Family friendly events in Austin, Texas are an ongoing occurrence. There are always great family friendly places and events to attend!

It’s pumpkin patch time! Get your camera, because this is your fall photo opportunity. I can tell you from experience that pumpkin patches are fun for all ages. Halloween is tomorrow so we are running out of time to carve pumpkins.

The Travis Heights pumpkin patch is an Austin tradition, and one of the best places in town for photos and pumpkin buying. The pumpkins come in all shapes, colors and sizes. All of them have so much character. This will get you in the fall and Halloween mood like no other!

Let the pumpkin carving begin!

When: today

Time: noon – 7 pm

Location:
Grace  United Methodist Church Austin
205 East Monroe Street
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.gracemethodistaustin.org/

It’s going to be a great evening for a movie in the park. It is not exactly Halloween but they’re encouraging viewers to get in the spirit a few days early and dress up for tonight’s showing of Beetlejuice.

Bring your dogs, picnic and lawn chairs for this evening under the Austin stars. I would also recommend bringing bug spray.

Admission: free

When: today, October 29th

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location:
Wooldridge Square
900 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.downtownaustin.com/events/4944/movies-park-beetlejuice

It’s Texas Book Festival time again! This is an absolutely fantastic event that is fun for the entire family.

This annual book-a-palooza was the brain child of former First Lady, Laura Bush. I think the coolest thing about the festival is that it gets people excited about reading and raises tons of cash for Texas libraries.  Since the fest started they’ve awarded over $2.5 million in grant money to state libraries. That is downright inspiring!

The festival will have everything from book signings, panel discussions, author readings, and more.

Check out the Weekend Top Picks for other events happening this weekend.

Admission: Free

When: today, October 26th

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location:
The Capitol
between 10th
 & 11th
 Streets
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.texasbookfestival.org/

Photo Credit: James Grayson Photography

Halloween is  a week away and the Bullock Museum is ready to get the party started. Tonight’s event will be fun for the entire family.

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There will be scary stories, experiments, games, costumes, and more. You’ll be able to learn about the science of magic and optical illusions, decorate your own treat bag, explore the museum.

Guests are encouraged to dress up!

Admission: free

When: today, October 24th

Time: 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Location:
Bullock Texas History Museum
1800 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/events/spooktacular-2014

Photo Credit: Bullock Texas History Museum Facebook Page

Fall is undoubtedly my favorite time of year! I love everything about it from the cooler weather to the decorations.  And thanks to yesterday’s cool front it is really feeling like fall today!

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Today is the first day for one of my favorite pumpkin patches in Austin to open. The vast number of pumpkins are so easy to get lost in taking photos and enjoying. They have pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

If you can’t make it out today mark your calendar for October 25 (10am – 2 pm) because they have an entire day of fall fun planned.

Here is a list (and map) of other places to find pumpkins around Austin: http://365thingsaustin.com/2014/09/24/find-austins-best-pumpkin-patches/.

Phone: 512-452-5737

Sundays – 12:00noon – 7:00pm
Mondays – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesdays – 2:30pm – 7:00pm
Wednesdays – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursdays – 2:30pm – 7:00pm
Fridays – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturdays – 10:00am – 7:00pm

Location:
St. Johns United Methodist Church
(right across from Lamar Middle School)
2140 Allandale Drive
Austin, Texas 78756

http://stjohnsaustin.org/content.cfm?page_content=announcement_include.cfm&announcement_id=269

It’s a rainy morning and if you’re one of the lucky ones to have the day off a trip to the Harry Ransom Center may be just what you are looking for today.

They currently have a special exhibit that gives you a behind the scenes look of Gone With The Wind. They have over 300 rarely and never before seen materials.

For Gone With The Wind fans it is a one of kind opportunity to get an in-depth look at one of the most classic movies of all time.

Admission: free

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday
Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Location:
Harry Ransom Center
21st and Guadalupe
Austin, Texas

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/visit/gwtw/

Honor flight is an organization that flies WWII Veteran’s to Washington D.C. free of charge so they can see the WWII Memorial.

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Since 2012 they have flown over 600 of our Central Texas WWII Veterans to Washington D.C.  Tonight they arrive back in Austin. You can come out and give them a Texas sized welcome home. They’ll be at the Southwest Ticket counter upstairs.

Here is a video so you can learn more:

If you can’t make it today on October 18th Alamo Drafthouse is having a special screaning of Fury to honor local Veterans. http://www.honorflightaustin.org/2014/10/honor-flight-and-alamo-drafthouse-honor-the-greatest-generation/

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Both my grandpa’s are Veterans. I think this is an amazing opportunity to honor those who have served our country.

When: today, October 12th

Time: 8:30 pm

Location:
Austin Bergstorm Airport
3600 Presidential Avenue
Austin, Texas 78719

https://www.facebook.com/events/738510709531989/

And so we meet again ACL. If you’re looking to avoid the downtown area, Mueller Lake Park has just the event for you.

They’re showing Home Alone, which is such a classic. Yes, it is not quite the holiday season yet but this flick is always a favorite.

Bring snacks, blankets and come enjoy a movie under the stars!

Admission: free

When: today, October 10th

Time:  Activities 6:30 pm
Movie – 8 pm

Location:
Mueller Lake Park
4450 Mueller Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78722

 https://www.facebook.com/events/364581143705496/

The First Sunday of the month admission is free to the Bullock Texas History Museum and you are invited to come explore the museum.

For those who have not been the museum is amazing. It is three floors of Texas history through various exhibits and artifacts.

This Sunday they’re focusing on Veteran’s Voices. If you stop by be sure to make the time to write a letter to an active duty service member or wounded warrior.

Admission: free

When: the first Sunday of the month

Time: noon – 6 pm

Location:
Bullock Texas History Museum
1800 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/plan-your-visit/upcoming-events

Photo Credit: Bullock Texas History Museum

Today is one of the biggest events of the year for Austin bat watchers as it is the Bat Fest.  Living in Austin, hearing about the bats is something that you are probably familiar with but how often do you take the time to go do it? Take today’s event as an excuse to go down there and appreciate it!

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The Congress Bridge will be turned in to a complete bat festival. They will have 2 stages with live music, more than 75 arts & craft vendors, tons of food and drink stands, children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more!

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Those bats are funny as you never know exactly what time they are going to decide to fly, it can be anywhere from 7:00-8:30ish. They have been flying early this year (7:30ish). Once they start emerging from under the bridge it can last up to 30 minutes. Needless to say, don’t forget to grab your camera!

Admission: $10.00 (Cash Only) Children 8 and under free with adult

When: today, August 23rd

Time: 4:00 p.m. – midnight

Location:
Ann Richards Congress Street Bridge
Austin, Texas

http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/