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*This event has been cancelled - read more below

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Dear Night Owls,


As many of you know from our various posts, we have spent this last week making one final push for ticket sales for our December 19th event.  While we got close, we, unfortunately, did not meet our goal.  As such, we will not be moving forward with the Holiday Spirits event as planned.  Please know that this decision wasn’t an easy one to make.  We plan to host future events once we have a clearer understanding of what the pandemic will allow both socially and financially.  When that time comes, we hope you will join us.  


We want to thank you for the love and support that you have shown, and continue to show, our podcast.  It truly is nothing without loyal listeners, and we genuinely appreciate each and every one of you. We will begin the refund process for all ticket purchases this week. Reach out to us at if you have any questions or concerns. 


Stay restless,

Stephen & The Night Owl Team


Event Details

DATE: Saturday, December 19th

VENUE: Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
ADDRESS: 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin, TX 78754
TIME: 5pm - 11pm

Looking for a fun-filled, yet Covid-safe, event to get into the holiday spirit? The Night Owl Podcast is proud to announce the spooktacular event of the season - Holiday Spirits at Pioneer Farms! The event will be held on the grounds of the 90 acre pioneer homestead that was featured on The Night Owl Podcast. Gates open at 5 pm and the list of events scheduled for the evening include:


  • SPOOKY HOLIDAY MARKET - an outdoor market with vendors selling crafts, jewelry, oddities and collectibles from local artists and practitioners. Market will also feature some divination and reading booths that have modified their services for social distanced offerings! Open 5pm - 10pm  
    (All-Access Pass & Market Pass Holders)


  • FOOD TRUCKS/CONCESSION -  A variety of food, snacks and drinks will be available from local Austin food trucks and Pioneer Farms General Store. Open 5pm - 11pm 
    (All-Access Pass & Market Pass Holders)

  • HAUNTED TRAILS - If you're a listener of the show then you know just how haunted Pioneer Farms is! On this chilly, winter night, the trails will be open to all-access pass holders to roam and explore by moonlight! Even spookier, our immersive, self-guided audio tour, The Ghosts of Pioneer Farms, will be included in the all-access pass purchase! Market Pass holders have an option of purchasing the tour this night for $15. See details below! 
    (All-Access Pass Holders Only. Market Pass Holders have option to purchase on-site)


  • AUDIO GHOST TOUR - Our one-of-a-kind self-guided audio ghost tour features recorded history and ghost stories of the many haunted sites on Pioneer Farms. All you'll need to enjoy this unique experience is your charged up smartphone and your own earbuds or headphones. Available to take at your leisure from 5pm - 9pm. All-access Pass will be emailed instructions on how to access the free tour the night of the event. Market Pass holders can purchase the tour on-site for $15 by visiting Night Owl booth in the market.
    (All-Access Pass Holders Only. Market Pass Holders have option to purchase on-site)


  • DRIVE-IN RADIO GHOST STORY SHOW - We felt like a classic, late-night radio show combined with a drive-in atmosphere was the perfect fit for this safe, spooky holiday event. Around 9pm, guests will climb into their cars, tune in to our selected FM station, and hear hand-picked ghost stories told live. Food trucks and concession will be available to enjoy throughout this final feature of the evening! 
    (All-Access Pass Holders Only)


  • 'DECK THE CARS' CONTEST - To help make our drive-in radio show a little more merry and bright, we’ll be hosting a vehicle decorating contest that’s sure to be fa la la la lots of fun!  Style your vehicle with lights, ribbons, garland, etc. to reflect your individual style of holiday spirit.  Feeling a bit more scary and fright?  That’s okay too--there’s plenty of room for the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in our lot!  Whatever direction you chose to go, let’s light Pioneer Farms up bright enough to wake the dead. The winner of this contest will be selected by The Night Owl Podcast team and will receive a curated collection of treats from our friends at Big Top Candy Shop along with a select merchandise from the show! 
    (All-Access Pass Holders Only)

ticket info

If the event has to be postponed due to weather or city ordinances regarding the pandemic, all attendees can request a refund or hold their ticket(s) for the rescheduled event.

By purchasing this ticket, you are agreeing that you and all attendees seeking admission with this ticket have read, understand, and agree to the event's Terms and Conditions.


This event will be following the Social Distancing Guidelines and Facial Covering requirements as set forth by the CDC and as mandated by the State of Texas. 


  • Facial Covering/Masks - Masks are REQUIRED for entry onto the property. All attendees, event staff, vendors, and volunteers are required to wear a facial covering at all times while in “Mask Required Areas”which will include the parking lot, market, restrooms, booths, concession, food trucks & haunted buildings on tour. No exceptions. There will be designated “Mask Break Zones” and spaced out seating spread out across the festival to accommodate mask removal and social distancing while resting, eating, and drinking. There will be limited quantities of Night Owl cloth face masks and bandanas available for purchase on-site, but everyone is required to bring your own facial covering. If a guest is found without their facial covering inside a “Mask Required Area”, they will be gently reminded to wear it.  If they are found to be without a facial covering a second time, they will be removed from the event without a refund. No exceptions

  • Social Distancing - All attendees are required to maintain a minimum of six feet between them/their party and other event guests. Lines for the Vendors, Food Trucks, and Rest Rooms will have a limit and be marked for 6 foot social distancing.  If a guest is found not respecting the minimum six feet distance, they will be gently reminded once.  If they are found violating the six foot rule a second time, they will be removed from the event without a refund. No exceptions

  • Restrooms - Lines for the restroom will be limited and follow safe social distance protocols with six foot markers on the ground. Designated cleaning staff will clean/disinfect restrooms frequently. There will be disinfectant spray and paper towels for guests. Masks are required inside the restrooms at all times. No exceptions.

  • Hygiene - Guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc. as quantities may be limited. We also encourage good hygiene by throwing trash in designated receptacles and washing/disinfecting hands as often as possible. There will be a few hand sanitizing stations in place throughout the property as well as volunteer staff disinfecting restrooms, dining and mask-break zones regularly.  

  • Vendors/Food Trucks - customers will be limited to one person/party at a time at all booths and vendors. Safe social distancing of 6 feet or more will be in place. This is a cashless event; please come prepared with digital or card payment options if you plan to spend in the market and/or on concessions. Some vendors will be accepting Venmo/PayPal. 


  • Dining Areas - when eating or drinking, patrons are asked to remain stationary and away from “Mask Required Areas”.  Designated “Mask Break Zones” and spaced out seating will be spread out across the festival to accommodate mask removal and social distancing while eating/drinking. 

  • Ghost Tour Safety - While on site, social distancing will be in place at all times - this includes the parking lot, buildings, restrooms and trails on the property. Facial coverings will be required in these areas as well. While on the trails, away from “Mask Required Areas”,  masks may be lowered for your personal comfort. However, we ask that you wear your mask when approaching or passing others and maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more. Please be courteous of others on the trail as well. If you see that someone is already at a site, pause to give them time to explore and move on before approaching the next stop.  Following these guidelines will ensure not only a safe, but also a fun experience for you and all the guests at Pioneer Farms.

  • Age/Pets - No children under the age of 12 or pets will be admitted to the event. This is an event designed for adults and anyone under the age of 18 needs an accompanying parent/guardian. The stories featured in the drive-in radio show and some vendors in the market may have items considered inappropriate or not suitable for children. 

  • Be Courteous - While Night Owl team members and event volunteers will be enforcing the rules throughout the evening, we respectfully ask that you please employ the use of  sense and courtesy while attending our event.  

  • Violators -  Anyone found to be in violation of these rules will be issued a single warning. If found in violation again, they will be escorted from the event without a refund.  No exceptions.

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