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The Planner: Top things to do on Saturday, Oct. 19

October 18, 2013


Oct. 18--1. Dia De Los Muertos Festival at Fiesta Gardens

Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. $20-$55. 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

The inaugural Dia de los Muertos Festival at Fiesta Gardens, which benefits the Easter Seals of Central Texas, brings music from rock to Tejano to two stages with Little Joe y La Familia headlining the festival. The family-friendly festival also includes activities for children, a costume parade, face painting for all ages and commemorative altars by local artists. More celebrations: Mexic-Arte Museum hosts the 30th Annual Viva La Vida Festival, including a grand procession, Latino artists and entertainment and educational programs from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

2. North by Northwest's 12th annual Oktoberfest

11:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. $2 suggested donation. 10010 N. Capital of Texas Hwy.

NXNW's two-day Oktoberfest celebration is more than just a party. The family-friendly event is also a good cause: the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, Therapy Pet Pals of Texas and Central Texas Dachshund Rescue will all benefit. Find bratwurst, homemade sauerkraut and other German foods on the menu, as well as a special Oktoberfest beer.

-- Ari Auber

3. "Too Many Stories" at the Scottish Rite Theatre

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. $8.50 adults, $6.50 children 12 and younger. 207 W. 18th St.

In this children's play, Kallie catches Sam and Bogus with things they've stolen from a department store. Now she needs the audience to help her get the bad guys. She'll use music and improvisation to do the right thing. More family-friendly theater: "The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas" at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday at the Long Center. "Salt & Pepper" bilingual play at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Zach Theatre. "Peter and the Wolf" at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday at Ballet Austin.

4. Mediterranean Festival at St. Elias Orthodox Church

Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. $5 donation. 408 E. 11th St.

Saturday is the second night of St. Elias' 81st annual festival featuring music, food and entertainment celebrating Mediterranean culture on their church grounds. Foods from Lebanon, Palestine, Greece, Eritrea and Romania will be available for purchase, along with Mediterranean wines and other beverages. Greek and Dabke dancers will perform with live music by Laand Greek Ensemble and DJ Ahmed. A Kid's Oasis will provide games and entertainment for children.

5. Run For All at the Texas School for the Deaf

5:30 p.m. Saturday. 1102 S. Congress Ave.

The Texas School for the Deaf hosts a 5k and festival, featuring a captioned screening of "Beetlejuice" at 8 p.m. Kimball & Painter begin the festivities with live music at 5:30 p.m., then the run around campus begins at 6:15 p.m. Runners are encouraged to participate in costume. At 6:45, Ruby Jane Smith will perform ahead of the film screening. Following the film, runners can get free drinks at Freddie's Place during the after party.


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