. $10 donation to enter; $1 to vote.  
    Virtual
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    Out of Town

    Hoggtoberfest

    Tour the former plantation and learn about tools used to bring in the harvest, how sugarcane was processed, plus hands-on activities, refreshments, food, and music.
    Sat., Oct. 2  
    West Columbia
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    Out of Town

    Houston Creole Heritage Festival

    You don’t have to wait for Mardi Gras to get a taste of good old Louisiana music and food.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 11am-10pm. $5-10.  
    Houston
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    Keep Austin Rooted

    Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Kids

    Natural Bridge Caverns Fall Fun

    Free activities abound all October long, including a hay maze, entertainment, yard games, and more. On Halloween weekend there'll be animal shows, trick-or-treating, and face painting.
    Weekends in October. Free.  
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    Out of Town

    No Stone Unturned: A Lifetime of Archaeology

    Ben McReynolds has donated his extensive and unique collection to the museum. It will be on view for a year along with the permanent collection that includes artifacts from La Belle, the French ship discovered in Matagorda Bay; the story of ranching on the coast; and more than 13,000 years of Texas history.
    April 23, 2021-April 30, 2022. Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm  
    Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria
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    Out of Town

    Open Days at the Garden

    Rare tours of the garden with more than 3,000 plants from Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. collected by the late Texas A&M professor. Reservations required.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 9, 23 & 30. $15.  
    John Fairey Garden, Hempstead
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    Pioneer Farms Skills Classes

    Have you wanted to learn about blacksmithing, archery, candlemaking, or knitting? The historic Pioneer Farms offers courses in all these and more. Check the calendar and sign up today to learn a fun new skill.
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    Civic Events

    Project Connect Virtual Open House

    The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan.
    Online
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    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    Pumpkin Patch

    Pumpkins? Pickle ball? Putt-putt? Dreamland offers all things Halloween, all things fun. Buy a pumpkin and get 50% off mini golf. Stay tuned for news about more spooky games, food, and drinks.
    Oct. 1-31  
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    Riverbat Paddle Battle

    This kayak race on Lady Bird Lake supports the Austin Community College Foundation, and due to COVID-19 has shifted to a virtual format for everyone's health and safety. This means you can paddle at your own pace and time it yourself, then submit your time by Oct. 25 for a chance to win a prize pack. There are three course options: 1-mile novice, 2-mile intermediate, and a 500-yard for kids. Registration for the race gets you a rowing pass valid for six months, a T-shirt, and a swag bag, and it benefits ACC.
    Sept. 25-Oct. 25. $25-45.  
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    Sports

    Saturday Sip & Shop

    Watch the UT football game and sip drinks from sponsors or BOXT wine while you shop.
    Saturdays. Through Oct. 30. Free.  
    Hearth & Soul, 2727 Exposition
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    Sidewalk Sale at the Contemporary

    Find unique, design-forward homewares, jewelry, gifts, art supplies, and more for 25–30% off at this sidewalk sale, and enjoy free admission to Laguna Gloria all weekend.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 9am-3pm. Free.  
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    SoCo Select Farmers & Makers Market

    Because you like it local, because you like it good.
    Saturdays, 11am-5pm
    1511 S. Congress
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    Out of Town

    Songwriters Serenade Competition

    The final 15 songwriters will show their stuff, but only one will walk away with the top prize money.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 11am-5pm. $15-20.  
    Schulenburg
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    Southwestern University Football

    Community Service Organization Day, vs. East Texas Baptist.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 6pm  
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    Out of Town

    State Fair of Texas

    Go for the food, stay for the excitement, exhibitions, and rides on the midway as Big Tex greets guests back to the biggest show on earth.
    Fri., Sept. 24-Sun. Oct. 17  
    Dallas
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    Sports

    Stronger Austin Virtual Classes

    Stronger Austin offers a wide variety of free virtual fitness classes, from cardio to Zumba, and you're bound to find one that fits your schedule amongst their daily offerings.
    Ongoing. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Sports

    Texas State Softball

    Vs. Texas A&M International. Sat., Oct. 2 (time TBA). Vs. Temple College. Tue., Oct. 5, 6pm  
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    Texas State Women's Tennis

    Texas State Play Day.
    Sat.-Sun., Oct. 2-3  
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    Texas State Women's Volleyball

    Vs. ULM. Fri., Oct. 1, 6pm. Vs. Louisiana. Sat., Oct. 2, 6pm. Vs. UT Arlington. Thu., Oct. 7, 6pm  
    Strahan Arena at the University Events Center, 106 Charles Austin Dr., San Marcos
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    Civic Events

    Texas Voter Registration Week Phone Bank

    Join the Texas Democratic Party in calling Texas voters who have recently moved and helping them re-register to vote. A computer and a phone are required; no experience is necessary.
    Tue., Sept., 28 & Thu., Sept. 30, 5:30-8:30pm; Sat.-Sun., Oct. 2-3, 2-5pm. Registration required.  
    Remote
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    The Bullock Museum: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

    This powerful show, a traveling exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society, explores the transformative years after the Civil War and the rise of Jim Crow, centering on stories of African Americans who pursued the ideals of Reconstruction and persevered in the face of a developing legal system promoting racial inequality.
    Through Nov. 28
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    Out of Town

    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
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    Trivia With Get It Gals

    "Best of Austin" winners Get It Gals are back with tons of trivia nights planned for y'all, with several based on TV programs you may have binged over the last year for some reason. Stay tuned on their socials because they are all over the place.
    Various locations
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    Sports

    University of Texas Softball

    Vs. McLennan Community College. Sat., Oct. 2, 4pm. Vs. Texas Lutheran. Sun., Oct. 3, 5:30pm  
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    Virtual APL Book Clubs

    Austin Public Library has a variety of virtual book clubs covering all ages and interests, like a mother/daughter club, tween fantasy, true crime, classics, and more. Check out their website or Eventbrite for details and crack those books!
    Ongoing  
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    Sports

    Virtual Livestreamed Workouts

    Check the schedule for a huge selection of livestreamed workouts and ballet classes taught by Ballet Austin instructors.
    Ongoing. Up to $12.50 per class.  
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    Civic Events

    Women’s March ATX

    Grab your face masks and protest signs and head over to the Capitol to make your voice heard in supporting reproductive health and abortion rights.
    Sat., Oct. 2, 9am-noon  
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    Workday at Blunn Creek

    The Blunn Creek Partnership is working on ecological restoration of the 38-acre Blunn Creek Nature Preserve. Volunteers are welcome to join Keep Austin Beautiful to help with the project; wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt, and bring a water bottle and gloves. Parking near 1200 St. Edwards Dr. and meet promptly at 8:30am as it is a short hike to the working location.
    First Saturdays, 8:30am-noon  
Ongoing

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