This party offers craft beers galore under tents in Triangle Park with popular Austin food trucks close at hand. Buy tickets in the restaurant or online. Admission gets you a tasting glass and card good for 12 beer samples. 1-7pm. $40 ($30, advance; $65, VIP).
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).
The Austin Gem and Mineral Society brings vendors to show their rocks both in the raw and polished into jewelry. Demos show you what you can do with your newly purchased stones. Friday is youth education day, but the kids enjoy the activities tailored for their shorter attention spans all weekend. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 18-20. $5.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 512/458-9546
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.
Austin's longest established ethnic food and music festival turns 81 this year. Church families have been busy for weeks preparing food for the sumptuous banquet of Mediterranean culinary specialties that will be for sale at the party, alongside beer and wine, kids' activities, and an Orthodox bazaar. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes, because folk dancing to live music is a must at this venerable event. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 18-19. $5.
St. Elias East Orthodox, 408 E. 11th, 512/476-2314
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sullivan's offers a three-course prix fixe menu where a portion of the proceeds benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert, with wine pairings extra. $39.
Local designers have spent the last few weeks turning trash into couture. See these recycled creations on the runway accompanied by the smells of local vendors. All of this environmentally friendly competition helps raise money for the Texas Campaign for the Environment. Tickets include drinks and dessert. Don't forget to stick around and reuse the venue for an afterparty. 7pm. $25.
Habitat for Humanity now offers free, once-a-month tours of recent and past home-building sites. See how much they've accomplished, and find out what's yet to be done. Call or e-mail to reserve a seat.