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 exhibit about traditions from the Old World. In Sprinkle Corner. Closes Nov. 3.

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. 

COMING: CHISHOLM TRAIL special exhibit with real Longhorn cattle. Just outside Sprinkle Corner. Opens in November.

 

DAILY ATTRACTIONS

Friday, October 20

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

HAUNTED 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 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 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 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.

 

Friday, November 3

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

FIRST FRIDAY DANCE with The Czech Melody Masters in historic Wessels Hall. $10 a person. 8-11. 

 

Saturday, november 4

Closed for Austin Celtic Festival special event.

 

Sunday, november 5

Closed for Austin Celtic Festival special event.

 

Friday, november 10

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

 

Saturday, November 11

WEBELOS WOODS scouting event in Sprinkle Corner with demonstrations and activities. 10-5. Regular admission.

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

SAY CHEESE: Making Cheese class and demonstration at the Texian Farm. Enroll at least a week in advance. $55. 10-2.

 

Sunday, november 12

WEBELOS WOODS scouting event in Sprinkle Corner with demonstrations and activities. 10-5. Regular admission.

BASIC BLACKSMITHING 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, november 17

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

 

saturday, november 18

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

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

 

sunday, november 19

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

 

friday, november 24

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

 

saturday, november 25

BLACKSMITHING demonstration at the Smithy in Sprinkle Corner. 10-5.

 

sunday, november 26

BLACKSMITHING demonstration at the Smithy in Sprinkle Corner. 10-5.

GIRLS OF GRIT special program on women in Texas history. Walking tour through all sites. $10 a person. 1-3.

 

friday, december 1

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

 

saturday, december 2

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

 

sunday, december 3

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

 

friday, december 8

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

'A PRAIRIE CHRISTMAS CAROL' live-theater adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday story. Tickets online or $12 at gate. 7-11. 

 

saturday, december 9

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

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

'A PRAIRIE CHRISTMAS CAROL' live-theater adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday story. Tickets online or $12 at gate. 7-11. 

 

sunday, december 10

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

 

friday, december 15

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

'A PRAIRIE CHRISTMAS CAROL' live-theater adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday story. Tickets online or $12 at gate. 7-11.

 

saturday, december 16

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

'A PRAIRIE CHRISTMAS CAROL' live-theater adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday story. Tickets online or $12 at gate. 7-11. 

 

sunday, december 17

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