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    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    Austin Chronicle Costume & Yard Art Contest

    Participants can enter their most creatively spooky getups or home displays by sending hi-res photos to halloween@austinchronicle.com. The grand prize is a pair of tickets to Austin FC's last home game on Nov. 3 and the winner will be featured in the Halloween issue of the Chronicle, on stands Oct. 29. Runners-up and honorable mentions will also be eligible for special prizes.
    Through Oct. 25  
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    House of Torment

    The longstanding and beloved Halloween attraction is back after a year off due to the pandemic, and it's better than ever. A variety of fun activities await beyond haunted house tours: a mini escape game, the Torment Tavern, and axe-throwing complement the scary thrills.
    Daily through Oct. 31; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 5-13. $19.99 and up.  
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    Mini Makers Market

    Eastside Pop Up brings local artisans, makers, and vintage collectors together for a free and fun outdoor market.
    Thu., Oct. 7, 5-9pm. Free.  
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    Kids

    Starry Night at Girlstart

    Learn about astronomy at Girlstart's mini planetarium with a solar system star show and participate in related hands-on activities.
    First Thursdays, 5 & 6pm. Free.  
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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

    Anime Drawing Class

    Got a youngster who loves anime? In this class, the instructor will prepare a drawing then break down the steps and techniques so students can learn to draw their own. Email info@indigoplay.com with your child's name and age to sign up; recommended for ages 7-10.
    Thursdays, 5:30pm  
    Indigo Play, 13530 Research #102
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    Civic Events

    Appointments Project Workshop

    Women who are interested in serving on city boards and commissions are invited to attend public training sessions hosted by Council Member Alison Alter (Oct. 7) and Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison (Oct. 29).
    Thu., Oct. 7, noon. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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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 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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    Austin Startup Week

    Four days of celebrating startups and the people and organizations that make them happen. Participate in workshops, hear speakers, and network with other startup folks.
    Oct. 4-7. Free.  
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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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    BSC Reopening Business Safely Global Forum

    Business is not as usual. This is a safe place to talk about business concerns, share ideas, and hear from weekly business expert guests.
    Thursdays, 12-1pm. Through Dec. 16. Free.  
    Online
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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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    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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    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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    East Austin, West Texas, and the Digital Divide

    A panel of government and community leaders discuss the similarities of the digital divide, or disparity in access to technology, in rural Texas and East Austin.
    Thu., Oct. 7, noon-1pm. Free.  
    Virtual
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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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    Out of Town

    Gruene Thursday

    The Gruene Wine and Music Festival has been canceled, but every Thursday in October, the Grapevine is going to feature a few wineries. Kick off Texas Wine Month this Thursday.
    Thu., Oct. 7, 6-9pm. Free.  
    The Grapevine, New Braunfels
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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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    Hays County Master Gardeners Plant Sale

    The annual plant sale is online and in-person this year, with the sale website open Oct. 4-12 and pickup available at two locations. Shop seedlings and transplants of Texas Superstars, Texas native and adapted perennials, grasses, shrubs, and succulents.
    Pickup: Sat., Oct. 9, Kyle Public Library; Wed., Oct. 13, Dripping Springs Farmers Market
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    Kids

    Homeschool Afternoon

    Reading aloud is a great way to develop literacy, so the Austin Public Library presents a virtual storytime to read high-interest chapter books, with a special welcome for home-schooled kiddos.
    Thursdays, 2pm  
    Online
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    Sports

    Huston-Tillotson Men's Soccer

    Vs. Jarvis Christian College.
    Thu., Oct. 7, 3pm  
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    Huston-Tillotson Women's Soccer

    Vs. Jarvis Christian College.
    Thu., Oct. 7, 1pm  
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    Immersive Guided Meditation Series

    A cinematic and immersive guided meditation series to activate more alignment, gratitude, peace and radiant inspiration in all aspects of your life
    Thursdays, 6pm. $22.  
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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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    Men's Group

    Join a group of healthy, ambitious, accountable, and sovereign men working toward healing the inner self.
    Thursdays, 7pm. $22.  
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    NFL at the Cavalier

    The Cavalier is your fave non-sports bar to watch sports. There's plenty of TVs, it's dog-friendly, parking is free, and there's $5 frozens and burgs during the game.
    Thursdays & Sundays. 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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    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 Nights

    A half-mile walking trail lined with displays dedicated to the glorious gourd, including giant jack-o'-lanterns, the world’s largest pumpkin guitar, a flying 40-foot handmade dragon, a life-size pumpkin pirate ship, and more fantastic surprises built by artists using over 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins.
    Through Oct. 31; closed Tuesdays  
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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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    Rainey Street Substation Public Meeting

    Austin Energy hosts a virtual gathering to meet the contractor and view the final design for the new Rainey Street Substation.
    Thu., Oct. 7, 5:30pm. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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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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    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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    Support Group for Military Women

    Join in on Zoom for free support for women who are currently active duty or veterans. Call or email to register.
    Tuesdays, 10-11am; Thursdays, 6-7pm. Free.  
    Virtual
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    Tarot Readings With Hibiscus Eye Tarot

    Get some insight with an outdoor reading.
    Thursdays. $10-30.  
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    Sports

    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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    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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    TwistOberfest

    An abundance of amazing activities for kids and grownups: German food, vendors, axe-throwing, a bounce house, face painting, live music, giveaways, contests, and more. But of course, beer!
    Thu.-Sun., Oct. 7-10. Free.  
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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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    Volunteer Days at ACR

    Organized types will have fun volunteering to help Austin Creative Reuse sort through donated items, roll fabric, and detangle yarn. Registration required.
    Tuesdays & Thursdays  
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    Civic Events

    YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program

    A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour.
    English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am.. Free.  
    Online
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