Check out these Veterans Day events in Central Texas

Veterans Band members play music duirng the Veterans Day ceremony at Sherrill Park on Sunday morning. from left: Dan Carranza; Frank De Los Santos; Alex Muro. 6/22/2015
Veterans Band members play music duirng the Veterans Day ceremony at Sherrill Park on Sunday morning. from left: Dan Carranza; Frank De Los Santos; Alex Muro. 6/22/2015

Austin Veterans Day Parade, Congress Avenue to the Texas State Capitol. Free. 9:30 a.m., Nov. 11.

Georgetown Veterans Day CeremonyGeorgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza. Free. 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

Pflugerville Veterans DayPfluger Park. Free. 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

Round Rock Veterans Day CeremonyVeterans Park. 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

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.

Veterans bowl freeMain Event. Free. From open to 3 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Close Assault 1944 film screening. Texas Military Forces Museum. Free. Showings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 12-13.

Veterans Day benefit with Kevin WelchThe Saxon Pub. $10. 9 p.m., Nov. 11.

The Traveling Wall exhibit. Pfennig Park, Pflugerville. On view from Thursday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. 

Veterans Day happy hour benefiting Merivis FoundationBlackfinn Ameripub. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 11.

Veterans Day celebrationSerranos Southpark Meadows. Free meal up to $12 starting at 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

 

Austin weather finally, maybe, feels like fall: Get outside and enjoy it

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:

With multiple corn mazes, a lifeguard sits high above the corn to make sure attendees are safe. FRAN HUNTER/ FOR BASTROP ADVERTISER OCT. 23, 2016
With multiple corn mazes, a lifeguard sits high above the corn to make sure attendees are safe.
FRAN HUNTER/ FOR BASTROP ADVERTISER
OCT. 23, 2016

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.

Looking for grownup Halloween fun tonight? Try these events

By Mackenzie Palmer

It’s Halloween! Check out these ways to get into the spirit of the holiday.

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Halloween on Sixth Street brings out all types. Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Central Market’s 8th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration

North Lamar Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Free

centralmarket.com

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.

KreweDMC Halloween Parade & Anniversary Party

Pan Am Park, 2100 E. Third St.

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Free

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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.

A Funeral for Austin

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road

6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

 Vortexrep.org

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.

#Slaughterhouse Film Roadshow

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$12

 Drafthouse.com

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.

Perpetual Groove & FunkOTron Halloween ’16

Parish Austin, 214 E. Sixth St.

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

$20

Theparishaustin.com

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.

Solstice Presents: CAPYAC Halloween Bubble Party

Vulcan Gas Company, 418 E. Sixth St.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

$10

Vulcanatx.com

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.

Tele Novella LP Release Halloween Ball

Barracuda Austin, 611 E. Seventh St.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

$5

Barracudaaustin.com

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.

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah

Spiderhouse Café and Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St.

7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

$5

 Spiderhouse.com

It is sure to be a scary night with this killer lineup – SIP SIP, Slomo Drags and Whiite Walls.

Looking for things to do in Austin this weekend? We have ideas

Check out 5 fun things to do this weekend in Austin above, then find even more here.

Saturday’s event pick: Pump Project’s “Femme National(e)”

"Untitled (Orange)" by Juliana Isabel Ramirez is one of the pieces in Pump Project's new multi-artist show, "Femme National(e)."
“Untitled (Orange)” by Juliana Isabel Ramirez is one of the pieces in Pump Project’s new multi-artist show, “Femme National(e).”

“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.

Friday’s event pick: 21st Annual Austin Fall Home & Garden Show

The Austin Home & Garden Show returns for another weekend of cool home improvement ideas and products.
The Austin Home & Garden Show returns for another weekend of cool home improvement ideas and products.

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.

Thursday’s event pick: Unplugged at the Grove with Jackie Venson

10/23: Jackie Venson plays Sunday at One-2-One Bar. Jackie Venson performs at her CD release party at the Skylark Lounge
10/23: Jackie Venson plays Sunday at One-2-One Bar.
Jackie Venson performs at her CD release party at the Skylark Lounge

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.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Road. Kgsr.com.

Wednesday’s event pick: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Xtreme

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey" brings "Circus XTreme" to the Erwin Center, Aug. 24-28. Acts include  Taba Maluenda and his tigers and the Danguir Highwire Troupe. Credit: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey” brings “Circus XTreme” to the Erwin Center, Aug. 24-28. Acts include Taba Maluenda and his tigers and the Danguir Highwire Troupe.
Credit: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

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.

Saturday’s event pick: Alamo Drafthouse’s “Star Wars” Marathon

 Darth Vader is shown in a scene from Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back."
Darth Vader is shown in a scene from Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back.”

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.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday. $32-$64. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. drafthouse.com/event/star-wars.

Friday’s event pick: “A River Runs Through It” at Art Science Gallery

Landry McMeans' "Cereus Cactus" is among the American West-depicted pieces she's presenting in a solo show at Art Science Gallery.
Landry McMeans’ “Cereus Cactus” is among the American West-depicted pieces she’s presenting in a solo show at Art Science Gallery.

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.