in the months of October and November
Beautify area parks
The Austin Parks Foundation hosts It’s My Park Day, when Austinites can help improve and transform parks, trails and greenbelts.
Area restaurants are offering free and discounted food to volunteers. For a list of participating businesses, click here.
- 8 a.m. Circle C Metropolitan Park, disc golf course maintenance
- 9 a.m. St. Elmo Park beautification
- 9 a.m. Convict Hill Quarry Park trails maintenance
- 9 a.m. Garrison Park maintenance
- 9 a.m. Dick Nichols Park cleanup
- 10 a.m. Joslin Park fall prep
School hosts fall festival
The Cowan Elementary School Parent Teacher Association invites the public to attend its annual fall festival featuring a rock wall, a petting zoo, a miniature golf course and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cowan Elementary School, 2817 Kentish Drive. 512-841-2700.
Carving Harvey supports Houston-area farmers
This pig roast party and concert benefits the farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Harvey. Texas farm-raised pork, American sides, beer and wine are served. 1-6 p.m. $30. Articulture Designs, 6405 Manchaca Road. 512-762-5228. www.articulturedesigns.com
Church offers trunk or treat at Halloween party
Trunk-or-treating, a petting zoo, a bounce house, train rides, crafts, games, food and more are available at the annual Sunrise Rockin’ Halloween party. 2-5 p.m. Free. Sunrise Community Church, 4430 Manchaca Road. 512-444-4673. www.sunriseaustin.org
Impact Family Church celebrates fall with event
The family-friendly fall festival hosted by Impact Family Church includes food, inflatable toys, balloon artists, photo and game booths, and prizes. 4-6 p.m. Free. Small Middle School parking lot, 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd.
Learn how to tango
Adam Cornett and Tilly Kimm, the 2016 USA Salon Tango champions, return to Austin for workshop sessions, available for all levels of Argentine tango dancers. Private lessons also available. Times vary. $26 per class. Tango Tribe Dance Studio, 5446 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. 105.
Event offers holiday goods
This sixth annual Holiday Bazaar features handmade items, such as jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, baby items and baked goods. Proceeds benefit multiple charities. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Abiding Love Lutheran Church, 7210 Brush Country Road. 512-892-4040.
Attend a literary festival
The annual Texas Book Festival features over 250 nationally recognized authors, including Tom Hanks and Gretchen Carlson, in more than 20 venues throughout Austin. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free. Locations vary. 512-477-4055. www.texasbookfestival.org
Voters head to area polls
Registered Travis County voters can cast votes in a number of local elections, including the Austin ISD bond, Travis County bond, Sunset Valley City Council race and state Constitutional amendments. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Locations vary. 512-854-4996. www.traviscountyclerk.org
Celebrate Veterans Day
The event includes food, music, a raffle and an inflatable obstacle course. Proceeds benefit the ReGroup Foundation, a program to help veterans transition back to civilian life after deployment. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free admission. Belterra Recreation Center, 801 Belterra Drive. 512-364-7868
Shop at church’s craft fair
Over 100 artisans are in attendance. Shoppers can also visit the all-day bake sale. Breakfast and lunch are served at the on-site cafe. Proceeds support Mission Grants. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church and Preschool, 3701 W. Slaughter Lane. 512-292-8778.
Local nonprofit closes year with benefit concert
Jump On It, a youth-led outdoor urban concert series, is wrapping up the year with the second annual Jump On It Awards. This event includes dinner and entertainment. 6-9 p.m. $30. Music Lab, 500 E. St. Elmo St. 512-348-8005.
City officials talk issues
The South Austin Neighborhood Association hosts Mayor Steve Adler and council members Ann Kitchen, Ellen Troxclair and Pio Renteria to discuss and answer questions about some of the major issues facing Austin. 7-9 p.m. Free. Onion Creek Country Club, 2510 Onion Creek Parkway. 512-585-8149.
Bowl benefit aids children
This Austin Empty Bowl Project event lets guests fill ceramic bowls with gourmet soup and bread and listen to live music. Donations go to the Kids Café and Meals for Kids. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $20. Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis Drive. 512-633-3309. www.austinemptybowl.org