From fall festivals to 5Ks, here are 16 events to put on your calendar in Southwest Austin, Dripping Springs and around the region

The Native Plant Sale is open to reservations only through Nov. 22. (Courtesy Lady Bird Wildflower Center)
The Native Plant Sale is open to reservations only through Nov. 22. (Courtesy Lady Bird Wildflower Center)

The Native Plant Sale is open to reservations only through Nov. 22. (Courtesy Lady Bird Wildflower Center)

Many fall events, such as the Austin Symphony Orchestra's annual children's concert, have gone virtual this year. Others, such as Scream Hollow in Smithville, are taking place in person with safety precautions in place.

Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs events

October 24-November 19

Feast Day of St. Elmo

The monthlong art exhibition at Vault Stone Shop will be a tribute to the St. Elmo neighborhood’s namesake, whose feast day is June 2. The museum had planned an exhibit in June which had to be rescheduled due to COVID-19. The exhibit now coincides with All Saints Day on Nov. 1. Appointments can be made online to visit the gallery. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. 4361 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 103, Austin.

Weekends October 24-November 22

Native Plant Sale at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Open to reservations only on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 22, the Lady Bird Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Sale offers native Texas plants including grasses, succulents, flowers, trees and shrubs. The sale takes place outside, and face masks will be required for entry. Reservations slots are for one hour. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission for members. 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100.

October 31

12 Fox Beer Co. 5K

Hosted by Run In Texas and located on Fitzhugh Road northwest of Dripping Springs, participants run in a 5K that starts and ends at the 12 Fox Beer Co. brewery. Runners receive a free beer tasting, glass and T-shirt. 8 a.m. $60 (pre-race registration cost), $65 (day of race cost). 4700 W. Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs.

October 31

Virtual Halloween Children’s Concert

Austin Symphony Orchestra hosts its annual Halloween children’s concert virtually this year. The one-hour program’s theme is “Fantasy and Fable: A Fantastic Fabulous Mix of Sorcery, Enchantment and Magic,” and it features the music of Harry Potter and “Peter and the Wolf.” All are welcome to tune in, but the program is geared toward families with children ages 2-10. 3 p.m. $20 (per household). 512-476-6064.

October 31

Asleep at the Wheel at Austin City Limits

Texas band Asleep at the Wheel will partner with Austin to celebrate five decades in the music industry with nationwide airing of “ACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel” on KLRU. Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and the Avett Brothers will also perform. The program kicks off a yearlong career retrospective and celebration with additional events to come. 11 p.m. Free.

October 31-November 15

Texas Book Festival

The 25th annual Texas Book Festival goes virtual this year with two weeks of free virtual sessions for all ages. Featured authors and speakers at this year’s festival include Matthew McConaughey, David Chang, Isabel Wilkerson, Julia Alvarez, Dean Koontz and many others. While events are free, $100 Festival Friends passes are available, which give access to special ticketed sessions and other perks. Session times vary. 512-477-4055.

November 9-11

Samaritan Cup Golf Classic

The 21st annual fundraiser supports the Samaritan Center’s mental health programs for children, families and veterans. Golfers are given a designated tee time Nov. 9 and 10. A virtual award show will follow Nov. 11. Tee times vary. $250 (per person). Omni Creek Country Club, 8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin. 512-451-7337.

November 12

Bone Appetit virtual fundraiser

This virtual event supports non-kill animal shelter PAWS of Central Texas, which has a location in Dripping Springs and aims to provide homes to abandoned pets in Central Texas. The event will include a pre-ordered dinner delivered to the home, a live and silent auction, music and guest speakers. The event is free, but dinner orders and sponsorships range from $50 to over $1000. 7-9 p.m. 512-858-0016.

November 14

Austin Celtic Festival

The Austin Celtic Association will hold its 22nd annual festival virtually this year, known as the Austin Celtic Festival Homebound. Celtic musicians will perform via Facebook live. All day. Free.

November 21

Rags to Wags Gala

The Austin Humane Society presents its 15th annual Rags to Wags Gala to raise money for medical, food, shelter and other animal rescue needs. This year’s gala will be held online, with ticket holders getting food and cocktails delivered to their door. A live and silent auction will be held. 6:30 p.m.-midnight. Individual tickets free. Sponsorships $500-$15,000. 512-685-0118.

November 26

ThunderCloud Subs Virtual Turkey Trot

ThunderCloud Subs’ 30th annual event will be held virtually this year, with participants walking and logging the trot on their own. Those who sign up will also receive either a long-sleeved T-shirt or a $10 gift card to Thundercloud Subs along with other items. Packets can be picked up at First Texas Honda, 3400 Steck Ave., Austin. Proceeds go to Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit aiming to end homelessness in Austin. Times vary. $10 (per child), $20 (per adult).

Regional Fall Activities

Through October 31

Texas Pumpkin Fest: Leander

The festival returns with a pumpkin patch, photo opportunities, arts and crafts, face painting, pony rides, games, music and food trucks.9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. $5 (weekday admission), $10 (weekend admission). Texas Humane Heroes, 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander.

Through November 7

Scream Hollow: Smithville

The haunted park attraction returns with precautions in place. Only groups of six or fewer will be permitted to go through the attractions at a time. Ticket prices and times vary. Scream Hollow, 149 Split Rail Lane, Smithville. 512-669-1292.

Through November 8

Sweet Berry Farms Harvest of Fall Fun: Marble Falls

Stuff a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin or pick your own flowers Activity prices vary. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mon.-Tue.), closed Wed. Sweet Berry Farms, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. 830-798-1462.

Weekends through November 15

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival: Bastrop

Open Friday through Sunday, the farm offers a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, music and activities. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). Admission prices vary. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. 855-969-1115.

October 30

Georgetown Square Ghost Tours: Georgetown

Participate in a tour that details ghost stories dating back more than a century. An hourlong tour begins at 7:30 p.m., with a 90-minute interactive ghost hunting tour at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. $20 (per person). Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-943-1670.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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