If you’ve been wanting to let your creative side out but haven’t been sure what to do with it, a fun experience called Painting with a Twist
provides the perfect opportunity for you to cut loose and create. Hosting a never-ending series of basic painting classes, each one offering instruction on how to recreate a different work of art, the experience is wine-friendly, laid-back and fun. Ice and cups are provided; bring your own drinks and snacks and let the magic happen.
Painting with a Twist, 8820 Burnet Road, open seven days a week
Class times vary day to day; see calendar for exact dates & times
image: Annapurna Gardens
Few things are quite as delicious during the coldest months of the year as a steaming bowl of tikka masala and soft, warm naan to soak up the sauce. Luckily for those of us too far north to enjoy Austin’s favorite Indian restaurant, the Clay Pit, there’s now a Round Rock restaurant worth popping into: Annapurna Gardens
is Sanskrit for “full of food” and “kitchen goddess,” and the eatery lives up to its name: with perfect winter dishes from curries to cake (as well as a kids’ menu), it’s not difficult to satiate your appetite in this little strip mall hideaway.
Annapurna Gardens Indian Restaurant
3203 S Interstate 35 (at SH45 intersection, same parking lot as Target)
Mon, Weds, Thurs 11:30-2:30 (lunch) and 5-9:30 (dinner)
Fri-Sat 11:30-2:30 (lunch), 5-10 (dinner); Sun 11:30-3, 5-9:30
Did you know you could take a one-day excursion through the grandeur of Texas Hill Country by steam train? Well, you can. This family-friendly activity is available year-round, but what better way to enjoy the crisp fall weather than to bundle up and hop on board the Austin Steam Train
for an old-fashioned trek through the natural wonders of Central Texas? Reservations are recommended, and you can choose between heated/air-conditioned excursion coach and first-class cars or the slightly more authentic (i.e., not climate controlled) standard coach cars. Tickets start at $20, and there’s a concession car with snacks on most rides.
Austin Steam Train
401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste A-103, Cedar Park
Tickets $20 and up, depending on car type
Sometimes, it’s nice to get away from it all and commune with nature for a while. Luckily, there’s no shortage of natural beauty in and around Austin, and for those fascinated by mysticism and enchantment, there’s the aptly named Enchanted Rock
just up the highway in Fredericksburg. Rumored by generations of locals to have special powers, the pink granite rock formation is a favored place of hikers, campers and nature enthusiasts alike; open year-round to the public, it’s a serene and majestic spot to enjoy the fresh fall air and sunshine. But look out: you might also spot the occasional au naturel
sunbather. Consider yourself warned!
Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 am – 10 pm
It’s a vinyl collector’s paradise at the North Austin Event Center this weekend as record buffs of every variety gather to buy and sell their wares. With vendor booths set up throughout the venue, attendees can browse the Austin Record Convention to their hearts’ content, looking for those elusive tunes from years past. Admission is $5 for a two-day pass spanning Saturday and Sunday, but serious shoppers can pay $25 and get in on Friday morning for a first crack at the sellers’ selections.
Austin Record Convention at North Austin Event Center, 10601 N. Lamar
Sat Oct 26, 10am-6pm and Sun Oct 27, 10am-5pm
Early bird tickets ($25) grant admission on Fri + early Sat/Sun entrance