Markets & bazaars
Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square Mall, intersection of South Loop 1 and South Capital of Texas Highway.www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org.
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3K dog walk and a festival with live music, food and children’s activities benefiting Central Texas SPCA. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. $5 donation. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. bit.ly/ipRmXe.
Elgin hosts the 26th annual free, family-friendly festival with live music on three stages, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, a costume pet parade, carnival, car show, cook-off and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. Main Street, Elgin. www.elgintx.com.
A 100-yard dash in heels benefiting local breast cancer organizations. 10 a.m. Saturday. $40-$45. The Triangle, 4700 Guadalupe St. www.stilettostampede.org.
The Austin Flea
Local handmade and vintage items from Austin vendors on sale. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Umami Mia Pizzeria, 1500 Barton Springs Road. www.austinflea.net.
Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest
Featuring the best of Texas wines, food and entertainment. $20 adults, $5 younger than 21 and free for children younger than 12. Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. MarktPlatz, Fredericksburg. 830-997-8515, www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com.
Multicultural fall festival celebrating Taylor’s Blackland Prairie heritage. Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Adults $5, ages 12 to 18 $3, free for children under 12. Historic Downtown Taylor. www.taylorheritagesociety.org.
“Grow Locally, Cook Globally”
The Green Corn Project’s 15th annual fall festival featuring food from local restaurants, live music, cooking demonstrations and a silent auction. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Road. $35 in advance or $40. www.greencornproject.org.
Texas-Sized Pittie Pride
The theme for the fifth annual parade is “Equality: All Dogs are Created Equal.” Celebrate this misunderstood breed with a parade that starts in the American-Statesman parking lot and a festival at Republic Square Park with rescue groups, a silent auction and more. Parade at noon; festival at 12:30. Sunday. love-a-bull.org/news/events/about-this-years-event.
Free to Breathe
5k run/walk and one mile walk benefiting the National Lung Cancer Partnership. 7:30 a.m. Sunday. $30. Old Settlers Park, 1001 Harrell Parkway, Round Rock. www.freetobreathe.org/austin.
Trailer Food Tuesdays
Sample food trucks. 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org/event/trailer-food-tuesdays.
Truck by Truckwest
A food truck taste-off featuring 65 food trucks Tuesday-Nov. 3. Participants vote for Best Food Truck in Austin and the winning truck receives a $10,000 grant. $20 tasting tour badge valid for any or all six days of the tour. Various locations. www.truckbytruckwest.com.
Family events this week
Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp
“Hotel Transylvania.” 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Alamo Lakeline. “Coraline.” 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Alamo Village. “Paranorman.” 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Alamo Slaughter Lane. Free. Visit the Alamo’s website for more information and for theater addresses. www.drafthouse.com.
Fall Festival & Corn Maze
Pumpkin patch, farm animals, face painting, a 2,000-square-foot jumping pillow, a train and food from Cindy’s Gone Hog Wild restaurant. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10. Free-$10. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. www.bartonhillfarms.com.
Flying Theater Machine
Interactive improv for kids. 2 p.m. Sundays. $8. The Hideout Theatre, 617 N. Congress Ave. 512-476-0473, www.hideouttheatre.com.
Play giant chess outside. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Brush Square Park, 409 E. 5th St. 512-974-6700, www.austinparks.org/childrens-programs.
Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
New York Times bestselling authors speak and sign “Battle Bunny.” 11:30 a.m. Sunday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.
Kid-related activities, arts, crafts and learning about healthy eating. Noon Sundays. Free. Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill County Blvd, Bee Cave. 512-206-2730, www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
Fall activities for children of all ages. Admission is free; some activities cost $2.50-$5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays in October. Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin. www.evergreen-farms.com.
Ruta Maya Kids Show
Music, dancing and more. 10 a.m. Sundays. Free. Ruta Maya eSpress Trailer, 1209 S. First St. 512-573-8707, www.rutamaya.net/cafe.
“Too Many Stories”
A play written and directed by Susan Gayle Todd celebrating storytelling and adventure. 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. www.scottishritetheater.org.
“What’s the Story, Steve?”
Improvised, interactive theater for kids featuring Steve the poodle. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Pay what you wish. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 512-814-8696, www.coldtownetheater.com.
Spooky stories, games, costumes and more. 6 p.m. Friday. Free. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1801 Congress Ave. www.thestoryoftexas.com.
Music, food, face painting, crafts and games. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Whole Foods Market Gateway, 9607 Research Blvd. 512-345-5003, www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
Monster Concert & Halloween Carnival
The Stephen F. Austin High School Orchestra presents the 26th annual concert and carnival featuring games, food, beverages, live music, a costume contest, Haunted House and more. 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. $1 tickets, costs for carnival activities vary. 1715 W. Cesar Chavez St. www.austinhighorchestra.com.
Halloween at the Y
Carnival games, inflatables, rides, climbing walls, free candy, music, prizes and more. 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday. $5. Old Settler’s Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-246-9622, www.ymcagwc.org.
Halloween Spooktacular Party
Austin Uptown Dance presents a Thriller line dance class followed by a variety dance with costume prizes, treats and more. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 8868 Research Blvd. No. 706. www.austinuptowndance.com.
Pumpkin Sculpting Competition
Bring your own pumpkin or purchase one at the event for a workshop on pumpkin sculpting followed by a round of judging. Admission is free with three nonperishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. www.umlaufsculpture.org.
Halloween Children’s Concert
The Austin Symphony performs mindchilling songs that are entertaining for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. 2 p.m. Sunday. Dell Hall, Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, www.austinsymphony.org.
Goblins in the Garden
Seasonal beverages and food, book readings and signings, Scary Bird Walks, and more. Attendees are encouraged to dress in nature-themed costumes for a costume parade. 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $3 for children 5-12 years old, free for members and children younger than 5. 512-232-0100, www.wildflower.org/goblins.
Perspectives Talk: Halloween Costumes
Join the Blanton staff to hear how the Blanton’s permanent collection inspired their Halloween costumes. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. Blanton Museum of Art, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Congress Avenue. 512-471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org.
Bastrop Halloween Fest
Costume and pumpkin carving contests, trick-or-treating, games and more. 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Free. Downtown Bastrop. www.bastropbda.org/halloween.
Supernova ′pocalyptic Halloween Explosion
Bring Your Own Pumpking carving contest, bartender’s choice costume contest, a Cosmic Disco, mystery games and more. 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday. Free. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. www.vortexrep.com.
Trick or Treat for Books
BookPeople presents a storytime featuring not-too-scary stories about monsters, ghosts and witches, followed by a costume parade ending at the front of the store where children ages 7 and younger will get a free book to take home. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.
Costume contest, DJ set, live music by Ulrich Ellison, open bar, monster food and more. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday. $45. Russian House, 307 E. 5th St. 512-428-5442, www.russianhouseofaustin.com.
Two DJ’s, costume contests and special Halloween games. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday. $10 entry. TopGolf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing. www.topgolf.com.
House of Torment
Trio of haunted houses. 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2 and on Halloween; and 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays through Oct. 30. $24.99-$34.99. Highland Mall, 523 E. Highland Mall Blvd. www.thehouseoftorment.com.
Night Terrors Haunted House
A “realism” haunted house. 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Halloween. $20-$34. 13096 N. Highway 183. 512-736-2718, www.txnightterrors.com.
Scare For A Cure
A 45-minute fright-filled interactive experience. Visitors should wear clothing for walking, running, crawling and getting dirty. Not recommended for children under 12. 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays and 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween. $30-$35. 14219 Littig Road, Manor. www.scareforacure.org.
Halls of Horror Haunted House
In Heritage Park’s Green Red Barn, benefitting local food pantries. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $2 or donation of canned goods. 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-990-6400, www.pflugervilletx.gov.
Haunted Halloween: The Quest
Travel in groups along trails to save a village from the forces of evil. 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $12. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive. 512-837-1215, www.pioneerfarms.org.
Halloween Spook House
Tricks and treats for younger fans including a monster garden, pumpkin patch, hayrides and pony rides. Recommended for ages 9 and older. Opens Friday. 5 to 10 p.m. nightly through Halloween. $17.99-$25.99. 5511 Colton Road. www.halloweenranch.com.