A weather change in Austin usually signals the beginning of a busy fall/holiday season.
We're going to remind you of a few favorites that you may want to put on your MUST DO list this year! Here we go!
First up is the well-attended
ACL Music Festival
It runs over two weekends starting with October 5th - 7th and then again on October 10th - 12th. This year's headliner is none other than a former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, so get your tickets now.
German Free School
The German-Texan Heritage Society holds this annual festival, featuring live music, food, a biergarten, kid's activities and more at the German Free School.
10/18/18 - 10/20/18
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
This is one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in town, spanning three days (and nights). Eat, drink, dance and play to your heart's desire at this all-out party on Rainey Street.
10/19/18 - 10/21/18
FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
International drivers will be in Austin this October to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more - including headlining performances by Brittany Spears and Bruno Mars for ticket holders.
10/25/18 - 11/1/18
Austin Film Festival
Paramount Theatre & Various Locations
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike.
Austin Area Jazz Festival
Join the Austin Area Jazz Fest for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. The Jazz Festival showcases a set of national and local jazz legends, food, shopping and more in East Austin.
Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, and one of the few in the country with a parade.The festival features a Grand Procession, hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day.
10/27/18 - 10/28/18
Texas Book Festival
Texas State Capitol Building
The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and exhibiting vendors from across the state.
Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Kreig Baseball Field
Light up your Halloween night with pyrotechnics at Kreig Softball Fields, presented by Planet K.
11/1/18 - 11/7/18
Christmas at the Caswell House
The Caswell House
Christmas at the Caswell House has been an Austin community tradition since 1983. The Austin Junior Forum transforms this historic home into a winter wonderland. For more than 35 years Christmas at Caswell has been raising funds to be distributed to local charities and non-profits through their grants program.
11/2/18 - 11/11/18
New Braunfels, Texas
Here, you'll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. It all happens at Wurstfest!
11/3/18 - 11/4/18
Austin Celtic Festival
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
This annual festival is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.
11/3/18 - 11/4/18
Texas Monthly BBQ Festival
City Terrace at The Long Center
Now in its ninth year, this tasty festival only has four rules: muster as many of Texas' best BBQ joints as possible; have them serve up their specialties, side-by-side; let smoke and sauce fly for five intoxicating hours; and finally, let The People decide who made the best goods.
11/10/18 - 11/11/18 & 11/17/18 - 11/18/18
East Austin Studio Tour
More than 70 east-side studios open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure.
11/14/18 - 11/18/18
A Christmas Affair
Palmer Events Center
The Junior League of Austin's A Christmas Affair hosts approximately 200-vendors in a themed shopping extravaganza which includes parties, children's events, a private shopping brunch, and the season's biggest celebrity, Santa!
The Long Center
ThunderCloud Subs' annual 5-mile run/1-mile walk is a great way to work up a Thanksgiving-sized appetite. Compete with the best of Austin or bring the kids for a more relaxed holiday jog.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Blue Genie Art Bazaar - 6100 Airport Blvd.
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show held in Austin. Open again for more than 15 years, the free Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists - with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Foundation.
Chuy's Christmas Parade
This spirited holiday parade features a procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats to usher in the season of giving.