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 Sprinkle Corner.

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.

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, in the Wroe Storefront in Sprinkle Corner. 

CHISHOLM TRAIL exhibit with real Longhorn cattle, just outside Sprinkle Corner.

 

DAILY ATTRACTIONS

Friday, August 4

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

Saturday, August 5

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

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

Sunday, August 6

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

Friday, August 11

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

Saturday, August 12

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

Sunday, August 13

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, August 18

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

saturday, August 19

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

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

Sunday, August 20

MAKING AN AX 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.

Friday, August 25

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

saturday, August 26

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

sunday, August 27

TOOLMAKING 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, 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

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.

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

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

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

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 at Wessels Hall. Free. 2-4.

Friday, October 7

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

Saturday, October 7

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

CLOGGING HOEDOWN regional conference in Wessels Hall. 10-5.

Sunday, October 8

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.