A networking mixer with Austin Young Chamber to highlight and celebrate businesses committed to supporting their customers, employees, and our community through resiliency, adaptability, and innovation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name and age to sign up; recommended for ages 7-10.
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.
A completely virtual event this year on their ROKU channel: Veteran’s Arts & Wellness Network. The two-hour opening special (Oct. 16, 6pm) will preview this year's featured veteran art, and daily exhibitions include bands, comedians, plays, fine arts, and much more, running through Nov. 14.
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.
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.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is the hub for Austin's Day of the Dead. Pick up a free sugar skull kit on Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm, starting Oct. 8 (while supplies last). Create an altar or submit photos/mementos for MACC's altar by Oct. 25. Displays will be on view through Nov. 7.
Elite Community Foundation offers a series of free workshops on topics including hypertension, coping with grief, yoga, and personal safety. Narcan training sessions (Oct. 28 & Nov. 4) include Narcan kits, which can be used in an opioid overdose emergency.
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.
In partnership with UT's School of Nursing and Dell Medical School, the YMCA of Austin hosts a vaccination clinic administered by the VAMOS UT Nursing & Medical School team. First and second doses of Pfizer vaccine will be administered to anyone over the age of 12. Minor children must have a guardian present. Booster doses will be administered to eligible members of the community who received their second dose at least six months ago and are 65 or older; 18 or older AND at high risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms; or in high-risk occupational exposure fields. Call for details.
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.
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.
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.
Those pretty pumpkins that make such lovely fall displays can be repurposed as food for the porcine residents of Central Texas Pig Rescue. Donate your intact, undecorated gourds at various locations, and text 512/850-6825 if you have a big haul to give (30+).
Dueling chili cook-offs turn the Big Bend ghost town into a metropolis of fun and debauchery when the CASI International Chili Championship and the Tolbert Original Terlingua Championship Chili Cook-off come to town.
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.
"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.
With Austin being in Stage 5 of the COVID-19 guidelines, it's a great time to hit the books and connect online. Austin Public Library has a variety of virtual book clubs and storytimes covering all ages and interests, and a library card provides access to electronic and hard copies of all kinds of materials.
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.
In collaboration with Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Arc offers classes for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities focusing on social-emotional growth, vocational studies, life skills, active recreation, and Texas nature.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-2pm. $150-300 per month.
Austin’s queer business chamber hosts its annual drive for new (and unwrapped) toys, clothing, and shoes for local children. Donations will go to children and families enrolled in LifeWorks programs and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County programs. See here for a list of drop-off locations and suggested donations.
Applications are now open to join the following committees: Engineering, Architecture, and Construction;: Finance and Risk; and Planning, Sustainability, Equity, and DBE Advisory. The governing body of the agency created to build out Project Connect, ATP will oversee funding, designing, and implementing the $7.1 billion mass transit overhaul.
Austin’s Palm District is located on the eastern edge of Downtown between I-35 and Trinity St., running from Rainey St. to 15th St. The city's Housing and Planning Department seeks public input on the future of the area as it develops the final Palm District Small Area Plan. Explore the area, take a survey, and ask questions on the city’s project website.