Come see the famously big and bright Texas stars with expert and amateur astronomers! The Austin Astronomical Society will have multiple telescopes available to visitors at the Star Theater, you just have to bring your own chair. They are located far enough away from major light sources that you’ll be able to see multiple planets, constellations, and even the Milky Way.
Here are a few important things to keep in mind before you head out:
– The event is weather permitting. If it’s just cloudy we’ll still be out there, but rain will force us to cancel the event. Look for updates here.
– No lights or cell phones once you enter the viewing area. Each time you look at your cell phone or a blueish light you lose your night vision for up to 40 minutes. This makes it very hard to see the stars even with a telescope!
– If you bring a flashlight, make sure it’s a red light or has a red filter on it. Normal lights can mess up your natural night vision and interfere with the telescopes.
– Dogs will not be allowed in the viewing area, but are allowed in the parking lot.
– Many of the telescopes are owned and operated by these astronomers, so please don’t touch the equipment unless it’s OK with them. Walk on up to any of the scopes and ask what they’re looking at! They’ll all be happy to share.
When: Saturday, October 19th
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Normal entrance fees are required to enter the park which is $6 for each person over 13 years old. The office will be closing at 6 p.m., so skip the long line and pay ahead of time here. If you wait to pay at the park, bring exact change for the self-pay station.
Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, Texas 78636
Are you ready for the night of your freaking life? If you live in Austin, or are even just visiting, you would be insane to miss the Roller Derby Championship game happening this Saturday. The undefeated Holy Rollers are taking on the relentless Rhinestone Cowgirls. This sport combines athleticism, blind rage, and the occasional beer chug. If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe Rolling Stone, who called it a “brawling party on wheels”.
When: Saturday, October 19thth
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.| Wheels hit the track at 7 p.m.!
Cost: $17–$40 | Free admission for children 12 and under!
Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Ln, Austin, TX 78724
Austin, TX 78723, USA
Buzzkill Comedy is a weekly curated comedy show at the Buzz Mill where some of Austin’s finest comedians come together to dole out free jokes. As always, it is hosted by “the Property Brothers of Austin comedy,” Angelina and Carlton. We all need a little comic relief—here’s the perfect opportunity make your Wednesday much more exciting.
When: Wednesday, October 16th
Time: 9:00 p.m.
The Buzz Mill
1505 Town Creek Dr.
Austin, Texas 78741
Let’s groove tonight! Join Outdoor Voices and Define for a dance class led by Leigh Anne Spencer at Fareground. Good music and choreographed moves that will give you that Tuesday endorphin boost!
Grab a pal and RSVP right here!
When: Tuesday, October 15th
Time: 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Fareground at One Eleven
111 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701
In Texas, October and November are ideal for campfires s’mores and sleeping under the stars. If you are feeling a little clueless about it all, don’t worry! Tonight you can join REI’s expert guides for this hands-on introduction to tent camping.
In this workshop you’ll practice setting up tents, learn how to select the best sleeping bag for you, and get lots of practical advice! All gear will be provided; just bring your sense of adventure.
When: Monday, October 14th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
9901 N Capitol Of Texas Hwy, Ste 200
Austin, TX 78759
Ok, this is happening! Sip on specialty cocktails by Absolut Juice and dive into brunch bites while jamming out to Lizzo’s latest hits. Reservations are obviously recommended! Call 512-542-3660 to get your table.
When: Sunday, October 13th
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
200 Lavaca St.
Austin, Texas 78701
The pumpkin patches are popping up everywhere, but this one in Pflugerville is quite different! Take a dip in the pool, pick your pumpkin, and decorate it. Kids will love this one. The pool will also be open for recreational swim during the event.
Admission prices (cash only):
$10 per person (includes one large pumpkin)
$5 per child (includes one small pumpkin)
$3 per person (no pumpkin)
When: Saturday, October 12th
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Gilleland Creek Pool
700 Railroad Ave
We’re throwing a haunted bash at Gingerland Austin with enough thrills and chills for the whole family.
We’ll have all your freaky, fall vibes in one convenient location. Here’s a rundown of what to expect:
Hop on the back of a tractor-pulled trailer and enjoy a relaxing ride under the Texas sky, just make sure you’re paying attention to what’s around the next turn…
Post for pics and pet these carrot-loving, friendly farm animals.
Instagram influencers (and parents) eat your hearts out. The entire property will be loaded with fall themed photo-ops.
Equally fun for kids, or adults with a beverage in hand.
Adult and Kid Friendly Beverages
While this is a family-friendly event, there will be plenty of young (and not so young) adults celebrating as well. We’ll have beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverage options available for purchase.
BBQ for purchase from Red White & Blue B-que
Yard Games and General Merriment
Corn-hole, Giant Jenga & Connect Four, Tetherball, and more…This beautiful property is enough to warrant attending alone. Join us for a night of good fun with good people out on the ranch.
We have limited parking spots available for purchase, but if you’re planning on drinking, please take a Lyft, Uber, or other ride-share.
Cost: $30 per person, kids 12 and under are free
When: October 30th, Event from 5-11pm with hay rides from 6-10pm
15709 Richards Dr.
Del Valle, TX 78617
One night of Halloween would never be enough so Gibson Street Bar is going all out for the entire month. Nightmare on Gibson Street is back for the second year of spooky fun, epic Halloween decor and BOOzy specials. Every Friday and Saturday they’ll be in the spooky spirit with DJs, dry ice punch bowls, jell-o shots, deadly cocktails, and more.
And don’t miss the costume contest on Halloween Night!
When: Tuesday, October 8th (and all month long)
Time: 4:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
Gibson Street Bar
1109 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704
If you are afraid of ghosts, don’t take this tour! Ghosts, apparitions and things that go bump in the night will be the featured topic for exclusive nighttime ghost tours at Pioneer Farms.
Hosted by Austin’s one and only Austin Ghost Tours, there will be ghost sightings, unexplained events, and disembodied voices all over the place. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring a flashlight and water bottle.
When: Thursday, October 10th
Cost: Tickets are $30 for adults (age 16 and older) and $20 for children (age 15 and younger). Buy your tickets here.
Time: 8:00 p.m. (Gates open at 7:30 p.m. The 1.5-hour tours starts at 8 p.m. each night.)
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.
Austin, Texas 78754
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