Festive 5Ks, dog pageants, mad scientists days; here are seven things to do in person and virtually in Round Rock and Pflugerville from Oct. 16-23.

OCT. 16-18 | Go for a festive jog

Already registered for the Deutschen Pfest Pfun Run? While the annual Deutschen Pfest event was canceled this year, the city of Pflugerville will still host a 5K race virtually this fall. Lace up your sneakers, cue up your favorite tunes and head on out to a city trail or neighborhood park for a 5K race. www.pflugervilletx.gov/gome/components/calendar/event/25694/213

OCT. 17 | Rock a fur-bulous look

Teach your dog to strike a pose and prepare to vote for the most fabulous furry friend with Pflugerville’s Second Annual Pawject Runway. This year’s event will air virtually on the Pflugerville Public Library’s YouTube and Facebook pages Oct. 17. www.pflugervilletx.gov/home/components/calendar/event/25780/213

OCT. 17 | Celebrate Howloween in style

Participate in the first annual BARKtacular HOWLoween Dog Festival, hosted at the Round Rock Dog Depot on Oct. 17. The furry friend-friendly event includes trick-or-treating, costume and look alike contests, vendors, prizes and more. Limited tickets will be available for each time slot as part of capacity reductions. Social distancing and the use of masks are encouraged. $5. 8-10 a.m. Dog Depot Dog Park, 800 Deerfoot Drive, Round Rock. www.roundrocktexas.gov/event/barktacular-howloween-dog-festival

OCT. 17 | Support those in need

Extra nonperishable food items filling up the kitchen pantry? Participate in the Round Rock Police Department’s annual food drive, with donations benefiting the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Collection sites are located at the H-E-B at 250 University Blvd., Round Rock; the H0E0B at 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock; the HEB at 3750 Gattis School Road, Round Rock; and the HEB at 603 Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock. The center services patrons from low-income families and families in crisis as part of its food distribution efforts. Noon-6 p.m. www.roundrocktexas.gov/event/2020-fill-the-cop-car-food-drive

OCT. 19 | Rock your (scientific) socks off

Learn how to be a mad scientist from the comfort of home with Round Rock Public Library’s Rockin’ Kids Club. Past science projects have included tutorials on how to make colorful foam, leak-proof polymer bags and salt paintings, among others. Free. Video airs on the library’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. Ages 5-12.


OCT. 20 | Come along for a strum-along

Whether a seasoned ukulele player or a newcomer, come along for a strum along with the Pflugerville Public Library’s virtual ukulele club, led by Laura Brekke. Free. Registration required by Oct. 19. 6-7 p.m. Ages 18 and older. www.pflugervilletx.gov/home/components/calendar/event/25862/213

OCT. 23-29 | Paint a spooktacular pumpkin portrait

Bring your favorite book characters to look with added festive flair through the Round Rock Public Library’s book character pumpkin decorating contest. Beginning Oct. 23, families are welcome to decorate their pumpkin or gourd based on a book character or literary theme and submit for review. All entries will be on display at the Round Rock Public Library’s children’s desk, with the top three winners receiving a Barnes and Noble gift card. Free. Submissions open at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 and run through Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. 512-218-3275.