This annual self-guided tour showcases 11 Austin locations featuring new construction, renovation, and preservation projects. Go out, gawk, and try not to get too jealous. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 2-3, 10am-6pm. $40 ($35, advance).
Put on your plaid and spend a weekend surrounded by the sounds, tastes, and sights or Ireland and Scotland highlighted by the Highland Games where unwieldy objects are thrown. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 2-3, noon-7:30pm. $15 ($12, advance).
Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/431-6290
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).
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.
French sommelier Melba Allen will lead a class comparing Super Texan wines with award-winning Sangioveses and Flat Creek's gold medal Viognier against internationally recognized Viogniers. Sat., Nov. 2. 1 & 3pm. $30.
Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery, 24912 Singleton Bend East, 512/267-6310
Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime on the 12 acres surrounded by the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Jan. 4, 6-10pm. $28 per car ($56 for a season pass).
9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)
Sixty-plus trailers around town compete for food truck dominance and a $10,000 prize. Pick up your TXTW badge and map at Trailer Food Tuesday at the Long Center on Oct. 29. Oct. 29-Nov. 3. $20 for a tasting badge (advance); $30 at door.
Believing the ChildrenIn 1992, Fran and Danny Keller were convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse at their Oak Hill day care center and sent to prison for 48 years. It's likely they were innocent. Indeed, it's very likely that no crime ever occurred – except an absurd and overzealous prosecution