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
Come and check out the new building and the resources available to all Austinites. 10am-4pm.
A variety of pan-Asian performances, a fashion show, and children's activities help welcome the AARC to the neighborhood. 10am-4pm. Free.
Austin Parks and Rec invites the public to weigh in on the development of the new Auditorium Shores off-leash area. 11am. Free.
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.
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).
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
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.
Call to make a reservation and increase your chances of catching breast cancer early. Saturdays through Oct. 26, 8am-3pm. Free.
Put on your hammer pants to support worker-owned cooperatives. 10pm. $10 suggested donation.
5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513
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.
Yoga sessions, family-friendly events, cultural performances, and more in the spirit of namaste. 3:30-9pm. Free.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Meet at Riverside and South First for this 5K walk raising awareness for mental health issues. 7:30am. Free.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Bring your dog and some money to donate to Reunion Rescue which is a no-kill pit bull refuge. 8am-noon. $30 donation.
Celebrate the culture of Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil through music, dance, food, and more. 4-8:30pm. Free.
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
offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.
This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your
neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org
to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.