Marching bands from high schools all over the state will play and be judged by experts with 10 advancing to the finals. Sat., Sept. 28: prelims start at 7:30am; finals, 7:30pm. $17 ($26 for admission to both preliminaries and finals).
Jenn Fairbank and Erika Marcoux's new interactive workbook promotes self-empowerment and directly applies mindfulness techniques and positive thinking. Sat., Sept. 28, 6pm. Mind Body Yoga, 12636 Research.
Sure, the live music, pumpkin painting, farm animals, and 2,000 square foot jumping pillow are cool, but we're really just in it for the 5 acre, Willie Nelson-themed corn maze. We're not sure what that entails, but if we're not high by the end we're asking for our money back. Saturdays & Sundays through Nov. 10, 10am. $10 ($7, kids).
Every fourth Saturday, the AAUE offers a workshop covering home-purchasing, mortgage-securing, and money management. Classes fill up quickly, so call to get on the waiting list. Personalized sessions are available. 10am-4pm.
Austin Area Urban League, 8011-A Cameron #100, 478-7176
Man Up Texas BBQ and Taste of the South magazine invite barbecue lovers to a contest featuring eight categories of barbecue sauce, barbecue samples, local craft beer and other beverages, plus live music. Entry is free but sampling sauce and barbecue requires a VIP ($25) or general ($8) wristband. 3-6pm.
Haunted Houses in town (and possibly in the world) don't get any bigger or badder than this. House of Torment gives you the option of three houses of horror. There should be enough zombies, pirates, reapers, clones, and tortured souls to keep the adrenaline pumping and the vocal chords screaming. Through Nov. 2, 7:30-11pm (longer on the weekend). $25-35.
Cooperation Texas hosts a house party a la Kid N Play complete with 90s fashions encouraged New Jack Swing jams from DJ Chorizo Funk and Riders Against the Storm. Come prepared for a team dance off and maybe walk away with a prize. 10pm-2am. $10 suggested donation.
This biannual street festival of arts & crafts vendors and live music knows how to party. Try an art class, or just park yourself in front of the stage with one of the many handheld food options and enjoy a performance from the likes of Nakia and White Ghost Shivers. Don't worry about bringing the kids, they'll be busy getting their faces painted or petting a zoo animal. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 28-29. Free.
Choose from several hourlong courses covering the basic information you need to know about common legal issues. Topics include family law, estate planning, criminal law, tenants' rights, consumer law, tax law, and more. 10am-12:05pm. Free.
Robotics Clubs from Anderson High School and Eastside Memorial Tech have their creations strut their stuff on the runway. College students and professionals in the robotics industry will also be onhand with more sophisticated humanoids to behold. 11am. Free.
Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research #158, 512/418-8985
Texas craft breweries present more than 130 of their finest brews. Local food and nonalcoholic beverages will be available, as well live music from Boxcar Preachers, Devil's Hollow, and Lost Pines. 2-8pm. $25 ($20, advance).
Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
This family-friendly event offers a competition for painting pottery sake serving sets, informational presentations, a silent auction to support Texas wildlife, live music, food from the Oyama food truck, and more. 1-4pm.