Self-guided walking tours of our restored historical home sites, exhibits and displays are open for viewing each day Pioneer Farms is open. Farm animals can be viewed and talked to in various pens at the sites. Special daily attractions are listed below.

Check back often, as this page is updated frequently, and programs and schedules may be added to or subtracted up to the day of the event. Schedules are tentative and are subject to change. SITES ARE STAFFED BY VOLUNTEERS AND THE NUMBER ON SITE VARIES FROM DAY TO DAY DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY AND TURNOUT.

For information about enrolling in classes, click the Learn & Do tab at the top of our Home Page and view our Catalog of Programs & Activities. enrollment must be completed at least one week in advance.

 

current exhibits

NEW: HENRY & BEN special exhibit about military officer Henry Orsay and outlaw marshal Ben Thompson. In the Orsay House. 

TEXAS CZECHS: ROOTED IN TRADITION special exhibit about traditions from the Old World. in Sprinkle Corner.

INDELIBLE HISTORY special exhibit of inkwells owned by famous Americans and Texans,. In the Wroe Storefront in Sprinkle Corner.

FREEDOM'S COLORS special display of historic independence flags. In Wessels Hall.

GOING GOING GONE exhibit on the history of Texas auctioneers. In the Tate House. 

TIKWAN-TIK exhibit about the Tonkawa Indians in Central Texas. In the Aynesworth-Wright House. 

HISTORIC AUSTIN CARRIAGES and buggies in an exclusive exhibit. Ihe Wroe Storefront in Sprinkle Corner. 

CHISHOLM TRAIL exhibit with real Longhorn cattle. Just outside Sprinkle Corner.

 

DAILY ATTRACTIONS

FRIDAY, September 1

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

FIRST FRIDAY DANCE: The Swingsters in concert in historic Wessels Dance Hall. $10 a person. 8-11.

SATURDAY, September 2

BLACKSMITHING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $150. 10-3.

SUNDAY, September 3

BLACKSMITHING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

BACKYARD FARMING class at the German Emigrant Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $40. 10-3.

Monday, September 4

STRINGS IN THE WOODS flash concert at the Tonkawa Encampment. 7:55 p.m. Tickets available here.

Friday, September 8

HOME-SCHOOL DAY special activities at various sites. Discount public admission of $4 per person. 10-5.

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

Saturday, September 9

BLACKSMITHING 2.0 class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $150. 10-3.

Sunday, September 10

BLACKSMITHING 2.0 class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

HAND-TOOL WOODWORKING class at the Scarborough Barn. Enroll at least a week in advance. $125. 1-5.

ARCHERY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $30. 10-11:45.

Friday, September 15

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

Saturday, September 16

BARNRAISING demonstration as volunteer crews build our new Smithy. Sprinkle Corner.

KNIFEMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $100. 10-3.

BASIC LEATHER CONSTRUCTION demonstration and class at the Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $100. 10-2.

BACKYARD CHICKENS: THE ABCs class in Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $40. 10-1. 

KNITTING: A STITCH IN TIME demonstration and class at the Cotton Planter's Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $60. 1-5.

Sunday, September 17

AUSTIN MUSEUM DAY special activities and demonstrations at various sites. Free admission. 10-5.

BARNRAISING demonstration as volunteer crews build our new Smithy. Sprinkle Corner.

KNIFEMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

DROP-SPINDLE SPINNING class at the Cotton Planter's Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $65. 1-5.

BASIC LEATHER STAMPING & TOOLING class in Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $100. 10-2.

GIRLS OF GRIT: WOMEN IN TEXAS HISTORY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $10. 1-3.

BEEKEEPING BASICS class at the Texian Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $40. 1-5.

Friday, September 22

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

Saturday, September 23

BARNRAISING demonstration as volunteer crews build our new Smithy. Sprinkle Corner.

KNIFEMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $100. 10-3.

BASIC CROCHET class at the Cotton Planter's Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $60. 1-5.

FLINTKNAPPING class and demonstration at the Tonkawa Encampment. Enroll at least a week in advance. $60. 10-2.

Sunday, September 24

BARNRAISING demonstration as volunteer crews build our new Smithy. Sprinkle Corner.

KNIFEMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

SEWING: PLAIN & FANCY class and demonstration at the Cotton Planter's Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $60. 1-5.

ARCHERY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $30. 10-11:45.

GIRLS OF GRIT: WOMEN IN TEXAS HISTORY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $10. 1-3.

Friday, September 29

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

Saturday, September 30

BARNRAISING demonstration as volunteer crews build our new Smithy. Sprinkle Corner.

DECORATIVE METALWORK class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $200. 10-3.

Sunday, October 1

DECORATIVE METALWORK class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

GIRLS OF GRIT: WOMEN IN TEXAS HISTORY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $10. 1-3.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON SOCIAL: Bill Pappin, paranormal expert and ghost hunter, in lecture. Free with admission. 2-4.

Friday, October 6

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

Saturday, October 7

GREAT TEXAS HOEDOWN regional cloggers' conference in Wessels Hall. 9-5. Registration fee required to participate.

BASIC BLACKSMITHING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $150. 10-3.

SPINNING BY WHEEL class and demonstration at the Cotton Planter's Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $65. 105.

Sunday, October 8

BARNRAISING demonstration as volunteer crews build our new Smithy. Sprinkle Corner.

BASIC BLACKSMITHING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

ARCHERY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $30. 10-11:45.

Friday, October 13

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN TRAILS Halloween event. Three ghost trails for all ages.  Tickets online or $15 a person at gate. 7-11.

Saturday, October 14

BLACKSMITHING 2.0 class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $150. 10-3.

QUILTING class and demonstration at the Cotton Planter's Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $65. 1-5.

FLINTKNAPPING class and demonstration at the Tonkawa Encampment. Enroll at least a week in advance. $60. 10-2.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN TRAILS Halloween event. Three ghost trails for all ages.  Tickets online or $15 a person at gate. 7-11.

Sunday, October 15

BLACKSMITHING 2.0 class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

HAND-TOOL WOODWORKING class and demonstration at the Wood Shop. Enroll at least a week in advance. $125. 1-5.

Friday, October 20

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN TRAILS Halloween event. Three ghost trails for all ages.  Tickets online or $15 a person at gate. 7-11.

Saturday, October 21

KNIFEMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $150. 10-3.

BACKYARD CHICKENS: The ABCs class in Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $40. 10-1.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN TRAILS Halloween event. Three ghost trails for all ages.  Tickets online or $15 a person at gate. 7-11.

Sunday, October 22

KNIFEMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

CURING & SMOKING MEATS class and demonstration at the Texian Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $55. 10-2.

ARCHERY class at Sprinkle Corner. Enroll at least a week in advance. $30. 10-11:45.

SOAPMAKING class and demonstration at the Cotton Planter's Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $55. 10-3.

FRUIT TREES: The ABCs class at the German Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $40. 1-5.

Friday, October 27

LIFE ON THE TEXAS PRAIRIE program with costumed interpreters demonstrating pioneer life. 10-5.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN TRAILS Halloween event. Three ghost trails for all ages.  Tickets online or $15 a person at gate. 7-11.

Saturday, October 28

TOOLMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Enroll at least a week in advance. $200. 10-3.

BASIC WEAVING class and demonstration at the Cotton Planter's Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $60. 1-5.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN TRAILS Halloween event. Three trails for all ages.  Tickets online or $15 a person at gate. 7-11.

Sunday, October 29

TOOLMAKING class and demonstration at the Smithy. Second day of two-day class. 10-3.

CANDLEMAKING class and demonstration at the Cotton Planter'sFarm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $65. 1-5.