Run in the annual Turkey Trot and 14 other things to do for Northwest Austin residents




Nov. 1-10
Make the trek down to Wurstfest

The annual event of German food and culture returns this November. Enjoy polka music and your fill of bratwurst at this quintessential Central Texas festival.


Times vary. $12-$15. Wurstfest Grounds, 120 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-625-9167. www.wurstfest.com







Nov. 2
Pick up your stick to learn lacrosse skills

The Texas Tomahawk Lacrosse club is hosting Lax Fest, a free camp for local kids to learn and develop lacrosse skills through a series of games and exercises. No previous playing experience is required for the camp.


10 a.m.-noon. Free for children ages 6-14. Town & Country Optimist Club, 9100 Meadowheath Drive, Field 2, Austin. www.texastomahawks.com








Nov. 2
Spruce up your park

The Austin Parks Foundation’s biannual park cleanup of the city’s parks, trails and greenbelts returns for its fall installment. According to the nonprofit, its spring cleanup day saw 3,000 volunteers at 96 park projects.


Times vary. Free. Locations vary. 512-477-1566. www.austinparks.org







Nov. 2-8
Grab your popcorn for the Austin Jewish Film Festival
A new installment of the Austin Jewish Film Festival returns this year with more than two dozen feature-length movies, short films, discussion panels and more. The film festival, which began in 2002, promotes cultural diversity and tolerance in the Austin area and abroad.

Show times vary. Ticket prices vary. Regal Arbor 8 at Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin. www.austinjff.org






Nov. 9
Checkout everything ACC Highland has to offer

Prospective Austin Community College students are invited to attend ACC Fest, featuring live trade demos and a tour of ACC Highland Campus’ bioscience and fashion incubators. College representatives will be on-site to answer questions from the public about financial aid, career training opportunities and more.


10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Highland Campus Drive, Bldg. 4000, Austin. 512-223-7867.
www.austincc.edu








Nov. 16
Say 'Hey' to clay

Artists are invited to make their own clay wall pockets, which can be used to hang succulents, air plants and more, using clay templates or individual designs.


2-4 p.m. $65. Cordovan Art School of Northwest Austin, 8108 Mesa Drive, Ste. B-102, Austin. 737-300-1200. www.cordovanartschool.com







Nov. 17
Anderson High hosts girl empowerment Festival
The 12th annual We Are Girls Austin Conference returns to Anderson High School. The festival is designed for girls in grades 3-8 with activities and workshops geared towards fostering creativity, entrepreneurship, healthy relationships and more.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. $30. Scholarships are available. Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Drive, Austin. 512-808-4044.
www.girlsempowermentnetwork.org





Nov. 23
Kick off the holidays with a tree-lighting ceremony

The Arboretum shopping center is hosting its third annual holiday tree-lighting event. Families are invited to watch the tree lighting while they enjoy festive treats, face painting, balloon art, live music and more.


5-7 p.m. Free. The Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin. 512-338-4755. www.thearboretum.com








Nov. 28
Annual Turkey Trot returns

The 2019 Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot starts on Thanksgiving Day, with proceeds going to benefit local nonprofit Caritas of Austin. Local runners can participate in a 5-mile race, a 1-mile walk or a 1-kilometer event for children.


Starting times vary. $10-$27, registration required. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.thundercloud.com/register








Area events


Nov. 2-3 | Texas Monthly BBQ Festival
www.texasmonthly.com

Nov. 2-3 | Austin Celtic Festival
www.austincelticfestival.com

Nov. 16-17, 23-24 | East Austin Studio Tour
www.bigmedium.org

Nov. 22-Dec. 24 | Blue Genie Art Bazaar
www.bluegenieartbazaar.com

Nov. 23 | Pfall Pfest Craft Show
www.parks.pflugervilletx.gov

Nov. 24 | Austin Empty Bowl Project 2019
www.centraltexasfoodbank.org


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By Iain Oldman

Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the reporter for Northwest Austin.


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