Here are 8 things to do this weekend if you live in Northwest Austin, Nov. 3-6

Austin Parks Foundations hosts its inaugural fall It's My Park Day on Nov. 5.

Austin Parks Foundations hosts its inaugural fall It's My Park Day on Nov. 5.

With plenty of events going on throughout Austin, here are a few to know about.

Austin Asian American Film Festival The Austin Asian American Film Festival is Nov. 3-6.[/caption]

1. Austin Asian American Film Festival starts today.

The festival runs through Sunday and includes a selection of Asian and Asian-American films from established masters and newcomers alike, including the documentary “Tyrus” about famed ex-Disney artist Tyrus Wong and Hirokazu Koreeda’s “After the Storm.”

7-10 p.m. (Thu.), 6 p.m.-midnight (Fri.), 12:30- 11:30 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sun.). $35 (film pass), $50 (festival badge). Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

2. Snag a deal at the 41st annual Garage & Estate Sale this weekend.

The event includes 21 “departments” for shoppers to browse with all proceeds benefiting The Settlement Home for Children, located in North Austin. A preview party is scheduled for tonight from 7-10 p.m.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sun.), 3-5 p.m. (Sun. box sale). Free (Sat.-Sun.), $5 (Fri. presale admission), $7 (Fri. admission at the door), $75 (Thu. preview party), sponsorships available. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 512-836-2150.

Wurstfest 3. Celebrate German culture and Texas heritage starting Friday at Wurstfest.

Join the celebration of German culture and Texas heritage with food, music, dancing, carnival rides and games. The event runs through Nov. 13 and includes German, Texan and domestic beer; special events; and Alpine and Bavarian-style entertainment.

5-9:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed.), 5-11:30 p.m. (Thu.-Fri.), 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (Sun.). Free (age 12 and younger), $10 (general admission). Landa Park, 120 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-625-9167.

4. Get your hands dirty Saturday for Austin Parks Foundation's inaugural fall work day.

It’s My Park Day, typically held in the spring, returns Saturday for a second time this year with an inaugural fall event. Volunteers assist with tree care and planting at 100 parks throughout the city, and the event offers park enthusiasts another opportunity to come together as a community and keep Austin’s parks thriving. Attendees should register online.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Parks throughout Austin. 512-477-1566.

Austin Bakes for Haiti5. Mmmmm, cake. Austin Bakes for Haiti bake sale is Saturday.

The citywide charity bake sale is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and raises funds for disaster relief in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. Proceeds benefit Doctors without Borders. Austin Bakes is seeking volunteers for the event or to bake as well as accepting donations. The Saturday's sale will be held at three area locations, including Make it Sweet bake shop at 9070 Research Blvd., Ste. 203, Austin. For more information, visit

6. Hello, neighbor! Whole Foods hosts a welcome party Saturday for Hat Creek Burger Co. at Domain Northside.

Whole Foods Market welcomes one of its newest neighbors at Domain Northside—Hat Creek Burger Co. The burger joint will bring free tacos for a family-friendly party at Whole Foods in Domain Northside. Local beer is also available, and Cuvee Coffee will provide complimentary coffee. Other activities includes live music and face painting.

8-11 a.m. Free. Whole Foods Market-Domain, 11920 Domain Drive, Austin. 512-831-3981.

7. Get in the holiday spirit Saturday at Merry Marketplace.

Hosted by Bethany United Methodist Church, the holiday crafts market includes a silent auction, vendor booths and activities.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission). Bethany United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 10010 Anderson Mill Road. 512-797-5776.

8. Get creative at the Mini Maker Faire: Make & Collaborate this weekend.

Attendees are invited to immerse themselves in the process of forming ideas, creating and constructing with a variety of materials. Featured products include Lego, Magformers, Brackitz and Squiz for ages 3 and older; littleBits, Strawbees and DK Publishing for age 8 and older; and Lego Architecture and Extraordinaires Design Studio Pro for age 13 and older.

Noon-5 p.m. Free (admission). Barnes & Noble Booksellers Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Ste. 158. 512-418-8985.
By Amy Denney
Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and then senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition and covering transportation. She is now managing editor for the nine publications in the Central Texas area.


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