Bluegrass festival, live music, family campout: 12 Cedar Park and Leander events happening this September, October

The 16th annual Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 1-2 will feature live music, food trucks, beer vendors, craft vendors and more. (Courtesy city of Leander)
The 16th annual Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 1-2 will feature live music, food trucks, beer vendors, craft vendors and more. (Courtesy city of Leander)

The 16th annual Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 1-2 will feature live music, food trucks, beer vendors, craft vendors and more. (Courtesy city of Leander)

Visit a bluegrass festival, run a virtual "mudstacle" race and listen to live music at these 12 local events happening this September and in early October.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 11: Remember 9/11

American Legion Hunter-Morris Post 911 will host a 9/11 remembrance event at Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Park. The event will honor the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 events. Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, Cedar Park Fire Chief James Malinger and other representatives will speak. 8 a.m. Free. Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. 512-537-7236. www.legion911.org

Sept. 12: Take your dog to the pool


Bring your four-legged friend to Robin Bledsoe Pool for contests and prizes to celebrate the end of summer. The first 50 dogs will get a tennis ball and treats. Dogs must be friendly with other dogs and have proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination to enter. Additional rules for the event are on the city website. Noon-2 p.m. $3 (per dog). Robin Bledsoe Pool, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander. 512-528-9909. www.leandertx.gov/parksrec/page/dog-days-summer

Sept. 15: Go to a local job fair

Leander ISD and the Leander Chamber of Commerce are hosting a job fair for community members to learn about local employment opportunities. The district will be hiring bus drivers, child nutrition workers, building and maintenance technicians, and other positions. Additionally, several local employers will be at the event. 1-5 p.m. Free. Leander ISD LEO Center, 300 S. West Drive, Leander. 512-259-1907. www.leandercc.org

Sept. 18: Run a mudstacle race at home

The Leander Educational Excellence Foundation will virtually host the eighth annual Mudstacle and Family Fun Run. Participants will receive an electronic race packet with 10 obstacles that can be done at home or a park on race day. Prizes will be awarded to the Leander ISD campuses with the highest number of participants. 8 a.m. $30 (September registration). Virtual event. 512-570-0027. https://leeftx.org/mudstacle

Sept. 18: Listen to live music

Lightstream Backyard Concert Series presents country singer Easton Corbin at the Haute Spot outdoor event venue in Cedar Park. Tickets are available online for general admission or reserved seats. Age 18 and up. 6-11 p.m. $29.50-$59. Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. http://loveandlightstream.com/hautespot/eastoncorbin

Sept. 24: Listen to a concert in Milburn Park

Austin-based band Dysfunkshun Junkshun will play at Milburn Park for the city of Cedar Park’s Concert in the Park series. Food concessions will be available. 7-9:30 p.m. Free to attend. Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5500. www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/concerts-in-the-park

Sept. 24-25: Camp with your family

Bring your tent to Devine Lake Park in Leander for the city’s Family Campout event. Activities will include yard games, fishing, a hot dog cookout, inflatables, s’mores and a movie screening of “Raya and the Last Dragon.” The city of Leander Parks and Recreation Department will prepare breakfast in the morning. Family registration is available online. 5 p.m.-10 a.m. $15 (per family). Devine Lake Park, 1807 Waterfall Ave., Leander. 512-528-9909. www.leandertx.gov/parksrec/page/family-campout

Sept. 28: Play board games at the library

Enjoy a board game night at the Cedar Park Public Library. Attendees can bring board games from home, try new board games and check out games they like. The come-and-go event will meet in the community room. Masks are encouraged. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5600. www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/library

OCTOBER

Oct. 1-2: Go to Leander's bluegrass festival

The 16th annual Bluegrass Festival, sponsored by Honda Leander, will feature live music, food trucks, beer vendors, craft vendors and more. Music performances begin each day at 6:15 p.m. 6-10 p.m. Free. Mason Homestead, 1101 Bagdad Road, Leander. 512-528-9909. www.leandertx.gov/parksrec/page/honda-leander-bluegrass-festival

Oct. 1: Watch a movie at Milburn Park

Bring your family to Milburn Park for a screening of “The Croods: A New Age.” The event is hosted by the city of Cedar Park’s Parks and Recreation department. Free. Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5500. www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events-day-camps/movies-in-the-park

Oct. 1: Hear an alt-country band perform

Son Volt, an alt-country band, will perform at the Haute Spot outdoor music venue. The band’s recent album, “Electro Melodier,” includes folk, country, blues, soul and rock music. Tickets are available online for general admission or reserved seats. Age 18 and up. 6-11 p.m. $25-$75. Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. https://loveandlightstream.com/hautespot/sonvolt

Oct. 7: Network with professionals at Whitestone Brewery

Meet other Cedar Park and Leander business professionals over coffee. Networking Local hosts mingle-style networking events for meeting business neighbors and to support local businesses. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Whitestone Brewery, 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Bldg. 5, Ste. 500, Cedar Park. www.facebook.com/networkinglocal
By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.



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