23 things to do in Central Austin this October and November

Waterloo Greenway, formerly known as the Waller Creek Conservancy, hosts its sixth annual Creek Show, an 11-night display of illuminating art.

Waterloo Greenway, formerly known as the Waller Creek Conservancy, hosts its sixth annual Creek Show, an 11-night display of illuminating art.

From Halloween fireworks to the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, here is what's going on around in Central Austin this month.

October 31

See a fireworks show


Planet K and the Phogg Foundation host their annual Halloween fireworks show, where thousands of spectators gather to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died. 9:30 p.m. Free. Behind Krieg Field, 515 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Austin.

November 1-3

Head to the track

The Formula 1 Grand Prix returns to Austin. The race takes place over 56 laps and includes performances by Imagine Dragons and P!nk. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m. (Fri. practice); 1-2 p.m. (Sat. practice), 4-5 p.m. (Sat. qualifying round); 1:10-4:10 p.m. (Sun. race). $65-$1,295. Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. 512-301-6600. www.circuitoftheamericas.com

November 2

Get to know your herbs

The Moonflower Herb Fest brings together herbalists and herb appreciators to share their experiences with plant medicine and healing. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. $125-$239. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin.512-477-8672 www.austintexas.gov

November 2

Attend a powwow

This year’s Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival includes traditional dance competitions and a Native market and food court. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free (children under 12), $7 (adults). Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane, Austin.
512-371-0628. www.austinpowwow.net

November 2

Support ACC Students

Austin Community College hosts its second annual Boots and Bats Gala, which benefits the ACC Foundation student scholarship fund. More than 200 silent auction items will be up for bids, including works from local artists, ACC students and faculty. Last year, the event helped fund 31 scholarships of $2,500 each. 6 p.m. $150. 6101 Highland Campus Drive, Bldg. 4000, Austin. 512-223-4000. www.austincc.edu

November 2

Take in a matinee

Austin Public Library hosts its Saturday movie matinee, with a screening of the 2019 film “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 2 p.m. Free. Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster Drive, Austin.
512-974-9840. www.library.austintexas.gov

November  2-8

Support Jewish films and filmmakers

The 17th annual Austin Jewish Film Festival showcases Jewish films from around the world. It is geared for audiences both within and outside the Jewish community. Showtimes vary. $12-$120. Long Center Rollins Theatre, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, and Regal Arbor @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin. https://austinjff.org

November  3

Try Texas’ best barbecue

Texas Monthly hosts its ninth annual BBQ festival. Local businesses La Barbecue, Micklethwait Craft Meats and Stiles Switch—among others—made this year’s lineup, which also includes barbecue spots from around the state. Noon-4 p.m. $80 (general admission), $165 (VIP). The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.texasmonthly.com

November  3

Run for the Water

This annual race benefits the Gazelle Foundation, which provides lifetime access to clean drinking for people in Burundi. Last year, proceeds funded lifetime water provisions for 6,400 people. 7 a.m. $10-$75. Races start on Cesar Chavez east of Lamar Boulevard, Austin. www.runforthewater.com

November  3

Break out your vinyl

Local radio station KOOP 91.7 will take over the HOPE FM stage at the HOPE Farmers Market at Plaza Saltillo and play attendees’ records. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal St., Austin. www.hopefarmersmarket.org

November  5

Head to the polls

This year’s local elections include referendums, including whether to fund an expansion of the Travis County Expo Center with hotel tax revenue and two that derived from citizen-backed petitions. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Polling locations vary. 512-238-8683.

November  7-10

Squeeze in another music festival downtown

Levitation Fest, formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, returns for its 11th year, with headliners Angel Olsen, The Flaming Lips and Kurt Vile & the Violators. Showtimes, ticket prices and venues vary.

November  7-17

Check out the Creek Show

Waterloo Greenway, formerly known as the Waller Creek Conservancy, hosts its sixth annual Creek Show, an 11-night display of illuminating art created by local artists, landscape architects and designers. Last year, more than 50,000 attendees walked the creek.
6-10 p.m. Free. Waller Creek, between Ninth and 12th streets. 512-541-3520. www.waterloogreenway.org

November  11

Celebrate Veterans Day

The Austin Veterans Day Parade Foundation hosts its annual event, featuring more than 100 floats and an average of 20,000 attendees. 10 a.m. Free (donations encouraged). Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin.

November  14-17

See a drag show

The Austin International Drag Festival returns for its fifth year. Headliners include “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants and local drag queens. Times vary. $19-$75. Locations vary. www.austindragfest.org

November  17

Drink a Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary Festival lands in Austin, with a lineup of the city’s most creative Bloody Marys found at local restaurants and bars. Proceeds benefit Boneshaker Project, a nonprofit that encourages kids to live healthy lifestyles. Noon-3:30 p.m. $45-$60. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St., Austin. www.thebloodymaryfest.com

November  21-24

Shop for holiday gifts

The Junior League of Austin hosts its 44th annual holiday market. More than 200 merchants from across the country participate. Thu. noon-8 p.m., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-7p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). $15. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-467-8982 www.achristmasaffair.org

November  23

Volunteer as a family

In celebration of Family Volunteer Day, Generation SERVE hosts its third annual Austin Families Give Back event, a free, citywide day of service to introduce children and families to volunteerism. 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Free. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St., Austin. www.generationserve.org

November  28

Join a Turkey Trot

ThunderCloud Subs hosts its 29th annual Thanksgiving race. Options include both a timed and untimed 5-mile race, a 1-mile walk or run and a 1K for kids. Proceeds benefits Caritas of Austin, a local nonprofit that works to end homelessness in the Greater Austin area. Start times and registration fees vary. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.thundercloud.com

November  29-30

Listen to jazz

This year’s Austin Area Jazz Festival features Grammy Award winner Kirk Whalum and headliner Sheila E. 8 p.m.-midnight (Fri.), 1-8 p.m. (Sat.). $45-$125. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St., Austin; Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St., Austin.
512-541-6297. www.austinareajazzfestival.com

November  30

Get in the holiday spirit

The Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade returns for its 30th year. Santa’s helpers will collect new, unwrapped toys to benefit the Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa, which provides holiday gifts to local children in need. 11 a.m. Free. Congress Avenue between the Texas Capitol and Cesar Chavez Boulevard. www.chuysparade.com

Worth the Trip

November  1-10

Attend Wurstfest

Wurstfest, an annual celebration of German culture in Texas, returns with food, music, dancing, carnival rides and beer. 4-7 p.m. (Fri.), 5-10 p.m. (Mon.-Wed.), 3-10 p.m. (Sun.). Free (children 12 and under), $15 (adults). Wurstfest, 120 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-625-9167. www.wurstfest.com

November  2-3

Meet fellow Celts

The 23rd annual Austin Celtic Festival offers Celtic music, dance, animals and history as well as Highland games. Noon-7 p.m. (Sat.), noon-6 p.m. (Sun.). Free (children 5 and under), $7-$20 (day pass), $10-$35 (weekend pass). Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin. www.austincelticfestival.com



Following allegations that an assistant chief used racist and homophobic language, the Austin Police Department may have to suspend future cadet classes. Austin City Council supported an investigation into the department at a Dec. 5 meeting. (Courtesy Austin Police Department)
Austin City Council supports expansive investigation into police department culture and training, likely suspends one future cadet class

The move follows allegations that a former high-ranking officers regularly used racial slurs throughout his career with no recourse from department leaders.

Residents in District 10 look over proposed zoning map during a meeting in October. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
City Council will hear thoughts from residents on comprehensive revision to land use rules at weekend hearing

City Council will take its first of three votes on the land development code revision Dec. 9.

Sarah House, a Wells Fargo Securities senior economist and director, speaks at the Austin Chamber of Commerce's annual economic outlook, held Dec. 5 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Economic analyst: Austin economy still strong, but growth has tapered off heading into 2020

At the Austin Chamber of Commerce's annual economic outlook, Sarah House of Wells Fargo said Austin faces challenges of affordability and a tight labor market.

Courtesy Fotolia
City Council wants to know whether some public drinking prohibitions are equitable

The city of Austin allows the public consumption of alcohol except in six designated areas.

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty in May addressed constituents in Bee Cave regarding the $23 million Bee Creek Sports Complex. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Longtime Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty will not seek re-election following end of current term

Daugherty has served western Travis County for the last 14 years, with terms from 2002-2008 and 2013 to the present.

Austin's Rainey Street District has become one of the most popular entertainment districts in the city. 
(Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rainey Street shuts down to vehicular traffic Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through March 8

In a similar fashion to Austin's Sixth Street, cars will be prohibited from entering Rainey Street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until March 2020.

The city of Austin authorized the purchase of a Rodeway Inn at 2711 S. I-35 on Nov. 14. The city plans to convert the property into a homeless shelter. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
City staff must be more transparent as city moves toward motel shelter strategy, Austin City Council says

Austin City Council is preparing to purchase another motel for conversion into a homeless shelter, but urged staff to be more transparent as motels are chosen.

The Cherrywood Art Fair will host its final event Dec. 7-8. Courtesy Cherrywood Art Fair
Cherrywood Art Fair to end following 2019 event

Cherrywood Art Fair announced Dec. 4 that its 2019 holiday market—a free event featuring more than 90 artists, live music and a volunteer panel of jurors—will be its final event.

Following allegations that an assistant chief used racist and homophobic language, the Austin Police Department may have to suspend future cadet classes. Austin City Council will consider the delay, and an investigation into the department, at a Dec. 5 meeting. Courtesy Austin Police Department
Austin City Council authorizes APD investigation after assistant chief accused of racist and homophobic slurs

In a unanimous vote Dec. 5, Austin City Council directed city manager Spencer Cronk to initiate a widespread, independent investigation into the culture and practices of the Austin Police Department following an anonymous whistleblower complaint that an assistant chief had regularly used racist and homophobic language throughout his career at the department.

Travis County commissioners received their sixth update on the 2017-22 bond program at a Dec. 3 meeting. (Emma Freer/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County 2017-22 bond program remains on track thanks to innovations

Fifty-six of the 60 projects included in the five-year bond program Travis County voters approved in 2017 are in active development, according to a Dec. 3 presentation made to the Commissioners Court.

The US 183 North project will add two lanes in each direction to the highway between MoPac and SH 45 North. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
Agency exploring new option to connect US 183 toll lanes to MoPac frontage road in North Austin

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is exploring a new option to connect the US 183 toll lanes to MoPac.

(Courtesy Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority)
$15 million enhancement project on MoPac South could improve travel times

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has updated information on a project to add auxiliary and merge lanes between Barton Skyway and Loop 360 that proposes to relieve congestion on the southbound side of MoPac.

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