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

Name: Pollydoodle
Sex: Spayed Female 
Breed: Pit Bull Mix
Age: Year Old
Animal ID: A604955
Location: Kennel 19 at Town Lake Animal Center

Pollydoodle has been with Austin Animal Center over 290 days now! She is very easy on her leash, knows sit and seems very housetrained! Polly is very treat motived so she will be easy to teach more commands to. She has many play mates at the shelter and would make a great companion with another mild manner dog at home.

 

If this not the pet for you, check out one of our previous Pet of the Week’s.

Also, check out this Free Pet Services for the citizens of Austin and Travis County.

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Formula One is coming up this weekend. Here is a map of the track. Think this event is just for race fans? You’re wrong. There is going to be so much fun at the track this weekend for everyone. Here is a run down of “must stops” while out there this weekend.

 

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Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey-

Whiplash is the Cowboy monkey who herds sheep!  He rides in front of fans in a contained setting, 2x per day, for 6-8 minutes performances.

Saturday- 2pm and 4:45 PM & Sunday- 10am and 12pm

 

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Adorable Donkeys fitted with pouches available to hold guest’s drinks and pose for photos.

Friday- 9am-6pm

Saturday 8:30 am-6pm & Sunday 8:30 am-6:30 pm

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Local Austin food truck-

BURRO-Located in the Grand Plaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image008Free Kids Activities- In the Grand Plaza- face painting, caricature artist and balloon twister

 

 

 

 

image007Longhorns- Photo Ops with Longhorns both in the Grand Plaza and at Turn 6.

 

 

 

 

Three themed Bars-

La Cantina (Turn 4)- It’s the colorful fiesta of Old Mexico complete with a truly dizzying array of tequilas and beers for the thirsty traveler

Beirgarten- (Turn 6)Taste the best craft beers in the West at COTA’s festive Biergarten

Texas Ranch and Sports Bar (Grand Plaza) Come throw back a cold beer and a whiskey at COTA’s own Texas Ranch. Test your rodeo skills and take a ride on the mechanical bull or kick back with all the refreshing liquid hospitality the West has to offer. There will be TVs in there too.

MUSIC- 

Kid Rock- Post Race performance Sunday in the Austin 360 Amphitheater.

LIVE- Saturday, Nov 1st 12-1pm

Be sure to sign up for the COTA Fan Zone to earn points and get rewards throughout the USGP weekend.  You can also keep track of events, schedule and navigate the Circuit with the interactive map.

http://www.cotafanzone.com/

 

It’s the last “Trailer Food Tuesday” of the season!  The last Tuesday of each month, various trailers set up on the terrace for an evening of food and fun. This is a great opportunity to try a variety of trailers all in one easy location. They’ll also have live music, and Camp Gladiator will be hosting a free workout at 6:30, so be sure to bring a mat and water if you want to participate!

 

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The featured trailers this month include:

  • The Peached Tortilla
  • Whole Foods
  • FoodaPalooza
  • Wholly Kabob
  • Rosarito
  • Regal Ravioli
  • Oyama
  • NB BBQ & Comfort
  • Uncle Louie G
  • Boomerang’s Handheld Aussie Pies
  • Evil Wiener
  • Mellizoz Tacos

I’ve been to several Trailer Tuesdays in the past, here are 5 Tips for making the most out of your experience.

Time: 5 – 9 pm

When: today, October 28th

Location:
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.trailerfoodtuesdays.com

For beer drinkers this week is absolute nirvana.  Unfortunately, I am not much of a beer drinker so I can’t appreciate this week like most Austinites.  Austin Beer Week is now in its fifth year and is bigger and better than ever.

This entire week is focused on celebrating beer.  There are more beer focused events than I can name.  Think taste tastings, pairings, beer drinking games, happy hours, beer education events, and basically all things beer.

The events run all day and many of them are pay as you go or free.  This week is unlike any other week in the Capitol City for beer lovers.

Everyone has different tastes and there are events located all over town.  Get the most out of your week by looking at the schedule to see what sounds good to you. You can check out the schedule here, https://austinbeerweek.com.

When: now – November 2nd

Location:
Austin, Texas

http://austinbeerweek.com/

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

The Austin Eastciders crew is celebrating the Grand Opening of their new urban cidery located on the eastside.

They’ll have a party complete with cider, live music, and fun. You’ll be able to try a special cider before its release to the public on November 3rd, tour the new facility, and enjoy food from local food trucks.

It’s going to be the perfect evening for this.

If you’re looking for more weekend fun, here are our Weekend Top Picks!

When: today, October 25th

Time: 6 – 9 pm

Location:
Austin Eastciders
979 Springdale Road Suite 130
Austin, Texas 78702

https://www.facebook.com/events/280327932178282/

Photo Credit: Austin Eastciders Facebook Page

Friday, October 24th

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It is also prime time to visit a local pumpkin patch!

Photo Credit: The Nightowls Facebook Page

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