We comb the depths of the Internet to find as-close-to-everything-as-possible happening in Austin, from gallery openings and festivals to concerts and theater and beyond, finding the best to recommend to you.
American flag exhibit at the Bullock Museum. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Free for members, admission is $9 for children, $11 for military and $13 for adults. On view at the museum through Jan. 16, 2017. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
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.
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
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.
Central Market presents its eighth annual event in partnership with Acadêmicos da Ópera and Las Monas de San Antonio. Expect 8-foot-tall traditional puppets, lavish costumes and Brazilian Carnaval music and dance to give you a different taste of Halloween.
Enjoy a stroll through the streets of downtown Austin in KreweDMC’s 10th annual Halloween Parade: “Midnite in the Court of Sound and Vision.” It is sure to be an elaborate affair; after-party follows featuring Wino Vino at Esquina Tango.
The Vortex is teaming up with the Butterfly Bar for “A Funeral for Austin.” This event will pay homage to the recently lost parts of Austin that made this city so unique and special, such as music venues, coffee houses and restaurants. There will be live music, pumpkin carving (but bring your own), a spooky piñata and a costume contest.
Dressing up not your style? Want to relax but still be in the Halloween spirit? Halloween at the Alamo Drafthouse is presenting “#Slaughterhouse.” In this film, a romantic getaway changes into a desperate escape as five murderous lunatics interrupt a couple’s vacation. Your ticket gets you into the screening and all of the preshow events – red carpet photos, games, contests, prizes and giveaways, meet a cast member, spot the killers, drinks by Deep Eddy Vodka, an after party and more.
Let the Halloween spirit bring out that funk with a night filled with fresh beats. FunkOTron will open the show and, for the first time in five years, Perpetual Groove will make a reappearance in Austin.
Hosted by Solstice Presents, this Halloween-themed party is sure to blow the competition away. Expect live music from currently touring band Capyac as they return for their homecoming show and a love fashion show from local artist Witchxxdoctor. Come dressed to impress for your chance to win the costume contest and take home some bubbly prizes.
It is sure to be the ball of all balls on Halloween night. Tele Novella is set to release its first record, “House of Souls LP,” and this live set will “feature spooky songs of haunted houses, wistful odes to longing for unreachable true love and vampy anthems that will chase you in the dark.” There’s also a costume contest, so get ready for prizes.
“Femme National(e)” is a multimedia collection of works by six visual artists, including Audrey Brown and Christina Coleman, brought together for their vivid imagery, intricate processes and feminine sensibilities.
French for “national women,” the show’s title seeks to capture the essence of collective and individual expression and was inspired by the desire to exhibit contemporary femininity through creative practice, color and narrative.
Details: Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment through Sept. 25. 702 Shady Lane. 512-351-8571, pumpproject.org.
With fall approaching, now is the time to get your home and garden revitalized with fresh ideas and the latest products. Among the items to explore are beautiful furnishings; state-of-the-art kitchen, wall design and countertop displays; closet organization and storage; entertainment and technology; the latest in sinks, tubs and fixtures; and even pools, spas and outdoor living areas.
You’ll be able to find a wide variety of plants and garden accessories to boost curb appeal.
Details: 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $7-$9. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. austinhomeandgardenshow.com.
One of the city’s great undersung talents, emerging blues phenom Venson brings sensitive artistry to her guitar work that is best experienced live. She excels on the electric, making her six-strings sing like a voice, but we’re confident her formidable skills will shine even in an unplugged set. Consider this free show a lovely end of summer get-together for the whole family.
Additional parking is available at Bicycle Sports Shop on South Lamar Boulevard.
This circus extravaganza will magnify traditional elements of the circus and combine them with never-before-seen spectacles, original fast-paced performances and moments of hilarity.
Among the acts to watch for are high-wire wizards, powerful men of strength, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, unbelievable contortionists and even a high-flying human cannonball. Prepare for more than 2 1/2 hours of thrilling entertainment.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday and various times through Aug. 28. $10-$70. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. texasboxoffice.com.
It’s been nearly 40 years since we first saw the original “Star Wars” — but, especially after the most recent film last year, the Force is strong with us. The Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating our love for the original trilogy with screenings of “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”
Audiences are encouraged to dress in their finest Jedi robes or Galactic Empire uniforms; an emcee will host costume contests and trivia games.
This solo show features the work of Landry McMeans: specifically, her abstract reliefs and landscapes of the American West, with new inspiration from the Colorado River. In her hands, mountain ranges and other landscape features become groups of simple lines and colors, reducing the contours of the natural world into three-dimensional geometric shapes.
She evokes the natural history of the Southwestern deserts and native plant and animal species in a minimal style.
Details: Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Sept. 17. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2 #102. artsciencegallery.eventbrite.com.