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  • 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
  • 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
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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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    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 o' Lantern Carving Contest

    Shock the Vote ATX teamed up with Trick or Treat Studios, Fangoria, and Panic Film Fest to award prizes for the best pumpkin carving submissions. Tag a friend you’d like to be spending Halloween with, and get to carving! ⁠Follow @shockthevoteatx and post a photo of your pumpkin creation with the hashtag #ShocktheVoteATX to enter, and select submissions will be featured during Panic Fest’s Tricks and Treats virtual Halloween weekend.
    Through Oct. 31  
    Online
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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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    The Electric Church presents A Spooky Happening w/ Rattlesnake Milk, Motel Ball Band, Indrajit Banerjee, DJ Ziggy Gonzo

    This limited-capacity outdoor Halloween event features a costume contest, psychedelic photo booth, and visuals from Ether Wave and Lysergic Lights. All guests will be seated at a safe distance and will be required to wear masks (the pandemic-friendly kind).
    Tue., Oct. 27, 7pm. $10.
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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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    A Night Under One Sky

    Interfaith Action of Central Texas' virtual fall fundraiser on the theme "The Path to Racial Justice: Allies and Co-Conspirators for Good," explores how we as individuals and as faith communities can promote racial reconciliation and anti-racism.
    Tue., Oct. 27, 7pm  
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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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    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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    Día de los Muertos Goes Virtual

    Usually a street festival, this year you can go online to learn how to make an altar, shop for art, and see art exhibits.
    Through Nov. 13. Free.  
    Online from Corpus Christi
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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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    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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    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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    Hell Yes Project: Central Texas Food Bank

    An evening of volunteering at the food bank's warehouse.
    Last Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm  
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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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    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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    Texas History Tuesdays: What Makes Texas, Texas?

    What do you picture when you think about Texas? How much do you know about the symbols chosen by our Legislature? Which symbols of Texas are your favorites? A museum educator will lead students as they discover the important elements and symbols that represent our great state through sight and sound.
    Tue., Oct. 27, 10am & 1pm. Free.  
    Online via the Bullock Museum
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    Texas Standard Store Opening

    The first retail store of the Texas menswear brand is now open, and gives back 10% of profits to Texas charities as part of its Ten for Texas initiative.
    Ongoing  
    4401 Guadalupe
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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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    Time to Pivot: Generating Radio Interest

    While so much has changed since the start of the pandemic, studies show that most people are listening to the radio more than before. Austin Music Foundation presents a conversation hosted by AMF guest consultant Adrienne Lake with radio hosts and music programmers from KUTX, KOOP and KAZI discussing best practices for pitching your music, what they look for in submissions, and other tips to get your music played on air.
    Tue., Oct. 27, 7-8:30pm. Free.  
    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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    Travis County Commissioners Court

    Check website for agenda posting.
    Tue., Oct. 27, 9am  
    Online
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    Travis County Commissioners Court Voting Session

    See agenda for details.
    Tue., Oct. 27, 9am  
    Online
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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.  
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    YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program

    A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour.
    English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am.. Free.  
    Online
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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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