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  • ArmadilloCon 2021

    Come to ArmadilloCon to meet the best in science fiction & fantasy! The con that introduced Austin to George RR Martin, Rachel Caine & William Gibson is featuring established and new SF creators you'll want to meet, including Nicky Drayden, Marshall Ryan Maresca, David Liss and Gary Villarreal! Complete details are available online.
    Oct 15-17, 2021  
    Austin Southpark Hotel
  • Hogeye Festival

    Come out to The 34th annual Hogeye festival held in historic downtown Elgin. The event is free and there will be live music, BBQ cook-off, carnival rides, kids activities, vendors, delicious food, shopping, and so much more. Fun for everyone!
    Sat. Oct. 23  
    Downtown Elgin
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    Día de los Muertos With ESB-MACC

    The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's programming is mostly virtual this year, and it's time to begin preparations. To participate, you can register for a free sugar skull kit and watch instructional videos on creating them and other crafts, submit photos or videos of your ofrenda, enter the Catrina/calavera contest, visit the outdoor art installation, and more, all leading up to the digital program packed with performances and presentations.
    Sugar skull kit pickup: Oct. 26-30; digital program: Nov. 1-2  
    ESB-MACC and online
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    Early Voting for the Nov. 3 Election

    Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page.
    Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30  
    Citywide
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    Final Call for RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online.
    Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon  
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    Jo's Ugly Dog Contest

    Does your furry friend have an irresistible aesthetic or a costume wardrobe you're dying to show off? Submit their photo to enter the contest, and entry fees go to Austin Humane Society. Spectators are welcome to vote at Jo's Coffee in the week before judging in three categories including Best Hair, Best Costume, and Ugly Dog (although they are all the cutest, of course).
    Register by Oct. 25; voting open Oct. 25-31; judging Oct. 31, 1pm  
    Submit online; vote at Jo's Coffee, 242 W. Second
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    Polkapocalypse 2020

    Just a few more days left, now, but – d'you think the spookiness is still too far away? Fear not, citizen! The annual polkamonster's coming for us this very weekend, with Sunday's celebration featuring a music-fueled taste of Oktoberfest, Día de los Muertos, and Halloween the Texas Folklife and Elisabet Ney way – with Brave Combo, Piñata Protest, and more.
    Sun., Oct. 25, 2-5pm. Free.  
    Online
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    Scare for a Cure

    Scare for a Cure is raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a fun Halloween challenge. Participate by uploading photos of your spooky decor, and they'll make you a donation page that you can share with your fans, with the option of adding your location to the map. Everyone's welcome to visit the displays (virtually or IRL) and contribute to your faves.: Read more here.
    Through Nov. 9  
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    Shock the Vote ATX Online Auction

    Shock the Vote ATX is all about community engagement, with 80 cents of every dollar of profit going directly to featured local nonprofit orgs. And this auction is a chance to score some very cool items including an abundant selection of art by Tim Doyle, Devin Lawson, and others; autographed albums; a priceless Robert Plant signed and framed print – and so much more. You don't want to miss this one!
    Through Nov. 8, 8pm  
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    The Austin Chronicle's Costume Contest

    The Austin Chronicle is hosting its first-ever readers' Halloween Costume Contest, sponsored by Zip Lost Pines. Enter your most creatively spooky getups by sending hi-res photos to halloween@austinchronicle.com. The grand prize winner will receive a weekend staycation from Springhill Suites by Marriott (San Antonio Northwest at the Rim) and be featured in the Halloween issue of the Chronicle. Runners-up and honorable mentions will also be eligible for special prizes. Not dressing up this year? That’s okay! Send pics of your best Halloween home displays and tell us how you’re spooking up the neighborhood! Follow @AustinChronicle and @ChronEvents for more info.
    Through Tue., Oct. 27  
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    A Cut Above Costumes

    Make an appointment (virtual or in-person) and let A Cut Above's consultants help you build a unique look from 50,000+ costumes, whether you're attending a socially distanced event or just for some fun Halloween pictures.
    Ongoing  
    A Cut Above Costumes, 150 Texas Ave., Round Rock
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    Absolute Beginning Tap Dance Workshop for Adults

    Tap is a great workout for the mind and body, and the perfect dance style to pick up as an adult. Ballet Austin's fun four-week workshop is the perfect way to get started so you can learn something new and fulfill a dream.
    Mondays, Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 2:45-3:45pm. $85 for four weeks.  
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    AJC Book Club

    This month's read is The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin.
    Sun., Oct. 25, 5pm. Free.  
    Online
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    APH Recommendations for Safe Holidays

    Austin Public Health has published recommendations for celebrating Halloween and Día de los Muertos safely during the pandemic, encouraging families to make new traditions this year and be mindful of the risk level of holiday activities. Low-risk ideas like a candy hunt at home or virtual celebration are advised, and you can get more inspiration and advice on what to avoid with their helpful infographics online.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    ATXelerator 2021 Application

    The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually.
    Deadline: Dec. 7. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195.  
    Online
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Bethany Lutheran Pumpkin Patch 2020

    Pumpkin season has arrived! Get your gourds here, and don't forget to wear your mask.
    Through Oct. 30. Mon.-Fri., noon-7pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-6pm  
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    Bright Green Future Grant Applications

    For the 2020-21 school year, applying teachers/students will choose from a “menu” of sustainability-themed curriculums offered through local nonprofits.
    Deadline: Mon., Oct. 26  
    Online
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    Canyon Lake Gorge Tours

    In the summer of 2002, for the first time floodwaters rushed over the spillway carving a geological wonder exposing dinosaur tracks, creating waterfalls, and carving a new lagoon now a part of a three-hour tour.
    Ongoing. $10.  
    Canyon Lake
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    Central Health Board of Managers Applications

    The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Central Health Board of Managers. Further info and the packet available here.
    Deadline: Oct. 30, 5pm  
    Online
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    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
    Online
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    DC Law Veterans Day Fundraiser

    Through Veterans Day, DC Law is raising funds and matching donations up to $5,000 to Service Dogs Inc., which supports wounded veterans through partnerships with custom-trained service dogs.
    Through Nov. 11  
    Donate online
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    DIY Orienteering Course

    The Austin Orienteering Club kicks off the 2020/2021 season with a DIY orienteering course at one of their favorite venues: Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Sign up to get the map and enjoy orienteering at your leisure.
    Through Nov. 8. $10-16.  
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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Taco

    Donate at any of We Are Blood’s three donor centers or at any mobile blood drive to get a taco from Tacodeli. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or by calling 512/206-1266.
    Through Oct. 25  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Eagle Nest Webcam

    The eagle cam is back after being dark for nearly two years, and the pair of eagles are building their nest in preparation of the eggs sometime in December or January. Watch their progress from home.
    Through early spring. Free.  
    Online via JBS Wetland Center, Seagoville
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    Special Screenings

    Ethereal Horror Fest

    The inaugural Ethereal Horror Fest promises two full days of live horror film screenings, plus an awards ceremony and red carpet, a complimentary food truck, and cocktail hour sponsored by Dripping Springs Vodka. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place; get all those details and a look at the 20 film showcases online.
    Sat.-Sun., Oct. 24-25. $5-25.  
    Tiger Den, 1648 E. Third
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    Flight of the Bats

    The bats have returned to the 350-foot-deep cavern three hours from Austin. Evening tours of the bat emergence have begun with social distancing. Reservations required.
    Wed.-Sun., through Oct. 31, 7:30pm. $6-14.  
    Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area, Rocksprings
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    Frida Friday ATX October Virtual Holiday Market

    Shop from a virtual market full of independent BIPOC artists and community creatives, and meet featured vendors all week through the @fridafridayatx Instagram and Facebook pages. Special sessions from DJs Chorizo Funk, Diggy Dutch, and Karla KickIt round out the FF experience.
    Oct. 23-Nov. 2  
    Online
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    Halloween With EVO Entertainment

    Guests can visit the pumpkin patch each weekend and enjoy the outdoor bar, full menu, movie screenings, and live music, and enter the Great Halloween Giveaway for a chance to win a private screening at any EVO location.
    Fri.-Sun., Oct. 23-25 & Oct. 30-Nov. 1
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    Happy Fall Y'all

    Fall is beautiful in Texas, and Natural Bridge Caverns offers a gorgeous outdoor setting to enjoy the season, with daily attractions and special weekend events from live music to animal shows. Check out the Trail of Treats the last two weekends of October, which features special Halloween events for little ones.
    Weekends through Nov. 1  
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    Lend a Hand ATX

    Lend a Hand ATX, created by Austin Tech Alliance, is a platform to help skilled tech volunteers and those in need make critical community connections during the COVID-19 crisis. Create an account, make an offer or request, and find a match!
    April 24-Dec. 15  
    Online
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    Pig Week 2020

    OK, so Pig Week is actually seven weeks, during which Central Texas Pig Rescue's compassionate small-business friends will be offering specials, with proceeds going to the CTPR Expansion Project. Check the calendar, follow CTPR's social media, and sign up for the newsletter to get reminders and updates. Then, simply indulge in your local faves like Rebel Cheese, Plow Burger, Bouldin Creek Cafe, and more, and share on Instagram by tagging @centraltexaspigrescue and the business' account using #pigweek2020 to be entered into raffles. It's an excellent way to "swine and dine," if you will, for a great cause.
    Through Oct. 31  
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    Pioneer Pumpkin Patch

    The photogenic Pumpkin Patch in the center of Pioneer Farms' historic village square offers a wide selection of pumpkins to chose from at great prices, and proceeds benefit their unique historical programming. Hay bales, scarecrows, and benches offer opportunities for family photo ops, and shoppers can buy pumpkins without paying museum admission. Sponsored by Precision Camera.
    Through Nov. 1. Thu.-Sun., 10am-4pm. Free.  
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    Project Connect Virtual Open House

    The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan.
    Online
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    Project Vote Safe

    Volunteer to help hand out bottled waters and snacks to voters lined up at the polls.
    Through Oct. 30. Daily, times vary  
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    Reuse & Rethink Halloween Challenge

    For Halloween decor and costumes, don't forget about Austin Creative Reuse. They've got all manner of supplies to craft Earth-friendly creations, so get the creative juices flowing and submit your reused Halloween mask, costume, or accessory to rethink@austincreativereuse.org for your chance to win a $10 ACR gift card.
    Through Oct. 31  
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    Scarecrow Invasion

    Take a leisurely drive around town to see the autumn displays in front of homes and businesses.
    Oct. 15-30  
    Comfort
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    Suffrage Now: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

    Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
    Aug. 6-Jan. 31  
    Online
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    Swan Songs Serenade

    Austin music nonprofit ​Swan Songs' ​10th annual Swan Songs Serenade gala, featuring ​Robert Earl Keen, supports their mission to fulfill musical last wishes and support the music community.
    Sun., Oct. 25, 7pm. $75.  
    Online
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    Texas Clay Festival Virtually

    From the comfort of your home, shop the wares of some of the top potters in the state, watch pottery demonstrations, and take studio tours.
    Sat.-Sun., Oct. 24-25  
    Online from Gruene
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    Texas Renaissance Festival

    Wear your face covering to win prizes while watching the jousting, playing games, and buying food from Merry Olde England.
    Sat., Oct. 3-Sun., Nov. 29  
    Todd Mission
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    Texas State Women's Soccer

    Vs. ULM: Senior Day.
    Sun., Oct. 25, 1pm  
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    The Escape Game Remote Adventures

    Play the Escape Game’s newest game, "Ruins: Forbidden Treasure," from anywhere in the world using Zoom. Control an avatar wearing a live feed camera, search 360° images of the room, and use items in your online dashboard to progress through the game. An expert game guide will be there to help along the way, just like the typical escape room. Assemble a team of friends, family, or co-workers, and see if you can escape within an hour!
    May 5-Dec. 20. $25/person.  
    Online
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    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
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    Trail of Treats

    Choose from a variety of activities including live music, a Happy Tails Entertainment petting zoo, trick-or-treating, and a mini hay maze, and get free admission to the AMaze’N Ranch Round-Up when you wear a family-friendly costume to the park.
    Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1  
    Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd., San Antonio
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    Un-boo-lievable Pumpkinfest

    Every evening of Pumpkinfest features a schedule of family-friendly events, demonstrations, live music, and more. From a new lighted walking tour of decorated historic sites to an array of spooky ghost tours, pumpkin-carving demonstrations and outdoor movies to Texas yodeling, circus performers, light-up DJs, a Pioneer Pumpkin Patch, Día de los Muertos exhibits, a Ghost Egg Hunt, and food, the programs will celebrate the spirit of the Orange Orbs in a uniquely Austin way.
    Oct. 23-31. $10-20; children under 6, free.  
Ongoing
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    Austin FC Season Membership Deposits

    Austin's Major League Soccer team, Austin FC, is officially taking deposits for 2021 season memberships. Your deposit will reserve your spot in line, which means the earlier you purchase your membership, the earlier you're eligible to select your seats for the season.
    Ongoing. $50.  

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