It finally feels a little like fall out there — or close! No temps past 80 in the current forecast — and we have ideas for getting out there and enjoying this less sweaty weather:
Two of the year’s last big festivals are this weekend: Sound on Sound Fest commences at 1 p.m. Friday and continues through Sunday at Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade. Read our Renaissance-themed preview and check out our band picks. We’ll have live reports all weekend in the Austin Music Source blog.
The Texas Book Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. We have previews and picks.
More ways to get outside this weekend:
Sweet Berry Farm fall fun. The Texas-shaped hay maze and smaller candy corn hay maze are open through Nov. 6. You can also find hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a train and more. Priced per event. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com.
Austin Nature & Science Center. Fall Festival. Meet Texas wildlife, see a planetarium, learn how to leave no trace and more. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive. austintexas.gov Watch our video guide to the center.
Barton Hill Farms fall festival. Find a lot to do including the maze in the shape of Lonesome Dove, live music, pumpkin painting, train rides and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 13. $11 adults, $8 3-10 years old, free for children 2 and younger. $1 off online. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com
Nicole Villalpando has more family weekend events in her Raising Austin blog.
Park yourself at one of Austin’s many parks: Check out this guide to some of the area’s best. (It was written for the spring, but all but the swimming should still apply.)
Commune with nature: Here’s a 2014 roundup of some of the lesser-known places to camp around the area. You might be able to get day-of reservations, or start planning now for future great-weather weekends.
Get moving outdoors: Swim at Big Stacy Pool, bird watch at Reimers Ranch, or walk your dog on the Turkey Creek Trail? Pam LeBlanc has those and other ideas on a list she put together for last year’s holiday season.