Five fun things to do the weekend of Oct. 17-20 in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

From a local rendition of a Broadway classic, to a movie-themed monster bash, the weekend of Oct. 17-20 in the Lake Travis-Westlake area is packed with things to do.

Oct. 17-19
TexARTS presents Broadway musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’


TexARTS celebrates the Halloween season with the Broadway sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.” Seymour, a meek floral assistant, and his bloodthirsty, man-eating plant take the TexARTS Kam & James Morris Stage this October. 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.); 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (Sun.). $43-$53. Kam and James Morris Theatre, 2300 Lohmans Spur, Austin. 512-634-8589. www.tex-arts.org

Oct. 19
Teen murder mystery program


The library’s teen advisory board presents an afternoon of murder, mystery and mayhem. Attendees should come ready for a Wild West-themed event and prepared to play any part, from the murderer to the person solving the crime. Costumes are encouraged, and attendees are welcome to bring friends. Grades 7-12 welcome. 2-3 p.m. Free. Bee Cave Public Library, 4000 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave. 512-767-6620. www.beecavetexas.gov

Oct. 19
Classic Monster Bash


The Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave is hosting the second annual Halloween by Design Classic Monster Bash. The event is an immersive Halloween experience and fundraising celebration that "will transport guests into a spectacular world of classic horror films designed by renowned Hollywood set decorator Bart Brown," according to the event website. The monster bash will also feature live music from Kelly Willis, scratch-made dishes and craft cocktails from notable Austin chefs, aura readings, casino gaming, a live auction and a fantasy makeup booth. Proceeds will help raise funds and awareness for four Central Texas non-profit organizations. 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 (general admission), $150 (VIP) and $1,200 (VIP table). Star Hill Ranch, 15000 Hamilton Pool Road, Austin. www.halloweenbydesign.com

Oct. 19
Community Garage Sale


The Lakeway Activity Center hosts the final community garage sale of the year. Attendees will be able to shop for bargains on furniture, designer clothing, shoes, purses, kids' toys, gardening items, housewares, CDs, DVDs, antiques and more. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tx.gov

Oct. 20
Distinguished Speaker Dinner Series


The Distinguished Speaker Dinner Series has announced its lineup for the 20th season, with the Oct. 20 kickoff featuring security and terrorism expert Fred Burton. Burton was deputy chief of counterterrorism at the Diplomatic Security Service and will discuss topics including escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf and the unique role Iran plays in them. 5:30 p.m. Season tickets are $115 (Lakeway Activity Center members), $135 (nonmembers). Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tx.gov
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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