Bug sightseeing tour, voter registration drive and more things happening in Southwest Austin this weekend

NLand Surf Park will open Friday in Southeast Austin.

NLand Surf Park will open Friday in Southeast Austin.

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Here are just a few of the events taking place in South Austin this weekend:

Bug Night Out

Oct. 7

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers a one-night-only bug-sightseeing tour in the gardens on Friday. The center’s mercury light stations turn on to attract nighttime insects. Flashlights are recommended for the family-friendly event.

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Free (members and children age 4 and younger), $4 (children ages 5-17), $8 (seniors 65 years or older, students with student ID), $10 (adults). Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100.  www.wildflower.org

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 7-8

The zoo becomes illuminated and decorated for the Halloween occasion on Friday and Saturday. Attendees can wear a costume, bring a picnic to enjoy in the picnic grove, ride a haunted train, explore a haunted house and see zoo animals. Adult attendees wearing a costume may not wear a mask.

The event takes place Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. 6:30-9 p.m. $15 (includes a haunted train pass and unlimited haunted house visits). Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin. 512-288-1490. www.austinzoo.org

Brodie Park CrossFit Visitors to Brodie Park CrossFit work out at the location on Brodie Lane.[/caption]

Sweat Out The Vote

Oct. 8

Brodie Park CrossFit hosts the voter registration drive and a free community workout on Saturday. Attendees can arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get ready to Sweat Out The Vote! The gym features CrossFit and other programs Monday through Friday.

9-11 a.m. Free. Brodie Park CrossFit, 9001 Brodie Lane, Ste. C-9, Austin.

Sheng Zhen Gong Sunday Practice

Oct. 9

This local class gives attendees the opportunity to practice the forms they have learned or are learning so that they can master them more quickly. Drop-ins are welcome, but all students must have studied at least one Sheng Zhen Gong form before attending this class.

6:15-7:15 p.m. $15. AOMA Mind-Body Center, 4701 West Gate Blvd., Austin. www.aoma.edu/classes

WORTH THE TRIP:

NLand Surf Park opening

Oct. 7

Austin’s first inland surf park opens this Friday. The water-themed park, located east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on a 160-acre lot at 4836 E. Hwy. 71, Austin, was created by surfer Doug Coors, descendant of brewing company founder Adolph Coors.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tue.-Sun., 2-7 p.m. Mon. Costs vary. NLand Surf Park, 4836 E. Hwy. 71, Austin. 512-806-1900
www.nlandsurfpark.com