Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Bring your smart phone and go on a scavenger hunt while learning about the history of our fair town. The quest will take about three hours and teams can embark at any time. Through Sept. 30. $50.

Start location: Texas State Library, 1201 Brazos

Asian American Resource Center Grand Opening

A variety of pan-Asian performances, a fashion show, and children's activities help welcome the AARC to the neighborhood. 10am-4pm. Free.

Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700

Asian American Resource Center Grand Opening

Come and check out the new building and the resources available to all Austinites. 10am-4pm.


Auditorium Shores Improvements Public Meeting

Austin Parks and Rec invites the public to weigh in on the development of the new Auditorium Shores off-leash area. 11am. Free.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-9408,

Austin MD Date A Doc Auction

Bachelors and bachelorettes, gather round, because there will be doctors galore to bid on with the money going to charities of the docs' choice. 7pm. $100 ($60, advance).

Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third, 512/963-5544


Celebrate this area's German heritage with some of the best barbecue around town, a biergarten, and live music. Proceeds benefit Foodways Texas. 1-6pm. $35.

Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/666-7464

Bands of America Regional Championship

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).

Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, 10211 W. Parmer


Local architects and designers have created stylish animal abodes that you can bid on to help animal charities. Bring your dog for some playtime, dog yoga, and even a pup spa. noon-4pm. Free.

Triangle Park, 4700 N. Lamar, 512/452-1404

Book Release Party: Companion for Life

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.


Breast Cancer Screening

Call to make a reservation and increase your chances of catching breast cancer early. Saturdays through Oct. 26, 8am-3pm. Free.

Seton Medical Center, 1201 W. 38th, 512/324-3375

Cooperation Texas House Party

Put on your hammer pants to support worker-owned cooperatives. 10pm. $10 suggested donation.

5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513,

Desperate Housecats

Cats being cared for in private homes come back to the shelter for a reunion and to see if a permanent family might be found. That's where you come in. 11am. Free.

Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, 512/978-0533

Dharma Yoga Fest

Yoga sessions, family-friendly events, cultural performances, and more in the spirit of namaste. 3:30-9pm. Free.

Hogg Auditorium, 2300 Whitis, 512/994-4638

Fall Festival & Corn Maze

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).

Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop

Free Homebuyer Education Workshop

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

Gardening Practices Series

Five free classes over the course of the day get you educated and prepared to garden through the fall and winter. 9:30am-5pm. Free.

The Great Outdoors Garden Adventures, 2730 S. Congress, 512/448-2992

Green Corn Project Spring Dig-ins

Dress to get dirty and help underserved communities get started growing vegetables. Register online to volunteer. Sat. & Sun., Sept. 14-29, 8:30am-1pm.

Soma Vida, 2324 E Cesar Chavez, 512/628-1580

House of Torment

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.

Highland Mall, 6001 Airport, 512/407-9449

House Party

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.

5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512394-8648

NAMI Walk: Helping Stigma Disappear

Meet at Riverside and South First for this 5K walk raising awareness for mental health issues. 7:30am. Free.


Pecan Street Festival

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.

Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35

People's Law School

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.

LBJ High School, 7309 Lazy Creek, 512/472-0279

Postcard & Paper Show

Antique, rare, and unique paper artifacts can be appraised or just ogled. If you have a first anniversary coming up, finally a paper gift worth giving. 9am-5pm. $2.

Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W. Anderson

Robot Fashion Show

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

Ryan's Day

Join Ryan in his fight against Muscular Dystrophy with an afternoon of live music, kids activities, auctions, games, and more. noon-6pm. Free.

Hanovers, 108 E. Main St., Pflugerville, 512/670-9617

Shoal Creek Clean-up

Start with some free coffee courtesy of Dynamic Reprographics before moving on to the Shoal Creek Trail under 12th Street. Afterparty starts at noon at Shoal Creek Saloon. 9am.

Dynamic Reprographics, 817 W. 12th St, 512/474-8842

Strut Your Mutt

Bring your dog and some money to donate to Reunion Rescue which is a no-kill pit bull refuge. 8am-noon. $30 donation.

Mueller Lake Park, 1829 Simond, 512/762-8963

Sunset Valley WorldFest

Celebrate the culture of Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil through music, dance, food, and more. 4-8:30pm. Free.

Sunset Valley City Hall, 3205 Jones Rd., Sunset Valley

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

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, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318


Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.


Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.


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