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  • Lone Star Nursery Travelling Plant Show

    Step right up & get your garden questions answered! Lone Star Nursery is an organic grower that delivers to your door. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to shop with them in person. Dozens of prizes given away, at this eclectic plant sale. Fall annuals, perennials, medicinals, houseplants, succulents & more! Food & beverages + live entertainment for the whole family!
    Sat. Oct. 23, 12pm-4pm  
    Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.
  • 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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    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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    Hallo-Qween: Kind Clinic South Grand Opening

    Kind Clinic's largest location to date is now open, with eight exam rooms now available plus plans for an on-site pharmacy to open in early 2021. Come check out the new spot and meet some of the staff at this drive-through celebration on Hallo-Qween!
    Sat., Oct. 31, 11am-1pm. Free.  
    2800 S. I-35 #103
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    Halloween Children's Concert

    Are you ready for some "boo-tiful" music from Austin Symphony Orchestra? Get decked out in costume and enjoy a virtual concert with the music of Harry Potter and Peter and the Wolf.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 3pm  
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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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    Nightmare on Willie Nelson Boolevard

    A special haunted backstage tour of ACL Live with music performances from beyond the grave, including SRV, Johnny Cash, and more, plus rock photo galleries, behind-the-scenes stories about the iconic venue and its performers, and some spooky surprises. Masks and social distancing are required, and there are multiple tour times to choose from between 8 and 11pm each night.
    Thu.-Sat., Oct. 29-31  
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    Race & Social Justice

    Hear local leaders address the impact of policies that have adversely affected people of color and learn how community-driven actions along with public policy changes can create meaningful change for the Austin community. Mayor Steve Adler, AISD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, Civility Consulting CEO Jan Goss-Gibson, APD Assistant Chief Robin Henderson, and Austin Justice Coalition Executive Director Chas Moore will speak. Proceeds benefit the Central Texas Food Bank, the Links Foundation Town Lake Chapter’s annual scholarship fund, and The Links Foundation Inc.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 3-4:30pm. $25-100.  
    Virtual
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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 Cinema Series: Halloween

    Shock the Vote ATX, Independence Brewing Co., and Blumhouse Productions invite you to the ultimate Halloween party featuring a double dose of The Shape. Halloween 1978 and 2018 will screen, but that's not all: Prizes and contests galore, a pre-show reel, a shocking new beer from Independence, thrilling trivia, Halloween prizes from Trick or Treat Studios, and other spine-chilling surprises await. Plus, 80% of profits go to Shock the Vote ATX’s six featured nonprofits.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 7pm. $10 suggested donation.  
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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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    WIFT Hunt ATX

    You probably know about some of the local filming locations for Dazed and Confused, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Grindhouse, Friday Night Lights, and Office Space, but Women in Film & Television Austin is challenging you to visit them all. They've put together a handy map so you can hunt them all down, and to enter their scavenger hunt contest, post a selfie using #WIFTHuntATX and tag WIFT, or send it via email. You can also visit locations that aren't on the map if you're in the know. There are tons of cool prizes from local vendors, and all participants get a discount at the Gas Station in Bastrop. Get to hunting today; there are so many locations to visit!
    Through Nov. 12  
    Various locations; submit entries online
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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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    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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    Boo the Flu

    Flu shots will be distributed to uninsured community members at this a drive-thru event. Community resources will also be available, and there will be a raffle with prizes.
    Sat., Oct. 31, noon-3pm  
    Travis Early College High School, 1211 E. Oltorf
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    Brick-Out Session

    Bring your mysterious bricks to be evaluated and documented by experts Becky and Larry Meacham, who are writing a book on Texas-made bricks. A portion of the university’s brick collection will be on display. Masks and social distancing required.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 10am-4pm. Free.  
    Sam Houston State University, Huntsville
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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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    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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    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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    Full Moon Swim

    Sip on a Mai Tai from the pool bar and relax to the tropical tunes of Dice Tropix at this last lunar swim of the year.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 7-10pm. $25.  
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    Ghost Tours at Pioneer Farms

    A nighttime walking tour through environs rich with stories about spirits, unexplained sightings, and things that go bump in the night, hosted by Austin ghost experts. A not-to-be-missed outing with history.
    Last Saturdays, 8pm, through Oct. 31  
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    Halloween at the Science Mill

    Who's ready for some spooky science? Design your own spider web and test its strength, meet poison dart frogs (eek!), send a ghostly message, and more. Prizes will be awarded to the first guests in costumes and there'll be treats throughout the day.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 10am-1pm & 2-5pm. Prices vary by age.  
    Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Ln., Johnson City
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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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    Jo's Coffee Anniversary

    Jo's is turning 21, and in honor of this milestone birthday they're giving out free cookies all day long and selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a year's worth of free coffee. Tickets will be available at Jo's South Congress, $5 each or 5 for $20, with donations benefiting the nonprofit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).
    Sat., Oct. 31, 9am-9pm  
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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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    Mesmerize Halloween

    Mesmerize offers "a safe way to celebrate spooky season" with extremely limited capacity in the gallery. Arrive in costume to be entered into the costume contest, enter the photo contest, see a brand-new installation, hear some eerie tunes, and sip some special bevvies.
    Oct. 28-Nov. 1. $25.  
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    Monster Mash

    Calling Austin's LGBTQIA fams – (virtually) jump into live Zoom rooms with other families, share your costumes, and make some glittery, gooey, and colorful art. RSVP by Thu., Oct. 30, 3pm to get in on the spooky fun.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 1-2:30pm. Free (RSVP).  
    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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    Puppy Petting Zoo

    DogEmbark says puppies needs to meet 100 different people and dogs before they reach 16 weeks of age to learn the social skills they need to be happy, positive members of the community. So they're offering a COVID-conscious space at Barton Creek Farmers Market for dogs seven-16 weeks old to socialize. If you've got a potential puppy participant, register online. If not, you could be one of those important 100, so go pet the puppers!
    Saturdays, 9am-1pm  
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    Quarantine Halloween

    Bring a donation for the Central Texas Food Bank and enjoy a socially distanced Halloween.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 6-10pm  
    The Creepy House on the corner of Balcones & Crestway
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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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    Run for the Water

    This event benefits the Gazelle Foundation, an Austin-based nonprofit improving the lives of citizens of Burundi, Africa, through the building of water systems. Run, walk, or ride a route you choose and submit your time to get a T-shirt and goodie bag by mail.
    Through Sun., Nov. 8. $45.  
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    Saturday Rise Poolside Yoga

    Swift Fit Events presents poolside yoga every Saturday in October. Admission price includes a one-hour yoga class, plus pool and gym access post-class. Yoga mat, towel, Richard’s Rainwater, and pressed juices provided.
    Saturdays, 8:30-9:30am. Through Oct. 31. $25.  
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    SoCo Select Farmers & Makers Market

    Because you like it local, because you like it good.
    Saturdays, 11am-5pm
    1511 S. Congress
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    South Texas Book Festival Virtually

    This year’s online edition of the award-winning festival features Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Perez and other regional and national authors talking about their works and more.
    Thu.-Sun., Oct. 29-Nov. 1. Free.  
    Online from McAllen
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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 Music Ranch Punk-O-Ween

    A socially distanced drive-in show featuring bands from Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and New Braunfels, with food by Johnny on the Spot. Sponsored by Texas Beer Company and hosted by QwikDeth Sounds and NuLevel Studios.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 7pm-1am. $35/car.  
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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 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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    Texas State Football

    Homecoming, vs. Louisiana.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 7pm  
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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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    The Necropolis Politic: Mourning, Reclamation & Preservation in BIPOC Sacred Spaces

    Join The University of Texas School of Architecture and Proyecto Teatro for a special student-run and organized free symposium dedicated to all things related to necropolitics. Alongside Día de los Muertos, the all-day symposium will highlight scholarly and creative work that speaks to knowledge of rituals for processing grief and loss, research on remembrance against acts of state-sponsored violence, and struggles for reclaiming historical memory.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 9am-6pm. 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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    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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    Trick & Treat: Halloween Finale

    A special Halloween evening including a 3D pumpkin carving demonstration by champion carver Griffon Ramsey, Spook Light walking tour of historic sites, Día de los Muertos and Scream Street activities in the Sprinkle Corner entrance village, and live music in the historic Wessels Hall. A special ghost tour will cap the evening.
    Sat., Oct. 31, 6-11pm. $15-20; children under 6, free.  
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    Trick or Treat Delivery

    Ghisallo Cycling Initiative is delivering trick-or-treat packs with candy and other goodies to the Eastside on Halloween via contactless delivery. Registration is now maxed out, but you can still get on the waiting list!
    Sat., Oct. 31, 4-6pm  
    Register 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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    Virtual Hoppy Hour With Tiny Tails

    Virtually hang out with the adorable animals of Tiny Tails to You and one of their animal experts, livestreamed via Facebook Live or Instagram Live (@TinyTailsToYou). Donations accepted at www.tinytailstoyou.com/donate.
    Saturdays, 9am  
    Online
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    Virtual Viva la Vida Fest

    Mexic-Arte Museum is taking their annual festival & parade to the digital street, with performances, ofrendas, and a virtual exhibit available online, as well as activity guides, recipes, and merchandise including Viva la Vida embroidered face masks.
    Sat., Oct. 31-Mon., Nov. 2, 5-6:30pm  
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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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