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    Museum Grand Opening Celebration

    After a closure for upgrades to the building and exhibits, the Texas Memorial Museum reopens as Texas Science & Natural History Museum, notably Austin's only museum of the kind. At the grand opening celebration, explore new exhibits and enjoy activities for the whole family with hands-on science activities, a visit from the Austin Public Library Bookmobile, live entertainment, and light bites and beverages provided by event sponsor HEB Helping Here. Read more about the museum in our feature story from November 2022.
    Sat., Sept. 23, 10am-2pm. Free.
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      Open Congress at the Texas Tribune Festival

      Texas Tribune Festival offers a full day for the community with programming including conversations with political icons, interactive experiences, and more, with no ticket or festival badge required. Speakers include Franklin Barbecue's Aaron Franklin, U.S. Reps. Tony Gonzales and Sylvia Garcia, and many more.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 9am-5:30pm. Free.  
      Congress Avenue
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      Texas Tribune Festival

      A multiday celebration of big, bold ideas about politics, public policy, and news – all taking place just steps away from the Texas Capitol. Speakers and panelists include political candidates and officeholders, journalists, and nonprofit leaders, from local officials to nationally known names.
      Thu.-Sat., Sept. 21-23. $269; student/educator/nonprofit discounts available.  
      Downtown Austin
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      50 Years Later: A Riverbat Homecoming Fest

      Austin Community College opened its doors in 1973 to provide affordable and accessible education for all, and welcomes the community for a huge celebration to commemorate five decades.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 10am-2pm. Free.
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      Adult Skate Night

      Leave the rugrats at home and enjoy the roller rink with other grownups.
      Tuesdays, 7-11pm; Saturdays, 9pm-midnight  
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      ATX Design Expo

      Get inspired for your next home improvement project and meet ASID certified local interior designers who can help you bring your space to life. Local home improvement stores and artisan vendors will also be on-site to enhance the experience.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 11am-2pm
      Architectural Surfaces, 401 Center Ridge Dr. #100
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      Beat the Heat

      With Central Texas experiencing extremely high temperatures, city leaders issued a reminder to be aware of Excessive Heat Watch and Excessive Heat Warning alerts from the National Weather Service. A warning means action should be taken immediately to avoid heat-related illness. The city began a pilot program in July at Republic Square with misting tents and cold bottled water, and always offers facilities like rec centers and libraries as cooling centers. In addition, city pool fees are waived Aug. 9-Sept. 30, except for Barton Springs. Visit the city's website for more information, and always check before you head to an outdoor event: For safety, organizers may cancel events that put people at risk due to the heat.
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      Black Austin History Tours at the Oakwood Chapel

      Angela Thornton will lead tours to talk about the Historic Colored Grounds and the burials that were segregated by race and class in the 1800s. There are many individuals buried in this section that represent Black excellence and are inspirations today. Thornton can also offer history about the chapel and online resources to learn more.
      Through Dec. 16. Saturdays, 12:30pm. Free.  
      Oakwood Chapel, 1601 Navasota
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      Donate Blood, Get a Free T-Shirt

      We Are Blood wraps up September by offering rocking WAB T-shirts for blood and platelet donors.
      Sept. 15-30. Free.  
      We Are Blood donation centers and mobile drives
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      Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival

      It's the third and final year for this family-friendly fest on the beautifully shaded farmstead, with tons of activities beyond the pumpkin patch: live music, shopping, art, games, a hay maze, armadillo races, camel and pony rides, a petting zoo, and so much more.
      Sept. 23-Oct. 29. Sat.-Sun., 10am-7pm. $15; free for seniors and kids under 3.  
      Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead, 419 Founders Park Rd., Dripping Springs
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      Fall Equinox Party at Blue Owl Brewing

      Welcome cooler days with a free plant workshop (1pm), a fall candle workshop (6pm), a flower crown crafting station, discounts on merch, pumpkin spice and frozen apple slushees, an apple spice beer release, and a "Put Your Love Into the Universe" mailbox to drop in notes of gratitude.
      Sat., Sept. 23, noon-10pm
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      Family History Talk by Valore Lott

      East Austin native Lott will discuss what she's learned as the family historian. Her great-great grandfather, Milton Wright, was one of the founding members of Wesley Chapel M.E. congregation, and her great-great grandmother, Betsy Madison, was one of the founding members of Ebenezer Third Baptist Church in 1875. Both and numerous other family members are buried at Oakwood Cemetery.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 2-4pm. Free.  
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      Fresh for Less Mobile Markets

      This program from the city of Austin, run by Farmshare Austin, has opened new market locations. There are now six weekly markets around town that sell Texas-grown produce, eggs, honey, and other groceries all at reduced prices. Most major cards are accepted at these markets and if you are a SNAP customer, you can also use your Lone Star card and Double Up Food Bucks. Locations and schedules are subject to change, so check the current info online to find one near you.
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      From Prison to Power: Finding Your Voice After Incarceration

      Have you ever been arrested? Incarcerated? On community supervision? Or do you have a loved one who has? Join in to hear from leaders across Texas who have been in your shoes, and learn to use your voice to make change.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 1-3pm. Free.  
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      Geeks Who Drink Trivia

      The masters of minutiae present trivia games for prizes, covering everything from Hungary to The Hunger Games, science to sports, the Billboard Hot 100 to Better Call Saul. Find them at watering holes all over town each week.
      Ongoing
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      HAAM Fest

      A full day of live music and an auction to raise funds for musician health nonprofit HAAM.
      Sat., Sept. 23, noon-11pm. Free.  
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      Handbuilding Pottery Class

      Learn from the pros at a beginner-friendly six-week class.
      Sept. 23-Oct. 28. Saturdays, 9am-noon. $380.
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      League of Women Voters Austin Area Fall Kickoff

      LWV hosts an event on the theme "The Fight for Local Control: How the 88th Legislative Session Affects the Austin Area," open to all.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 2-4pm. Free.
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      Learn to Farm

      Farmshare Austin's Farmer Starter program is an immersive training program on a working, certified organic, diversified vegetable farm designed to provide aspiring farmers with the essential skills and training needed to manage a sustainable farming business. Get more info and apply online.
      Applications due Oct. 1
      Apply online
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      Meanwhile Autumnal Equinox Party With TreeFolks

      Join TreeFolks Young Professionals for a variety of all-ages activities including acorn pong, face painting, tarot readings, seed planting, children's activities, a tree ID walk & talk, and lots more.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 11am-2pm. Free.  
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      Propagation 101 With Tillery Street Plant Co. & East Austin Succulents

      Enjoy a sour beer while learning the basics of plant propagation and keeping plants happy.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 1-2pm. Free.
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      Pups and Pints

      Visit vendor booths by Hollywood Feed, Liberty Dog Bakery, DOGSHT, Therapy Pet Pals of Texas, Kona Ice, and the Pawstin Bakery, try bevs from Big Country Hard Seltzer, Meridian Hive, and Soco Ginger Beer, and enjoy live music and activities like Lucky Dog Tarot card reading and pup portraits. Donations of pet supplies get you entered in a gift card drawing, and Safe Rescue of Central Texas will be on hand with adoptable pets.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 4pm. Free.
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      Seventh Annual Pflugerville LibraryCon

      A fun-filled day of panels, crafts, cosplay, and gaming. Meet comic authors and artists, voice actors, cosplayers, and more, with activities for all ages. Teens and adults can join the cosplay contest if registered by Sept. 22.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 10am-6pm. Free.
      Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
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      STILL HOT: Resound X FSG Takeover @ Meanwhile Brewing

      A day of live music, shopping, eating, drinking, dancing, moshing, goofing, etc. with Resound Presents and Feels So Good. Come early and stay late!
      Sat., Sept. 23, 3pm. Free.  
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      Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day

      Get free vaccines and health screenings and enjoy family fun like a bouncy house, ice cream, and live entertainment.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 10am-2pm. Free.  
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      Texas State Parks Photo Contest

      Capture your adventures at Texas State Parks. Explore a new trail, discover a cool critter, or catch an awesome sunset, then submit your pics or tag them on social media (#TexasStateParks and #TexasParks100) to win parks passes or H-E-B gift cards.
      Deadline: Nov. 27  
      Submit online
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      Workshop: Fall-Scented Candle Pouring

      Get a beginner's tutorial on pouring soy wax candles with scents inspired by the fall equinox. Tix include materials, instruction, and a souvenir 12-oz. tasting glass with four complimentary beers.
      Sat., Sept. 23, 6pm. $42.  

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