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Celebrate fall, Halloween and Oktoberfest at these fun, family-friendly events happening this weekend in Austin!

Boo at the Zoo

When: Friday and Saturday, October 14 &15 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Where: Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail

Boo at the Zoo is a fun-filled evening for ghosts and goblins of any age. Come dressed in your Halloween finest (no adult masks, please) and enjoy this Zoo-wide event including the Zoo bedecked in Halloween spookiness, nocturnal animals, unlimited trips through the Haunted Mansion and an eerie train ride. Cost: $15

Oktoberfest at the German-Texas Heritage Society

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 11a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: German Free School, 507 East 10th Street

Take a stroll through the beautiful historic gardens while listening to live music, sipping German beers and tasting German food! Kids of all ages will be entertained with a magic show, balloon art, storytime and more. Great food from Frank’s  and Pfeifers’s Bakery and outstanding German Beer are also at your fingertips during this fun filled event. Admission: $7 in advance, $10 at the door, 12 and under are free.

Red Barn’s PumpkinFest 2016

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Red Barn Garden Center, 12881 Pond Springs Road

Kids of all ages will have fun at this annual festival with a bounce house, petting zoo and pumpkins, too! FREE!

North by Northwest Oktoberfest

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, 2016

Where: North by Northwest, 10010 Capital Texas Highway, Austin

Enjoy authentic German food and beer, live music, activities for kids including: bounce houses, face painting, Nate the Great Balloon Artist, and a bratwurst eating contest and a wiener dog costume contest, plus more at this event that gives back to local charities. Admission: $2 donation.

Rosita y Conchita at Austin Scottish Rite Theater

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 11 am

Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street

Two sisters try to reunite on the Day of the Dead. Along the way Rosita keeps getting lost, but she miraculously finds her way to Conchita through familiar sounds, sights and smells. Kids of all ages will love the rhyming bilingual dialogue and touching images. Cost: $12 adults, $8 children.

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Celebrate Friday night with a movie in the park! Bring friends, family, blankets and a picnic to a FREE Movie Night at Lake Park in Mueller’s outdoor amphitheater on Friday, October 14, 2016.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland will show at dusk, and in honor of Alice, there will be a Texas tea party! Arrive between 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. for a meet and greet with Alice and the Mad Hatter before the show. There will also be complimentary Starbucks ice tea and tea cookies while supplies last. Tea party attire is encouraged!

What: Movie in Lake Park: Alice in Wonderland

Where: Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater – Free parking will be available in the McBee Parking Garage near Simond Avenue

When: Friday, October 14, 2016 6:30 pm with the movie beginning at dusk

Cost: FREE

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1677622272500791/

American Indian Heritage Day

When: Friday, September 30, 2016, 6:30-8 p.m.

Where: Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue

Celebrate the traditional and contemporary arts of Texas’s American Indian groups. This FREE public program will honor American Indians of yesterday and today, with dancing and drumming performances.

Round Rock Chalk Walk

When: Friday, September 30 & Saturday, October 1, 2016

Where: Downtown Round Rock

This FREE event features chalk artists creating masterpieces in the street, live music, vendors, children’s activities, food and drinks, a high school food truck battle and more!

Domain’s Northside Debut Celebration

When: Friday, September 30 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) & Saturday, October 1, 2016 (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

Where: Domain’s Northside, Esperanza Blvd., Austin

Celebrate the opening of many Domain NORTHSIDE benchmark brands, including Nordstrom, with two days full of entertainment and fun for the whole family, including a sidewalk chalk artist, balloon twisters, kite building, storytime and a puppet show.

Sunday Funday

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel Street

Modern, commercial dyeing uses many toxic chemicals to produce vibrant, permanent colors that don’t run in the wash. We’ll prepare our own nontoxic, food-based dyes–recipes available, crafters!– for this project and see how they measure up to the colors we’re used to seeing. Inquiring dyers might even experiment with different mordants (ingredients that improve the color and/or permanence of the finished fabric; ours will be food based and/or nontoxic) or with dyeing without mordants at all. FREE!

Bluebonnet Beer Company’s Oktoberfest

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, from noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Bluebonnet Beer, 1700 Bryant Drive, Round Rock (behind the US Post Office on Double Creek Drive)

The 2nd Annual Bluebonnet Beer Company Oktoberfest will have polka music, American and German style beers, bratwurst, soft pretzels, Kinder Park inflatables area for kids, contests and much more. All ages welcome. General admission, $7 at door, $5 in advance with food, drink and entertainment tickets available for purchase.

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Feel the need to shout Prost! and sing German songs at the top of your lungs while swinging a gigantic beer stein in the air? What’s a parent to do when the need to celebrate Oktoberfest arises? Bring the kids, of course. There are many kinder-friendly Oktoberfest celebrations happening in the greater Austin area. Don your Lederhosen and Dirndls for a good time, but please, drive sober…. make sure to have a designated driver in your group who will safely deliver you and your family home.

Walburg German Restaurant Oktoberfest
When: Fridays and Saturdays, September 23 through November 6, 2016
Where: Walburg German Restaurant, 3777 FM 972, Walburg
Admission: FREE

Enjoy live music in the biergarten and traditional German food and beer. There’s a large dance floor, an arcade for the kids to enjoy. Reservations recommended for dining inside, outside biergarten tables are available on a first come, first served basis.

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016
Where: Marktplatz in downtown, 100 West Main Street, Fredericksburg
Admission:1-day adult, $8; 1-day child (7-12), $1. Children 6 and under are free. Going for the weekend, multi-day pricing is also available.

Oompah at its best. German music, food and drink, arts and crafts, children’s area and family fun. Oktoberfest is a colorful, festive celebration of Fredericksburg, Texas’ German heritage. Oktoberfest is a community event of family entertainment featuring three stages of continuous oompah music, art & crafts, Children’s fun area ~ Kinder Park, a German Bier Tent, and Oktoberfest Vineyard area, and more.

Bluebonnet Beer Company
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Bluebonnet Beer, 1700 Bryant Drive, Round Rock (behind the US Post Office on Double Creek Drive)
Admission: General admission, $7 at door, $5 in advance with food, drink and entertainment tickets available for purchase.

The 2nd Annual Bluebonnet Beer Company Oktoberfest will have polka music, American and German style beers, bratwurst, soft pretzels, Kinder Park inflatables area for kids, contests and much more. All ages welcome.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
When: Thursday – Saturday, October 13-15, 2016
Where: Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 & 81 Rainey Street, Austin
Admission: FREE

This 3-day festival will feature live music every day, German-inspired food, games, and some of the best fall beers we can find.

North by Northwest Oktoberfest
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, 2016
Where: North by Northwest, 10010 Capital Texas Highway, Austin
Admission: $2 donation

NXNW’s two day Oktoberfest celebration is more than just a party. It is also a chance for revellers to learn about and raise funds for non profit organizations. Saturday, the folks from Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas will be alongside Oncology Massage Alliance, and on Sunday, Therapy Pet Pals of Texas and Central Texas Dachshund Rescue will partake in the dog costume contests. All four will benefit from the suggested $2 entry donation.

In addition to the authentic German food and beer, live music, from high energy polka band Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express, along with Oma and the Oompahs and the TubaMeisters, will bring the authenticity of Oktoberfest to Austin.

Activities include: bounce houses, face painting, Nate the Great Balloon Artist and a bratwurst eating contest will take place Saturday evening. A wiener dog costume contest and an all-breed dog costume contest will also be held Sunday afternoon.

German-Texas Heritage Society
When: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 11a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: German Free School, 507 East 10th Street
Admission: $7 in advance, $10 at the door, 12 and under are free

Take a stroll through the beautiful historic gardens while listening to live music, sipping German beers and tasting German food! Kids of all ages will be entertained with a magic show, balloon art, storytime and more. Great food from Frank’s  and Pfeifers’s Bakery and outstanding German Beer are also at your fingertips during this fun filled event.

AustOberfest (Austin + Oktoberfest)
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 5-11 p.m.
Where: Austin Saengerrunde, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Admission: $50 (plus fees) per person. Children under 13 years of age are free

The Austin Saengerrunde will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Scholz Garten and it’s 4th Annual AustOberfest – Austin+Oktoberfest celebrating Central Texas German heritage with all you can eat sausage, bier tasting, contest stage, bowling & live music. Price of ticket includes: Unlimited German-style sausage from some of Central Texas’ best meat purveyors: Micklethwait Craft Meats, Freedmen’s, Smokey Denmark, FRANK, Miller’s Smokehouse, Southside Market & Barbeque and more! You will recieve a 150th Collectable Stein, Hat Pin,  German Bier Tastings along with live music entertainment with full access to the bowling alley.

Wurstfest
When: November 4-13, 2016
Where: 120 Landa Street, New Braunfels
Admission: $10 at the gate, $8 in advance, children under 12 are free. Free admission until 7 p.m. on Friday, November 4th.

Families will enjoy this annual celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun. In addition to the German food and music, there will also be dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment.

Kids celebrating at AustOberfest. Image credit: Justin Scarth

Kids celebrating at AustOberfest. Image credit: Justin Scarth

About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of LiveMom.com, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 18 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.

Get a taste of Medieval times on Sunday, September 18th at Renaissance Day in the Park. Wells Branch MUD and the Society for Creative Anachronism are collaborating to bring this fun, free festival to the community that will showcase many ancient arts including:

  • Clothiers
  • Fiber artisans
  • Leather workers
  • Dancers
  • Scribes
  • Brewers
  • Metal Workers
  • Glass Engravers
  • Enamelers
  • Herbalists

In addition to the activities, there will be food and drinks available for purchase.

What: Renaissance Day in the Park

When: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Drive, Austin

Cost: FREE

Contemporary Austin’s Second Saturdays are for Families

It’s hot in Austin! Beat the heat with an icy workshop. Recommended for ages 2–11, kids will make a colorful painting using ice cubes, then watch professional ice sculptor Sean Leahy create a one-of-a-kind work of art before your eyes.

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: The Contemporary Museum of Art, 3809 W. 35th Street

BookPeople’s 186 Annual 2nd Time Ever Book Carnival

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Bring the entire family to this FREE event that will have a parade through the bookstore, giveaways, Book Pong, activities, cake and champagne and more.

Mueller Back to School Bash

Mueller is throwing a Back to School Bash to celebrate the new school year. The FREE event will include snacks, free school supplies, and activities including a photo booth, obstacle course, live music, face painting, balloon artist, hair coloring station and more.

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Browning Hangar at Mueller

Robin Hood and Maid Marian’s Wedding

When: Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14 at 11 a.m.

Where: Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street

Come witness live sword fighting and live archery as Robin Hood’s merry band of outlaws bring the legendary Forest of Sherwood alive in this original play by the creators of Sherwood Forest Faire. The Faire’s official cast will perform this hilarious, action-packed wedding in partnership with the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, where 19th Century architecture and original hand-painted set pieces make the perfect setting for the classic tales of Robin Hood. Recommended for all ages. Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children.

Family Day at UMLAUF

When: Sunday, August 14, 2016, noon to 4:00 p.m.

Where: UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road

Enjoy free family fun under the sun and under the sea while the kids build sand castles, make fish prints and more! Explore the collection! Create art! Listen to stories! Practice yoga! Watch sculpture demos! Enjoy live music and more! FREE!